Friday, June 18, 2010

Fascinating Interactive Map

More than 10 million Americans moved from one county to another during 2008. The map below visualizes those moves. Click on any county to see comings and goings: black lines indicate net inward movement, red lines net outward movement.

These are the migration lines for the home studio for DDDN. Cleveland County, Oklahoma. Our county has had double digit population growth nearly every year since I moved to this county from McClain County, Oklahoma. McClain County has one of the smallest populations of any county in the metro area, let alone in the state. You can see the difference in movement between the two comparing the lines. Yet as you can see the University of Oklahoma still provides a lot of people for other places.

Click on your county and see if the people are inbound or outbound. So of the major cities are also listed for your enjoyment. Some of these are showing distinct movement from the Northeast to Texas and from the republic of Kalifornia to Texas as well. Click on Harris County (Houston) and Austin County (Austin) to see the dramatic move.

Check out this analysis on THE AMERICAN.

Lets get out of Kalifornia before its too late.
 These last two maps say a lot.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


For 70 years, this picture has been used to tell the same story – of inequality, class division, “toffs and toughs”. As an old Etonian closes in on Downing Street, it is being trotted out again. But what was the story behind it? Ian Jack investigates.

I heard about this story from a NPR Morning Edition's feature called "Word of Mouth," by Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown. I love to study old photos and try to determine the story. This is a story about a very famous photo used in England for decades.

Full size photo here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Write the future

I love this full length ad. I love the bit with Homer and the bit with Rooney and the beard. Funny stuff.

BP engineer called doomed rig a 'nightmare well'

BP took measures to cut costs in the weeks before the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico as it dealt with one problem after another, prompting a BP engineer to describe the doomed rig as a "nightmare well," according to internal documents released Monday.

The comment by BP engineer Brian Morel came in an e-mail April 14, six days before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that killed 11 people and has sent tens of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in the nation's worst environmental disaster.

I know how this engineer feels. Even in my job I see mistakes that go unheeded that were documented and ignored. In this example, the BP engineer, who had the guts to put it all down on paper so to say, will probably cost the company billions of dollars. But it goes without saying that BP brought this on themselves. How many times do you think they've used cost cutting measures on wells in the past and didn't get caught?

Solid Rock Church Jesus monument struck by lightning

MONROE — Charred remnants remained this morning, June 15, of the large Jesus statue iconic to Interstate 75 that was destroyed following an apparent lightning strike during a thunderstorm late Monday night.
Those at the scene this morning as the fog lifted around I-75 also described smoke damage to the Lawrence Bishop Music Theater located east of the statue. The theater also suffered fire damage, according to officials.

You can probably guess God doesn't like your work if it gets struck by lightning and burns it to the ground.

Monday, June 14, 2010

10 inches of rain in 6 hours

This is what a 5 lane road looks like when nearly 10 inches of rain falls in less than 6 hours. Central Oklahoma has been hit yet again with an odd weather event. The rain started this morning and by the drive time thousands of motorists were stranded in their cars due to street flooding.

CNN has some dramatic video of people being rescued from their flooded homes.

Here is some good video from MSNBC...

Several idiots drove into high water as they are told every year NOT TO. But the water came up so fast it caught several drivers in the middle of intersections as they flooded. It only takes one person to panic and cause dozens of others to be put at risk of drowning.

There are so many people needing rescued that if you don't wave at the Fire Department or Police they won't stop to rescue you.

Epic rainfall. I haven't heard any fun names for the storm similar to the Icepocalypes of earlier this year. The news tonight will have names like Flood 2010 and other weak attempts to name this event.

For those of not in "the know". The red colored water is the color of the clay here in central Oklahoma.