All the ITPOD!

When Mount St. Helens erupted cataclysmically on May 18th, 1980, a lot of people were caught in the blast zone. Some witnessed the eruption from within the devastated area. Some were in the air, some on other Cascades peaks. Some didn’t survive, but left photos and notes behind. Everyone had a unique story to tell. USGS geologist Richard Waitt collects their stories in a volume that will chill, thrill, and keep you up at night. Anyone who’s at all interested in volcanic eruptions needs this book. My liveblogging of the reading experience can be found right here.

Live-Blogging Richard Waitt’s In the Path of Destruction: LOLspeak Edition

Live-Blogging Richard Waitt’s In the Path of Destruction II: Ominous Swelling Edition

Live-Blogging Richard Waitt’s In the Path of Destruction III: Eve of Destruction

Live-Blogging Richard Waitt’s In the Path of Destruction IV: Big Ba-Boom Edition

Live-Blogging Richard Waitt’s In the Path of Destruction V: Mountaineering During an Eruption Is Complicated Edition

Live-Blogging Richard Waitt’s In the Path of Destruction VI: The Devastation from Within

Live-Blogging Richard Waitt’s In the Path of Destruction VII: The Difference Between Life and Death Is Luck

Live-Blogging Richard Waitt’s In the Path of Destruction VIII: Different Views

Live-Blogging Richard Waitt’s In the Path of Destruction IX: “Is This What Pompeii Was Like?”

 

To be continued…

Photo of my copy of Richard Waitt's In the Path of Destruction, which has a black and white photo of Mount St. Helens erupting.

If you love this book and need it instantly, you can pick up your own copy of In the Path of Destruction here. Purchases through that link help support my blogging, so thank you!

Taking Liberties: A Book We Need Right Now

So you may have noticed lately that the right-wing ratfuckers in state governments are busy trying to roll us back to the Dark Ages. Women aren’t people, they’re “hosts” to those precious babies that will be cherished so long as they’re in the womb; once they’re out, both host and infant will be despised as social parasites if they have the audacity to be unmarried and/or poor. Some jackass is trying to slip prayer into schools by forcing teachers to read congressional prayers. In my former home state of Arizona, the frothing fundies boiled over, and decided to give religious people the right to discriminate against gays, because apparently, refusing to let them patronize your business is an act of worship. Other states have jumped on that horrible bandwagon. And let’s not forget the Russia-envy they’ve got going on. They’ve got a stiffy for totalitarian shitlords who hate on the same groups they do.

Outraged? Good. Here’s a book that will help you channel that rage more productively: [Read more…]