Weekly Wrap 73: The Mysteries of the Desert

A weekly summary of what I’ve been doing elsewhere on the internets — finally posted on Sunday like it’s meant to be.

On a personal note, it was great to finally get the dental work done so that my jaw is no longer infected. Now, to wait for my shoulder to heal…

Podcasts

  • Patch Monday episode 111, “Cybercrime 2016: a view of the future”. Recorded in Las Vegas, it’s mainly Michael Fey’s view of 2016. He’s McAfee’s worldwide senior vice president of advanced technologies and field engineering. Also, an explanation of how advanced persistent threats are a three-stage attack, and a chat with the bloke who taught me how to create malware and construct botnets in just one hour.

Articles

I wrote another two stories apart from these, one for CSO and one for ZDNet Australia, but they won’t be published until Monday.

Media Appearances

Corporate Largesse

  • On Tuesday I covered the ISACA conference in Sydney, so of course I got free food and drink.
  • On Friday I went to the launch of Intel’s Ultrabook standard for laptops at BAR100, The Rocks in Sydney, so naturally there was more free food and drink. They also gave me an Air-Tech Turbo Blimp radio-controlled indoor airship, which I gave away — to someone who then discovered that the blimp itself wasn’t in the box.

Elsewhere

Most of my day-to-day observations are on my high-volume Twitter stream, and random photos and other observations turn up on my Posterous stream. The photos also appear on Flickr, where I eventually add geolocation data and tags.

[Photo: A mysterious oval-shaped object in the desert somewhere between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. This might be in Death Valley, but more likely somewhere else. I wasn’t paying much attention until I saw this. Any idea what it is? You can click to embiggen. Oh, and yes this photo was taken last week, not this week, but I’m sure you can live with that.]

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3 comments

  1. Richard’s avatar

    You’re not the only one interested in that desert oval:

    http://geology.about.com/b/2010/05/21/what-on-earth.htm

    The location is Ivanpah Lake in California: 35°31’58.64″N / 115°23’10.11″W.

    My best guess is that it’s a wastewater evaporation site associated with the Molycorp rare earth mine at Mountain Pass, approx 14.5km WSW:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Pass_rare_earth_mine
    http://www.desertreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/DR_Spring2011.pdf

  2. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    @Richard: When I linked to this post on Twitter that evening, it took just minutes before someone had trawled the maps and found this place. They did link to some more material on Ivanpah Lake too, which I’ll post when I, um, get around to it.

  3. Richard’s avatar

    That’s crowd-sourcing for you. I really must get with the programme.

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