The Intersection

Archives for July, 2008

A Few Good Men

We’ve invited some excellent ‘intersection personalities‘ to contribute here while we devote necessary time to completing our book. While we’ll continue posting on politics, science, culture, and storms, our first guest is ready to make his debut tomorrow… Introducing Philip H. A coastal fisheries oceanographer, Philip left the boat bound life for ocean policy work…

I love books. Some of my favorite authors are Robbins, Allende, Homer, Vonnegut, Sagan, Burroughs, Tan, and on and on… Lately I’ve been reading and reading and reading, but it’s been awhile since getting lost in a good story. Intersection readers are encouraged to make recommendations here in an open thread. Share the titles you…

A one-month-old Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, Glaucidium brasilianum, at the National Zoo in Managua, in the spring of 2008. The owl was brought to the zoo after its nest fell from a rotten branch at a construction site. Bonus points if you recognize the quote in the title.

From Jonathan Crow: If movies were completely scientifically accurate, they’d probably be as interesting as a Physics 101 lecture. In real life, there are no explosions in space, gas usually doesn’t explode from a lit cigarette, and Bruce Willis/Jackie Chan/Will Smith would most likely be in a coma after getting kicked in the head. Some…

The Carbon Age

Carbon: Seems it’s the subject on everyone’s mind these days… and for good reason! It’s in the food we eat, the gasoline that fuels our cars, our clothes, jewelry, and beyond. It’s us! C is the sixth most common element in the universe and intimately important in the tale of life on planet earth. And…

Hurricanes and Gas Prices

So: Dolly, which is now lashing southern Texas as a borderline Category 1/Category 2 storm, wasn’t the big one. It wasn’t a Katrina or a Rita–a storm capable of shutting down all Gulf oil production. On the other hand, if you’re the type to worry then it’s not irrelevant that we’re staring down what could…

This week’s question at NexGen asks us about what policies are necessary toward diversification of energy sources on a national and international level. Are we ready–economically, politically, and technologically–to accept and expand in so many directions? Many have predictably taken issue with Gore’s vision toward 2018, and I discussed the challenge with friend and colleague…

This is not good. The pressure reported by the National Hurricane Center was 976, then 972, then 967….meanwhile, the storm has developed a perfect eye: The Advanced Dvorak Technique, a computer program being run by folks at the University of Wisconsin that assesses storm intensity, now shows a major rapid intensification burst: I can only…

Good Golly Miss Dolly

This storm, heading for the Mexico-Texas border, is now a hurricane. Our second of the 2008 season, and it’s not even August yet…. Eric Berger has some interesting discussion of just how busy this year is starting out. Only three years in recorded history have been busier so early, and two of them are the…

Sizzling in LA

[From Sizzle: No caption needed.] On Saturday night, along with Molly and two friends, I attended the opening of Sizzle at the Fairfax theater here in Los Angeles. The movie was airing at Outfest, a gay and lesbian film festival, and the woman introducing the film remarked on its pioneering attempt to find shared ground…