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In my quest to avoid doing other work, I've added an about page to schussman.com. It's a documentary that is at once touching and self-deprecatingly humorous, in the best tradition of internet "about" pages. Well, it's a start.

In other news, slashdot recently ran a discussion about how to warn far-future explorers to stay away from dangerous places like the soon-to-be radioactive waste dump at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. As a thoughtful native resident of the Great American West and proud former employee of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, I can't help but feel, well, dumped on, by the idea that the kind of open space found in places like Nevada are suitable for little else but the hundred-thousand year storage of nuclear waste.

What's fasinating now are the proposals to warn future visitors. In ten thousand years, our current civilization will quite likely be as forgotten and mythologized as ancient Egypt, but the waste under Yucca mountain will still be hazardous. How do we warn our descendents about the stuff in the ground? The current proposal is to build a massive monument that will be interpretable by a future audience. In addition to the slashdot story and accompanying links, I came across an article by Gregory Benford. Interesting reading.