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5.5 Meters!

Nov 20, 2016
5.5 Meters!

The northeast coast of New Zealand's South Island near Kaikoura jumped out of the sea with the recent 7.8M earthquake. There is a small piece of the coast that rose a shocking 5.5 meters:A piece of coastline rose around 5.5 metres during the Kaikoura ...

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"Arrival"

Nov 20, 2016

Saturday evening: Went and saw the new sci-fi, first-contact movie "Arrival". Loved it! Here is the theme music:Sunday evening: It was Joe the Plumber's birthday, so we went to see "Arrival". I saw it last night, of course, so I ended up seeing in t...

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Fun Dancing Today With Travis Algarin, Pepper Von, and Barreto Brothers Zumba

Nov 20, 2016


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Start of the Serious November Rains in Sacramento

Nov 20, 2016

We are about two inches behind for the month for rain, but since the forecast for the rest of the month is pretty rainy, we'll probably catch up.

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The Sacramento Angle on Why There are So Many Vietnamese Nail Technicians

Nov 20, 2016

Had to start somewhere:

Forty years ago, the Hollywood actor traveled to Hope Village, a Vietnamese refugee camp near Sacramento, California, to meet with a group of women who had recently fled the takeover of South Vietnam by the armed forces of Communist leader Ho Chi Minh. Hedren was aware of the difficulties the...

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Can Dish It Out; Can’t Take It

Nov 20, 2016
Can Dish It Out; Can’t Take It


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Weird Winter

Nov 19, 2016
Weird Winter

Puzzling over Northern Hemisphere air flow. Just weird this winter, just like it was weird last winter. The polar vortex is displaced far from the pole, being closer to the Bering Sea and eastern Siberia. That displacement opens up a highway for the...

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Story of Survival in the Desert

Nov 19, 2016

It happens:

Mitkova and Morganstein spent five days walking in the desert without food and with little water.

“In order conserve their water they also drank their own urine,” Gonzales’ email states. “They saw helicopters flying, and actually were able to light a fire to get attention but no one was able to see...

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Paper Towel Roll Totem Poles

Nov 18, 2016
Paper Towel Roll Totem Poles

Last year, I saved bunches of paper towel rolls for Stacy, a kindergarten teacher in Davis, for an autumn totem pole classroom project.Here they are!

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All The Dead Trees in California

Nov 18, 2016

Just too many:

The California drought has killed more than 102m trees in a die-off of forests that increases the risk of catastrophic wildfires and other threats to humans, officials said on Friday.

The latest aerial survey by the US Forest Service shows there are 36m more dead trees since May in the state and...

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