The most incredible image from the Tonga volcano

Following the devastating undersea volcanic eruption near the Kingdom of Tonga over the past weekend, there were numerous satellite images depicting the intensity and enormous force of the explosion. One can only view the various posted and published images in awe.

Maps of Tonga and surrounding volcanoes – Source: volcano.si.edu

One particular image that was posted on twitter.com by Alternative NOAA caught my attention because it seemed to best depict the sheer magnitude and destructive power of the eruption. The satellite photo below compares the immense mushroom cloud created by the Hunga Tonga-Hunga-Haʻapai Volcano to those of the largest nuclear explosions.

Source: nova.gov via twitter.com (posted by Alternative NOAA or @altNOAA)

“Comparison of how mushroom clouds of Tonga volcano compares to nuclear detonations. The middle circle is largest nuclear detonation on Earth, Tsar Bomba. The yellow dot is the largest bomb the USA ever detonated, Castle Bravo. 99% nuclear detonations are nothing in comparison.”

Source: @altNOAA

Perhaps, given this image and the clear evidence of her immense strength demonstrated over the millennia, we should be respecting Mother Earth/Nature a little more than we have been? Peace!

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Creating LA’s starlit aura – “The Mirage Factory”

What an outstanding book! Perhaps, my favorite the best city biography ever read. Author Gary Krist simply nails it with The Mirage Factory. It’s entertaining, enthralling, infuriating, and thoroughly engaging to read. You will definitely learn some amazing and eye-opening details about the creation of Tinseltown’s starlit aura.

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The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles is filled with fanciful and far-sighted visionaries, unscrupulous charlatans, racist bigots, scandalous liaisons, dirty rotten scoundrels, underhanded ner’dowells, and every vice and sin in-between. Would we expect anything less than an enormous soap opera from the ever-expanding history (and territory) of La-La Land?

Expanding LA boundaries – Source: lacurbed.com

Whether or not you are a city planner, historian, or a fan of urban biographies and non-fiction, The Mirage Factory is an enjoyable and binge-worthy read that will catapult you back into the groundbreaking era of early movie making, explosive water wars between drought-striken regions, and bigger than life personalities both on and off the silver screen. What more could a reader ask for? Enjoy!

Nestor Studios in LA (1911) – Source: histoyoffilm.net
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Cities Named for Obstacles to River Navigation

Guest post by Dan T. – Thank you, Dan!

Sioux Falls – Source: forbes.com

North America is a land of many rivers. Rivers which served the early
European explorers, traders, and settlers as highways, just as they had
for the indigenous people. However, moving along those highways was not
always easy. Obstacles to travel, such as waterfalls, rapids, shoals,
and sandbars, were not uncommon and played a significant role in the
development of the continent.

Source: virginiaplaces.org

Montreal, for example, is located at the head of navigation of the St
Lawrence River. Some cities in eastern United States are located along
the Fall Line, where rivers dropped from the upland region to the
coastal plain. These cities initially supported the transfer of goods
from land transportation to river boats and vice versa. Later they grew
when the falls were harnessed for water power. Among the cities along
the Fall Line are Philadelphia, Trenton NJ, and Richmond VA.

Fall Line at Richmond, Virginia – Source: virginiaplaces.org

Shallow areas (shoals) were found to be a good place to harvest
freshwater shellfish (mussels and clams). While some of them were eaten,
especially by the indigenous peoples, the main use for the shellfish was
to make mother-of-pearl buttons.

Hightower Shoals – Source: flickr.com

During the California and later Gold Rushes, some sandbars were found to
contain significant alluvial deposits of gold. Some towns growing at
these deposits contain the word “Bar” in their name, although there are
others who also include that word. These other Bar-places are not
included in this list.

Rapids of the St. Mary’s River at Sault Ste. Marie – Source: loc.gov

All of these types of navigation blockage are reflected in the naming of
towns, not only in English, but also from other languages. “Sault” and
“chute” both mean “waterfall” in French and they’re represented among US
and Canadian place names. “Rapides” is French for “rapids”, but it only
shows up in French-speaking areas, since it’s likely to be translated to
English elsewhere. French voyageurs named some rapids caused by certain
rock formations “dalles”, which usually means “flagstones” in French.
That term is reflected in two entries: Wisconsin Dells and The Dalles,
Oregon. Indigenous languages are also represented in the list.

