So Rachel is about to get on a plane to Chicago and then Toronto, Badur is sourcing hardware and dealing with the police, and Jon has been figuring out the details of how to rebuild the array (sounds good). Those are a few of the people who will be deserving all our thanks (especially Rachel and Badur who are on the front lines, most of all Rachel) once we've got this all fixed. If we're really lucky it might even be tonight that everything comes back online.

I'll be posting “casual updates” like this here, and as I have more solid details, I'll update the starting entry on ModBlog as well (and watch for a Christmas shopping entry there later today by the way).

Anyway, other than that, while processing images this morning I watched Supervolcano which asks the question of what would happen if Yellowstone erupted (as it does about every 600,000 years, with the last eruption being 650,000 years ago)… It's quite possible for there to be an eruption large enough to kill a billion people and [whatever number comes after 'trillions'] of animals. It's happened before and statistically it must happen again.

I was thinking about it, and I kind of hope this happens. Now, before you tell me how terrible that is, let me tell you a fact: you are going to die soon, and so am I, and there's nothing that can be done to stop it — at best it can be delayed. So really, for that brief period that I'm alive, I'd like it to be one of the most interesting periods in human history, if not in geological history as well… So far odds are looking good that I will get my wish.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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