Tues. Mar. 5, 2019 – weatherunderground, you are dead to me

30F and 70%RH. Frost.

I trusted wu and didn’t cover my citrus. Because I’m lazy. And it was cold. And the cold hurts me. And I’m lazy. Damn.

Woke up this morning dreaming I’d become some sort of politician. I was stumping at far right militia training camps. Promised if they’d join me, they wouldn’t have to lose their souls. Weird, huh. The way politicians always lie.

I have my CPA class tonight, so I’ll be occupied from late afternoon until about 8:30.

Until then, have at it.

n

59 thoughts on “Tues. Mar. 5, 2019 – weatherunderground, you are dead to me”

  1. RE: Luke Perry stroke
    It does seem incongruous that people decades my junior seem to be dropping like flies recently.
    My only encounter with Luke Perry was back in 1996 when he was at his peak. I was doing a contract for Pfizer in NYC and spending more time at the Lexington Marriott than at home. So I invited the wife to spend a week in New York while I tried to sort out their new VoIP network in the run-up to the clinical trials of Viagra. We had to be able to link doctors, the support staff, and National Poison Control Center all reliably and securely. Anyway, one Saturday in September I took the wife to the Rainbow Room at the top of Rockefeller Center for dinner and dancing. The Rainbow Room was a 40’s style nightclub with big band, rotating dance floor, excellent cuisine, and to-die-for views over Manhattan. The place was filled with the “beautiful people” including Rudy Giuliani whom I recognized. As we were having our appetizer, my wife drew my attention to a nearby table where Luke Perry and his date were just sitting down. Later, we bumped into him on the dance floor as I am not the best swing dancer. Sadly the Rainbow Room closed in 2009 and now Luke is gone too but somehow I’m still here.

  2. So sad a relatively young guy like Luke Perry had a stroke. He did a lot of TV. Most recently “Riverdale” where critics were praising him. RIP. (Why couldn’t the Notorious RBG stroke out. I’m going to HE double hockey sticks for that one.)


  3. weatherunderground, you are dead to me

    Agreed. I used Intellicast for years. It wasn’t perfect, but worked well for our area. Recently, WU absorbed it (the Borg?) Now the forecasts are worse, and the usability is terrible. Way to go, Weather Channel. I looked for alternatives, but so far nothing. I did find comments about how the Weather Channel screws up everything it touches, and that seems correct in this case.

    I used to use WU for local weather stations, and it is good for that. But it emphasizes those to the near exclusion of official sources.

    In my looking, I did find some truly horrible weather sites. Hard to imagine. One that is not horrible is the NWS family of sites. They have good maps, and their local forecast is OK for our area. However, they lack the hourly data, such as dew point, cloud cover, and wind that Intellicast had. WU has some of that, but it is very slow to load, and the data mentioned are much harder to see, especially on my phone. Their app for Android is also not worth its free price.

    Before I get suggestions (please!) honorable mention goes to Windy, My Radar, and Accuweather, all of which do some things great. The latter is good for long term (almost three months) temperature forecasts, but their daily forecasts are sorely lacking.

    Finally, why do the popular sites insist on showing me bandwidth and CPU hogging detailed graphics and videos about other parts of the country. Yes, I can ignore or block them, but, puhleeze!

  4. WRT WeatherUnderground: I do not trust any one source for weather forecasts.

    I look at:
    WeatherUnderground (wunderground.com) (WU’s forecasts are often 12 to 24 hours behind what they should be).
    DarkSky.net
    AccuWeather.com
    CRWS Jet Stream Map (virga.sfsu.edu/crws/jetstream.html)
    National Weather Service (www.weather.gov)
    Windy.com

    I then look at the pressure and wind trends on my personal weather station. And finally how much food are the squirrels and birds consuming.

    My predictions for the multiple snowmageddons and way below normal temperatures for the last month have been spot on and there is another snowstorm on the way tonight with temperatures in the single digits, which are currently breaking 123-year old temperature records here.

    I believe the country is going to experience unprecedented Spring floods and even more rain. This is going to affect all crops and livestock.

