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  1. Snow Job

    brian on 2007.12.16 at 03:37 pm

    My morning has been consumed with the snowy, sleet-y nor’easter. You can read all about it and see some of my pictures on my “personal” blog:

    December Nor’easter

    Update: may I direct your attention to The French Toast Alert System.

    With the bonus feature, inspired by the system, our Favorite Boston Weathermen:

    1. Pete Bouchard (actually my wife’s pick)
    2. Matt Noyes
    3. Harvey Leonard

    In Absentia: Todd Gross.

    Posted in: Weather

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  2. If you only see one movie in your lifetime.

    brian on 2007.01.08 at 01:49 am

    “In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to.”Roger Ebert

    “There is no controversy about these facts. Out of 925 recent articles in peer-review scientific journals about global warming, there was no disagreement. Zero.” – Al Gore

    It took me until tonight to see this movie, which is available “onDemand” for Comcast cable subscribers for $3.99. I later found out I could have watched in HD for $5.99 The nice thing about onDemand is that I didn’t have to use fossil fuels to get the movie from the store.

    There’s really no reason you can give me that you shouldn’t see this movie, if you haven’t already. Up to and including the fact that the movie is actually entertaining. I’m contemplating buying the DVD and lending it to everyone I know. Would you like to borrow it? Please?

    “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative…your mind will be changed in a nanosecond.” – Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com

    Posted in: Environment · Movies · Nature · Politics · Weather

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  3. Homebrew Weather Reports

    brian on 2006.02.18 at 12:12 am

    An image showing fierce rain and windToday there was a serious wind event in New England, specifically directly over me in Medford. About 1pm a strong cell rolled in packing strong winds (reported up to 65mph) and even hail. I didn’t see the hail here, but Amanda saw it in Burlington. I saw driving rains and the wind blowing trash cans around the street (and it wasn’t collection day).

    {“View photo full size 2048×1536, 635KB(Link to an image showing fierce rain and wind)”:http://recently.rainweb.net/modls/blog/images/2006/02/17_2112_1.jpg}

    In the historical department, I cobbled together a time lapse video of the blizzard of 12 February that swept through here last Sat-Sun.

    You can view the video over here

    Posted in: Weather

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  4. Snowy Sunday

    brian on 2006.02.12 at 02:49 pm

    Happy to report that I got a snow day today, although I was initially scared when I called in to find my manager already at work. Fortunately “the powers that be” came through at the last minute before Scott tested the snow gods with his AWD taxi service…

    Reports say to expect 15”-20” We’re well on our way.

    Revived the winter webcam. It’s updating every three minutes, but my pages still auto-update only every 6min.

    We’ll be out there shoveling some shortly you might see us.

    Posted in: Weather

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  5. Winter Desktops

    brian on 2005.12.22 at 05:24 pm

    Winter is my favorite season. Pray for Snow!

    Today, I went and grabbed some images from the web for my desktop. Inspired to look by my blushing (soon to be) bride, I found some great images of Montana under snow from Chris Lombardi via Flickr. I combined these with three from Mike Matas (all in the corporate family, I suppose). And one image of a lit (Maple?) tree from Canada from a gentleman who posted in the winter tag.

    Thanks all.

    Enjoying.

    Posted in: Photography · Weather · Web

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  6. Donate to help Katrina Victims

    brian on 2005.09.01 at 08:51 pm

    Please give what you can to help those in the path of Hurricane Katrina.The American Red Cross

    Last night I gave to the American Red Cross. I had to decide between them and AmeriCares Domestic Relief Fund. I gave to the Red Cross in the end, hoping that perhaps my company might start a matching drive, and in the past they have given to the Red Cross. Today, I found that my friends at 37 Signals were matching their blog reader’s contributions up to $5,000. All you have to do is email your donation confirmation to Jason Fried. Maybe my donation will be matched several times.

    The web is mobilizing in response to the catastrophe. The always first-class Craigslist is doing what they do best… they sprung into action with new sites for cities hit the hardest. They are a great resource for people trying to find each other, help, and housing.

    Additionally, the people behind MoveOn.org have set up a housing website, for people who have space to let someone without a home settle in until things start to improve.

