Gnomes infest Mount St. Helens observatory

The U.S. Forest Service operates a Mount St. Helens Observatory that has two web cams. Although they are located under a roof overhang 20 feet in the air, both have been at least partially blocked by snow for many weeks. I checked the cams today, and found this image, to my astonishment:
VolcanoCamGnome
The caption on the disc (paper plate?) to the right reads: I WILL GET THE SNOW.
Also, is that a snowboard in the gnome’s hand, or what?

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Obscure.org is down for emergency maintenance

It looks like the main drive on the old obscure.org server is finally giving up the ghost. The good news is we have new hardware to replace it. The bad news is that to take advantage of it, I have to finish the operating system rebuild I started recently.

Please expect that Obscure will probably be down until at least noon on Sunday.

The Guns of Arlington Cemetery

I was getting to a slow start this morning, having gone back to bed after helping get the kids to school. Then the slow cadence of a 21-gun salute coming from the east woke me, and I stopped feeling quite so bad for myself, my inadequacies, my impatience, my frustrations. Many were having a far worse start to their day, and someone’s day wasn’t starting at all.

I’d like to thank the U.S. military this morning for one hell of an alarm clock.

Yesterday while fiddling with Google Maps, the corner of Arlington Cemetery where my father’s remains rest caught the corner of my eye. The imagery is detailed enough to see the garden in the maze of the Columbarium where his ashes lie. I think I will visit soon.