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Friday, June 17, 2005
I like Johnny Depp, but he has no business anywhere in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Just the commercials are enough to piss me off. Hollywood has no new ideas and no compuctions about cannibalizing classics. Look at the movies they're depending on to break out of this unprecedented box office slump. They're not even good remakes. All flash, no story. Exhibit a: the new batmobile. Bleah.

posted by Rachel 6/17/2005
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As a relative of a boat captain, I've given the tides more thought than most minnesotans. I recently ran across an interesting theory that tidal/lunar/cyclical gravitational influences are generally what trigger earthquakes. (Not that that's the cause, just that the extra stress tends to trigger release.) That idea makes a lot of sense to me when you consider how dense water is and that the water on the planet basically follows the moon in an egg shape. That's a lot of stress. Solstices and other gravitational alignments are what's responsible for really high or really low tides. (This may sound like duh, but they really only figured out the tides in the last few decades.)

The theory is that extreme tides are signs of gravitational extremes and they tend to correlate to earthquakes. This is interesting because the solstice is on the 21st and there's a really extreme tide on the 23rd. Also California has already had 3 earthquakes this week. I'll be very interested to watch the ring of fire over the next two weeks. The theory might also explain the ancient fascination with astronomy and astrology. Maybe it's another reason why calculating the solstices made megalithic architecture seem like a good idea. Wouldn't it be ironic if earthquakes turned out to be as rhythmic as everything else?

posted by Rachel 6/17/2005
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