    In addition to my donation, I’m hoping our good site’s stance with Google will help spread these links…

    Update— Apple has put up a donation link via the iTunes Music Store.

    Posted in: Recent Events · Weather · Web

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  7. National Guard Deployments and Katrina Relief

    brian on 2005.08.30 at 01:43 pm

    Despite reports that the National Guard has enough troops to respond to the growing disaster in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina around the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama region, I’d still be much more comfortable if the National Guard was, um, guarding the nation.

    About 35 percent of Louisiana’s National Guardsmen and 37 percent of Mississippi’s have been deployed to Iraq. Shouldn’t we have 100% of our Guard available at home?

    Someone had their email read on CNN yesterday asking if the world would send help to the US, like the US sent to aid Tsunami relief. Whereas I understand where he’s coming from… we send enormous amount of aid to the whole world, more than any other country, and get very little credit for it. However, there are two truths, one, we are the richest country in the world, and we can afford to give. Two, you can’t buy friends. We will be judged by our actions, not our dollars. And the world will look at our actions they don’t like before the ones they’re thankful for. And the world is looking at our actions in Iraq.

    In recent years our National Guard has seen more deployments overseas. I think that’s a role for our full-time military and reserves. The National Guard belongs at home. 100%.

    Posted in: Politics · Recent Events · Weather

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  8. Big Storm Brewing

    brian on 2005.08.28 at 11:11 pm

    Should I get excited about a category five Hurricane with its sites on the mainland? Well, I certainly fell sorry for those who will face destruction, but I get excited even when weather catastrophes are baring down on me directly.

    Usually, I get to enjoy blizzards, but we’ve had our share of hurricanes in New England, as well. I think the worst was a Cat. Four, Bob, I believe. That was back when I was Connecticut native. And I vaguely remember Gloria, when I was knee-high to a grasshopper.

    Well, I am happy to see the Weather Channel has gone to all-Hurricane coverage, since I’m such a geek who likes to see reporters get soaked and blown around.

    I’m looking for some good webcams to checkout, since the main landfall should be both on a city and during the middle of the day.

    The downfall of my plan is the certain power loss when the storm gets good. I was thinking, if a municipality had solar powered WiFi antennae on their street lights, they could form an ad-hoc network through out a city, allowing city state and federal authorities to broadcast lots of information with their constituents and receive equally useful info.

    I realize this is a bit of a pipe dream, but imagine what could happen if this network were in place. Let’s just talk about the emergency usage. First off, officials would have a very fast connection to emergency bunkers that wasn’t dependent on wires that can be blown down. Wireless mesh networks that can patch themselves (like the internet itself) if intermediary nodes go down, would allow excellent connections for emergency personal. Real time images and maps.

    For citizenry, you could receive evacuation routes and much more specific and up-to-date info that you could listening to a radio broadcast. You could get the whole story regardless of when you tuned in. Of course, you’d have to have energy efficient portable and good wireless reception. iBook, anyone?

    It would very impressive if you could co-op private WiFi routers as nodes for the emergency, but of course, this brings up the power issue again. Perhaps a car battery plus a 12v-120v power converter… but now we’re in serious geek/hacker category. But with a volunteer geek corp, you could get some really useful webcams, uploads of still and video images. Useful for neighbors to know what’s going on, micro-casting of local news, really; and useful to emergency personnel who would have so many more eyes and ears.

    MIT has a rooftop network experiment for community networking that could serve as a model for the networking. Add WiFi routing / access points powered the way those highway call boxes are, with the little solar panels. With the close nature of housing in the northern suburbs of Boston, reception would be easy. It would be great.

    Who’s in?

    Tangentially related: NOAA Podcasts

    Posted in: Recent Events · Weather

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  9. Boom

    brian on 2005.08.02 at 03:16 am

    To anyone in the Boston and North Shore area tonight… have you ever heard thunder so loud? I mean WOW.

    Posted in: Weather

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  10. MT Mail Must Get Through

    brian on 2005.01.31 at 04:44 pm

    In a follow up on my ruminations about Montana and Weather from an early few posts, I’d like to link to this story in the Montana Standard about a mail carrier and her appointed rounds on the longest rural mail route in the state. Very cool, especially the insight on her attitude and her choice of vehicles.

    Posted in: Weather

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