American Falls ID
Bang’s Falls NS
Barrett Chute ON
Beaver Falls PA
Beacon Falls CT
Bell Rapids ON
Big Bar CA
Big Chute ON
Big Falls WI (Rusk County)
Big Falls WI (Waupaca County)
Big Rapids MI
Bishop’s Falls NL
Black Falls Crossing, AZ
Black Rapids ON
Black River Falls WI
Blue Rapids KS
Bonnington Falls BC
Boston Bar BC
Brasher Falls NY
Bridal Falls BC
Burk’s Falls ON
Burleigh Falls ON
Burritts Rapids ON
Calhoun Falls SC
Camel Chute ON
Cannon Falls MN
Cedar Falls IA
Cedar Falls NC
Cedar Rapids IA
Central Falls RI
Chagrin Falls OH
Chelan Falls WA
Chippewa Falls WI
Churchill Falls NL
Chute-à-Blondeau ON
Chute-aux-Outardes QC
Chute-Saint-Philippe QC
Clinton Falls IN
Coleman Falls VA
Columbia Falls MT
Coon Rapids MN
Coon Rapids IA
Cooper’s Falls ON
Crystal Falls MI
Crystal Falls ON
Cuyahoga Falls OH
Dell Rapids SD
Delphi Falls NY
Duncan Falls OH
Ear Falls ON
Eaton Rapids MI
East Grand Rapids MI
Elk Rapids MI
Fall Creek WI
Fall River MA
Falls NC
Falls PA
Falls Church VA
Falls City NE
Falls City OR
Falls City TX
Falls Mills VA
Falls of Rough KY
Fenelon Falls ON
Fergus Falls MN
Ferguson Falls ON
Foresters Falls ON
Four Falls NB
Fourth Chute ON
Glen Falls WV
Glens Falls NY
Gold Bar WA
Goodyears Bar CA
Grand Chute WI
Grandfalls TX
Grand Falls/Grand Sault NB (one city, but it goes by either English or
French names)
Grand Falls-Windsor NL
Grand Rapids BC
Grand Rapids MB
Grand Rapids MN
Grand Rapids MI
Grand Rapids OH
Grand Rapids WI
Granite Falls MN
Granite Falls NC
Granite Falls WA
Granite Shoals TX
Gray Rapids NB
Great Falls MT
Great Falls SC
Great Falls VA
Green Mountain Falls CO
Haines Falls NY
Hannawa Falls NY
Hampton Falls NH
Hawkins Bar CA
High Falls NY
Highland Falls NY
High Shoals GA
High Shoals NC
Honeoye Falls NY
Hudson Falls NY
Idaho Falls ID
Inglis Falls ON
International Falls MN
Iroquois Falls ON
Jessup Falls ON
Jones Falls ON
Jordan Falls NS
Kakabeka Falls ON (Ojibwe: “waterfall over a cliff”)
Keshena Falls WI
Kettle Falls WA
Kingsey Falls QC
Klamath Falls OR
Lachute QC
Leaf Rapids MB
Letart Falls OH
Linville Falls NC
Little Chute WI
Little Falls ME
Little Falls MN
Little Falls NJ
Little Falls NY
Little Falls WV
Little Falls WI
Little Grand Rapids MB
Little Rapids NL
Little Rapids ON
Little Rapids WI
Long Rapids MI
Long Sault ON
Ludlow Falls OH
Lyons Falls NY
Maddington Falls QC
Mahood Falls BC
Malay Falls NS
Manitowoc Rapids WI
Maple Falls WA
Maple Rapids MI
Marble Falls TX
McIndoe Falls VT
McKees Half Falls PA
Menomonee Falls WI
Metaline Falls WA
Minnehaha WA (Dakota: “waterfall”)
Montour Falls NY
Moore Falls ON
Moravian Falls NC
Mormon Bar CA
Munroe Falls OH
Muscle Shoals AL
Neosho Rapids KS
Neshaminy Falls PA
Nestor Falls ON
Newton Falls NY
Newton Falls OH
Newton Lower Falls MA
Newton Upper Falls MA
Niagara Falls NY
Niagara Falls ON
Nictaux Falls NS
Nine Mile Falls WA
North High Shoals GA
Ocean Falls BC
Oconomowoc WI (Potawatomi: “waterfall”)
Oconto Falls WI
Ohiopyle PA (Lenape: “it turns very white”, refering to the water in
the falls)
Okanagan Falls BC
Olmsted Falls OH
Onaping Falls ON
Otonabee ON (Ojibwe: “river that beats like a heart”)
Otter Rapids ON
Ottumwa IA (Sauk (Sac) or Meskwaki (Fox): “tumbling waters”)
Palmer Rapids ON
Park Rapids MN
Pelican Rapids MB
Pelican Rapids MN
Powerview-Pine Falls MB
Park Rapids WA
Post Falls ID
Rapid City SD
Rapids City IL
Rapides-des-Cèdres QC
Rapides-des-Joachims QC
Rapids NY
Red Chute LA
Red Lake Falls MN
Redwood Falls MN
Renesselaer Falls NY
River Falls WI
River Rapids FL
Roanoke Rapids NC
Rock City Falls NY
Rock Falls IL
Rock Falls IA
Rock Falls WI
Rock Rapids IA
Rocky Bar ID (ghost town)
Rosseau Falls ON
Roxton Falls QC
Sauble Falls ON
Sauk Rapids MN
Sault-au-Mouton QC
Sault Ste Marie MI
Sault Ste Marie ON
Sawyers Bar CA
Scott Bar CA
Second Falls NB
Seneca Falls NY
Seven Sisters Falls MB
Severn Falls ON
Sheboygan Falls WI
Shelburne Falls MA
Shelburne Falls VT
Shoal Creek AB
Shoals IN
Shoals NC
Shuswap Falls BC
Silver Falls MB
Sioux Falls SD
Sioux Rapids IA
Sissiboo Falls NS
Skaneateles Falls NY
Slate Falls ON
Smiths Falls ON
Smoky Falls ON
Smooth Rock Falls ON
Solomon Rapids KS
Somes Bar CA
South Glens Falls NY
Stave Falls BC
St Croix Falls WI
Steep Falls ME
Stirling Falls ON
Stony Rapids SK
St Regis Falls NY
Sturgeon Falls ON
Sugar Rapids MI
Swift Rapids ON
The Dalles OR
The Falls NS
Thief River Falls MN
Tinton Falls NJ
Tumwater WA (Chinook Jargon: “waterfall”)
Twin Falls ID
Valley Falls KS
Valley Falls NY
Valley Falls OR
Valley Falls RI
Valley Falls SC
Walters Falls ON
Wappingers Falls NY
Ware Shoals SC
West Glens Falls NY
Wetumpka AL (Muscogee: “rumbling waters”)
Wetumpka OK
Weymouth Falls NS
Whitefish Falls ON
White Rapids NB
Wichita Falls TX
Wisconsin Dells WI
Wisconsin Rapids WI

SOURCES: (updated on 1/10/22)

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Tallest American peaks named for Indigenous peoples

The following list identifies the tallest mountain peaks in the Unites States that are named for indigenous peoples, nations, and individuals. The fourteen that are named for specific individuals are shown in italics. The list includes, mountains, hills, peaks, towers, buttes, domes, mesas, etc. However, the list does not include entire mount ranges named for indigenous peoples, etc. It also does not include peaks with non-specific terms such as “chief” or “Indian.”

Huron Peak, CO – Source: 14ers.com

As always, please feel free to forward any suggestions, additions, or corrections to this list. The minimum elevation for inclusion on the list is 1,000 feet above sea level.

