What a Week March 3rd, 2017

Someone mentioned that I need to avoid politics and to stick to what I know. I completely understand the feeling and I feel the same way about my Twitter feed on a lot of days. But I also cannot remain silent in the face of the current political climate.

I am doing my best to contain that talk to this newsletter, so if you want to see less of it, unsubscribing here should cover you. But, as I tell people who ask this of me, "sorry, no".

On with it then, and what a week it was…

 


1.

Whenever I wrote about weather apps in the past (and that used to be something I did a lot) the common refrain I heard was: "no weather forecasts are accurate". There's a bit of truth to this, but honestly some of this is just not understanding what the forecasts mean.

For example, did you know that when forecasters say there is X% chance of rain, what they mean isn't how likely it is for you to see rain where you are, but how likely it is for there to be rain in Y zone at any point in time. Meaning, a 25% chance of rain doesn't mean that it likely won't rain on you. It means that in a say in a 10 mile square grid (I can't remember the actual size, but I think it's larger than this), there's a 25% chance of rain happening somewhere in that grid during that time period. If you are in a "bad" part of the grid, it could rain on you all day and the forecast still be accurate. Stupid, right?

There is truth to the notion that forecasting is bad though, and a lot of that has to do with the US having really bad forecasting tools. Which is where my favorite weather blogger, Cliff Mass, comes into play. He breaks down what the US needs and why. This information is far more important than not getting rained on, it can save lives by better predicting severity of storms.

2.

Here's some 45 news for you. The Verge (amazingly) called for Twitter to ban him:

"Indeed, a bizarre facet of our reality is that the president of the United States is a person who tweets. But it is Facebook, not Twitter, that has strained itself to become the public square — to break bread with Glenn Beck and behave as if it is bringing people together. (Facebook is currently threatening to become the new world order.) That’s not a brand Twitter needs to compete with. Twitter has the opportunity to stand tall as the only major company in history to refuse this kind of service to a sitting president, while its peers cozy up to Trump by giving him credit for things he didn’t do."

3.

This is a great article on Time Crystals. Some new thing scientists made from a theory and now they don't know what the fuck the impact will be. Truthfully I still don't understand the fuckers.

4.

I've been watching the new 24:Legacy series. In one of the most recent episodes a gang leader demands the phones of everyone in his gang so that he can go through them and find anyone working against him. This is seen by the gang and those observing as a sign of weakness, distrust, and overall bad form from the leader. People try to talk him out of it, and on the plot line goes.

In related news, Sean Spicer (the gum chewing nutjob at the Whitehouse) demanded the cellphones of his staff to try and find leakers. This was apparently approved by 45 as well.

I'll just let those two stories stand as they are.

5.

There's no other way to look at this than AG Sessions having lied to Congress:

"In January, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Sessions for answers to written questions. “Several of the President-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?” Leahy wrote.

Sessions responded with one word: “No.”

The defense Sessions has is that it was not about the election. That's shaky at best.

 


 

Well and that takes care of that. Have a good weekend.

Ben

 
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