After the rock setup, under actinics only:
This is how the tank is for an hour before main lights come on and an hour after they go off: this is actinic (blue) light, which is high-energy light that penetrates deep. The fish have headed for their nooks in the rocks.
Thing’s taller than I am. 105 gallons. Dream tank of a lifetime—but boy! has it been a bear to get set up! I think we are finally where we should have been last year at this time!
The ocean’s chemistry is really pretty simple: it eats rocks. It supports organisms that, from microcellular up, eat the dissolved rock and eat light of a favored spectrum, which energizes their little cell-parts and makes the eating re-constitute into shells, tissue, skeleton. If conditions go ‘off’ it fosters areas of the food chain that ordinarily [...]
…working on outline, which is not your A, B, C sort of outline, but a ragtag set of ‘this scene’, coupled with ‘things that need to be explained’ and ‘things that need to happen’ and ‘people in the scene’ so I can move them about. I used to do this on strips of paper. Now [...]
If you have a long plane flight upcoming, heads up. This volcano could affect air travel, particularly in Europe.
It’s still erupting under the glacier: this will likely produce catastrophic local flood, once it breaks out. In the meanwhile the Icelandic government has evacuated areas to the north and put a no-fly around the volcano [...]
…the real good news is that, 7 days after the original (2nd) injury, it’s good. Feeling near normal this morning! Yay! That’s one monster medical bill I won’t be having! Not to mention having a functional knee!
I’ve now gotten to where bed is the only really uncomfortable place to be. There’s something inherently unfair about this, because I’m quite tired and really need sleep. I’ve tried every possible position of pillows, padding, etc, but, alas, the swelling just needs to go down.
Poured cats and dogs this morning. Which was nice. [...]
grimsfjall webcams … but they’ve been at condition orange since yesterday and have evacuated the area north of the volcano.
This is one of Iceland’s BIG volcanoes. It could alter or ground flights. And it could affect global weather.
The story involved is “Mech.”
It was a lovely convention—and everybody was very nice to me: they had a kind of special do for me as GOH and people said very nice things and Michael Whelan sent me a very special gift. Wiishu was ‘Doll Guest of Honor’ and Jane and Nina had a good time. Unfortunately I’d sprained my [...]