Frisbee God Scott Zimmerman Pens MSDN Article

I was just reading “8 Tips and Tricks for Better BizTalk Programming” in the May 2007 MSDN when the word “Frisbee” in the author’s bio caught my eye.

I was pretty good with a disc (3 world records, all of which have been long eclipsed), but Scott Zimmerman was the Michael Jordan of disc. I think he held every throwing record, probably multiple times.

Reading that just sent me down nostalgia lane: Skippy Jammer, Crazy John Brooks, the Coloradicals … Southampton, La Jolla Cove, Mission Beach Rollercoaster …

Geez, now I’m going to have to learn BizTalk just for the offchance of jamming with Scott at some development conference…

Volcanic Caesura

After Pele rolled over, she’s gone into a deeper slumber and the Big Island is experiencing the lowest level of volcanic activity since 1983. Such pauses have happened twice before during the current 24-year-long eruption and previously lasted just a few weeks.

The effect on the Kona (leeward) side of the island is dramatic. For the whole time I’ve known this island, the 14,000′ Mauna Loa creates a huge atmospheric eddy in which the volcanic aerosols are transformed into “vog” (volcanic smog). This makes Kona “normally” hazy, with an indistinct horizon and, for some, noticeable effects when exercising. A few times per year, when the winds shift, and the sky becomes blue, it’s literally like a scrim being lifted. It’s been like that every day for the past couple weeks.

No one expects this pause to be long-lasting, but for the moment, it’s marvelous.