    Be prepared and watch the other hand (particularly the “left” hand).

  5. From yesterday …

    Hey Greg, turns out she doesn’t need a sugar daddy if they’ve got their hands in the cookie jar…..

    No. I still believe there is a sugar daddy involved with the Ocasio-Cortez trainwreck, and a career story is waiting for the right reporter. Maybe Project Veritas is already on the trail.

    Their hands being in the cookie jar will just mean that the implosion happens faster.

  6. I believe the country is going to experience unprecedented Spring floods and even more rain.

    Send some to Vegas, please.

  7. My predictions for the multiple snowmageddons and way below normal temperatures for the last month have been spot on and there is another snowstorm on the way tonight with temperatures in the single digits, which are currently breaking 123-year old temperature records here.

    Between the measles pandemic and the weather, I’m really not missing Vantucky.

  8. weather com is notorious for tracking and selling, even if you opt out.

    For a year the NOAA national forecast was spot on for here, but has been messed up for months. They switched software for producing the maps, and probably for forecasting, and the new ones are almost always wrong. Not quite 100% as that would be useful in a negative way, but wrong most of the time. It’s a very high level forecast too, so when I say wrong, I mean T-storms when clear was predicted or the opposite. They don’t bother with local temps or precip. I assume that if there is ANY chance of rain, it will rain SOMEWHERE in Houston. My only real concern anymore is frost warnings and they screwed the pooch last night.

    I guess I’ll have to go back to listening to the coastal forecasts. For some reason, my brain has a hard time peeling the relevant info out of the droning forecast though.

    n

  9. We’ve got our own outbreak here in Houston, and the jews [specific jews who do not vaccinate, at one school, have several dozen cases] have one in NYFinC

    n

  10. WRT WeatherUnderground: I do not trust any one source for weather forecasts.

    When we lived in Vantucky, Fox 12 Oregon was generally accurate for the Northwest.

    During hurricane season, I hit Fox 13 in Tampa and the Navy’s Monterrey site if I want to know the truth about a storm’s path. NHC went into my “useless” category last season.

  11. Vis a Vie the Weather Underground
    You may be interested in a fascinating (if somewhat political) read “The Coming Storm” By Michael Lewis. I got it on Audible as a commute time filler. It describes the revolution in forecasting methodologies, the war for transparency at NOAA, and how political decisions have changed the way our weather data is disseminated. While I disagree with his politics, his research is fascinating and well presented. Not at all boring and technically interesting.

  12. What is in the water these days?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6769993/A-woman-fell-bridesmaid-WEDDING-day-relationship-with.html

    Look at the pictures.

    “‘When Justin and Lana started dating, I was overjoyed,’ said Karalyn. ‘It was something I had wanted from the start, but knew that I couldn’t push as it was up to them to make it happen – and it did. I couldn’t be happier.’

    ‘I sleep in the middle as it’s the best spot in a poly triad. The bed’s a little snug though – three adults, my Siberian Husky, and both of my fat cats make us packed like sardines.'”

    n

  13. Yeah, I’m kind of tired of hearing about random people’s peccadilloes. There have always been people who had threesomes, or were asexual, or were gay, or whatever. What’s happened in the past 20 years or so is that these snowflakes think their personal weirdness make them special. News bulletin: it doesn’t, and we really don’t care.

  14. What is in the water these days?

    Isn’t a 20 year anniversary “Chasing Amy” happening soon?

    (*Every* straight male should see that movie before even thinking of getting involved with a bi- girl.)

    A decade before that flick, I went on a three-way date, but I wasn’t hip to the fact at the time. I think my friend and her girlfriend were screening for genetic donor material and someone who would share child care responsibility for the offspring, similar to what Pat Ireland at NOW had in her home life in the 80s/90s.

    Nothing new to see here folks. Move along.

    Update: “Asexual”. What a crock. Again, I refer you to “Chasing Amy”.

  15. Hear Here!

    In other nooz – 9º when I got up this morning, and up to a whole 12º now. Ran the snowthrower this morning – first time in a month that there was enough to justify the effort. If it were just me, a shovel down the sidewalk would be all. But the wife & the neighbor don’t drive big honkin’ 4×4 pick-em-ups, so I cater to them.

