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Thomas Fire: Day 7

Back to Scary. Fire spreading very fast. Being fought very hard. I'm helping older friends prepare and evac. by calling them, their out of town family, and offering to home their stuff. Fire on track to be the record largest fire ever... ...not fun. Fingers crossed tomorrow will be better ...
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Thomas Fire: Day 6

I haven't left my house since Monday. At first it was the sore throat and congestion. Then the air quality kept me inside with every window shut tight and air filters going. We decided to catch up on errands and see a movie, Jane, today. The new Santa Barbara International ...
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Thomas Fire: Day 5 and Evacuation Opinions

Good morning, and welcome to good fire news! Winds are cooperating and the fire did not move much overnight. It is still only 10% contained, but uncontained in unpopulated areas. I grieve for the trees and wildlife of Los Padres National Forest, but am glad the coast is safe. Air ...
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Thomas Fire: Night 4

Emergency preparedness, CHECK. I'm missing some water bottles, but otherwise the list looks good. I've staged true emergency items. Will pack a bag with clothes in the AM. I also began to contemplate how photos and photo albums could best be transported, and decided the answer is old luggage and ...
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Thomas Fire: Day 4

Thanks to the WiFire tool, it is possible to scare yourself shitless while waiting to see whether your beloved city will be destroyed by fire. From their website: WIFIRE is an integrated system for wildfire analysis, with specific regard to changing urban dynamics and climate. The system integrates networked observations ...
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Finnemore Fridays: Train Travel

Amtrak and I have a love-hate relationship. I love the uninterrupted (except by beautiful views) work time. I often choose the train to travel so I can QC audiobooks, write, and occasionally catch up on sleep from late-night recording sessions. Something about the Ca-Chunk, Ca-Chunk rhythm (modern trains do not clickety-clack, ...
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Finnemore Fridays: Interfaith Conference

Thanksgiving is about friends and family coming together, sharing a meal and gratitude, regardless of their disparate beliefs or points of view. I adore the smarty-pants nature of this Finnemore sketch that brings beings together, called "Interfaith Conference." It is especially poignant right now, after the end of Daylight Savings ...
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Finnemore Fridays: Alchemy

We don't talk about this kind of thing in our culture, but recently, I made a bit of money. The way I did it was very 2000's, terribly old-fashioned: I "won" the startup lottery - a small bet I placed on a company I worked for in one of my past ...
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Finnemore Friday: National Debate

We The People... ...seem fine about having replaced discussion with insult slinging in the comments field. Maybe we need a National Debate? Finnemore Style? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrhjWjhi1Pw ...
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Finnemore EXTRA: Election Day!

A haunting reminder about the importance of voting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPNHguA3CWc ...
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