perfect tiny snow-pieces!!
in case it is beginning to look like all I do at work is take photos
of trees, there’s also: good morning snowfalls, breaking up ice in the water storage tank in sub 30, generators falling apart (which, crucially, ought to be providing heat), things generally going sideways, &c. (never boring!)
" Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not.
Being forced to work, and being forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know”
Besides my enduring love for their music and the fact that Midnight Organ Fight (along with For Emma, Forever Ago) is probably the best contemporary breakup album, Frightened Rabbit are awesome guys. In every personal interaction I’ve ever had with any of them, they’ve been super cool.
Case in point. I hadn’t spoken to Scott Hutchison since I interviewed him 4 and 1/2 years ago. I saw him tonight after their show and he immediately knew who I was. They’ve been touring almost non-stop for years, and meet god only knows how many people. It is absurd that he would remember meeting me for 20 minutes in 2009. But he even knew which venue they’d been playing that night. (He also wrote a new song inspired by his “intense love affair with Game of Thrones.” How could this man not be my favorite?)
Then I spent some time with my Frightened Rabbit boyfriend. We had a kind of serious, quite interesting talk about our different approaches to engaging with new music. It was dreamy. Then we bonded over our mutual fear of sharks and how whenever we get into the ocean that is all we can think about. We disagree on jellyfish, but I convinced him to give them another chance. I think I can bring him around.
File under: serious engineering projects, architecture out of post-apocalyptic science fiction that is actually real, reasons why we need to think carefully about nuclear energy.
One of the biggest engineering projects in history, it has been likened to a gigantic metal igloo, built to seal off hundreds of tons of nuclear fuel and dust buried inside reactor number four, which in 1986 blew up and burned for 10 days. […]
Engineers say the radioactive environment is why work has been so slow. “It’s not dangerous, it’s just very, very difficult,” says Philippe Casse, 61, the site manager. “You have to organise everything to avoid the risk to people. But it is worth doing. I’m not just here to make a living, I’m here to make Chernobyl safe.”