Good Morning, RVA: No rain!

Make sure you hydrate all the things: gardens, pets, kids, etc.

Photo by: sandy’s dad

Good morning, RVA! It’s 76 °F, and it will be hot today. Hot, yes. Humid, no. So that’s great! There’s also almost no chance of rain, which my outdoors activities are stoked about.

This weekend’s weather looks similarly sunny and wonderful.

Water cooler

Yesterday I linked to an article in the RTD about raising salaries for city council members. Here’s Council President Michelle Mosby’s statement on the issue.

The mayor will be on hand today to kick off renovations at Kanawha Plaza that will turn the super hot, concrete wasteland into something a little less like a scene from Mad Max. Here’s the approved plan from back in April, which is supposed to be completed in time for the Big Bike Race™. Even if it’s not, one less wasteland in RVA is a good thing.

Rolling Stone has a neat article about Edge of Daybreak, a local band that recorded an album in 1979 in a prison out in Powhatan. The band befriended a record store owner in town who brought over some equipment to record their album in a single, five-hour recording session. Rolling Stone has the title track which you can and should listen to!

Check out these great old photos found in a thrift store on Hull Street. The Internet is doing their collective sleuthing thing to uncover their origin and the identity of the lady in the photos–maybe you were looking for something other than work to do today? Hat tip to WTVR!

The International Olympic Committee has chosen Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, making it the first city to ever host both a Winter and Summer Games.

There are one trillion things to do this weekend: 5 Things, 5 Things for Families, and August Festivals. Click or tap your way through that list and plan your weekend wisely.


  • Squirrels got walloped 3-11 by Binghamton. Another day, another game–get your tickets for tonight’s here.
  • Kickers are finally back in action tomorrow against the Harrisburg City Islanders. You can get your tickets here. They’ll be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer month, which means your ticket also gets you a local beer!
  • Nats beat the Marlins, 1-0, yesterday. They’ll open a series at the Mets tonight at 7:10 PM.
  • D.C. United plays Real Salt Lake tomorrow, at home, at 7:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

Jupiter Submarine

Here’s an entire site dedicated to answering people’s weird science questions in a wonderfully entertaining and easy-to-understand way. This week, the question is: “What if you released a submarine into Jupiter’s atmosphere? Would it eventually reach a point where it would float? Could it navigate?”

To reach a depth where it could “float” in Jupiter, the submarine would have to go halfway to the center of the planet, where the intense pressure turns the air into a metallic soup that’s hotter than the surface of the Sun. The pressure there would be so high that not only would the submarine be crushed, the substances that make it up would probably converted into new and exciting forms. It’s hard to create those kinds of conditions in a lab, so we don’t know a lot about how materials behave with that much pressure pushing down on them.

This morning’s Instagram

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