Feb 292008

It’s a pretty cold morning today for the end of February.  My vantage pro2 recorded a low of 14.1 and the coldest it’s recorded this year has been 8 so it’s not that far off.  Yesterday was chilly too.  The wind made it feel even colder.  It’s just a little more wasted cold.

Today we should see a clipper move through the area but most of the snow will be to the north.  Here the NWS is saying snow and rain in the evening with accumulations of less than an inch.  That sounds about right.  It would be nice if this clipper was an over performer like they are sometimes but that’s pretty unlikely.

Feb 262008

Just thought this was an interesting event.  CNN had reports of four million with out power then the power company said 800 thousand.  Either way it reminded me of the blackout in the summer a few years ago that occurred in the Northeast.

Having electricity is one of those things we take for granted but there may come a time when it’s not there.  People don’t think of the other effects of an outage besides their lights going out.  It seems to have messed with cell phone service in Florida.  They also mentioned it stopping train service.

It seems like the power grid system works but could be a bit fragile but it is built to protect it self. The sad things is many Americans assumed it was an evil terrorist that caused it.

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Feb 252008

I see it it so many places and I just don’t understand why people have to try to make wars and that sort of thing out of which operating system to use.  They all have their pluses and minuses and really in the end isn’t having multiple reasonable choices the best outcome?  It’s great to have different options for different people who work differently. I just believe they all have their place.

I’ll admit windows 95 sucked bad with crashing.  win 98 was better.  I won’t even mention how much I diddn’t like windows 3.1. When I used winxp and the rare occasion that I have to use it now it’s been nothing but stable for me except for some wierd crashes when shutting down.  I never did solve that but that was about a year ago when I decided I wanted to use something other than windows as my main operating system.  There really was no reason to do that other than the fact that I wanted to try something different.  I haven’t used Vista but wouldn’t mind trying it.  I don’t want to pay so much for something I don’t think I’d really use so I don’t have it.

I tried a couple of Linux distros off and on for the past 8 years and none really stuck.  I don’t know why but they just didn’t stick.  I enjoyed them but they just didn’t click with me.  Maybe there were too many different distros that I wanted to try and didn’t have  enough time.

I ended up settling into using DesktopBSD.  I don’t really know why but I just became comfortable with it and have used it almost exclusively for close to a year now.  I’ve been able to solve any issues I have had with a little googling.  Gotta still love the freebsd handbook.  The ports also rock.  Everything is right there for me to use if I need it.  I like the fact that it’s pretty much just Freebsd with a kde automatically installed.  The nice thing about freebsd is everything is in one place. Things just pretty much work the way I expect them to.

Feb 252008

I just came across a pretty cool new feature on wunderground.  It’s called wundermap and it overlays weather station information on a map or satellite image.  It would be pretty interesting to watch a strong cold front on here or something like that.

It also has the ability to overlay radar images. which I haven’t tried yet.

Check it out!

WunderMap Interactive Radar & Weather Stations

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Feb 212008

Well no big shocker here but another week and another potential ice storm in southern Pennsylvania.  State college seems to think up to 1 to 3 inches of snow then it switches to sleet and freezing rain.  They’re thinking southern Pennsylvania could receive more than a quarter inches of ice accumulation.  They have put us under a winter storm watch.

Don’t get me wrong.  Ice is interesting but snow is better and more fun and we haven’t had much of that this year.

Feb 212008

Yesterday gave two very nice surprises.   First one was the clipper left us more than an inch of very fluffy snow acumulation.  It just kept snowing with nothing showing on radar anywhere near us.  My guess would have to be the precipitation was below the radar beam.

Last night about 9pm we decided to run to the store to pick something up and the moon was out.  It had cleared up in time for the lunar eclipse!  I spent about an hour watching it outside where It was pretty cold for that.  It was awesome to watch it since I haven’t done that before.  Int the past I had always forgotten the time.

Feb 192008

Tomorrow night will be the first total lunar eclipse of the year over North America.  The next one will not be until December 2010.  Naturally it will probably be cloudy here.  I will definitely keep checking outside but I don’t expect to see it.

A lunar eclipse is when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow.  Once the moon is fully in the Earth’s shadow it turns red due to the atmosphere of the Earth.

Feb 172008

This has been a stormy winter for some areas so far this season and it’s continuing as I write this.  Another storm cutting up into the great lakes to keep us on the warm side while the rich get richer with more snow and some severe weather to the south.

Rain for us and maybe heavy rain.  Why couldn’t it be like 2003 when we had a heavy snow storm?  Oh well, at least there is a slight chance of a thunderstorm tonight.

Feb 142008

Titan’s surface organics surpass oil reserves on Earth

I just saw this on Slashdot and thought this was really interesting.  They say that the lakes and dunes on Titan are hydrocarbons and that it actually contains hundreds of times the amount of hydrocarbons known to exist in the reserves on Earth..  Actually I find all of the gas giants interesting.  They have so many moons and they have such different properties.  Titan also contains water ice.

I would love to see these moons explored.  Titan seems very interesting with it’s water ice.  Also the atmosphere with clouds made from methane and ethane and it rains liquid ethane.  Actually it is the only moon in the solar system known to have a dense atmosphere.

It seems like a good place to look for other life forms.

Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system and is 50% larger than the Earth’s moon.  It’s larger than Mercury.

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