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  • jimmy 8:28 pm on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The giant storm currently wrecking havoc across the Midwest has a low pressure (957mb per 18z Surface Analysis from NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center) equivalent to a category 3 hurricane. To be clear, that is historically low for the Midwest.

    CIMSS notes that the storm is still deepening. At least the winds of this storm aren’t on par with those of a major hurricane, unless you count the nearly 200 reports of severe winds/damage so far today (blue dots on map to right). But even the strongest severe thunderstorm winds rarely make it much into category 1 hurricane territory. (Winds over 58mph are severe, winds over 74mph are hurricane, winds over 114mph are category 3 hurricane.)

  • jimmy 8:34 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Is there some kind of secret pact among tech bloggers that anyone who thinks The Social Network is anything but a purely fictitious pack of lies must be destroyed and/or had hundreds of words devoted to mocking them? I haven’t seen the movie, nor have I ever met Zuckerberg, but the pure and unwavering support of FB coming from the tech blogosphere is kind of weird to me. Is it simply that they don’t want to lose access to not just sources at Facebook, but also any other “satellite” company that would be scared of “crossing” FB by talking to someone critical of them?

    Am I being too conspiratorial? Is it simply the fact that The Social Network is a pack of fictitious lies and the bloggers have nothing better to talk about? (Actually don’t answer that, because at this point I’ve put on my tinfoil hat and quite honestly trust nobody on this issue.)

  • jimmy 4:31 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Yesterday’s The Simpsons episode apparently began with an intro created by a British street artist. While it was interesting, I’m honestly surprised by the chatter about it (4 tweets about it made it into @TopTweets, for example). Maybe it’s my 4+ years of university digital media arts courses, or maybe it’s just my indifference/annoyance with The Simpsons in general, but I find the shock and awe rather strange and, yes, a little annoying.

    • Elizabeth 12:40 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink

      Um. People have heard of sweat shops, right? I’m confused about the uproar, too.

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