Category Archives: Global Warming

October 30, 2012, 3:03 pm

The Morning After: the Twitterati Report #Sandy

Morning, October 30 2012. Photo credit: Tenured Radical

Before I get to the role that Twitter played in documenting Hurricane Sandy yesterday, I have to ask: do you remember the “disaster girl,” Maureen McGovern?

A singer with an otherwise middling career, McGovern had two cheesy hits in the 1970s that are still played in elevators today.  One was “The Morning After.” It was the so-called “love theme” from The Poseiden Adventurea 1972 movie about a cruise ship that overturned in a tsunami, dooming (nearly) everyone aboard. McGovern re-recorded the song, originally sung by an even more obscure chanteuse, and it went up the charts with a bullet in 1973. This success got her the job of singing “We May Never Love Like This Again,” the love theme for The Towering Inferno, a 1974 thriller about the world’s…

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October 29, 2012, 1:27 pm

How High’s the Water, Momma? Hurricane Dispatches from Brooklyn

Red Hook, Brooklyn as of this morning.

How high’s the water, mama?
Two feet high and risin’.
How high’s the water, papa?
Two feet high and risin’.

We can make it to the road in a homemade boat
That’s the only thing we got left that’ll float
It’s already over all the wheat and the oats,
Two feet high and risin’.

Johnny Cash, “Five Feet High and Risin’,” published 1974

Dateline Brooklyn, 1:30 PM. The flooding started this morning with a morning storm surge in Brooklyn; Hurricane Sandy has not even made landfall yet.  Parts of Red Hook and Gowanus are already under (see the picture above) and the city has evacuated all of people in public housing south of us. Last night school buses full of people headed to the shelters came up our street, whether they wanted to go or not.

There are many…

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October 28, 2007, 8:41 pm

Conversations With My Spam File

When you have several different email accounts, you get different kinds of invasive email — otherwise known on the Mac as Junk, and on most commercial email servers as Spam. I have also noticed, since returning from the Sunshine State, where I did a whirlwind four day tour of relatives, that several of my posts have been hit by something I am told is a Spambot — something that trolls around looking for blogs to invade, and that leaves ambiguous posts that must be intended to entice people to click on the fake blog identity and give up their IP addresses. The spambot’s comments say things like “Wonderful post!” and “Great blog!” Little do they know that on an academic blog, this gives them away immediately — what academic do you know who can confine hirself to 3 words or less in a blog comment? Huh?

But the spam also differs from account to account. What I have noticed is that on my…

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