January 31, 2014

It Never Stops! First the Alien Invasion and Now Tumbleweeds!

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 31, 2014 3:07 PM
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There is an Outer Limits episode from 1963 called Cry of Silence. Evil tumbleweeds take over a town. I terrorized my young brother-in-law with that back in the day.

Posted by: Velociman at January 31, 2014 6:05 PM

It seems to me that the work would go faster if the citizens all got together and organized themselves into tumbleweed parties.

Posted by: Jewel at January 31, 2014 8:02 PM

Heck, that looks like my front yard when I lived in Tucson in the 70's. Wind was ALWAYS blowing there...

Posted by: drdave at February 1, 2014 8:20 AM

God help 'em if the kids find the matches!

Posted by: Frank P at February 1, 2014 10:46 AM

Where do they dump it btw? Can it be processed into something useful?

Posted by: Frank P at February 1, 2014 10:48 AM

Where do they dump it btw? Can it be processed into something useful?

Posted by: Frank P at February 1, 2014 10:48 AM

Where do they dump it btw? Can it be processed into something useful?

Posted by: Frank P at February 1, 2014 10:48 AM

Quite a palaver, apparently:

http://www.go2kennewick.com/go2kennewick/default.aspx?option=com_flexicontent&view=items&id=747&Itemid=812

[Apologies for the hiccough above; didn't realise I was suffering from twitchy finger! Must be the thought of suffocating in tumbleweed.]

Posted by: Frank P at February 1, 2014 10:57 AM

My favorite version of the song :)

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 1, 2014 2:13 PM

The tumbleweeds are a real nuisance down here on the border. One time late at night me and some buddies were cruising home down back roads, beer and reefer helping us along, y'see, and Jake sees a tumbleweed right there in the middle of the road. "Watch this" he sez, like he's the Starship Enterprise gonna vaporize that weed, and we hit it and lost the wheel, sliding sideways, and rolled over in the bar ditch. We figgered it out after, why the weed wasn't tumbling: someone carefully held it down with a cement block right out there on the road. Never found out who done that, maybe was the cattle getting back at us, shrug.

Posted by: chasmatic at February 1, 2014 5:34 PM

Human communities grow where the topology is friendly, with predictable results. Near the river, for easy navigation and shipping, and you get endless floods. Beautiful view, social aloofness and fresh, healthy air atop difficult hills brings you impassable roads in winter and buildings playing bobsled with the mudslides and earthquakes. And in the Southwest, you build in as much shade and as near water as you can find, which almost always puts you in a windchannel.

The good news is that clever, engineering minded people are constantly bringing us new weapons. From dams and tidal gates to wood chippers and scoop loaders, man can and does fight back!

Posted by: raincityjazz at February 2, 2014 9:46 AM

I've been contemplating these here dome houses. If I'm going to build again, maybe, just maybe ...

Here's a link:

http://www.monolithic.org/

Posted by: chasmatic at February 2, 2014 10:30 AM

Dome houses caught my eye. If I build again down here in NM I might look closer.

Here's a link in plain text to fool the spambots:

monolithic dot org

Posted by: chasmatic at February 2, 2014 10:33 AM
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