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November 2, 2018

Wearing a Hi-Vis Vest Gets You Into Everything

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Free, the way we like it.

Don't believe me?

Read this story from Vice about two guys who decided to see how far they could push their imposter luck.

Turns out those vests got them into a sold-out Coldplay concert (top).

You can too!

I remember back in the 60s when Andy Warhol remarked that you can get in anywhere wearing a UPS uniform.

Pranks like this are so where I'm at, though I'd rather read about them now than take part.

Times change and time passes.

But I digress.

Even though I doubt I'll use it to punk anyone, I can't resist: I'll take a flutter on the  one pictured below.



I'm gonna put it in my car's trunk: might be lifesaving should I find myself on the roadside with a flat tire or whatnot after dark.

November 2, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Space Shuttle Endeavour Cockpit


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2018 U.S. Geological Survey National Volcanic Threat Assessment


From USGS :



When erupting, all volcanoes pose a degree of risk to people and infrastructure, however, the risks are not equivalent from one volcano to another because of differences in eruptive style and geographic location.

Assessing the relative threats posed by U.S. volcanoes identifies which volcanoes warrant the greatest risk-mitigation efforts by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners.

This update of the volcano threat assessment of 2005 considers new research in order to determine which volcanic systems should be added or removed from the list of potentially active volcanoes, updates the scoring of active volcanoes, and updates the 24-factor hazard and exposure matrix used to create the threat ranking.

The threat assessment places volcanoes into five threat categories: very low, low, moderate, high, and very high.


Within all five threat categories there are changes in relative rankings of volcanoes, and in a few cases, volcanoes moved between categories owing to changes in our understanding of their hazard, unrest, and exposure factors.

Scorings of hazard factors were updated for some volcanoes where new research has identified Holocene eruptive activity or clarified our understanding of Holocene eruptive history and the occurrence of particular hazards such as tephra fall or pyroclastic density currents.

The most numerous scoring changes made in the threat matrix since 2005 have been made among the hazard factors, particularly those accounting for observed eruptive activity or unrest.

The very low threat category underwent the greatest amount of change, dropping from 32 to 21 volcanoes, owing to better knowledge of the eruptive histories of those volcanoes.


The list of 18 very high threat volcanoes remains the same; 11 of the 18 volcanoes are located in Washington, Oregon, or California, where explosive and often snow- and ice-covered edifices can project hazards long distances to densely populated and highly developed areas.

Five of the 18 very high threat volcanoes are in Alaska near important population centers, economic infrastructure, or below busy air traffic corridors.

The remaining two very high threat volcanoes are on the Island of Hawaiʻi, where densely populated and highly developed areas now exist on the flanks of highly active volcanoes.

The high- and moderate-threat categories are dominated by Alaskan volcanoes.

In these categories the generally more active and more explosive volcanoes in Alaska can have a substantial effect on national and international aviation, and large eruptions from any of the moderate- to very-high-threat volcanoes could cause regional or national-scale disasters.


This revised threat assessment includes 18 very high threat, 39 high threat, 49 moderate threat, 34 low threat, and 21 very low threat volcanoes. The total of 161 volcanoes is a decrease of 8 from the total reported in 2005.

November 2, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wipe Shirt


From the website:



A dress shirt with built-in microfiber to clean your glasses or phone.


The simplicity of a pure cotton white dress shirt meets the gadget-cleansing power of microfiber in Fift's Wipe Shirt — a button-down shirt with built-in microfiber cloth for wiping down glasses or cell phones.

The designers didn't cut any corners here, using pure cotton for the tailored shirt, and the finest double thickness microfiber (supplied by technologically advanced fabric maker Unitika).

Available in two versions, each with a strategically placed microfiber patch for convenient cleaning.

Depending on whether you tuck your shirt in or not, the patch can be located on the shirttail (above) or the cuff


(above and below).


Made in Japan.



November 2, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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