Mount Sacagawea, MT – Source: en.wikipedia.org
  1. Huron Peak (CO) = 14,012 feet
  2. Mount Ouray (CO) = 13,961 feet
  3. Iowa Peak (CO) = 13,831 feet
  4. Mount Kaweah (CA) = 13,807 feet
  5. Mount Sacagawea (MT) = 13,575 feet
  6. North Arapaho Peak (CO) = 13,508 feet
  7. Apache Peak (CO) = 13,441 feet
  8. Navajo Peak (CO) = 13,409 feet
  9. South Arapaho Peak (CO) = 13,400 feet
  10. Kiowa Peak (CO) = 13,276 feet
  11. Ogalalla Peak (CO) = 13,138 feet
  12. Paiute Peak (CO) – 13,088 feet
  13. Shoshoni Peak (CO) = 12,967 feet
  14. Pawnee Peak (CO) = 12,943 feet
  15. Hopi Peak (CO) = 12,777 feet
  16. Comanche Peak (CO) = 12,702 feet
  17. Blackhawk Peak (CO) = 12,681 feet
  18. Mount Tlinglit (AK)= 12,606 feet
  19. Piute Mountain (CA) = 12,560 feet
  20. Jicarilla Peak (NM) = 12,494 feet
  21. Kachina Peak (NM) = 12,481 feet
  22. Little Pawnee Peak (CO) = 12,466 feet
  23. Mount Belknap (UT) = 12,137 feet
  24. Cherokee Peak (CO) = 12,130 feet
  25. Blackfoot Peak (CO) = 12,113 feet
  26. Tesuque Peak (NM) = 12,047 feet
  27. Nez Perce Peak (WY) = 11,901 feet
  28. Mount Timpanogos (UT) = 11,753 feet
  29. Taos Peak (NM) = 11,257 feet
  30. Mount Rosebud (MT) = 11,163 feet
  31. Wichita Mountain (CO) = 10,855 feet
  32. Tuolomne Peak (CA) = 10,845 feet
  33. Picuris Peak (NM) = 10,801 feet
  34. Sandia Crest (NM) = 10,678 feet
  35. Mount Acoma (CO) = 10,513 feet
  36. North Sandia Peak (NM) = 10,446 feet
  37. Navajo Mountain (AZ/UT) and Black Hawk Mountain (CA) = 10.348 feet
  38. North Shoshone Mountain (NV) = 10,312 feet
  39. Sandia Needle (NM = 10,236 feet
  40. Chico Peak (MT) = 10,195 feet
  41. Karluk Peak (AK) = 10,167 feet
  42. Ute Mountain (NM) = 10,097 feet
  43. South Shoshone Mountain (NV) = 10,052 feet
  44. Apache Kid Peak (NM) = 10,048 feet
  45. Mount Siyeh (MT) = 10.019 feet
  46. Mount Iliamna (AK) = 10,016 feet
  47. Ute Peak (CO) = 9,984 feet
  48. Sacajawea Peak (OR) = 9,843 feet
  49. Mount Gakona (AK) = 9,800 feet
  50. North Sandia Peak (NM) = 9,782 feet
  51. Kiowa Mountain (NM) = 9,735 feet
  52. Sacagawea Peak (MT) = 9,654 feet
  53. Chief Joseph Mountain (OR) = 9,617 feet
  54. Goshutes Peak (NV) = 9,614 feet
  55. Blackfoot Mountain (MT) = 9,579 feet
  56. Cheyenne Mountain (CO) = 9,570 feet
  57. Fox Mountain (NM) = 9,387 feet
  58. Chinook Mountain (ID) = 9,112 feet
  59. Tule Peak (NV) = 8,723 feet
  60. Kaibab Plateau (AZ) = 8,701 feet
  61. Bearhat Mountain (MT) = 8,689 feet
  62. Kootenai Peak (MT) = 8,542 feet
  63. Rincon Peak (AZ) = 8,482 feet
  64. Mount Chitina (AK) = 8,434 feet
  65. Hualapai Peak (AZ) = 8,417 feet
  66. Tazlina Tower (AK) = 8,350 feet
  67. Nooksack Tower (AK) = 8,268 feet
  68. Rosebud Mountain (NV) = 8,167 feet
  69. Isleta Lookout (NM) = 8,160 feet
  70. Cochise Head (AZ) = 8,113 feet
  71. Sioux Peak (UT) = 8,107 feet
  72. Mescalero Mountain (TX) = 8,060 feet
  73. Cherokee Peak (WY) = 7,837 feet
  74. Cerro Pomo (NM) = 7,827 feet
  75. Bannock Mountain (WA) = 7,760 feet
  76. Sitting Bull Mountain (WA) = 7,759 feet
  77. Apache Peak – Whetstone Mtns. (AZ) = 7,714 feet
  78. Flandreau Mountain (AK) = 7,644 feet
  79. Cowlitz Chimney (WA) = 7,609 feet
  80. Ione Summit (NV) = 7,569 feet
  81. Elko Mountain (NV ) = 7,505 feet
  82. Apache Peak (CA) = 7,553 feet
  83. Cowlitz Chimney Central Peak (WA) = 7,421 feet
  84. Lipan Peak (AZ) = 7,418 feet
  85. Ojibway Peak (MT) = 7,303 feet
  86. Yavapai Point (AZ) = 7,062 feet
  87. Cowlitz Chimney North (WA) = 7,015 feet
  88. Cochiti Mesa (NM) = 6,966 feet
  89. Chinook Mountain (WA) = 6,904 feet
  90. Modoc Peak (CA) = 6,900 feet
  91. Shoshone Mountain (NV) = 6,834 feet
  92. Skagit Peak (WA) = 6,824 feet
  93. Cochise Peak (AZ) = 6,797 feet
  94. Winnemucca Mountain (NV) = 6,742 feet
  95. Gila Peak (AZ) = 6,629 feet
  96. Crazy Horse Memorial Mountain (SD) = 6,532 feet
  97. Rosebud Peak (NV) = 6,496 feet
  98. Moapa Peak (NV) = 6,471 feet
  99. Acoma Pueblo Mesa (NM) = 6,460 feet
  100. Mount Skokomish (WA) = 6,434 feet
  101. Snoqualmie Mountain (WA) = 6,278 feet
  102. Yakima Peak (WA) = 6,226 feet
  103. San Felipe Mesa (NM) = 6,037 feet
  104. Delaware Benchmark (TX/NM) = 5,888 feet
  105. Mount Spokane (WA) = 5,883 feet
  106. Chilkat Peak (AK) = 5,777 feet
  107. Stillaguamish Peak (WA) = 5,720 feet
  108. Salish Peak (WA) = 5,684 feet
  109. Inupiat Mountain (AK) = 5,666 feet
  110. Cahuilla Mountain (CA) = 5,635 feet
  111. Hoh Peak (WA) = 5,570 feet
  112. Pawnee Buttes (CO) = 5,230 feet
  113. Washoe Hill (NV) = 5,197 feet
  114. Minto Mountain (OR) – 5,143 feet
  115. Atka Mountain (AK) = 5,030 feet
  116. Knik Mountain (AK) = 4,930 feet
  117. Ugashik-Peulik Mountain (AK) = 4,836 feet
  118. Cheyenne Buttes (NE) = 4,400 feet
  119. Mount Akutan (AK) = 4,271 feet
  120. Osage Mountain (NC) = 4,180 feet
  121. Nome Peak (OR) = 4,120 feet
  122. Mount Eklutna (AK) = 4,065 feet
  123. Akiak Mountain (AK) = 4,035 feet
  124. Mount Tecumseh (NH) = 3,997 feet
  125. Mountain Ekluntna (AK) = 3,934 feet
  126. Tule Mountain (TX) = 3,838 feet
  127. Cheyenne Peak (NV) = 3,833 feet
  128. Geronimo Head (AZ) = 3,509 feet
  129. Colville Mountain (WA) = 3,379 feet
  130. Red Shirt Table (SD) = 3,340 feet
  131. Chignik Mountain (AK) = 3,196 feet
  132. Apache Peak (AZ) = 3,183 feet
  133. Chignik Mountain (AK) = 3,012 feet
  134. Mount Kaguyak (AK) = 2,956 feet
  135. Takotna Mountain (AK) = 2,900 feet
  136. Pocahontas Peak (WA) = 2,862 feet
  137. Pee Dee Ridge (TN) = 2,802 feet
  138. Sycaun Peak (CA) = 2,801 feet
  139. Manzanita Peak (AK) = 2,667 feet
  140. Kasaan Mountain (AK) = 2,562 feet
  141. Maricopa Peak (AZ) = 2,557 feet
  142. Tuscarora Mountain (PA) = 2,458 feet
  143. Kickapoo Mountain (TX) = 2,444 feet
  144. Coos Mountain (OR) – 2,440 feet
  145. Chehalis Peak (BC) = 2,392 feet
  146. Afognak Mountain (AK) = 2,256 feet
  147. Brule Mountain MN) = 2,226 feet
  148. Catawba Mountain (VA) = 2,225 feet
  149. Mount Onondaga (NY) = 2,205 feet
  150. Pala Mountain (CA) = 2,140 feet
  151. Ramona Peak (CA) = 2,128 feet
  152. Cow Creek Mountain (AR) = 2,087 feet
  153. Mount Cayuga (NY) = 2,070 feet
  154. Turtle Mountain (NC) = 1,969 feet
  155. Ninilchik Dome (AK) = 1,955 feet
  156. Table Mountain (CA) = 1,919 feet
  157. Seneca Rocks (WV) = 1,877 feet
  158. Telida Mountain (AK) = 1,750 feet
  159. Lummi Peak (WA) = 1,686 feet
  160. Shungnat Mountain (AK) = 1,631 feet
  161. Mohawk Mountain (CT) = 1,600 feet
  162. Laguna Peak (CA) = 1,421 feet
  163. Shawnee Mountain (PA) = 1,350 feet
  164. Schaghticoke Mountain (NY) = 1,325 feet
  165. Mount Eyak (AK) = 1,261 feet
  166. Bannock Mountain (ME) = 1,227 feet
  167. Penobscot Mountain (ME) = 1,196 feet
  168. Mount Ojibway (MI) = 1,152 feet
  169. Siletz Hill (OR) = 1,068 feet
  170. Wachita Mountain (MO) = 1,027 feet

