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Communicating Danger to a Society Millions of Years in the Future

Communicating Danger to a Society Millions of Years in the Future

I came across this article a few years back and had to share. Just how exactly does one convey danger of something to an audience thousands or millions of years into the future? From the article, “Sandia National Laboratories charged a panel of outside experts with the task to design a 10,000-year marking system for the WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) site, and estimate the efficacy of the system against various types of intrusion. The goal of the marking system is to deter inadvertent human interference with the site.”

This is part of what they came up with, also from the article:

This place is a message…and part of a system of messages…pay attention to it!

Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.

This place is not a place of honor…no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here…nothing valued is here.

What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.

The danger is in a particular location…it increases toward a center…the center of danger is here…of a particular size and shape, and below us.

The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.

The danger is to the body, and it can kill.

The form of the danger is an emanation of energy.

The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically. This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

Go ahead and read the article. I find it fascinating, even if I doubt intelligent life on this planet can survive even thousands of more years with us humans running around, mucking things up.

Jog Diary – Week 2 Day 2

Jog Diary – Week 2 Day 2

I feel like poo. Strike that. I feel like old poo.

I wound up running 3 miles today in 29 minutes. That’s not too bad, I guess. I was absolutely beat at the end of the run, though. I had to really push that last mile out to be honest. But I did it, and I’m happy about that.

The good news is I haven’t had any pain in my calves this week. The bad news is I have quite a bit of discomfort in the back of my left knee.

Speaking of discomfort. Actually no, this isn’t related to discomfort at all. However, while I was walking after my run I had an idea. You know Google Glass? I need Google Glass(es?). I think it would be awesome to have the Google Glass, connect it to my smart phone, and have a HUD (heads up display) of my stats while I’m jogging. No slowing to look down at my arm. Just a simple display of my time, speed, and distance. This would be rad.

On to the stats:

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Activity type: street running
Total distance: 4.81 km (3.0 mi)
Total time: 29:04
Moving time: 28:57
Average speed: 9.94 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 9.98 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.51 km/h (7.2 mi/h)
Average pace: 6:02 min/km (9:43 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 6:01 min/km (9:41 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 5:13 min/km (8:23 min/mi)
Max elevation: 313 m (1028 ft)
Min elevation: 275 m (903 ft)
Elevation gain: 73 m (240 ft)
Max grade: 17 %
Min grade: -11 %
Recorded: 8/28/2013 11:59AM

Jogging Diary – Day 4

Jogging Diary – Day 4

Today I went for my third run of the week on this crazy new adventure. Things were much better at the start of the run than on Day 2. That tells me that my day off yesterday with just a walk was the right thing to do. I’m curious to see how I feel tomorrow. It will tell me if I should switch to an every other day run or not.

The other thing to mention is that the students are returning to campus and traffic slowed me to a stop twice. I may have to alter my route for the next week or so. Anyway, I would up running 3.1 miles over 30:15 minutes. I’m happy with the distance but not the time. And that is okay.

Activity type: street running
Description: –
Total distance: 4.95 km (3.1 mi)
Total time: 30:15
Moving time: 29:34
Average speed: 9.81 km/h (6.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 10.04 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.86 km/h (7.4 mi/h)
Average pace: 6:07 min/km (9:50 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 5:58 min/km (9:37 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 5:04 min/km (8:09 min/mi)
Max elevation: 324 m (1063 ft)
Min elevation: 286 m (939 ft)
Elevation gain: 63 m (207 ft)
Max grade: 10 %
Min grade: -9 %
Recorded: 8/22/2013 11:55AM

Jogging Diary – Day 3

Jogging Diary – Day 3

I decided to take the day off from jogging, because my legs hurt so so much. That’s what I get, I suppose, for not doing any real cardio since my hockey season ended. Still, thanks for the reminder that I’m 36 years old, my legs.

So instead of jogging, I went for a walk. As you can see below, I traveled 3.7 miles in roughly 59 minutes at an average moving speed of 3.8 mph.

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: 8/21/2013 11:49AM
Total distance: 5.96 km (3.7 mi)
Total time: 1:00:18
Moving time: 58:31
Average speed: 5.93 km/h (3.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 6.11 km/h (3.8 mi/h)
Max speed: 7.59 km/h (4.7 mi/h)
Average pace: 10:07 min/km (16:17 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 9:49 min/km (15:49 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 7:54 min/km (12:43 min/mi)
Max elevation: 329 m (1079 ft)
Min elevation: 303 m (995 ft)
Elevation gain: 105 m (343 ft)
Max grade: 11 %
Min grade: -9 %
Recorded: 8/21/2013 11:49AM

Jogging Day 2

Jogging Day 2

Went out for my second jog today. I hit the wall almost immediately, at around the 3 minute mark of my run. I chalk this up to soreness from the previous day. I powered through it, though, winding up running for 28 minutes again but at a slightly quicker pace logging 3.1 miles. These numbers are educated guesses, however, as my “My Tracks” app seemed to have turned itself off in my pocket early in my run. I know my start and end times and mapped my path using Google Maps, though, so I think this is fairly accurate.

Here are today’s stats, calculated using Wolfram Alpha.



Tomorrow, Wednesday will be a walk day. I don’t want to do nothing, but I also don’t want to destroy my legs. Which by the way, my thighs and hamstrings are killing me. Maybe, for once, though, I won’t feel so terrible when the ice hockey season begins.