Friday links

13 Mar

Wow! It’s been a long time. I’ve thought about this little blog a lot over the last several months, but I haven’t posted anything. I’m going to try and remedy that, starting today!

I’m thinking I’ll do a link round up on Fridays of some of the most interesting things I’ve read over the past week. Not a new idea, to be sure, but maybe you’ll read something cool here! Only two this week, but let’s get to it.


This thing scares the hell out of me. The Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia is 7.5 MILES deep. Can you imagine falling into that? Hopefully you’d knock your head on the side pretty quickly and wouldn’t thinking about the bottom the whole way down.

After drilling this for 24 years, and reaching the highest depth on the planet (the deepest ocean is 6.8 miles deep), the heat inside the hole got to be too hot (356°F) and they had to stop. Thankfully, they welded the hole closed with this little cap. Though they couldn’t keep drilling, they did learn some pretty neat stuff in the process, like the fact that they estimate the distance to the center of the Earth is nearly 4,000 miles!


I really enjoyed this two part longform piece for the New York Times. The author, who is Norwegian, attempts to trace the path of some Vikings from Canada through Cleveland, Ohio and finally to Minnesota, while also trying to write about America. He ties it together with the story of his own relatives’ journey from Norway to Minnesota. It is a bit of a saga, but interestingly written.

I’d heard of this author before, last year when his epic six-volume autobiography first started getting attention. Now that I’ve read this longform piece, I am curious about his magnum opus, My Struggle.

I’m doing this, come April. I’m shooting for at least 500 words per day. Not too many, but enough to get started on something. I’m planning a follow up to the story I wrote last November. It will be relaxed, nothing crazy. Just to get back in the habit of writing every day. Plus, I really want to get some of the Camp NaNoWriMo gear! This mug is so awesome!

  • efrompdx

    The Viking saga sounds interesting, for sure!