July 28th, 2016


Tides and Earthquakes

Another thing I didn't realize that humans didn't know: the gravitational pull of moon and sun influence earthquakes quite a bit.  You have a giant ball of mostly-molten rock with a comparatively thin crust, a slightly smaller ball of probably-solid rock and a humongous sphere of flaming gas yanking on it.  How would you NOT connect these with the crust sometimes wobbling?  I can't remember how many SF stories I've read about tidal earthquakes, and especially, the uses of tidal energy on a planet for making it hot when a star isn't close enough and/or for powering earth-engines.  And let's not forget reams of folklore about high-tide earthquakes.  0_o

Car Evolution

Here's a photo-essay showing the evolution of classic to modern cars.  Some show very little change, mostly a more streamlined form for less wind resistance.  Others are completely different.  That's a problem if you liked and could drive the earlier versions and now can't get a vehicle you can drive.  Same with the rush to electronics; people with a more mechanical approach are out of luck, as are people with low skill at computers and machines in general.  Earlier cars were much simpler. They didn't do the gee-whiz things but they were often more durable and easier to operate.  One of the few innovations I really like is automatic transmission.  Outside that, I have found that the drawbacks of new technology usually outweigh the benefits in cars.

Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 5, 2016

This month's theme was "Is there a word for that feeling?" I worked from 12:15 PM to 6 AM, so about 15 hours 45 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 9 poems on Tuesday and another 16 later in the week, for a total of 25.

Participation was a little higher, with 38 comments on LiveJournal and another 45 on Dreamwidth. Please welcome new prompter [personal profile] society_of_antisocialites.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"The Home I've Never Been"
"Let's Call It Dyrkle"
"More Hurtful Than Anything That Bleeds"
"A Wise Man's Smile"
"With the Gravity Off"

"The Cat Blanket" (Frankenstein's Family, 6/7/16 Fishbowl)
"Some Are Silk and Some Are Leather" (Walking the Beat, 4/5/16 Fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for July 5, 2016. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted. This time there were four donors: [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony and Shirley Barrette, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Some Are Silk and Some Are Leather" is the free epic. That's the third tally for the $250 goal.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.