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June 22nd, 2009

The speed of lightning

There's a small line of thunderstorms about 50 miles to the south of us.  It doesn't look like much on radar, but it's making a very impressive display outside.  It kinda looks like some kind of alien invasion or something.  Even at this distance, you can occasionally make out individual bolts.  The skies here are perfectly clear and the storms are far enough away you can't hear the thunder.

I'm surprised just how far lightning flashes can travel; while picking up our roommate from Omaha Eppley Field the other day, we could clearly see flashes of light from a storm centered around Sioux City, about 100 miles away!

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Writer's Block: Music for Thought

When you have to study or get work done, what music (if any) do you put on to help you concentrate?
If I'm doing something that requires great concentration, such as doing taxes or coding, I prefer silence.  It's easier to think without distractions.

If it's something that merely requires attention, but not concentration, like reading the newspaper, I'll usually listen to something light and without words, like classical music or instrumental pop.

If I'm doing work that doesn't require much attention, like Internets or e-mail, then I'll listen to pretty much anything, depending on my mood.