Can you be replaced by a robot?

By: Bogon, 8:21 PM GMT on July 12, 2015

After coverage of today's Tour de France stage wound up, I went outside to pick up the paper. My first impression of the outer world was one of surprising comfort. At noon the temperature lingered in the low eighties; the relative humidity was only 53%. Indeed, two couples were talking in a neighbor's yard across the street. To witness that at midday in July is somewhat remarkable. Most days we cede the noonday sun to mad dogs and Englishmen.

Ah, the...

Destinations Forecasting News

Updated: 10:29 PM GMT on July 12, 2015

Whither Now?

By: Bogon, 8:40 PM GMT on June 04, 2015

Yesterday I finally got around to reading Ricky Rood's latest blog about El Niño. Appended to that blog was the usual list of comments, entered there by the usual motley crew. BaltimoreBrian left a comment that might almost count as a blog entry in its own right. It comprised a series of links, some of which I clicked. Here is the one that inspired today's rant.

Shucks, I started working on two or three new blog updates since my previous entry....

Forecasting Physics

Updated: 11:00 PM GMT on June 19, 2015

Arrant Pedantry

By: Bogon, 6:44 PM GMT on April 15, 2015

Here is a list of homophones. These are words that sound similar but are spelled differently. People screw these up all the time. Homophones are particularly problematic for dyslexics and people learning English as a second language.

From a purely practical standpoint I suppose that it's no big deal, really, as long as the idea gets across. Communication is the goal. Unfortunately some people (like me) can spot such errors instantly and without cons...

English Humor

Updated: 11:27 PM GMT on July 01, 2015

The Usual Suspects

By: Bogon, 11:28 PM GMT on February 09, 2015

I can't remember how it all started. Earlier this week I was noodling around a technology web site, Gizmag... Ah! It's traceable to comment #155 on my last entry. But that wasn't the start. I'm thinking Google probably led me to an article about NASA's Dawn mission. From there I followed links to Cubesats and other topics of interest. For instance, there are stories about the ingenuity being poured into alternative engine designs. Why don't I have one of thes...

Photography

Updated: 5:02 PM GMT on February 10, 2015

Snow Business

By: Bogon, 4:09 AM GMT on November 15, 2014

In a comment to my previous blog entry I complained that it's hard to keep a weather eye on the "polar vortex". Our main weather satellites, the ones that generate the cool graphics and data that we rely on day to day, circle the equator. They hang suspended in distant geosynchronous orbits. From their lofty perch they can constantly monitor events within their field of view, but locations near the poles — the arctic and antarctic — appear at the edge...

Autumn Forecasting

Updated: 7:16 PM GMT on December 17, 2014

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