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Australia Is On So Much Fire, You Can See It From Orbit 289

Jeremy Lee writes "Temperatures in Australia this week hit the point where the Bureau of Meteorology had to invent a new color. And with heat and winds come Bushfires. So it's probably good that I made a real-time bushfire map with every known source of public data directly relating to fires in Australia, mostly because fire doesn't respect state borders." From space.
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Australia Is On So Much Fire, You Can See It From Orbit

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  • by fredrated ( 639554 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @11:26AM (#42532289) Journal

    Is this a drive-by post by a moron?

  • by crazyjj ( 2598719 ) * on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @11:38AM (#42532461)

    Greetings, time traveler from the 19th century. "And" has been an acceptable opening segue for some time now here in 2012. Also, we attempt to use gender-neutral language, which has made using the plural "they" and its variants as singular forms increasingly acceptable. In addition, the delineation between "effect" and "affect" seems to be fading in popular usage as well, as have traditional meanings of "irony" and "hacker" (a word which probably means something REALLY different to you).

    Oh, and we have a cure or treatment for every venereal disease now! And we have a polio vaccine too!

  • by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @11:52AM (#42532683) Homepage Journal

    You seem to not understand the idea of colloquial grammar. "And" at the beginning of a sentence can communicate information that isn't necessarily directly dependent on the previous independent clause. It can, for example, represent the notion of building on a previous assertion in the same paragraph. And that is why colloquial grammar should be understood, and not edited for no better reason than "I say so".

  • by datapharmer ( 1099455 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @11:53AM (#42532699) Homepage
    Oxford disagrees (about conjunctions, but you are spot on about potatoes): [] It is fine to start a sentence with and.
  • View from Space (Score:5, Informative)

    by Tofof ( 199751 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:00PM (#42532789)
    The summary somehow leaves out anything related to the headline - the view of the fires from space. Didn't even bother linking to the relevant NY Times article []. Okay then.

    For the real good stuff, though, check out the high res images in the Universe Today coverage [], which showcases several of the images directly from Cmdr Hadfield's twitter feed [].
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:32PM (#42533241)

    "between "effect" and "affect" seems to be fading in popular usage as well"

    No more than "then" and "than", "there/they're/their", or various other commonly confused words with different meanings. No, they aren't "fading in popular usage". They're just more confused than ever because more people tolerate sloppy writing. They are still distinct, and the need for them to remain distinct has not vanished. (Example: "It is better to be pissed off then pissed on" -- "Uh, I think you meant 'than'")

  • by ClickOnThis ( 137803 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @12:59PM (#42533623) Journal

    Mod parent up. You can affect an effect, but you can't effect an affect unless you're in the same business as Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro.

  • Re: BBQ (Score:5, Informative)

    by TheEffigy ( 2666397 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @03:14PM (#42535281)
    I think this was intended to be a joke, but actually kanga meat is available in most supermarkets here.
  • Re: BBQ (Score:5, Informative)

    by nfras ( 313241 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @05:42PM (#42538139)

    Yep, I had Kanga Bangas [] for dinner last night. Not as succulent (fatty) as regular sausages and with a stronger flavour but not bad all the same. Kangaroo burgers rock, and Kangaroo steak is great when done quite rare, but overcook it and it goes tougher than a pair of Chuck Norris's boots.
    Kangaroo meat is also much better for you and the environment than beef. Kangaroos need to be culled in many parts of Australia due to rising population levels (there are considerably more kangaroos in Australia now than before white settlement, due to agriculture), the meat is very low in fat, and kangaroos fart far less than cows, so we don't get the methane output that cows produce. If you can get kangaroo meat, try it.

  • by kNIGits ( 65006 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @06:46PM (#42539165) Homepage

    Quote from the linked Mashable article:

    with temperatures hitting 107 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas

    That's 41C, and not entirely accurate. The island-state of Tasmania, the coldest (on average) place in Australia, reached 41C. Some areas on the mainland have reached 49C, which is 120F. My home in central NSW (six hours west of Sydney) was 40-42C for 4-5 days, with high winds for the last couple. Bushfires were burning several kilometers from my home, with over a hundred firefighters fighting to contain them. Emergency vehicle sirens have been common, and I've received SMS messages from the Rural Fire Service warning about how close the fires are.

    Thankfully a cool change appeared yesterday, but there are still many fires burning around the country and temperatures are expected to increase again tomorrow.

    As an aside, why won't Slashdot let me post the degree symbol (alt-248)?

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