    For weather, I use an Indian weather rock, Ventusky, and the window. I also look at forecasts from accuweather, just because that’s what the Beautiful Widgets widget gets me. I hate it because of the obnoxious ads, which is why I have the weather rock.

  16. And I see it as the continuation of the prog march to normalize and desensitize. It’s not random.

    First go for tolerance, then acceptance, then legalization…

    Someone here said polygamy would be next up for a ‘gay marriage’ style push, others said pedophilia. Looks like they’ve chosen polygamy.

    The animal and child rapists won’t be too far behind.

    n


  17. Why couldn’t the Notorious RBG stroke out.

    Because she’s already dead. (Or in a coma and on life support, which translates as dead but we refuse to admit it.)

    As for Luke Perry and his utterly shocking, utterly untimely, and utterly tragic death of a stroke at 52, I was to guess, I’d guess that he did a lot of cocaine and ecstasy and who knows what and that the main mystery is why he didn’t die five or ten years ago.

  18. Someone here said polygamy would be next up for a ‘gay marriage’ style push, others said pedophilia. Looks like they’ve chosen polygamy.

    I’ve said that about polygamy here before, but I believe Dr. Pournelle stated it a few times. Once you cross that “two consenting adults” line, what’s three?

    Pedophilia is still crossing the line.

    Shockingly, WA State actually moved in the opposite direction with bestiality, enacting a ban at some point in the last 20 years.

  19. As for Luke Perry and his utterly shocking, utterly untimely, and utterly tragic death of a stroke at 52, I was to guess, I’d guess that he did a lot of cocaine and ecstasy and who knows what and that the main mystery is why he didn’t die five or ten years ago.

    Nah. Not the type IMHO. Oxycontin is a possibility, however.

    It won’t come out for a while … like Tom Petty.


  20. I guess I’ll have to go back to listening to the coastal forecasts.

    10-4. I’m coastal, 1 1/2 miles inland. Forecasts here are pretty good. Also, TV female weather talkers look pretty, but spike heels mandatory.

  21. I trusted wu and didn’t cover my citrus. Because I’m lazy. And it was cold. And the cold hurts me. And I’m lazy.

    I am going to have to cover wu over this. They changed the forecast last night about 9 pm for us from 31 F to 29 F this morning. I am guessing that the models showed the cold front going to Galveston after all. Previously I was under the opinion that the models showed the cold front stalling north of I-10.

  22. It won’t come out for a while … like Tom Petty.

    Huh ? I thought Tom Petty died of a blood clot thrown by a broken hip bone ?

  23. “Tight power supplies for Texas this summer may trigger voluntary cuts”
    https://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/Tight-power-supplies-for-Texas-this-summer-may-13664421.php?cmpid=txinc

    “ERCOT is forecasting Texas will have a summer peak load of 74,853 megawatts, a calculation based on normal summer peak weather conditions stretching back more than a decade. Total capacity is expected to be 78,154 megawatts, or just 3,300 megawatts more than predicted demand.”

    Ruh-roh.

    Rotating power blackouts for all !

    And, take it to the red line ! Power plants are super reliable when pushed above 94% load for extended periods of time. Not !

  24. Huh ? I thought Tom Petty died of a blood clot thrown by a broken hip bone ?

    Sadly, no. OD.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/arts/music/tom-petty-cause-death-opioid-overdose.html

    I wasn’t a huge fan, but I play the Wilbury albums once a week at a minimum in my car rotation.

    That reminds me — on the subject of people my age dying — I worked with a girl in the 90s who died from a blood clot about 10 years ago after she blew off doctors’ warnings about birth control pills and smoking.

    It isn’t common, but the combination can lead to the complication. The pharmacist who will serve as your family care practitioner in the Medicare-for-All future may or may not be aware of things like that.

  25. I see from the Pic that Scott is still pushing WhenHub. A solution in search of a problem – there’s nothing WhenHub does that anybody wants or needs. But it looks like Scott sunk a lot of money into it, so…

    I liked his columns, but I dislike video. Haven’t watched a podcast, and don’t plan to.

