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: 5:57 PM GMT on May 26, 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...


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

Hurricane Season 2014

By: Bogon, 9:59 PM GMT on August 01, 2014

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Cooperative Institute for Meteororological Satellite Studies
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Total Precipitable Water - North Atlantic, Last 72 Hours

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Updated: 12:22 AM GMT on November 14, 2014

Looking Up

By: Bogon, 9:48 PM GMT on June 30, 2014

Once in a while I like to pick a word, one that I think I know perfectly well, and look it up in the dictionary. Sometimes I discover that it doesn't mean exactly what I thought it did. Sometimes the history of the word (its etymology) is at variance with its current meaning. Today I looked up 'summer'.

Guess what? It means summer, the season between spring and fall. Apparently it has meant that for a long time. It is a very old word. Etymologists ...


Updated: 7:19 PM GMT on July 03, 2014

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