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Tropical Storm Fay – Day 6

Tropical Storm FayPosition: 28.9 N 80.5 W. [10 PM CDT]
Movement: Nearly Stationary.
Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph.
Wind Gusts: 65 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 994 mb.

It is 35 miles Southeast of Daytona Beach, Florida. It now just off the coast which restricts development in normal storms. The water along the coast has cooled because of the runoff, rain, and cloud cover, but nothing about Fay can be assumed.

There are unofficial reports of 22 inches of rain having fallen at one location just to the Northwest of Melbourne, Florida.

Fortunately the Shuttles will float, so there’s no need for Arks, and the hatching baby turtles will be able to swim into the ocean rather than crawling.


1 mapaghimagsik { 08.20.08 at 2:57 pm }

NAKS = Need Another Kite Surfer!

2 Bryan { 08.20.08 at 3:24 pm }

Unfortunately we have a state full of people who will see the incident as a challenge, and not a warning.

3 mapaghimagsik { 08.20.08 at 3:53 pm }

Being the libertarians they are, they will refuse any state-sponsored health care.

Right? Right?

4 Bryan { 08.20.08 at 4:02 pm }

Oh, yeah, exactly the same way they refuse Federal money after hurricanes, having complained about wasting taxpayers money on people who should take of themselves.

It was interesting how FEMA paid to replace life guard towers for a local county after a hurricane. The thing is, no one ever remembers the county having life guard towers before the hurricane.

5 Steve Bates { 08.20.08 at 5:11 pm }

“we have a state full of people who will see the incident as a challenge,'”

It’s like the unspoken contest a few years ago for the title, “youngest kid to fly a plane across country” (or wherever it was). People kept sending kids up until one of them was killed…

Bryan, depending on which model you believe, this thing could hit you and then eventually me (my first tropical weather to reach me out of the northeast), or all our friends in Ohio (fortunately, Mustang Bobby and family are in Canada for a festival), or any of an assortment of places in the Deep South. They need to return this storm to the shop for warranty work.

(What is “NAKS”? apart from mapaghimagsik’s excellent expansion, of course?)

6 Bryan { 08.20.08 at 8:12 pm }

I associate it with flow control on a comm line, where it means Negative Acknowledgment, as in the the old RS-232 Ack/Nak protocol, and it is used in some variation by all comm systems, including the secure radio systems I used in the Air Force.

It is a shorthand way of saying “there’s no one home”.

7 Steve Bates { 08.20.08 at 8:55 pm }

Goodness knows I’ve written code that has sent enough ACKs and NAKs in my time (the ASCII characters, I mean). I just didn’t (and don’t) catch the ref in this context.

That storm looks stranger every time I visit Weather Underground. It isn’t even directly threatening me, nor is it apparently that bad a storm, but I find myself almost afraid to look, because it’s soooo weird… and potentially threatens so many friends.

8 Bryan { 08.20.08 at 9:35 pm }

How about “I rapped on his skull, but there was no one home”? I assume that based on Map’s snarky cartoons [Taking Stock, on the sidebar] and she’s tech familiar .

9 Steve Bates { 08.20.08 at 10:26 pm }

“… and she’s tech familiar .”

Not to chatter on in third person about someone who’s probably present on the thread :), but “tech familiar” she most certainly is. I remember a comment in which she displayed the ability to tamper with a SQL statement constructed from input in a textbox by putting sneaky stuff in the textbox, if the programmer didn’t remove the bad stuff from that input before constructing the statement. Now that’s clearly familiarity at the level of a pro coder, not merely someone who’s taken a class for fun.

And yes, I thoroughly enjoy Taking Stock.

10 Bryan { 08.20.08 at 10:56 pm }

Unless they bring it up, I don’t get into anything I may know about people from other sources.

I know you’re old enough to have mucked about with RS-232. I don’t know, but I don’t think she is, unless it as at school, but DHCP NAKs, especially with Windows come up.

Of course, she could be referring to the North American Kant Society. 🙂

11 Steve Bates { 08.21.08 at 12:29 am }

“Unless they bring it up, I don’t get into anything I may know about people from other sources.”

map gave her example right here on a thread on Why Now. It’s true that she didn’t say what it was; I recognized it from some of the input filtering I’ve done to prevent havoc wrought by users on sites I’ve worked on. But I think she meant it to be recognized for what it was.

“I know you’re old enough to have mucked about with RS-232.”

Oooooh, yeah. I’ve done comm-related jobs for decades, lots of ’em in the 20 years of my contracting business, and a few before that.

“… the North American Kant Society.”

🙂 I saw that in googling for NAKS. But you know what the Eastern superiorists say: Genghis Khan, but Immanuel Kant.

12 Bryan { 08.21.08 at 12:52 am }

Map and I have communicated by other means, and I had forgotten about that post until you brought it up. While I could care less, a lot of people get nervous about too much info appearing on blogs. Because of an earlier job, I’m overly sensitive to not revealing things I know, unless I’m positive where the information comes from, and it’s public.

There are things I don’t discuss because I can’t verify the source of what I know and can’t locate an open source for it. Old habits die hard.

If Hipparchia drops by, she can probably identify a Sodium-Potassium compound, NaK.

If you ever suffer from insomnia try Kant’s commentary on the Book of Job. The Book of Job was one of the required courses at Colgate. I think they did it to screw with our minds.