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Detailed volcanic maps of New Mexico

The maps shown below are from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History website and includes cool links to the volcanic geology of this amazing state. The subsequent maps and data about the volcanic field pop up when you click on the volcanic field’s icon on the first map (just below). These provide a wealth of interesting data and photographs. Enjoy!

Source: nmnaturalhistory.org
Source: nmnaturalhistory.org
Source: nmnaturalhistory.org
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“Ice Ice, Baby” Planning for freestanding ice kiosks/houses

Source: twicetheice.com

Traditionally, ice has been sold at stores via large ice chests or boxes situated just inside retail stores or along the front sidewalk near the building entrance/exit. These units were often rented from, maintained, and serviced by ice manufacturers such as Home City Ice, Polar Ice, Arctic Glacier Ice, and Reddy Ice. This meant regular visits by company trucks to restock and service the equipment. It also sometimes meant part of the sidewalk might be blocked.

Source: purepartyice.com
Source: m.yelp.com

More recently a new trend in ice sales has developed where freestanding ice making/selling kiosks or ice houses are franchised or purchased outright by owner-investors and are located in a business parking lot or on the sidewalk adjacent the primary land use. These units are often connected to the community’s public water system and produce the ice/filtered-purified water directly onsite. Commonly, these structures are placed at or near convenience stores, gas stations, liquor stores, campgrounds, marinas, and similar uses. Though unattended, the new ice kiosks in particular can be reminiscent of the drive-thru Fotomats of the 1960s-1980s.

