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Here’s the link to the winners of the 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes. The areas covered include banana peels, cats, baby crap, staying up late, and a sadistic way of determining if a painting is good.

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The Scots voted NO to independence:

Alex Salmond is to step down as Scottish first minister after voters rejected independence.

He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which he has led for a total of 20 years.

Scottish voters backed the country staying in the UK by 2,001,926 votes to 1,617,989 in Thursday’s referendum.

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So I added two apps that Apple recommended as ‘essential’ for the iPad and iOS8 yesterday … and had to update both today to fix bugs.

September 19, 2014   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Edouard – Day 9

Post-Tropical Cyclone EdouardPosition: 39.5N 37.5W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: East [090°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998mb ↑.

Currently about 475 miles [ 765 km] West of Fayal Island in the Azores.

The system has lost its tropical characteristics. This is the final NHC advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select "Hurricanes" for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 19, 2014   No Comments

Avast Ye Lubbers

Pirate

It’ll be double rations of grog all around in the galley as ye throw the pasta and pesto down your gullet for the final day of Pasta Week, on Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Arr…
Belay that! ‘T’would be better done by swilling lambrusco directly from the flask!
Arr…

September 19, 2014   No Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

Chillin’

Friday Cat Blogging

He’s back, Mom…

[Editor: Ms Underhouse and the kit steal my chair for a siesta.

Friday Ark

September 19, 2014   No Comments

Stuff and Nonsense

The 2014 Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony just started at 6PM EDT [Webcast started at 5:40PM EDT]. I’ll report on the awards later.

For those unfamiliar with the Ig Nobel Prizes – they are annual awards presented for research that is, on the surface, just weird or ridiculous, but may actually provide serious scientific value.

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The voters came out in huge numbers in Scotland to decide the question of possible separation from the United Kingdom. The results won’t be announced until around 7AM local time [2AM CDT].

The voting age in Scotland is now 16, which is the age when many young people start work in the UK if they aren’t continuing to attend university. Given the changes that Cameron has made to the working conditions of young people in the UK and the steep increase in university fees, the young voters are not likely to be supporters of the status quo.

Under British election laws and customs there is a media blackout on election results until the official announcement. There is no exit polling, nor the rush to declare a winner that characterizes US elections.

The Guardian has a video explainer for non-Brits.

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I updated the iPad and it went slowly. The download is 1 Gigabyte and you need about 6 Gigabytes of free space for the installation.

I didn’t need or want any of the spiffy new features, but I figured I had to keep the software current. I assume that all of the apps that I loaded will have updates soon, which will be annoying as the upgrade notices tend to occur when I want to use the thing for something other than to hold papers down on my desk.

September 18, 2014   10 Comments

Tropical Storm Edouard – Day 8

Tropical Storm EdouardPosition: 39.9N 39.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East [090°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph [110 kph].
Wind Gusts: 85 mph [135 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Minimum central pressure: 980mb.

Currently about 570 miles [ 915 km] West-Northwest of Fayal Island in the Azores.

The storm is weakening in the cooler water.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select "Hurricanes" for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 18, 2014   No Comments

Gridlock

At Noon CDT Apple is releasing iOS8 which means that all of the cell networks and WiFi hotspots will be jammed to receive the ‘working’ symbol as the Apple servers grind their little spindles to molten destruction.

Releasing this to every device at the same time is definitely going to clog the ‘tubes’. It would be a good time to do something nefarious or nasty as communications will be crippled for a few hours.

I won’t try to use the iPAD today.

September 17, 2014   15 Comments

Hurricane Edouard – Day 7

Hurricane EdouardPosition: 38.7N 48.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 30 mph [48 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph [140 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 230 miles [370 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Minimum central pressure: 958mb.

Currently about 1030 miles [1660 km] East-Northeast of Bermuda.

The storm is headed towards much cooler water which will drain its energy.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select "Hurricanes" for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 17, 2014   No Comments

In Other News

If I were voting in the Scots’ independence election, David Cameron’s arguments against independence would convince me to vote for it. It is the policies and attitudes of politicians like Cameron that drive the independence movement.

Stephen Harper might consider finally buying new aircraft for his search and rescue crews so they don’t have to scavange parts from museums to keep the current aircraft flying. If Canada can afford to give military assistance to the Kurds, it should be able to buy some new aircraft for domestic search and rescue operations.

While I’ve been watching an Atlantic hurricane, one of my old haunts, Baja California got nailed. Jeff Masters reports that Category 3 Odile the Strongest Hurricane on Record to Hit Baja. It tore up Cabo San Lucas as is attested to by this eyewitness account.

September 16, 2014   12 Comments

Hurricane Edouard – Day 6

Hurricane EdouardPosition: 32.3N 57.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [035°] near 17 mph [28 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 90 mph [150 kph].
Wind Gusts: 105 mph [165 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 185 miles [295 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 80 miles [130 km].
Minimum central pressure: 959mb ↑.

Currently about 495 miles [ 795 km] East-Northeast of Bermuda.

This is the first time in two seasons that there is a major hurricane [category 3 or higher] in the Atlantic basin.

After peaking this morning, the storm has begun weakening and lost its major hurricane status this afternoon.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select "Hurricanes" for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 16, 2014   No Comments

Hurricane Edouard – Day 5

Hurricane EdouardPosition: 29.0N 56.9W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [335°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 110 mph [175 kph].
Wind Gusts: 125 mph [200 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 963mb.

Currently about 520 miles [ 840 km] East-Southeast of Bermuda.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select "Hurricanes" for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 15, 2014   No Comments

Holy Pasta Week

Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Day of His Noodly Appendage

The holiest of holidays for Pastafarians, is of course the birthday of His Most Holy Prophet, Marco Polo (b. Sept 15, 1254), who brought the word of his Noodly Appendage back from the East. As Talk Like A Pirate Day falls on September 19th, this five-day period constitutes Holy Pasta Week, during which spaghetti is consumed liberally. With a nice Chianti until the last day when it’s grog for all.

September 15, 2014   6 Comments

Spam Update

Well, spam is tastier than the pemmican in the military survival pacs but … oh, sorry, wrong spam.

I noticed a new player – sites selling essays disguised as educational help sites. I assumed it was because of my post on the reaction to the student who wrote about ‘killing his neighbor’s pet dinosaur’ [The Kid Is Alright]. The insurance spam is directed towards my hurricane posts, so I assumed these guys would be spamming that post.

Well, that post is heavily spammed … by the guys promoting the ED drugs. The ‘educational help’ spam is all directed at Friday Cat Blogging. I write a post about a homework writing assignment but they spam cat pictures‽

I’ve been at this a long time, show a little respect and get me a better class of spammers.

September 14, 2014   4 Comments

Hurricane Edouard – Day 4

Hurricane EdouardPosition: 26.2N 53.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [305°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph [140 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 15 miles [ 30 km].
Minimum central pressure: 982mb.

Currently about 835 miles [1345 km] Northeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select "Hurricanes" for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 14, 2014   No Comments