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Very impressive.
Do you have any recording of you reading the poem?
Might be fun to try and put some pictures to it.

I guess the poem expresses a lot of frustration you're feeling.

Would like to hear more of what day to day life is like in Miami, the
good
and the bad, the sinful and joyful, particularly the sinful.

Oct. 23 — A strong dose of space weather is forecast to hit Earth
Friday,
potentially disrupting satellite communications and posing a threat to
power grids on Earth. The event also presents a nice opportunity for
anyone
to view sunspots, though safe viewing techniques must be employed to
prevent eye damage.
THE STORM of charged particles was unleashed by a dark region on the
solar
surface called Sunspot 484. The huge spot, about the size of
Jupiter’s
surface, has been growing for several days and rotating into a position
that now points squarely at Earth.
Another giant sunspot is brewing, and more storms could be generated.
Sunspots are cooler regions of the sun where magnetic energy wells up,
often prior to eruptions.
The sunspot let loose a storm of energetic particles, known as a
coronal
mass ejection, at 3 a.m. ET Wednesday, according to forecasters at the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The expanding cloud is
expected to arrive midday Friday. It could produce a geomagnetic storm
rated G3 on a scale that goes up to G5.
The activity is expected to generate a colorful aurora, or Northern
Lights,
down to the northern United States and much of northern Europe.
Meanwhile,
a continuing “coronal hole” is already providing aurorae farther
north, in
places like Alaska and northern Canada.

The storm comes as the sun is actually in a declining mode of activity.
An
11-year solar cycle peaked during 2001 and 2002. Sunspots are fewer
now,
and activity will ramp down during the next three to four years. But,
scientists say, isolated severe space weather can occur at any time.
“It’s somewhat unusual to have this much activity when we’re
approximately
three and a half years past solar maximum,” said Larry Combs, a
forecaster
with the NOAA Space Environment Center’s Space Weather Operations.
“In
fact, just last week, solar activity was very low with an almost
spotless sun.”
Space weather has hampered satellite communications before.
In 1997, an AT&T Telstar 401 satellite used to broadcast television
shows
from networks to local affiliates was knocked out during a solar storm.
In
May 1998 a space storm disabled PanAmSat’s Galaxy 4, used for
automated
teller machines and airline tracking services, among other things.
Another
storm in July 2000 put several satellites temporarily out of contact
and
caused navigation problems in others.
Warning of impending storms allows satellite operators to reduce the
risk
of damage to some satellites by shutting down electronics.
Even cell phones can act up during solar storms, causing dropped calls.
In 1989, a solar storm tripped protective switches in Canadian
Hydro-Québec
power company. All of Québec lost power for nine hours. The problem
nearly
spread to the United States through an interconnected grid. Power
companies
have since developed programs to safeguard their systems, but experts
say
they remain at risk.
Forecasters said a second sunspot, developing and about to rotate into
an
effective position on the sun’s surface, could produce additional
stormy
weather over the next couple of weeks. In fact, early Thursday it
unleashed
a major flare of its own, one that could generate some space weather
near
Earth even though it wasn’t pointed directly at us. That glancing
blow
would arrive late Friday or, more likely, Saturday.
Sunspots can be seen from home with proper, safe viewing techniques.
Astronomers suggest projecting the sun’s image through binoculars
onto a
white surface. Never look directly at the sun, however, either with the
naked eye or through binoculars or telescopes.

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