  26. Ruh-roh.

    Rotating power blackouts for all!

    I wonder how much Robert Francis pays to AC his mansion. Again, a reporter’s career is waiting to be made looking into that pending trainwreck as well.

    The Gannett paper in Fort Myers didn’t hesitate to note that Pence flew Air Force Two into Fort Myers last weekend for 48 hours in Sanibel.


  27. I liked his columns, but I dislike video. Haven’t watched a podcast, and don’t plan to.

    I feel the same way. I’ll gladly read the summary on occasion. But I never do the recording. (Video? Audio? Does anyone care?)

  28. I see from the Pic that Scott is still pushing WhenHub. A solution in search of a problem – there’s nothing WhenHub does that anybody wants or needs. But it looks like Scott sunk a lot of money into it, so…

    I liked his columns, but I dislike video. Haven’t watched a podcast, and don’t plan to.

    I’ve tried both of his audio and video podcasts. Totally off the cuff and just not very enjoyable for me. I do like the summaries though.

    Adams mentions in his autobiography book that he feels the need to invest in many ideas outside his expertise. He hit the big one with Dilbert and is looking for hit number two.
    https://www.amazon.com/How-Fail-Almost-Everything-Still/dp/1591847745/?tag=ttgnet-20

    I have yet to finish the book but I now know where Dogbert comes from.

  29. I see from the Pic that Scott is still pushing WhenHub. A solution in search of a problem – there’s nothing WhenHub does that anybody wants or needs. But it looks like Scott sunk a lot of money into it, so…

    I guess Dilburrito went bust.

  30. Ruh-roh.

    Rotating power blackouts for all!

    Makes me glad the interview at ERCOT last year didn’t work out. Pitchforks and torches …

    It is good they dragged it out a month. A yes answer in a week would have made me jump, but, by the end of the fourth week, after another, much weirder lunch interview, I was leaning towards turning them down.

    Gotta wonder it the second interview was just to see me sweat when the lunch ran long. They knew I was on lunch break from my current employer’s nearby remote facility. I had an Intel manager do that with me once with my kids school release time — I set land speed records driving from Hillsboro, OR to Fishers Landing in Vancouver, WA in 20 minutes (look at a map), and I never talked to Intel again.

    A lot of tech employers deserve their current fate in a sellers’ market. ERCOT still hasn’t filled the job.

  31. I’m not interested enough to listen/watch a podcast. I can read a lot faster.

    But, it’s his “blog” and if he would rather yabber in front of a camera than type it out, ok.

  32. I guess Dilburrito went bust.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilberito

    “The product failed to catch on in the market, leading Adams to, “several years and several million dollars later”, sell off his intellectual property and exit the business. Adams himself noted “[t]he mineral fortification was hard to disguise, and because of the veggie and legume content, three bites of the Dilberito made you fart so hard your intestines formed a tail.”[4] The New York Times noted the burrito “could have been designed only by a food technologist or by someone who eats lunch without much thought to taste.”[5]”

    Ok, “three bites of the Dilberito made you fart so hard your intestines formed a tail.” is hilarious.


  33. Gotta wonder it the second interview was just to see me sweat when the lunch ran long.

    If I need to keep to a schedule, I make before agreeing to the interview time. If they start more than a couple minutes late and haven’t sent someone to tell me their server farm is on fire or something, I’ll walk out. If, during the interview, we’re getting near my mandatory departure time I’ll mention it, and then I’ll walk out on the dot when we hit the deadline. No doubt that’s caused butthurt, but I wouldn’t want to work at someplace that disorganized or rude.

  34. Ok, “three bites of the Dilberito made you fart so hard your intestines formed a tail.” is hilarious.

    I imagine that Adams has problems finding people who will be honest with him in The Valley since he’s such an iconic figure. Like a lot of other tech guys, he’ll have a hard time finding hit number two.

    I doubt anyone told him the burrito sucked, and Adams’ senses were probably dulled by trying 100s of flavor combinations.

