Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Quotes of the Day - Valentine's Day 2007

It's Valentine's Day, when all singles wish they were coupled and all couples pretend not to wish they were single. When shippers flood the internet with heart-filled fan art and plotless fanfic. And when the media bombards you so as to maximize your misery.

So in honor of the day, some random quotes about love and related matters.

"Ma-wage! Ma-wage is what bwings us to-geva today!"
- the priest, Princess Bride

"I'm saying I'd rather kiss you than die! That's a compliment!"
- Aang to Katara, Avatar: The Last Airbender, "The Cave of Two Lovers"

"Who needs affection when I've got blind hatred?"
- Patrick, 10 Things I Hate About You

"I hate the people who love me and they hate me!"
- Bender, Futurama, "I, Roommate"

[screaming] "Lite FM! Love songs! Nothing but love songs!"
-Buffy, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, "Living Conditions"

"Always love your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."
- Oscar Wilde

Valentine's Day's? Oh, crap! I forgot to get a girlfriend again!
- Fry, Futurama


How Do You Monitor a Windstorm?

By looking at power outage maps. The wind is crazy right now! Beware of falling tree limbs. If you are in the DC area, you'll want to look at Pepco, BGE, and Dominion to see where the outages are in your area. WTOP is already announcing closings for Thursday.


Ice, Ice, Baby!

So, I was expecting some frozen precipitation. Some snow. Some sleet. Some freezing rain. All of those things came today, then stopped about the time I got home from work. About that time, they were starting to back off some of the worst forecasts. I knew it was going to start up again, but figured it would be more of the same. Then, after trying an failing to get to sleep early, I decided to check the radar and see if the storm was close. This is what I see.

Wha-huh? The blue and white is frozen precipitation. The green, yellow, and red is rain (with red being the heaviest). That's a LOT of moisture. That's not "less than 1/4 inch of ice", which will coat your car but isn't enough to harm power lines. That's ice storm territory. And sure enough, they're now calling for up to an inch of ice in some areas. Time to pull the extra blankets out of my closet, put my ice chest on the patio, and count the soup cans in my pantry. This could be bad. At least it's not 1993. Also, Oswego? Still sucks to be you. What'll it be 14 feet by the time this is all over? How do you even get out of your house to clean that up? Climb out of a third story window?

These are the days
It never rains but it pours

Queen, "Under Pressure"


Sunday, February 11, 2007

Quote of the Day - February 11, 2007

Adam, you're not doing the jump. The insurance company says the situation is too dangerous. So, Tore, looks like you're it.

- Mythbusters


Rain or Freezing Rain or Sleet or Snow

Punxsutawney Phil is a lying liar who lies! We're not going to have an early spring! We're having a late-arriving winter. Back in January, when we had highs in the 70's, we were wondering where winter could be. Then the highs around freezing with bone-chilling winds started. On Tuesday, some kind of winter event is suppose to occur. Every time I check, the prediction gets worse. First, it was just going to be snow. Then, it was going to be more snow, and a two day event. Then, it was snow and sleet. Now, they've just thrown their hands up and said "It's going to precipitate, okay! Snow, sleet, rain, freezing rain, or some combination thereof! Whatever happens, it won't be good for traffic, I'll tell you that much. Now just... huddle in a relatively warm corner of your dwelling and be thankful you don't live in Oswego County, New York!"