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That is one big lake! Contains more water than all five Great Lakes combined. And it’s taken several months for me to circumnavigate Lake Baikal in Google Earth, zooming in really close and enjoying Panoramio snapshots along the way. I think I’ll have to go around again:)

It’s such a beautiful part of the world. Impressive fault-block mountain ranges capped with snow, intricate coastal geomorphology, some interesting railroad architecture, and some of the most exquisite sunsets I’ve seen posted to Google Earth.

We worry much about the casualties of global warming, but rarely consider the possibility that some places may benefit from it. If the polar ice caps melt completely, then sea level will rise by around 100 meters. This will bring the Arctic coastline much farther south, and fragment the land mass of Eurasia, which should moderate the climate of Siberia, especially in winter – and probably allow for more precipitation. Lake Baikal could be quite a wonderful place to be.

I mention Google Earth therapy often. I can’t recommend it enough for someone who spends most of the time in a crowded city. A 3G iPad would be nice – but you’ll be surprised how enjoyable it is on the little iPhone:)

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I was up at 5am this morning. A friend suggested that if I did so, I would be able to see the Orion Nebula with the naked eye. I was a bit skeptical, but got up anyway. Could not see it. Perhaps the quarter moon was just too bright.

However, I thought I might as well enjoy the novel experience of being up so early on such an unusually clear, calm morning. It’s a while since I really looked at stars. Between the light pollution and frequent cloud cover, I’ve rather got out of the habit.

When I got to work, I realized today’s date – 10/01/10 – is binary. It made me happy, loving interesting numbers as I do. Can’t think how I missed the binary dates of January!! However, the decimal equivalent of today’s date is a boring 38.

After work, I decided I needed a rest from H.G.Wells and so went back to Lake Baikal via Google Earth. Today I was at the northern end of the lake where there are some fantastic coastal and delta features. No matter what mankind does or does not do, geomorphology keeps on working away at the landscape. Lake Baikal seems to enjoy some pretty impressive sunsets and must have some of the longest, sandiest beaches anywhere. It’s incredibly gorgeous. I’ll bet the skies are very starry there.

When I was done with my latte, I walked up to Third Avenue to wait for a bus, and one came by immediately – and it wasn’t crowded. I enjoyed some of the bone-dry humor of Saki on the way.

I found a few blackberries on my walk home from the bus. I don’t recall ever picking blackberries in October before.
We’re supposed to be in for a rough winter. I wonder if that is what is portended by all the spider webs I’ve been seeing.

I mentioned to a few people that today’s date was binary – and got just blank stares. Oh well! Time for a cartoon! This one has a binary reference:)

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I work for a retail company that is very, very Christmas (and other holiday) dependent. For the last two months, merchandise has been flooding in, and
my boss just keeps on ordering as though this is going to be a bumper Christmas season. We wonder if she is aware that the economy is slowing. We are also very understaffed at present, with several people (myself included) out on vacation next week!! Yeah. I don’t know how that was allowed to happen:)

Today was pretty amazing for workplace madness. This is a place where the signal-to-noise ratio is extremely low, making everything equally unimportant – and so it’s not always obvious where the immediate priorities lie. So I was feeling overwelmed anyway, and trying to help a co-worker who’s even more overloaded than me – to no avail. Then a key piece of equipment I use decided to malfunction in the early afternoon. And to crown everything, five pallets of merchandize showed up at 4:30pm when just about everyone was out the door, leaving only our shipping/receiving frontdesk guy to handle it all. As we lack a forklift, the only way to get the stuff inside was to break down the pallets on the truck and then make numerous trips with the hand cart. Not exactly what I want to be doing at 4:30 after a harrowing day.. but I knew that were I in his shoes, I would appreciate an offer of help – so I stayed and helped unload. It actually took my mind off things.

By the time I left, I really just wanted to come straight home to West Seattle, and so decided to again try my luck with the buses that have to use the awful reroute over the swing bridge. A long freight train had just lumbered by, so I hoped there might be a long-enough gap in between switching operations for a bus to get across the tracks. And indeed there was. However, the swing bridge had to open! My bus driver decided to use the “reroute of the reroute”. I think he’s had enough of sitting waiting at the bridge. So he took us on a little sightseeing tour down the Duwamish River and back up again. We would have been better off just waiting for the bridge to reopen to road traffic – but sometimes you just feel better when you keep moving. No one complained. After four months of this horrible reroute, anyone who would be bothered has learned to find another way home:) We are stuck with this situation until the end of 2011!

I stopped for a latte on the way home and enjoyed some Google Earth therapy. Lake Baikal, Siberia. Nothing too clever, even though this amazing lake sits on a rift that will eventually tear Asia in two. I just panned around the coast looking at the Panoramio links. It’s surprisingly beautiful – and very varied, with some typical Russian juxtapositions, such as a scenic ski resort just a short throw from a rather ugly cardboard factory! By the time I’d finished my latte I was decidedly happy – and my next bus was about to arrive.

Despite the day I’ve had, I feel wonderfully unstressed and happy right now. Bus rides. Latte. Google Earth. Bit of a walk. Good dinner. Sometimes it’s all it takes:)

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