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Dealing Badly with Change


it’s probably partly the head cold, but WC has been a little cranky lately. To a considerable extent, it’s dealing badly with change: Aaron Johnson has apparently abandoned his wonderful What the Duck, one of WC’s favorite web cartoons. The last new cartoon was in August. It was pretty good, but it’s getting a little…

Randall Munroe's Live-Sketched Report on Philae's Landing - Final Panel

The Live-Sketched Philae Landing


The wholly remarkable Randall Munroe, creator of XKCD, created his own “live-streamed” version of Philae’s landing on Comet 67P. There are 146 sketches, some silly, some very funny and some quite moving. Munroe keeps setting new benchmarks for what can be done in a web comic. Spolier ahead: Congratulations to the European Space Agency’s on…

Congratulations, Baer! I think you've exterminated the species!

UAF’s Really Bad, Terrible, Not-So-Good Week


Not all publicity is good publicity. Just ask the University of Alaska. They’ve had two very embarrassing stories in the last week. Heinrich “Henry” Springer, 78,  is under very serious criminal investigation for violations of federal laws protecting birds. WC has always found “collectors” – folks who kill animals in the name of science –…

Fields Creek - Photo credit Foo Conner:@iwasaround

American Disasters: Lunchtime Edition


It’s a grim Lincoln’s Day here in America. Not only has Honest Abe’s holiday been highjacked and arbitrarily shifted to “Presidents’ Day” on February 17; the news is just grim. The already bankrupt Patriot Coal Company has dumped 108,000 gallons of coal slurry waste into Fields Creek, which runs into the long-suffering Kanawha River, site…

A Cash Machine for Hackers?

Technogeekery: The Looming ATM Crisis


There are 420,000 ATMs in the U.S. About 95% of them run under Microsoft Windows XP, the world’s most hacked operating system. On April 8, 2014, a deadline looms for all those ATM systems. That’s when Microsoft will end tech support for Windows XP, meaning that ATMs running the XP will no longer receive regular security patches…

The Rich are Different: Glamping


Want to spend $1,675 a night for tent camping in Montana? You can. Just go glamping. The word is a portmanteau of “glamor” and “camping,” and has an apparent connotative meaning of “as far from traditional camping as possible.” The Resort at Paws Up offers “luxury tent camping” with your very own chef and butler.…