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“The head of all flower heads is one flower; the sunflower in the sky, that gives the others vivid color stemming from the inside.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones



Most people reading this already know what a Coronal Mass Ejection isn't. It isn't what occurs when someone with Coronavirus loses their lunch in a big way. So what is a CME? I'm glad you asked!

A CME is a solar flare on steroids! I'm clearly not an astrophysicist (I don't even play one on TV), so we will try to keep it simple. The main difference between a garden variety solar flare and a CME is their spatial scale. A solar flare is a local event in which solar plasma rises well above the sun's surface but doesn't escape the star's gravity. It falls back. A coronal mass ejection leaves the surface of the sun with enough force and velocity for some of its mass to escape the…

February was not always hard. Maybe, for some people, it still is not.

I love winter. February used to be the pinnacle of winter glory. Everything white and frozen, bright peaceful walks in the middle of the night in a perfect snow fall. The world hibernated under a deep freeze, waiting to wake up in the spring. It was glorious.

2013 was the year that all changed.

2013, in general, was one of the worst years of my life. It all started in February with an intense and…

Is a series of novels by a hack writer who was in the right place at the right time and now everyone of my generation (i.e. millennials) wanks themselves silly over, to the point at which they actually make Quidditch into a real sport and ask the author to magically overturn the Brexit referendum. They are also massively overrated.

Executive Summary

Trustafarian Jesus saves the world.

And in a bit more detail?

Do I really have to? Can't I…

News for Noders

February 15: Happy birthday Admin to the goo!

February 18: Happy birthday mjijm!



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January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 1: ReQuest 2020 begins!

January 24: Happy Birthday Silverai_me!

January 26: Happy Birthday Segnbora-t!

January 31: ReQuest 2020 ends.


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December 1: Iron Noder has ended, and the initial results are in!

December 12: Happy birthday to horacetheclown!

December 22: Happy Hanukkah!

December 23: Happy birthday to Nemosyn!

December 25: Merry Christmas!

Get ready for reQuest, coming in January!


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November 1: The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1: Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5: Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11: Veterans Day in the US.

November 28: Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27: Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: Please join us in celebrating The Culture of Fear: The 2019 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.



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