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Does this ring any bells? Do you have a copy you can share? "Reed Waller also did some very early cutting edge CGI a entire band called Nellie and the Drummers, i have heard about it but cannot find any of the video that is sposed to exist out there."

Fascinating. There are a few other instances in the world, but surely none quite as vivid as "The Door to Hell". "The Door to Hell, as locals call it, is situated near the small town of Darvaz in Uzbekistan. Thirty-five years ago, geologists were drilling for gas when then encountered a very large cavern underground filled with a poisonous gas. They ignited the gas expecting it to burn off in a few hours. Thirty-five years later, the gas is still burning." [Edit: as barberio notes, it's apparently actually Darvaza in Turkmenistan]

Quite an episode, again, from RTD, in Turn Left - not exactly the lightest, fluffiest tale they've ever related. It's going to be a finale to look forward to.

An excellent piece of civic art, in Sweden, wherein rabbits on one side of a river are shown diving in, and on the other, pulling each other out. ^_^

 
 
 
 
 
 
No such place as 'Darvaz Uzbekistan'. The 'Gate of Hell' is in Darvaza (lit, The Gate), Turkmenistan.
Oh, and the ignition was not intentional, but the result of a subterranean cavern collapsing under operating drilling equipment.
Illumination is thusly cast. ^_^

Reminds me, I need to dig up copies of the two/four episodes in the Danger Zone series comprising "Meet the Stans" - quite thoroughly engaging viewing, looking at Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

There are a few of these occurrences around the planet that remind you that the geological scale is so much vaster than the human scale. Like a Chinese coal mine that's been burning since 1874 or an eruption of mud that may never finish.

It's an amazing planet we live on.
"They said it was put out, and who is to say otherwise?" Love it. Some things just never change. ^_^

Is it strange of me to want to see the mud for myself?

Indeed, it's an amazing planet. Conveniently close to home, too. =:) I sincerely want to see at least something of every country, ideally enough to have a superficial understanding of what life's actually like there; better yet, to be able to document it all for records to be placed firmly outside of the curse of copyright. Got a few thousand europoundollars spare? ^_^

And who can fail to be impressed by Centralia, PA where there's been an underground coal-seam fire for coming up to 50 years.

[the definitive stuff on Centralia is by everybody's favourite inflatable pony, Xydexx]
I was just there a few weeks ago! It's an eerie place, especially the collapsing section of the state highway there.
akira114 just pointed out a site down below, with many pages of photos of the town. ^_^
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Oh, we're everywhere. =:D
Glad ya like the new suit. :)
Fits like a glove. ^_^ (Weird when the sim hasn't finished updating the environment lighting! Starts off as a bright magenta =:)
Bizarre. :) But it does get noticed. I'm happy a few people bought them to raise money for RFL at the event this weekend. That was a "feelgood" moment.

I'll see if I can transfer over the "2nd reef" comp wetsuits we had to wer in May, you might like those. Mostly black with colored highlights. Nice texturing too.

Oh, and if you want to see the wetsuit in context, http://www.koinup.com/Socks/work/43986/ Kitty vs. shark. Fortunately, I don't make a good snack.
"Door to hell" sounds quite appropriate. :)
Although, shouldn't it be in LA? Ye gods and little fishes, it's a strange sight seeing the sky at night there. Weirdly putrescent shade of beige.. O.o;;

(Thankfully, San Diego doesn't suffer from that syndrome, as there's something of a coastal breeze)
I'm not sure... should it be LA? I've never been there. :)
Take also a gander at this very similar geological oddity: Centralia, Pennsylvania, where a mine fire has caused the city's subterranea to burn since 1964.

And this excellent site of Centralia resources.
With its 34 pages of photos, beginning with page 1.
Oh, finestkind! I hadn't actually been aware there were still people living there - I'd seen that "dangerous gases" sign, and taken it as read that the place was just sealed off by now. Though the 'pedia entry notes the population's down to single digits now..

On the plus side, I suppose they don't get many Jehovah's Witnesses thereabouts. =:)