"Currently there's a medium-sized coronal hole on the Sun's visible disk…"

31 OCTOBER 2002:
“Currently there’s a medium-sized coronal hole on the Sun’s visible disk…”

 

FROM CNN.COM:

Spooky auroras light up autumn nights

By Richard Stenger

Thursday, October 31, 2002
Posted: 12:07 PM EST (1707 GMT)

(CNN) — Green ghosts, wispy
witches and other glowing phantoms are dancing and darting around in the
night skies of October, which has proved a particularly productive month
for aurora hunters the world over.


    Sky watchers
photographed everything from a floating fairy ring in Norway, multicolor
spires in Arizona and pulsating swirls in Australia.


    In Finland,
Juha Kinnunen captured a glowering witch face with a considerable schnozzle
and two greenish ghosts looming over the Lapland.

    “Of those
three images, only one looked like a ghost with my own eyes as well, for
a brief moment. The other two turned up that ‘spooky’ during the exposure,
which was 4 to 6 seconds,” Kinnunen said Wednesday.


    “This
shows you how an active aurora changes shape continuously. The ghost I
photographed appeared for one horrifying moment only.”


    Auroras,
also known as the northern and southern lights, emit light as highly charged
particles from the sun excite atoms and molecules high in Earth’s atmosphere,
which creates a glow in the same manner as neon lights.


    While
concentrated in the most northerly and southerly regions, particularly
strong aurora displays can extend down into the mid-latitudes. Northern
lights, for instance, occasionally creep down to Mexico.


    The seasonal
lights tend to perk up in the autumn and spring for reasons that are not
entirely clear. What scientists do know is that the strength and scope
of the sky shows are directly tied to solar activity.


    From
time to time the sun unleashes powerful salvos of ionized gas that, if
they collide with Earth’s magnetic field, can spark nocturnal aurora displays
as well as disrupt satellites and power grids.

    Moreover,
coronal holes in the solar disk can leak out strong gusts of solar wind,
which can produce the same striking results if headed in our direction.


    Earth
is now exiting a solar wind stream that sparked numerous auroras since
October 23, according to NASA’s Spaceweather.com, which regularly posts
aurora images.


    “There
is a slim chance that trick-or-treaters in the northern United States and
Canada might see some ghostly auroras of their own on October 31st,” the
Web site said.


    There
could be more eye candy in the works in November too.


    “Currently
there’s a medium-sized coronal hole on the Sun’s visible disk,” Kinnunen
said. “It probably will create auroras within less than a week.”

HOLY SHIT.

30 OCTOBER 2002: HOLY
SHIT.

FROM NME.COM

IGGY POP was by joined by
HIVES frontman HOWLIN’ PELLE ALMQVIST and bassist MIKE


VIGILANTE as well as PETE
YORN in a STOOGES-covering tribute outfit last night


(October 29) at the HENRY
FONDA THEATRE in HOLLYWOOD at the concert for the


second annual SHORTLIST
PRIZE.


    With
Pop on vocals, Almqvist and Vigilante on guitars, MIKE WATT (Minutemen)
on

bass and Pete Yorn on drums,
the quintet’s surprise performance rounded off the


nearly four-hour concert
and awards ceremony.


    A curtain
lifted to unveil the group as they started straight in on The Stooges


track ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’.
The enthusiastic ensemble, who offered no in


between song banter, also
played the classics ‘No Fun’ and ‘TV Eye’.

FROM WATT:

it was a mindblow. ig went
off. he was also very nice to me.

what an honor. this cat
robin called me friday and asked me to it


right out of the blue -
mucha suerte. I still can’t believe it even


happened. even more amazing,
I didn’t really clam that much even


though I was shaking like
a leaf and ready to shit a pecan log. we


did “I wanna be your dog,”
“no fun” and “tv eye.” pete yorn was great


too as were the two cats
from the hives, pelle and mike – all


righteous peeps and we did
our best, nervous as hell to wail w/mister


iggy. right before, at the
baked potato in the val, I did “looking at


you” w/brother wayne kramer
and that was a blast too. lucky fucking

watt…

                               
on both wheels

p.s. tonight I get to do
more stooges w/nels and kevin. I’m gonna


trade my head in for a pumpkin,
like I did w/j in cambridge a couple


of years ago

na

28 OCTOBER 2002

FROM NME.COM:

Former KLF man BILL DRUMMOND
is launching a set of playing cards aimed at prompting people to take part
in a day of silent protest against “The War.”


    Drummond
will launch the ‘Silent Protest’ cards during a special presentation at
the Marx Memorial Library in London (October 29). Following the event,
he’ll move to The Foundry in east London, where Tracey Sanders-Wood will
release 1,000 helium-filled balloons.


    Attached
to each balloon will be a randomly selected card from a pack of Silent
Protest. Anyone who retrieves one of the balloons and returns the card
will be sent a complete pack of Silent Protest.


    The cards
are just like regular playing cards. However, instead of numbers and suits
on the front are simple everyday phrases – such as ‘Today I’m silent as
a protest against the war’, ‘coffee’, ‘Where is the lavatory’ and ‘Fuck
you’ – which the silent protestor can use to get through.


    “The
world seems to want to go to war. I don’t want it to,” Drummond explained.
“Nobody who can do anything about stopping it is going to listen to me.

    “Instead
of thinking about my futility, I thought maybe I could manage a day of
silence, and I thought about the practicalities of getting through a normal
working day without saying a word. Maybe I could cut up a sheet of white
cardboard so that I would have a stack of cards that could fit in my pocket?
Instead of four suits there would be 52 cards with 52 short statements
or questions or single useful words – maybe leave a couple blank for whoever,
to add their own.


    “I might
not be able to manage more than a day of silence but if I got these Silent
Protest cards printed up and distributed to bookshops, maybe other people
would do days of Silent Protest which would soon mount up way past the
365 days that I originally envisaged.”


    Drummond
added that the silent protest was against “whichever war you want to stop:
the one in your family or bedroom; the one at work or the war in a far-flung
land”.

na

27 OCTOBER 2002

Moonchild:
The Films of Kenneth Anger (Persistence of Vision, 1)

by Jack Hunter (Editor),
Mikita Brottman (Introduction)

List Price:   $17.95

Paperback: 128 pages ; Dimensions
(in inches): 0.47 x 8.30 x 7.04


Publisher: Creation Books;
ISBN: 1840680296; (February 2002)

Book Description

Kenneth Anger, responsible
for such classic underground films as Scorpio Rising and authoring Hollywood
Babylon, is almost certainly the most original, talented and subversive
film-maker of the 20th Century. Fully illustrated and featuring an original,
in-depth interview with Anger, Moonchild explores his fascination with
Hollywood history, the occult and Aleister Crowley,and reveals how he is
often hailed as the Godfather of MTV.

About the Author

Jack Hunter’s previous publications
include Eros in Hell: Sex, Blood & Madness in Japanese Cinema, House
of Horror: The Complete Guide to Hammer Films, and Inside Teradome: An
Illustrated History of Freak Film (all published by Creation Books).