Source: web urbanist.com
Source: kooler-ice-water-vending.business.site

Unlike the traditional retail ice chests/boxes, many ice kiosks and house designs provide a connection to a public water source and produce the retail ice and water onsite. The retail prices for both ice and water appear to be considerably less than buying the same inside a store.

Source: unusual investments.com

Three (3) vendors/manufacturers tend to dominate the freestanding ice house/kiosk business. These are:

Source: twicetheice.com
source: twicetheice.com
  • Kooler Ice (Byron, GA) – has established more than 1,500 ice kiosks globally.
Source: koolerice.com
Source: koolerice.com
  • Polar Station (Winfield, MO) – locations primarily in the Midwest and Great Plains.
Source: facebookwater.com
Source: polariceandwater.com
  • Bag of Ice (Lake City, FL) – locations primarily in the South.
Source: facebook.com

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For planners and zoning administrators, these freestanding units open up a series of questions and/or issues to address. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessory or ancillary use – local officials will need to decide if these facilities are an accessory or ancillary use to the primary use on the site. If not, many codes prohibit multiple primary uses on the same parcel.
  • Off-street parking – facilities observed, especially the larger ice houses generally have two (2) or three (3) off-street spaces dedicated to them above and beyond the primary land use. The smaller kiosks may not need this many spaces. In addition, to prevent damage to the units, bollards are standard fare around ice houses/kiosks where vehicles are operating.
  • Exterior appearance – given their mechanical appearance, some communities may require additional measures to keep the icehouses/kiosks consistent with the aesthetics of the surrounding neighborhoods or the community’s vision. Below’s an example of one from Rowlett, Texas where a “brick-like” exterior and roofing was required. The unit looks very nice, but landscaping is missing.
Twice the Ice/Ice House America – Source: starlocalmedia.com
  • Landscaping – as is evident from photos available online (see above) and from visiting some of these facilities, there is limited to no landscaping. Landscaping should be required in a manner that improves aesthetics while also promoting safety.
I guess one (1) palm tree is better than no landscaping. Source: facebook.com
Much better landscaping, but wish the compressors weren’t visible – Source: facebook.com
  • Loading zone – for those units/structures that have public water hookups, a loading zone would probably be unnecessary. For units/structures where ice is delivered, a loading zone may be necessary. Regardless, a parking space should be available for maintenance.
  • Hours of operation – unless limited by local regulations, these facilities would likely operate 24/7/365.
  • Lighting and security – these facilities and the surrounding area should be lit in accordance with local requirements, which are preferably dark-sky compliant.
  • Signage – given that ice houses and kiosks are rarely the principal use on the site, signage should be limited to secondary status. In the photo below, this ice house has far too much signage. Flags, spinners, and banners should also be discouraged other than for grand-openings.
Facility in Princeton, TX – Source: facebook.com
  • Exposed mechanical equipment – the community should determine whether mechanical equipment is shielded from view. Below is an example from Mesquite, Texas where a brick-like design was used, but the rooftop cooling system/compressor remains visible.
Source: starlocalmedia.com

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Serenading flags worldwide that depict the Moon

Brevard County, FL – Source: en.wikipedia.org

As a follow-up to the previous post on flags from around the planet that depict the Sun, here is a list of those with the Moon on them. In nearly all cases, the Moon is depicted as a crescent shape – probably to help distinguish it from the Sun. One variation comes from Brevard County, Florida, which his home to the Kennedy Space Center. Among other symbols, its flag depicts astronauts on the Moon (see image above).

Malaysia – Source: en.wikipedia.org

Nations

  • Algeria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Comoros
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Nepal
  • Singapore
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan – Source: en.wikipedia.org

Native American and First Nations’ Tribes

  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • Jaffna Kingdom of Tamils
  • Mi’kmaq of Canada
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona
  • Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona – Source: en.wikipeida.org

States, Provinces, and Regions

  • Anjouan, Comoros
  • Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines
  • Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
  • Bayan-Ölgii Province, Mongolia
  • Bangsamoro Region, Philippines
  • Buryatia Republic, Russia
  • Gedo Region, Somalia
  • Grande Comore, Comoros
  • Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Johor, Malaysia
  • Kelantan, Malaysia
  • Koror, Palau
  • Maguindanao, Philippines
  • Malacca, Malaysia
  • Paita, Peru
  • Republic of Karakalpakstan
  • South Carolina, USA
  • Selangor, Malaysia
  • Terengganu, Malaysia
South Carolina – Source: en.wikipedia.org

Cities and Counties

  • Alvignano, Italy
  • Batken, Kyrgyzstan
  • Brevard County, FL
  • Clinton, SC
  • Doesburg, Netherlands
  • Gold Canyon, AZ
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Key Biscayne, FL
  • Labuan, Malaysia
  • Louny, Czech Republic
  • Mārahau, New Zealand
  • Moncks Corner, SC
  • Paita, Peru
  • Plasnica, North Macedonia
  • Portsmouth, England
  • Qormi – Città Pinto, Malta
  • Tarnobrzeg, Poland
  • Umm Al Quwain, UAE
Gold Canyon, AZ – Source: crwflags.com

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“Here Comes the Sun” displayed on flags worldwide

Listed below are those nations, tribal nations, states, provinces, counties, and cities whose flag depicts the sun. Some of my favorites are shown throughout the post. There are likely more examples from around the globe, so as always any additions, corrections, or suggestions are most welcome. Enjoy! UPDATED through 12/18/21

Flag of Namibia – Source: en.wikipedia.org

National Flags

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • North Macedonia
  • Palau
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Taiwan
  • Uruguay
New Mexico State flag – Source: en.wikipedia.org

North American State and Provincial Flags

  • Arizona
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • Colón Region, Honduras
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Puntarenas Province Costa Rica
  • Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Rio San Juan Region, Nicaragua
  • South Dakota
British Columbia Provincial flag – Source: en.wikipedia.org

