Sometimes We Forget

Sometimes we forget that our sun is but single star among many, but all it takes to remind us is a bit of lens flare off some ripples.
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The computer that mastered Go

This is an amazing breakthrough in Artificial intelligence.

Gary Clark Jr “When my Train Pulls In”

This song puts me in an early ’70s state of mind.

New Music

This week I’m listening to Grizfolk, and Vök.

Itunes link for Grizfolk’s new opus

El Nino Still Growing

Be on the watch for more unusual weather:

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The current strong El Niño brewing in the Pacific Ocean shows no signs of waning, as seen in the latest satellite image from the U.S./European Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 mission.

El Niño 2015 has already created weather chaos around the world. Over the next few months, forecasters expect the United States to feel its impacts as well.

The latest Jason-2 image bears a striking resemblance to one from December 1997, by Jason-2’s predecessor, the NASA/Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) Topex/Poseidon mission, during the last large El Niño event. Both reflect the classic pattern of a fully developed El Niño. The images can be viewed at:

http://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/elnino2015/index.html

The images show nearly identical, unusually high sea surface heights along the equator in the central and eastern Pacific: the signature of a big and powerful El Niño. Higher-than-normal sea surface heights are an indication that a thick layer of warm water is present.

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