When people do good in Faribault, the BWCA in the rear-view mirror, when the earth speaks, girls just don’t want to sing the National Anthem correctly, and spelling and security.
The Monday Morning Rouser:
1) WHEN PEOPLE DO GOOD: THE FIRE IN FARIBAULT
Audrey Kletscher Helbling, who writes Minnesota Prairie Roots, knows him only as “Ted from Owatonna,” says he was driving along her Faribault neighborhood this weekend with his family when he noticed a fire had broken out at her neighbor’s house. So he stopped, and put it out with a garden hose.
Then he left, not giving his last name, saying he’s just “Ted from Owatonna.”
2) SO LONG, SUMMER!
If you’re a wildfire, you couldn’t ask for more perfect weather. Just ask the Pagami Creek Fire in the Boundary Waters, which has been burning for three weeks and is getting bigger. Over 4,500 acres have burned so far.
To insure public safety the following waterways and portages are temporarily closed (closures include day use): Lakes One through Hudson, Fire, Bridge, Rifle, the Wilders, Horseshoe, Pagami, Clearwater, Turtle, Camdre, Pietro, Gull, Quadga, Rice, Isabella Lake, and the Isabella River. The southern campsites on Bald Eagle are closed. The Pow Wow Trail is closed. Sites, routes and portages will be re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so. The following entry points are closed: #30 Lake One, #84 Snake River, #75 Little Isabella River, #67 Bog Lake, #86 Pow Wow Trail, #35 Isabella Lake, and #34 Island River. Campers already in the BWCAW will be able to travel through these routes to exit the wilderness but visitors will not be allowed to enter at these points until further notice. Those visitors who changed their travel plans and exited at an alternate entry point were given assistance to return to their vehicles. Public Safety crews are sweeping the areas to be closed and assisting visitors as they move out of the affected lakes and travel routes.
Mike Augustyniak at WCCO posted this image via Twitter. The smoke plume from the fire is clearly visible from space.
I don’t know if any of these scenes in Carl Martin’s video of his trip to the BWCA this summer — posted a day or so ago — is from the affected area. I do know it makes me wish I were younger, a better camper, and sitting here writing this morning’s post in July. Goodbye, summer!
3) WHEN THE EARTH SPEAKS
Of all the imagery we’ve been bombarded by in the last week, this one struck me as among the most poignant:
It’s a sonographic image taken from a soundfile of artist Mark Bain, who made a recording out of the seismological data in 2003:
This work involves a process of audification of the seismological data record, which occurred in the area of New York State, New Jersey, and New England during the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings on September eleventh, 2001. The data streams were acquired from Columbia University’s Geological survey lab, which run a network of earth monitoring stations in the area; with the closest being 34 km away from the epicenter of the event. A process of data conversion and signal translation was used to make the normally inaudible seismic waveforms both audible and to play back in real-time as the event unfolded. No other processing or effects were added to the tracks. The registration includes four events, two impacts and the two collapses along with the inbetween sounds of the drone of the earth. The heaviest impact of the collapse registered 2.4 on the Richter scale, a signal which traveled throughout the earth. This work stands not as a memorial per se but as an action of affect, where the global terrain becomes a sounding board, a bell-like alarm denoting histories in the making.
(h/t: Steve Sundberg)
Last night, the Mets wanted to wear caps honoring first responders of 9/11. Major League Baseball said “no,” rules are rules. The Mets demurred, not risking fines or the wrath of its masters. Find all of the facts in those sentences inconsistent with the spirit of 9/11.
4) SPELLING AND SECURITY
If only we could harness the creativity of identity thieves and cybercriminals for good. The BBC reports today that the crooks have a new target. Researchers set up online domains that count on you mistyping e-mail addresses, and intercepted mail that normally would bounce back to you, mail that often has sensitive data.
Researchers were able to get data from 30% of the Fortune 500 companies. Only one seemed interested in stopping it.
For example a large American financial group may take bank.com as its corporate home but internally use us.bank.com for staff email.
Usually, if an address is typed with one of the dots missing, ie usbank.com, then the message is returned to its sender.
But by setting up similar doppelganger domains, the researchers were able to receive messages that would otherwise be bounced back.
“Doppelganger domains have a potent impact via email as attackers could gather information such as trade secrets, user names and passwords, and other employee information,” wrote the researchers in a paper detailing their work.
Only one of the companies being impersonated noticed that spoofing was taking place and tracked down the researchers.
5) GIRLS JUST DON’T WANT TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM RIGHT
Cyndi Lauper blows the National Anthem at U.S. Open.
Bonus: Cliff Robertson died over the weekend. The actor is probably best remembered for his portrayal of JFK in PT109. I remember him for 633 Squadron (can’t embed, but click link to watch the trailer). It wasn’t a very good movie but in 2006, it was featured one evening at an outdoor theater during EAA’s giant airshow at Oshkosh. As it started, an apparently-drunk person was slowly walking in the dirt roadway in the field that doubled as a movie theater, causing a car behind him to shine his lights in our eyes.
“Hey, c’mon, get out of the way, we’re trying to watch a movie, here,” an acquaintance from Lake Elmo yelled.
But he wasn’t drunk; he was just old. It was Cliff Robertson. He sat down with us for a drink of water and for a few minutes we sat with Cliff Robertson watching Cliff Robertson on the screen, while he told us about a particular scene.
After awhile, he thanked us for the water and the company, got up and shuffled off.
Relatives of a man killed in a hit and run involving Joe Senser’s car have suggested that the former Vikings star’s family is getting preferential treatment from police. Today’s Question: Does our justice system give equal treatment to rich and poor?
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) – First hour: The legal fight against terror in a post-9/11 world.
Second hour: In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, close friends from childhood and graduates of Smith College, left home in Auburn, New York, for the wilds of northwestern Colorado. Woodruff’s granddaughter, Dorothy Wikenden, tells the story of these two pioneers.
Midday (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – First hour: Economist Ed Lotterman explains the Federal Reserve system and why it’s so controversial.
Second hour: New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who spoke Friday at the U of M Humphrey School about his new book, “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back.”
Talk of the Nation (1-3 p.m.) – First hour: TBA
Second hour: TBA