Native/Tribal Flags

  • Australian Aboriginal
  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
  • Buffalo River Dene Nation of Canada – added 12/17/21
  • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of the Chemehuevi Reservation
  • Colorado River Indian Tribes
  • Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
  • Cree Nation of Nemaska of Canada – added 12/17/21
  • Fisher River Cree Nation of Canada – added 12/17/21
  • Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation
  • Jatibonicu Taíno Tribal Nation of Borikén
  • Jemez Pueblo
  • Kainai Blackfoot Nation of Canada – added 12/17/21
  • Kewa/Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Mille Lacs Band of the Chippewa Tribe
  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
  • Narragansett Indian Tribe
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe
  • Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians
  • Tłı̨chǫ of Canada – added 12/17/21
  • Tonkawa Tribe of Indians
  • White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
  • Zia Pueblo
Prescott Valley flag – Source: crwflags.com

Cities

  • Decatur, AL – added 12/18/21
  • Fairhope, AL – added 12/18/21
  • Wrangell, AK – added 12/18/21
  • Benson, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Bullhead City, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Clarkdale, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Florence, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Fountain Hills, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Goodyear, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Grand Canyon, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Kingman, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Oro Valley, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Prescott Valley, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • St. Johns, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • San Luis, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Sedona, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Show Low, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Somerton, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • South Tucson, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Star Valley, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Sun City, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Sun City West, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Surprise, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Tempe, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Youngstown, AZ – added 12/18/21
  • Adelanto, CA
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • Downey, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • La Mesa, CA
  • Lawndale, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Los Gatos, CA
  • Moreno Valley, CA
  • San Leandro, CA
  • Simi Valley, CA
  • Solana Beach, CA
  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • Temecula, CA
  • Visalia, CA
  • Alamosa, CO – added 12/18/21
  • Aurora, CO – added 12/18/21
  • Black Hawk CO – added 12/18/21
  • Brighton, CO – added 12/18/21
  • Centennial, CO – added 12/18/21
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Edgewater, CO – added 12/18/21
  • Federal Heights, CO – added 12/18/21
  • Golden, CO – added 12/18/21
  • Manitou Springs, CO – added 12/18/21
  • Pueblo, CO
  • Superior, CO – added 12/18/21
  • Bay Harbour Islands, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Bonita Springs, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Bunnell, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Callaway, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Clearwater, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Coconut Creek, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Coral Springs, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Cutler Bay, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Daytona Beach, FL – added 12/18/21
  • DeBary, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Deltona, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Doral, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Eatonville, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Fort Pierce, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Homestead, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Homestead, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Key West, FL
  • Kissimmee, FL
  • Lake Wales, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Lantana, FL
  • Largo, FL
  • Marco Island, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Miami Lakes, FL – added 12/18/21
  • North Miami, Fl – added 12/18/21
  • North Miami Beach, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Oakland Park, FL
  • Ocala, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Orlando, FL
  • Palm Bay, FL
  • Palm Beach, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Palm Coast, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Palmetto Bay, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Panama City, FL
  • Pinecrest, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Port St. Lucie, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Royal Palm Beach, FL – added 12/18/21
  • St. Pete Beach, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Sunny Isles Beach, FL – added 12/18/21
  • Wellington, FL – added 12/18/21
  • West Melbourne, FL
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Idaho Falls, ID – added 12/18/21
  • Pocatello, ID – added 12/18/21
  • Sun Valley, ID – added 12/18/21
  • North Vernon, IN – added 12/18/21
  • Portage, IN – added 12/18/21
  • Hiawatha, IA
  • Hutchinson, KS
  • Lenexa, KS – added 12/18/21
  • Merriam, KS – added 12/18/21
  • Olathe, KS
  • Shawnee, KS – added 12/18/21
  • Topeka, KS
  • Wichita, KS
  • Cheboygan, MI – added 12/18/21
  • Garden City, MI – added 12/18/21
  • Gibraltar, MI – added 12/18/21
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Hillsdale, MI – added 12/18/21
  • Ionia, MI – added 12/18/21
  • Lansing, MI – added 12/18/21
  • New Baltimore, MI – added 12/18/21
  • Pleasant Ridge, MI
  • Port Huron, MI – added 12/18/21
  • South Haven, MI – added 12/18/21
  • Bozeman, MT
  • Las Vegas, NV – added 12/18/21
  • Mesquite, NV – added 12/18/21
  • Reno, NV
  • Alamogordo, NM – added 12/18/21
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Belen, NM
  • Bloomfield, NM – added 12/18/21
  • Clovis, NM – added 12/18/21
  • Las Cruces, NM – added 12/18/21
  • Portales, NM – added 12/18/21
  • Rio Rancho, NM – added 12/18/21
  • Roswell, NM
  • Ruidoso Downs, NM – added 12/18/21
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Toledo, OH – added 12/17/21
  • Wapakoneta, OH – added 12/18/21
  • Grove, OK – added 12/18/21
  • Sand Springs, OK – added 12/18/21
  • Utuado, PR
  • Myrtle Beach, SC – added 12/17/21
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Beaumont, TX – added 12/18/21
  • Del Rio, TX – added 12/18/21
  • El Paso, TX
  • Missouri City, TX – added 12/18/21
  • Sunnyvale, TX – added 12/18/21
  • Bountiful, UT – added 12/18/21
    Orem, UT – added 12/18/21
  • Provo, UT – added 12/18/21
  • Roy, UT – added 12/18/21
  • St. George, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Richland, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Walla Walla, WA
  • Cody, WY – added 12/18/21
  • Green River, WY – added 12/18/21
  • Torrington, WY – added 12/18/21
  • Edmonton, AB – added 12/18/21
  • Innisfail, AB – added 12/18/21
  • Cranbrook, BC – added 12/18/21
  • Penticton, BC – added 12/18/21
  • Oshawa, ON
  • Kawatha Lakes, ON
  • Lakeshore, ON
  • Pustec, Albania
  • Svietlahоrsk, Belarus
  • Zonnebeke, Belgium
  • Alto Hospicio, Chile
  • Vina del Mar, Chile
  • Corral, Chile
  • Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
  • Mocoa, Colombia
  • Zlin, Czech Republic
  • Kohtla-Järve, Estonia
  • Bnei Brak Israel
  • Har Hebron, Israel
  • Hof Azza, Israel
  • Karmiel, Israel
  • Crema, Italy
  • Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • Karmiel, Kazakhstan
  • Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • Pavlodar, Kazakhstan
  • Tarbagatay District, Kazakhstan
  • Labuan, Malaysia
  • Santa Luċija, Malta
  • Benito Juárez, Mexico
  • Orhei, Moldova
  • Tuzi, Montenegro
  • Xai-Xai, Mozambique
  • Bosilovo, North Macedonia
  • Čaška, North Macedonia
  • Dobruševo, North Macedonia
  • Drugovo, North Macedonia
  • Ilinden, North Macedonia
  • Karpoš, North Macedonia
  • Krivogaštani, North Macedonia
  • Makedonska Kamenica, North Macedonia
  • Novaci, North Macedonia
  • Novo Selo, North Macedonia
  • Zrnovci, North Macedonia
  • Bodø, Norway
  • Chachapoyas, Peru
  • Ilo, Peru
  • Jaén, Peru
  • Paita, Peru
  • Pucallpa, Peru
  • Tumbes, Peru
  • Bustos, Philippines
  • Cavite City, Philippines
  • Kalilangan Philippines
  • Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • Armavir, Russia
  • Balakovo, Russia
  • Sochi, Russia
  • Juba, South Sudan
  • Sousse, Tunisia
  • Makiivka Ukraine
  • Carmelo, Uruguay
Spokane city flag – Source: en.wikipedia.org

