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Over at the Mount Merapi Blog, there's a great new post that ties in volcanism, meta -reporting, magic, and golf. That's what I'm talking about. The volcano is big scary news, but in the end it's just God's giant science fair project. It's the human stories that make this interesting and important. Listening to my friend navigate his way through a conversation with village women making food for refugees. Reading about the challenges and frustrations to transmit a relatively minute amount of information to the rest of the world. The lull when the mountain stops producing scary news, and reporters have to scramble to find an angle. No reign of lava and ash? Go find that golf course that's just a few miles from the volcano and find out what the owners were thinking.

(image via the Merapi Golf website)

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