The science and history of rogue waves, part two

While searching for some videos on YouTube that might do a better job of explaining the phenomenon of rogue waves than I can, I actually found some really, really good material.  First, one of my absolute favorite people on the Intertubes, Hank Green, who is also half of the awesome duo that is the vlog brothers.  Here, Hank talks about rogue waves on his SciShow channel.

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The science and history of rogue waves, part one

In what could prove to be a huge step forward in predicting how rogue waves are formed, and thus a tool for saving lives at sea, researchers at MIT have found a way to give 2 to 3 minutes warning of an incoming rogue wave.

I know it probably sounds stupid, but it’s hard for me to explain how excited I am about this research.  So much so that I am tempted to go speak with the researchers sometime (living in Cambridge does have its advantages).  But to understand why I am geeking out about this, it might help for me to go into some detail about what we know about rogue waves, and how they have affected ships at sea, as well as oil rigs, lighthouses, and coastlines.  This is one of those times that my love of history (especially maritime history) and my love of science come together.

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Something positive, for a change

Well, I thought it would be nice to talk about something a little more uplifting, so I thought I would share this story with you.  At least until I can find something with cute furry animals.

This past Easter Sunday, some kids interrupted their Easter Egg hunt to help the police catch a couple of burglary suspects.  And they did it in such a clever way, I still find myself marveling at how quickly they thought on their feet.  Check out the video below the cut.

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Donald Trump is more of a symptom than the cause of our political mess

I don’t like to talk about politics too much on our blog, because frankly I need more positivity in my life, and these days it is really difficult to find anything whatsoever in politics that gives me cause for optimism.  Still, I am a historian, and I can’t help but think that we are currently experiencing one of those watershed Presidential elections, like the election of 1860 or the election of 1932 or the election of 1968, in which those of us who experience it will talk about in terms of what things were like before, and what they were like after.

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Happy John Daker Day

This post might be a little stream of consciousness.  It’s Holy Week, I’m tired, and last night I was exposed to one of the best/worst internet videos of all time.

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Boston Accent: the Movie

Although Seth Myers is not from Boston, he did spend a big chunk of his childhood nearby in New Hampshire.  And as a result, he totally gets the whole “Hollywood can’t get the Boston accent right” thing.  Admittedly, there have been times that I am watching a movie or a TV show set in Boston and the bad attempts at local accents really get to me – not to mention the brutally mispronounced names of Massachusetts cities and towns – (I am looking at you, Falling Skies).

So seeing this “trailer” was a real treat.  He totally gets it.

And the cameo from Rachel Dratch is just… wicked awesome.

-Geoff

Warming Winter Jazz

Hi All,

My friend and fellow musician Dave Thorne Scott brings us news of 3 upcoming Jazz concerts right in and around Cambridge that are T accessible and will be super fun.  Check them out.  An email from Dave is below.

~Kelly

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Fire at our favorite hotel

Kelly and I don’t stay in hotels very often, but there is one hotel that we try to stay at once a year.  It’s the closest we get to a regular vacation.  Every May during the big antique show in Brimfield, we try to go for a long weekend and we stay at the Publick House in Sturbridge.  We truly love the place.  We bring our dogs with us, and they have a good time too.

So obviously we were quite alarmed when our friend Carron told us that she saw on the TV news that there was a fire at the Publick House.

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October and November concerts for you!

There has been a lot going on in the last few weeks.  I’m still sorting through the luggage, photos, and general wreckage of running around like a decapitated chicken.  But!  I have concert news for you that involves me, friends, coworkers, and perfect strangers that I feel the need to bring you.  So, I’m setting aside the work that needs to be done to share the details with you.  Please make sure to see at least some of these, they’re going to be great!

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