Monthly Archives: October 2010

How Long Does Spring, Summer and Fall Last on Mt.Hood?

Well for the year of 2010 if you go by the Ski season it totals about 4 months. You see back in the second week of June when I was on vacation in the Portland area I visited Mt. Hood and the Timberline Lodge Ski resort. At that time the resort was still open and there was skiing and here is a pictures taken from there:

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Cryoburn From Lois McMaster Bujold

Coming this November 1st the latest Miles Vorkosigan  book by Lois McMaster Buold, Cryoburn, will come out in Hardcover. With this release of Cryoburn, for the first time ever there was a CD released that contains the past Vorkoverse books. Now prior to this I had only read one Miles Vorkosigan story ( The Mountains of Mourning) when it was put up for free in the Baen Free Library to see if I would like the authors style of writing. I found that I liked the story and would like to read the entire series, of course that presented a Problem: finding and buying all of the old books. As you can see this CD release was very good news since finances have been tight and the Fifth Imperium Site has recently placed the Cryoburn CD up. I have personally over the past week + been reading the entire Vorkoverse (except the Novel Memory, it is not on the CD).

So for all those that have wanted to check out the Vorkoverse but not wanted to hunt down and/or put out the expense of buying the books from the beginning of the  series can now do it by going here:

http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/24-CryoburnCD/CryoburnCD/

If you want to see the “chronological order” (not publish order) and small blurbs to the stories see this wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorkosigan_Saga

However here is some things you should know about the characters and planets of the Vorkoverse: Read more of this post

Another Reason Why The NYT’s Is Circling the Drain

It has already been well established that the NYT’s is a very left leaning newspaper. This is fact that can not be disputed when you go back and look at how they covered the Stalin led USSR, by lying about what was going on there. They knew that Stalin was massacring his own people but lied about it, not just refused to cover it.

We also know that the left has a problem acknowledging the truth about the so call religion of peace: Islam.

However with that all said you would still hope they could do better then this:

No emotion or hint of the defendant’s thoughts flickered across his pale features, as more than two dozen other soldiers and civilians spoke under oath about their struggle to survive in the terrifying minutes after he yelled “Allahu akbar!” — “God is great” in Arabic — and started shooting.

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A parade of prosecution witnesses — many of them still struggling with their wounds — provided a gripping, almost cinematic account of the attack in which 13 people died and dozens were wounded.

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Yet the gunman and his motive remain an enigma.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/16/us/16hearing.html?_r=3&partner=rss&emc=rss

Seriously ? You can’t figure out his motive? Here let me help you: Hasan is a Muslim fanatic that wanted to kill and wound as many non Muslims as he could before he died, that way ensuring him his 72 virgins in the afterlife. That is kind of the whole point of yelling Allahu Akbar and shooting people for Muslim fanatics.

East Coast Summer

In my last post we had the West Coast, now it’s time for the East Coast. Again the stations selected were based on being from the late 1800’s through the summer of 2010, to include both coastal and inland stations, rural and urban. First I will work from North to South with the Coastal stations, then do the same with Inland ones.

Figure 1

Here in Figure 1 we see that 2010 was a record breaking summer with the summer mean being over 2.25° C over the average. When you look at this record you see regular ups and downs with a steady rise over time.

Figure 2

Here in Figure 2 we see again that 2010 was a record breaking summer with the mean being over 2° C over the average. This record is very similar to Figure 1 with what looks to be regular ups and down on top of a steady rise. Read more of this post