Weekly Releases

16 Feb 19
A Blogger's Beowulf

  This is going to be pretty quick. Since the last update I’ve managed to complete the 3rd draft of the poem and am now finalizing it as I go through the second out-loud read through. Since I need to be either alone at home or home during the day for that read through, I’ve […]

16 Feb 19
Widow Watson.

Weekly Update #1 This is a little series I’ve been working on to chart my progress through the WiHMx readathon sponsored by @ladiesofhorrorfiction on Instagram. I’m also participating on Instagram if you are more visually-oriented, but here is the nitty-gritty: Finished DIS MEM BER by Joyce Carol Oates Sub-genre: short story collection Page count (in […]

16 Feb 19
(un)Conventional Bookworms

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share my new books, as well as what happened here at (un)Conventional Bookworms and elsewhere in the blogoshpere. I’m linking up with the usual suspects, AKA Team Tynga’s Reviews and Caffeinated Reviewer. STS #266 Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality is all about the latest additions to my […]

16 Feb 19
Guilherme Oliveira

As I started to type form an AirBnb room in Sao Paulo, I realized this will be a really, really long update, lots of things to talk about, a lot of tech details I want to get into. I will try to point what I’m going to talk about on each section of this update, […]

16 Feb 19
CryptoCenterNews

This is a paid-for submitted press release. CCN does not endorse, nor is responsible for any material included below and isn’t responsible for any damages or losses connected with any products or services mentioned in the press release. CCN urges readers to conduct their own research with due diligence into the company, product or service mentioned […]

16 Feb 19
Comic Book Speculation

The following article has been written by Comic Book Speculation Dot Com writer, Nico. Read more articles from Nico here. This is your Weekend Update! Marvel’s adult Hulu The work week started off with a bang when the Hollywood Reporter confirmed that adult animated series based on popular Marvel Television characters MODOK, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & […]

16 Feb 19
Archy news nety

Pope Francis at the Vatican on February 10, 2019. – Andrew Medichini / AP / SIPA A shocking book on the Catholic Church. In a 600-page book to appear on February 21, Frédéric Martel describes a "gay system", hypocritical and secret, within the clergy. The French journalist and sociologist relies on a long investigation and […]

16 Feb 19
Djrobblog.com

(February 16, 2019) It’s a long way from “Self Destruction” to “Thotiana.” And what was once considered “dope” is now just “lit.” Billboard magazine, the industry’s oldest trade publication, has been charting popular music in America for nearly a century.  Rappers have been dropping rhymes to dance and hip-hop beats for more than 40 years. […]

16 Feb 19
music reviews thoughts and rants

2015 seems to have been an overall slight improvement over the really bad 2013 and 2014. Generally, it still wasn’t particularly good, however, and had tons of awful bullshit. Of all songs released that year, these 20 made me question my sanity the most.