United States Counties

  • Cochise County, Arizona – added 12/17/21
  • Imperial County, California – added 12/17/21
  • Mariposa County, California – added 12/17/21
  • Orange County, California
  • Brevard County, Florida – added 12/18/21
  • Hillsborough County, Florida
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Orange County, Florida
  • Palm Beach County, Florida
  • St. Clair County, Illinois – added 12/17/21
  • Washington County, Maine – added 12/17/21
  • Lincoln County, Nevada – added 12/17/21
  • Bernalillo County, New Mexico – added 12/17/21
  • Dona Ana County, New Mexico – added 12/17/21
  • Scioto County, Ohio – added 12/17/21
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina – added 12/17/21
  • Sheboygan County, Wisconsin – added 12/17/21
Murmansk Oblast flag – Source: en.wikipedia.org

Other State, Region, and Provincial Flags

  • Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Catamarca Province, Argentina
  • Chaco Province, Argentina
  • Chubut Province, Argentina
  • Córdoba Province, Argentina
  • Corrientes Province, Argentina
  • Jujuy Province, Argentina
  • La Pampa Province, Argentina
  • Mendoza Province, Argentina
  • Salta Province, Argentina
  • San Juan Province, Argentina
  • San Luis Province, Argentina
  • Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
  • Santa Fe Province. Argentina
  • Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina
  • Pernambuco State, Brazil
  • Tocantins State, Brazil
  • Coquimbo Region, Chile
  • Tibet, China
  • Casanare Region Colombia
  • Sucre Region, Colombia
  • Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Region, Ecuador
  • Gharbia Governorate, Egypt
  • Giza Governorate, Egypt
  • Matruh Governorate, Egypt
  • French Polynesia – added 12/17/21
  • Fejér County, Hungary
  • Arunachal Pradesh State, India
  • Maharashtra State, India
  • Kurdistan Autonomous Region, Iraq
  • Chungcheong (North) Province, South Korea
  • Gyeongsang (South) Province, South Korea
  • Jeju Province, South Korea
  • Jeolla (South) Province, South Korea
  • Grand Gedeh County, Liberia
  • Rivercess County, Liberia
  • River Gee County, Liberia
  • Sarawak State, Malaysia
  • Republic of Benin, Nigeria – added 12/17/21
  • Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea
  • Cordillera Region, Paraguay
  • Bolívar Province, Peru
  • Chachapoyas Province, Peru
  • Ilo Province, Peru
  • Jaén Province, Peru
  • Paita Province, Peru
  • Tayacaja Province, Peru
  • Zarumilla Province, Peru
  • Apayao Province, Philippines
  • Aurora Province, Philippines
  • Basilan Province, Philippines
  • Batanes Province, Philippines
  • Capiz Province, Philippines
  • Cotabato Province, Philippines
  • Davao de Oro Province, Philippines
  • Dingat Islands, Philippines
  • Eastern Samar Province, Philippines
  • Ifugao Province, Philippines
  • Lanao del Sur Province, Philippines
  • Romblon Province, Philippines
  • Siquijor Province, Philippines
  • Zamboanga Sibugay Province, Philippines
  • Karachay–Cherkessia, Russia – added 12/17/21
  • Murmansk Oblast Russia
  • Republic of Khakassia, Russia – added 12/17/21
  • Ust-Orda Buryat Autonomous Okrug, Russia
  • Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
  • Western Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan
  • Northern Province, Sri Lanka
  • North Western Province, Sri Lanka
  • Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
  • Southern Province, Sri Lanka
  • Hsinchu County Taiwan
  • Amnat Charoen Province, Thailand
  • Chanthaburi Province, Thailand
  • Sa Kaeo Province, Thailand
  • Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
  • Vinnytsia Oblast Ukraine
  • Suffolk Council, England
  • Tiree Island, Scotland
  • Durazno Province, Uruguay
  • Lavalleja Province, Uruguay
  • Río Negro Province, Uruguay
  • Rocha Province, Uruguay
  • Salto Province, Uruguay
  • San José Province, Uruguay
  • Treinta y Tres Province, Uruguay
  • Sanma Province, Vanuatu
  • Shefa Province, Vanuatu
  • Aragua Province, Venezuela
  • Barinas Province, Venezuela
  • Carabobo Province, Venezuela
  • Cojedes Province, Venezuela
  • Falcón Province, Venezuela
  • Lara Province, Venezuela
  • Miranda Province, Venezuela
  • Monagas Province, Venezuela
  • Portuguesa Province, Venezuela
  • Sucre Province, Venezuela
  • Vargas Province, Venezuela
  • Yaracuy Province, Venezuela
  • Zulia Province, Venezuela
Golden, CO – Source: crwflags.com

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Sandblasted hiking in a dust storm

We’re still picking sand and dust out of our eyelashes and teeth many hours later. Despite our trek being barely more than half-mile in length roundtrip, Friday’s mini-hike was one of the most enthralling adventures the two of us have ever been on.

