jlw at May 23rd, 2014 17:02 — #1
ianmcloud at May 23rd, 2014 17:37 — #2
stefanjones at May 23rd, 2014 17:49 — #3
Those fleeing Triffid infestations may seek shelter in the Portland area, which after several very nice days is thoroughly overcast.
randywalters at May 23rd, 2014 18:04 — #4
A phrase to be repeated across time zones and continents this evening; may your luck hold, and never give you cause to speak it.
jlw at May 23rd, 2014 18:04 — #5
stefanjones at May 23rd, 2014 18:30 — #6
Per the movie, Triffids are dissolved by seawater. Stand on a rock and you'll be quite safe.
dave_barak at May 23rd, 2014 22:39 — #7
Any chance you live in Southern California? Here in San Diego we're experiencing May Gray. Next month we get June Gloom.
steampunkbanana at May 23rd, 2014 22:45 — #8
Could be worse. Could be raining.
prestonsturges at May 24th, 2014 00:38 — #9
Regrettably that was a cheap deus ex machina ending in the movie. IIRC the book's ending was more like the movie version of "The Birds."
jardine at May 24th, 2014 04:34 — #10
The sky is actually clear here for once. I've checked a couple times (about 3:30 EDT and about 4:15) so far and haven't seen anything except the normal stars.
solmssen at May 24th, 2014 05:21 — #11
I drove out to the hills above Chatsworth, CA and found a good dark spot. Saw about half a dozen was-it-or-wasn't-it ones and one amazing full-shower-of-sparks-oh-my-god one. Was out for about 45 mins before the clouds rolled in at 12:30 or so.
euansmith at May 24th, 2014 07:28 — #12
Having watched the film as a kid, I've always avoided meteor showers... just in case
miasm at May 24th, 2014 07:28 — #13
You obviously need one of these:
cellocgwisback at May 24th, 2014 07:33 — #14
Clouds here too (VT). I found that a quick peek out the window, followed by falling right back asleep, led to a spectacular display of colored meteors. Too bad that even in my dream I knew it was a dream.
PS I still dislike the new bb page layout. What is this, Slate?
acerplatanoides at May 24th, 2014 09:49 — #15
Yeah, great week to shut down HAARP. Thanks, Obama!
tobinl at May 24th, 2014 10:14 — #16
Yeah I went out into the cloudy seattle night and said fuck you pacific northwest. It had been sunny and clear all week and now we get cloud cover.
prestonsturges at May 24th, 2014 11:30 — #17
Sadly, Wilhelm Reich's earlier work is overshadowed by his later looniness. "The Mass Psychology Of Fascism" is very insightful and nontechnical. Yes he starts to wander off into his later pet theories of sexual development, but those can be ignored.
miasm at May 24th, 2014 12:31 — #18
Not just ignored.
Way, way, way off topic; Please, delete if offensive.
billstewart at May 24th, 2014 13:35 — #19
I saw one meteor in half an hour or so in bad viewing conditions.
It was mostly cloudy in SF Bay Area. Drove up to Santa Cruz Mountains near Palo Alto and found a north-facing gap in the clouds that let me at least see the brighter stars around the Big Dipper (not sure how much of the Giant Space Giraffe I could see, since it's not a constellation I know. Besides the one meteor and some airplanes, I saw a few flickers that could have been really faint meteors, but were probably just stars getting blocked and unblocked by clouds.
Does anybody know if this meteor shower will be back every year, or if this is just a one-time event?
(Also, to the person who complained about BB's new layout, try http://boingboing.net/page/1 for the old one.)
samsam at May 26th, 2014 21:07 — #20
I had pretty excellent viewing conditions on the coast of Maine -- no clouds, lots of stars visible -- but I only saw one small meteor. I was out from about 12:00-12:30 am, so I may just have missed the shower.
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