16 Feb 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The dead lawns and depleted reservoirs that marked California’s historic five-year drought seemed a long way off Friday, as a week of wet weather — with a little more to come Saturday — sent rainfall totals across Northern California to more than 100 percent of their historical averages. Total rainfall since Oct. 1 was at 109 percent of normal for San Jose; 111 percent for San Francisco and Sacramento; and 102 percent in Oakland. Further south, the numbers were even further off the charts, with Los Angeles at 170 percent of normal and San Diego at 166 percent. “Just being above normal makes people feel there’s not a drought going on,” said Will Pi, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Monterey. “Until this week we were below that. We’ve had a lot of rainy days this winter, but this was the first storm that really dumped a lot of rain.” As of Tuesday Feb. 12, only 10 percent of California was considered to be in a drought (light orange means modest drought and darker means more serious), a stark improvement from Jan. 1, 2019 when 75 percent of the state fell into that category. On Friday, the Bay Area cleaned up from the atmospheric river storm that brought a drenching 7 inches in 72 hours over the Santa Cruz Mountains, North Bay Hills and Big Sur area. The storm, the strongest of the year so far, also delivered 2 to 4 inches to most Bay Area cities, swelling creeks but stopping just in time to avoid flooding in most places other than in Guerneville, where the Russian River peaked at 4 feet above flood stage early Friday morning, causing some flooding in low-lying areas. The measured precipitation for Santa Cruz wasn’t huge on Friday, according the Sentinel weather observers. Boulder Creek totaled .64 inches Friday, but the season rainfall reached 45.66 inches. Ben Lomond’s season total of 44.97 inches did not including measured rain from Friday. Ben Lomond is traditionally one of the wettest regions in Santa Cruz County. Other totals from Friday include Soquel’s .45 inches for a season total of 28.94 since the start of the rain year on Oct. 1. Happy Valley recorded .40 inches Friday and its season total stands at 36.24 inches. “Overall, it has been a great benefit,” said Pi. “Everything is green. No fire danger. And it washes the air pollution away.” Saturday should see cooler temperatures, Pi said, with lows in the 40s in most Bay Area communities, highs in the 50s and scattered showers giving way to sunny weather Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. A high surf advisory is in place this weekend at the coast, where rip currents and waves up to 25 feet are expected. A cold front from the north is forecast to take snow levels down to 3,000 feet on Saturday, which should bring snow to the higher Bay Area peaks, including Mount Hamilton and Mount Diablo. The snow level is expected to fall further to 1,500 feet by Sunday, which should bring snow to the Santa Cruz Mountains, East Bay Hills and Mount Tamalpais. Showers are forecast for the region through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. There’s also a high surf advisory in Santa Cruz County until 9 p.m. Saturday. The extent of the deluge, and other storms in recent weeks, could be seen all across Northern California. Near Los Gatos, Lexington Reservoir filled to the top and began spilling down the spillway Friday morning for the first time in two years since the big drought-busting winter of 2017. “It started spilling around 9 a.m.,” said Colleen Valles, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara Valley Water District. “It’s a modest amount. We aren’t expecting any impacts downstream.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report issued by the federal government and the University of Nebraska, on Thursday reported that just 10 percent of California’s land area is in any kind of drought condition, even a modest one. By comparison, just over six weeks ago on Jan. 1, roughly 75 percent of the state was in some sort of unusually dry pattern, which was leading to fears that the state might be heading back into another serious dry spell like the 2012-2016 drought, the worst since California became a state in 1850. Those fears have been washed away, however. The Sierra Nevada snowpack — the source of nearly one-third of the state’s water supply, hit 141 percent of the historical average on Friday, up from just 69 percent on New Year’s Day. A winter storm warning remains in effect through Saturday night, with avalanche warnings, chain controls on Interstate 80 and Highway 50, and another 1 to 3 feet of snow expected. Conditions were so bad that authorities were recommending people not travel to the Sierra on Friday, the beginning of President’s Day Weekend, typically a big skiing period. “If you must travel,” the National Weather Service said in an advisory, “prepare for long delays and carry an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing.” Meanwhile, across the Bay Area, reservoirs that had been perilously low during the drought filled to the top. All seven of the reservoirs owned by the Marin Municipal Water District were spilling. Los Vaqueros, the massive man-made lake in Contra Costa County, was 92 percent full. Loch Lomond Reservoir near Ben Lomond, a key part of Santa Cruz’s water supply, was spilling. The seven reservoirs owned by the East Bay Municipal Utility District were 83 percent full. And four of the 10 reservoirs owned by the Santa Clara Valley Water District — Lexington, Uvas, Chesbro and Almaden — were spilling. Collectively, all 10 were 63 percent full, putting them at 113 percent of the historic average for this date. To reduce flood risk, the district last week began increased water releases from half of them, most notably Anderson, the largest, which was 41 percent full on Friday afternoon. “Normally we like the rain to come in fits — a little bit at a time, and have things dry out, so we can get the rain without the threat of flooding,” said Valles. “Give us a break so we can get ready for more. That’s what we’ve been seeing over the past month.” Sentinel Assistant City Editor Donald Fukui contributed to this report.
16 Feb 19
Neuroqueer Love Letters

11 years ago, past tense me was in the midst of a self-directed challenge to release a weekly collection of tracks (aka, an album) under the moniker Echo Root. Originally bearing the collective title of “Zen Junk” (volume 1, volume 2, etc.), the albums were later retitled using the title of one of the tracks […]

16 Feb 19
EMCEE

We are excited to share the highly anticipated single from environmental activist musical collective Trapdoor Social. The indie rock band have a record of fundraising and activism supporting sustainability, producing outdoor solar-powered concerts around the US. Entitled ‘The Move’, the infectious track is inspired by the idea of a growing movement of people who want to leave the world better than they found it. With funk-fuelled guitars, impassioned […]

16 Feb 19
2019 ILPA Detention Center Trip

During their spring break last year, seven Maryland Carey law students (along with two supervising attorneys, Professors Maureen Sweeney and Gabriela Kahrl) volunteered with the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) launched SIFI a few years ago. SIFI provides pro bono […]

16 Feb 19
Drunken life, Dreamy Death

It feels like wherever you travel on the internet these days, everyone seems to be an expert on mental health. It can be hard to distinguish the good advice from the bad and those who are being sincere or seeking attention, as the look to grow their social media following. This phenomena of speaking out, […]