Dust storm approaching Albuquerque

It was supposed be a quick and easy trip up Loma Colorado de Abajo, a 5,581 foot peak in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The day had been mostly sunny and surprisingly warm (52°) despite the forecast of winter storm crossing the northwestern half of New Mexico. From what we could tell, the Albuquerque area seemed to have been spared the worst of the weather, as only places above 9,000 feet in the abutting Sandia Mountains were feeling its brunt.

Source: peakery.com

We arrived at Rio Rancho’s Loma Colorado Library located at the base of the hill and got out of the car to prepare for our late afternoon mini-hike to the summit. Upon doing so we were instantly greeted by much cooler temps and gusty winds. By the time we were making our way up the steep and sandy slopes, we were wrapped up like nomadic bedouins amid a full-fledged dust storm. At this point, winds were gusting nearly 50 mph and visibility was decreasing.

Thankfully, we had dressed for cooler temperatures, but not these ferocious winds nor the near-constant blasting of fine sand, dust, and grit. We debated returning to the car, but the desire to summit this mount (+141 feet in elevation above the parking lot and +581 feet above Albuquerque itself) and to see what a dust storm actually felt and looked like from the top pushed us forward against the tempest.

Throughout the hike our faces were turned downwind and covered as much as could be to still see where we were going and to avoid the onslaught of tiny particles furiously pummeling us. Facemasks used earlier in the day to help guard us against Covid were now being employed as protective face gear.

Upon reaching the summit we were greeted with even stronger winds buffeting us, which made it hard to stay upright. We also were greeted by the impressive sight of a double- decker storm cloud capping Sandia Crest some 20 miles to the east and a brownish haze of the dust blowing across the city. It was quite a sight for a pair of comparative high desert newbies from the forever green hued lands of Michigan.

Double-decker storm clouds atop Sandia Crest

After a few quick photos and a short video of what we were witnessing, we ventured down the sandy hillside (that felt like a sand dune) as the winds whipped and shoved us along all the way back.

Sandy slope on Loma Colorado de Abajo

Was is dumb to hike/climb 0.6 miles up and back a fiercely windswept rise during the height of a dust storm? Maybe…but given the relatively short roundtrip distance, proximity to the library, and what we flatland Midwesterners got a chance to experience, I’d do it all over again in an instant!

p.s. We’ll likely be picking sand and dust out of our nooks and crannies for weeks.

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Favorites of 2021 – TV/music/books/film

Source: mankabros.com

Here’s my list of the best for 2021, as updated through 12/30/21. This post will continue to be updated as needed through the end of 2021. Enjoy!

TV Comedies

  1. Ted Lasso
  2. The Wonder Years
  3. The Conners
  4. American Auto
  5. Solar Opposites
  6. The Kominsky Method
  7. Young Sheldon
  8. A.P. Bio

TV Dramas

  1. A Handmaid’s Tale
  2. For All Mankind
  3. The Crown

TV Mini-Series seen in 2020

None

Albums released in 2021

  1. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice
  2. The Battle at Garden’s Gate – Greta Van Fleet
  3. OK Human by Weezer
  4. Into the Blue by The Joy Formidable
  5. Van Weezer by Weezer

New songs released in 2021

  1. “Delicious Things” – Wolf Alice
  2. “Last Man on Earth” – Wolf Alice
  3. “Numbers” – Weezer
  4. “Broken Bells” – Greta Van Fleet
  5. “Heat Above” – Greta Van Fleet
  6. “How Can I Make it Okay?” – Wolf Alice
  7. “Enter Sandman” – Weezer
  8. “Leave the Door Open” – Silk Sonic
  9. “Screens” – Weezer
  10. “Into the Blue” – The Joy Formidable

Books read in 2021

Fiction:

  1. Project Hail Mary
  2. Reset
  3. Three Degrees and Gone
  4. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
  5. The Martian Chronicles

Non-Fiction:

  1. Unlost: A Journey of Self-Discovery and the Healing Power of the Wild Outdoors
  2. The Cloudspotter’s Guide
  3. The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States
  4. Trooper: The Bobcat Who Came in from the Wild
  5. Walking to Samakand: The Great Silk Road from Persia to Central Asia
  6. Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road
  7. Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
  8. Out of Istanbul: A Journey of Discovery along the Silk Road
  9. Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America
  10. The West Bank of Greater New Orleans: A Historical Geography
  11. The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans
  12. Luxury and Rubble: Civility and Dispossession in the New Saigon

Films released in 2021

  1. CODA
  2. The Dig
  3. Don’t Look Up
  4. Free Guy
  5. The Mitchells vs the Machines
  6. Red Notice
  7. Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas

Recent Films (first seen in 2021)

  1. The Railway Man (2013)
  2. The Impossible (2012)
  3. Kodachrome (2017)
  4. Rocketman (2019)
  5. A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)
  6. Midnight Special (2016)
  7. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
  8. Steve Jobs (2015)
  9. One Night in Miami (2020)
  10. Nomadland (2020)
  11. ParaNorman (2012)
  12. Bombshell (2019)
  13. Concrete Cowboy (2020)
  14. Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
  15. Snowpiercer (2016)
  16. Palm Springs (2016)

Classic Films (first seen in 2021)

  1. Gandhi (1982)
  2. The Long Walk Home (1990)

Documentaries (first seen in 2021)

  1. Cuba and the Cameraman (2017)
  2. Count Me In (2021)
  3. 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible (2021)
  4. Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (2021)
  5. The Last Blockbuster (2020)
  6. Miss Virginia (2019)
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