Wednesday Reads: Damn you Firefox!

Good Morning, my Firefox automatically updated last night and it was a mess. Error messages with every load of a webpage and I could not get the thing to stop updating itself when I would uninstall and try to reinstall the earlier version. So….consequently this post will be brief, and small. I will post something more substantial later on this afternoon.

NWLuna mentioned this first item last night in the comment section. Church of England votes against allowing women bishops

The Church of England has been plunged into its gravest crisis in decades after legislation that would have allowed female clergy to become bishops, and swept away centuries of entrenched sexism, was rejected by just six votes.

In dramatic scenes at Church House in Westminster, a long-awaited measure that was the result of 12 tortuous years of debate and more than three decades of campaigning was defeated by lay members, prompting one bishop to warn that the established church risked becoming “a national embarrassment”.

The legislation had needed a two-thirds majority in each of the three houses of the General Synod to pass, but, despite comfortably managing that in both the houses of bishops and clergy, it was dealt a fatal blow in the laity, where lay members voted 132 votes in favour and 74 against. If just six members of the laity had voted for instead of against, the measure would have been passed.

Six votes? That is all? WTF?

Well, the sun had a big eruption the other day, Sun produced coronal mass ejection, or CME.

NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) captured the image of today’s CME at 8:54 a.m. EST (13:54 UTC), about two hours after it left the sun.

NASA says the CME left the sun at speeds of 450 miles per second, which, it says, is a slow-to-average speed for this type of solar phenomenon. When a CME erupts from the sun, a geomagnetic storm occurs, producing beautiful auroras, or northern lights, for those at northerly latitudes.

NASA says that, in the past, CMEs with the slow-to-average speed of the November 20 event haven’t typically caused substantial geomagnetic storms. NASA explained:

They have caused auroras near the poles but are unlikely to cause disruptions to electrical systems on Earth or interfere with GPS or satellite-based communications systems.

Bottom line: The sun produced a coronal mass ejection, or CME, today (November 20, 2012). See a photo of the CME leaving the sun in this post.

Perhaps it is the beginning of the end? There is one place that will be safe when the shit hits the fan!

Bugarach: the French village destined to survive the Mayan apocalypse

Bugarach … the place to spend Christmas this year?

Bugarach … AKA ‘the doomsday destination’. Photograph: Reuters

Up in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in a tiny village nestled amid breathtaking landscapes and eagles in flight, a man in a woolly hat pushes a wheelbarrow up a narrow street whistling to himself as the smell of woodsmoke drifts out of chimneys. The only sight slightly out of place are 20 zombies, staggering wild-eyed and bleeding, down the mountain path. But, unlike most of the bizarre things said about this place, the zombies at least make sense. “We’re making a pastiche film about the apocalypse for our university leaving do,” says Joel, 23, a pharmacy student from Montpellier dressed in a torn grey suit with two black eyes and a dribble of blood from his mouth. His student friend, a dwarf in a cow suit, adds: “Bugarach was the perfect setting. Everyone knows this village as the world centre of armageddon, we couldn’t resist.”

Bugarach, with its two narrow streets, 176 residents, little agriculture, scores of wild orchids and virtually no pollution, was barely heard of a few years ago. Now, it’s arguably the most famous village in France, known variously as “the village at the end of the world“, the “chosen village”, or as CNN put it, “the doomsday destination”.

According to a prophecy/internet rumour, which no one has ever quite got to the bottom of, an ancient Mayan calendar has predicted the end of the world will happen on the night of 21 December 2012, and only one place on earth will be saved: the sleepy village of Bugarach. The mayor, Jean-Pierre Delord, a farmer in his 60s, first spotted the apocalyptic forecast online two years ago after being alerted by a villager. He mentioned it at a council meeting, suggesting special security measures, perhaps army logistics, to handle an influx of visitors in December 2012. Someone at the meeting told the local press and before long world news agencies and Japanese TV crews were pacing the cobbles asking baffled villagers their views on armageddon.

A dwarf in a cow suit? Hmmm, sounds like a perfect place for me.

And what seems ironic, this next article is about the last typewriter being made in the UK…considering the problems I am having with Firefox, I think a old manual typewriter may be just the ticket.  UK’s ‘last typewriter’ produced

A typewriter, which its makers say is the last to be built in the UK, has been produced at a north Wales factory.

Manufacturer Brother, which says it has made 5.9 million typewriters since its factory in Wrexham opened in 1985, has donated the last machine to London’s Science Museum.

The museum said the piece represented the end of a technology which had been “important to so many lives”.

Edward Bryan, a worker at the factory since 1989, made the last typewriter.

“If people ever ask me, I can always say now, as a strange question, that I’ve made the last typewriter in the UK,” he told BBC Breakfast’s Colin Paterson.

He said he had previously “tried and succeeded to make one with my eyes closed”.

I typed up my final history paper on an electric typewriter, all 160 pages of it! I no longer have that typewriter but it was nice to not worry about losing documents because of a computer problem. Seriously, if anyone has suggestions or knows of an old manual portable typewriter for sale, in working condition, please….let me know!

It is almost 4 am here in Banjoland, that is all I can muster up this morning. See y’all later today, I promise a big post this afternoon.