The meteorologists are just taunting me

April 11, 2009

I wake up this morning, and check the weather. Yesterday, the forecast was partly cloudy, 61 degrees at Banks. It’s completely grey outside. National Weather Service is now saying thunderstorms this afternoon. I hate weather.

On the brighter side, weather.com says partly cloudy, high of 56. That sounds much better!

Any bets on which service I’m going to listen to?

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Time to get on the water!

April 11, 2009

The forecast for Banks today is 61 degrees, partly cloudy. Time to get on the river! Now I just need to find other people who want to go boating – a couple of the people I called are going skiing instead! Skiing in April – what’s wrong with them? It’s clearly kayaking season.

Unfortunately, none of my friends have switched into kayaking mode. So I’ll take my usual approach: get to Banks around noon and wait for someone else who wants to paddle to show up! It works great during the summer, this time of the year it’s probably a gamble.

Look for a brief report tomorrow evening – happy boating everyone!


Naked body scanners soon to be the norm for airport screening

April 9, 2009

Welcome to the 21st century. In order to board a plane, you will shortly be required to submit to what is effectively a strip search. The TSA is going to require all passengers pass through a millimeter-wave body scanner before entering the secure area. Your other option is a full pat-down. Decisions, decisions. Strip search, or groping? The TSA announcement is available here.

I’m going to give my congresscritters a call, an encourage anyone reading this to do the same. This is beyond ridiculous.

(found the story through the ACLU blog)


HB 213 passed – kayakers got screwed

April 1, 2009

Well, Idaho HB 213 passed in the Senate today. All it needs now is the governor’s signature, which is guaranteed. All out-of-state motorized boats will have a $20 annual fee. In-state motorized boats will have a $10 fee. Nonmotorized boats will have a $5 fee. This doesn’t hurt me too badly. I only have one boat. Some kayakers have 10 or more. They’ll be stuck paying $50 yearly, while posing zero risk of importing invasive species. It will also hurt people coming into the state to boat. They’re stuck paying a $5 fee per boat for a few days’ worth of boating.

The goal of this bill is to raise money to fight invasive species. I’d be less mad about this if the plan for fighting invasive species was likely to be effective. Rumor says this money will be used to set up boat wash stations at major lakes. Well, the people who are going to use these boat wash stations are the same people who were already paying attention to the issue. The people who are actually a risk are a risk because they don’t use things like boa washing stations! As for people like me, the odds of my kayak being within 100 miles of a boat washing station are amazingly slim – yet I’m stuck paying for them.


XKCD: Sick and wrong, yet hilarious

April 1, 2009
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Taken from: XKCD


Back from Alabama

March 29, 2009

I spend the past five days visiting my grandparents in Alabama. My sister and I flew down, leaving our spouses in Idaho. My grandmother is developing dementia, so we decided to keep the number of faces around to a minimum. She still remembers all the relationships, knows our names and that we’re married. She has a very tough time recalling words, and is starting to have problems with basic tasks like using the TV remote or the phone. She is also extremely anxious much of the time. If we’re going to go do something, she wants us to just go and do it right now. Grandmom also hates any time away from her husband.

We also had the opportunity to visit the beach – we even got an hour of sunshine while we were there. Storms the rest of the week. I’ve only been back in Idaho for a day, but I really miss the humidity!

I spent most of my free time with my head stuck in a book. 8 down for this week. My sister also talked me into reading the Twilight series. I found that I just cannot stand the main character (Bella) for the first three books. In the fourth, she becomes tolerable. The writing in the series also improves substantially, which is understandable with Twilight being the author’s first novel.

The flights were decent, although most flights were delayed by about 30 minutes. Of course, those 30 minutes are spent sitting on the plane rather than in the terminal. They don’t want to let us walk around any more than they have to.

I still have several half-completed posts just waiting for me to wrap them up. Hope to get them up this week.


Exams!

March 20, 2009

It’s that time once again – midterms!

I have exams in both Psychology 101 and Anatomy and Physiology tomorrow. Lots of studying tonight and tomorrow morning.

A&P is going well – I’ve gotten an A on every exam to date. I’m hoping to continue that streak for this exam and the lab exam immediately after spring break. Psych isn’t going as well. A’s and B’s on the exams, but I can’t get above a low B on the other assignments! Our professor started out the semester saying there was no required length for the assignments. They could be as short as a few sentences. Apparently that was utter BS. The feedback on every assignment to date has requested that I write more. I hate when professors won’t give you their true expectations.

The quality of the assignments has also been very disappointing. We take a moderately long survey, get told what it “means about us,” and write what we learned from it in a nutshell. If these surveys are representative of current psychological surveys, I’ve learned I shouldn’t trust any psych studies!

Time to hit the books again, I have a couple posts half-written that I hope to finish up this weekend – after exams.