    I deal with something similar at home. *Nobody* in our lives is brutally honest with my wife except me due to that medical license in our file cabinet.

  35. Well, tonight’s class is Defensive Strategies and Emergency Vehicle Operation. Traffic for me to get here this time of day SUCKS. so I’m over an hour early. There is a light supper in a while, which is a plus…. but losing an hour and a half prior sucks.

    N

  36. If they start more than a couple minutes late and haven’t sent someone to tell me their server farm is on fire or something,

    I’ve done this at the dentist a couple of times. I would get off of work at 2pm for a 2:30 appointment. Read some magazines and chill for a while. Somehow I wasted their time by walking out at 3:45. “Well, we have to bill you for missing your appointment!” Sure, bill my dental plan but /I’m/ not paying a dime. After a couple of events I started with an 8am appointment…. first victim of the day and the dread is over with.

    I’ve had a couple of job interviews go the same. Say, 11am. A call from them to confirm for each of a couple of days before. 11:30am? I told the receptionist “Please tell them thank you for your interest but y’all don’t seem to mean it” and I leave. I had one call me the next day to ask why I missed my interview. Ah…. I was there, where were you? Yeah.

    I bet if I were scheduled to start work at 8am and showed at 8:30 or so they would not be happy.

  37. If I need to keep to a schedule, I make before agreeing to the interview time.

    With the Intel sitation, I made the manager aware before I drove out there that I would have to leave the facility by a certain time to get my kids at school. He decided to be an a**hat, probably as a weird test. Indian — they make awful managers if they stick in the country long enough to get the green card.

    As for ERCOT, that lunch interview was probably also a test, but it was Friday so no one was in a rush to get back to work … well, except for me.


  38. I’ve done this at the dentist a couple of times. I would get off of work at 2pm for a 2:30 appointment.

    It is part of the business. It is how they do it. They know that there will be a certain percentage of no shows. They cannot sit still in the office if when someone does show. So the overbook, and if everybody shows, then there is waiting.

    It happened to me one time with my first visit to a new doctor, as my prior had retired. After 45 min, I left and told them not to bill me and do not bother with a bill collector. I told them that there was no bill collector with a contract paper that had my signature on it. They did not bill me.

    I have had a few issues where it was their fault and bill collectors called me. I told them the same and I have never paid one nor will I ever. I am not intimidated by these scumbags.

  39. I never did figure out this interview situation.

    First interview, I met the lower-level supervisor at a restaurant where I had worked between ”professional” jobs. I was back at a professional position at this time. Restaurant folk, including at least one manager, came by our table and “harassed” me, even when I said it was a job interview. This of course demonstrated that I was a good guy, and the interviewer took it as a very good reference, and he scheduled an interview with the big boss.

    Almost immediately in the second interview, the big boss started attacking my then big boss (in that professional position) and I had to acknowledge that I had not met the guy, nor did I really ever see any results of his doings, which seldom trickled down to my level, as far as I could tell.

    The first interviewer sat there, apparently stunned by his boss’s attack.
    I guess I should have called him back to try to find out what the issue was.
    I guess I blew it by not defending my current boss, but I really could not even figure out what the boss interviewer’s issues with him were.

    Still haunts me, from many years ago, but I bet I dodged a bullet.

  40. ”After a couple of events I started with an 8am appointment…. first victim of the day and the dread is over with.”

    I also have figured out to schedule as first victim for routine doctor visits.
    So far, at least two or three times, I’m in and out real quick.
    Don’t accomplish much anyway, so I just keep a regular doctor “on
    retainer” I guess.

  41. It is part of the business. It is how they do it. They know that there will be a certain percentage of no shows. They cannot sit still in the office if when someone does show. So the overbook, and if everybody shows, then there is waiting.

    I always bring my own magazine.

  42. I don’t think I’ve ever done a traditional interview. I must have for the fast food job I had in college, but I don’t remember it. I did do 11 interviews for graduate programs at the regional competition/portfolio review for my program. 15 minutes each, one after the other, with maybe one break. I did a couple more by phone with people who were not at that regional event later. With all that choice, I still picked the wrong program.

