Good Morning, RVA: Heating up

Let’s spend the next couple of days pretending September isn’t next week.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 62 °F and climbing. Temperatures, if they try their very hardest, could crack 90 °F for your ride home this evening–a trend that will continue for the rest of the week and into the weekend.

Water cooler

Almost every day in high school, I had nachos and a can of Surge for lunch. Somehow, and I don’t mean this sarcastically, I survived. Unfortunately for the future generations, area schools are now cutting back on sodas in vending machines and high-calorie à la cart items as part of new federal guidelines. Have fun with kale and whole grains, youth of today!

The Metro Richmond Zoo has a tiny Brazilian tapir! These guys grow to be pretty big; their only natural predators are crocodiles, large cats, and anacondas–which, turns out, are also some of my natural predators.

Whoa, it’s not every day you see a van flipped over on a residential street in the West End.

Get ready for your Instagram feeds to explode with time lapse videos (at least for a couple of days before we all forget about it) now that the company has launched Hyperlapse. The new app provides a super simple way to take image-stabilized, high-quality, time lapse video that you can then post to Instagram. Since I think math is awesome, I am required to link you to the technical explanation of how the image-stabilization technique works.


  • Squirrels toon’d by Altoona, 2-3. The rematch begins tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • Nats fell to the Phillies again, 3-4. They’ll look to avoid the sweep at 7:05 PM.
  • College football technically starts today, but the first real games kickoff tomorrow!

This morning’s longread

Cryopreservation: ‘I freeze people to cheat death’

Once the person in question is declared legally dead, the process of preserving them can begin, and it’s an intense one. First, the standby team transfers the patient from the hospital bed into an ice bed and covers them with an icy slurry. Then Alcor uses a “heart-lung resuscitator” to get the blood moving through the body again. They then administer 16 different medications meant to protect the cells from deteriorating after death. As they note on their website, “Because cryonics patients are legally deceased, Alcor can use methods that are not yet approved for conventional medical use.”

Photo by: Michael Chronister

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Ross Catrow

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