    Most of my ‘pro’ work I was recruited thru friends or friends of friends, so had nothing to prove. I didn’t even have a resume’ for years. If you didn’t believe my friend when he recommended me, I didn’t want to work for you anyway.

    I worked in a very different industry though, where teams would form and break up for every job, and the main criteria for hiring was ‘did so and so think you could do the job’ and would you do it for the time and rate offered?

    n

  43. My Dr office values patient time. If they overbook, I’ve not experienced it. They promise that if you are there on time, you will be seen in less than 10 minutes. I’ve been going there for 10 years.

    My Dentist has a small, almost boutique business. He only sees patients from 7 to noon, has one partner (family), and absolutely never overbooks. We’ve never been late or missed an appointment, valuing the relationship very highly… and he values his patients too.

    n

  44. “I always bring my own magazine.”

    Sanitary issues aside, I like to get a look at magazines
    at the doctor or dentist office that I don’t have to pay for.

    I would not generally want to take my own magazine back
    home after it had been in that environment.

    And… My policy (if not reliable practice) is to shower and
    launder after doctor office visits.

  45. Interviews and stupid games. Never had the privilege, but – unless desperate – I don’t think I would put up with it. Being ex-military, punctuality is important to me. thankfully, the Swiss are notoriously punctual, which is no small part of why I feel at home here.

    That said, doctor’s offices are the one place I can always expect to wait. The problem is that all the medical students want to become highly paid specialists; almost none of them want to look at grandma’s bunions. So there are fewer and fewer GPs, and they overbook because that’s the only way to fit in all their patients. The doc I have now is happy to take time to discuss and explain – he never acts impatient – which, of course, only makes him run even later. I don’t want to know what time he finally goes home in the evenings.

  46. Most of my ‘pro’ work I was recruited thru friends or friends of friends, so had nothing to prove. I didn’t even have a resume’ for years. If you didn’t believe my friend when he recommended me, I didn’t want to work for you anyway.

    The two telecom company jobs were situations where friends sold me out for promotions/recruiting bonus money — the best man at my wedding tops my list of people I will never work with again — and I moved to the West Coast without a job in hand not knowing anyone beyond my wife’s family — big mistake.

    (Chinese family is … how should I put this … well, chock full of f*ckers, especially if they are Number One Son. Number One Sons don’t help anyone, especially Hillbilly husband of a cousin’s wife … the *female* cousin … who went to med school while Number One Son failed the tests.)

    Right now, I’m in rebuilding mode so I do resumes and the interviews like I did 20 years ago. Maybe I’ll get back to having a “normal” network of professional contacts before I retire, but most likely not. Just my skills and very hard work to climb the learning curve at any given job faster than anyone else keeps me working professionally.

  47. I give doctors the same leeway I give anyone for any meeting. 15 minutes. If I’m not in within 15 minutes of the appointment time, I leave.

    My dentist is an old school friend. We get there within 10 minutes of appointment time, then get into the chair within 5 minutes of the scheduled appointment (before or after). I believe Bob believes that others’ time is just as valuable as his. Good guy.

    Doctors, on the other hand – I don’t have a regular doctor anymore. No patience for folks that don’t respect their patients.

  48. Doctors have the problem that a patient will come in saying “I have a pain in my leg” and it turns out to be diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. So tests have to be done and the doctor has to review all that. It’s unpredictable. Plus, as more and more are parts of large, corporate practices they have quotas to meet and scheduling is done at a central office, not theirs.

  49. Plus, as more and more are parts of large, corporate practices they have quotas to meet and scheduling is done at a central office, not theirs.

    The newest wrinkle in Austin is that everyone blames traffic for being late, even if they are really just being inconsiderate/lazy/stupid, and the large corporate practice my wife works for has passed down word that no one should be turned away at the front desk for being late as long as the doctor is still in the building.

    The practice got caught forcing staff to work off the clock to cover the late patient arrivals. That should have been the end of the management, but everyone working the staff jobs is so hard up for cash these days that most employees took a cash settlement for the back pay and kept their mouths shut.

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