Air “Bombs”: Gnarly Weather

June 27, 2014

Gnarly Sky Telegraphs Meteorological Air “Bombs.”

Posted this on Tumblr. Sharing here, too. Hey, WordPress, Yahoo is easier:

Mammatus Virga Colorado T-Storm

Gnarly Virga – Mammatus under T-Storm: Windy Downbursts

Gnarly sky under a T-storm.

Rain evaporating in dry air on the way down.

Dramatic, ragged cloud structures.

Potentially dangerous.

Violent wind “air bombs,” gusty downbursts up to 60mph or more possible.

Another view:

Inverted Mammatus Virga J

“Inverted” view Virga – Mammatus Wind Downburst

Same pic using photoshop feature “inverted.”

No rain.

But evaporating rain on the way down rocked my house, like an air bomb.

Airplane travel impacted into Denver International Airport, where a Severe Weather Warning was issued by the National Weather Service.

Air “bombs” – downbursts – are both gnarly and dangerous.

A sight to see.

And feel.

Blown away.

So, now: seeing is knowing.

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Apple WWDC14: Safari DuckDuckGo

June 3, 2014

Apple builds path to future with WWDC software refresh

Some Apple WWDC14 Keynote highlights included:

  • OS X Yosemite
  • Continuity
  • iOS 8
  • HealthKit
  • HomeKit
  • Swift
Safari DuckDuckGo Privacy WWDC14

Safari. Apple


Executive Craig Federighi – (a.k.a. “Hairforce One”) – also stressed privacy and security features several times.


Per Apple’s website, Safari will include a DuckDuckGo option:

“Safari now gives you more control over your privacy on the web. You can open one Safari window in Private Browsing mode — which doesn’t save your browsing history — while keeping others in regular browsing mode. So while you do your online banking privately in one window, your browsing history is still being saved while you surf in another. You can also now search the web using DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track you.”


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Stanford’s Problem: Snapchat’s CEO

May 30, 2014

Stanford Condemns Snapchat CEO’s Sexist Emails

Mike Isaac writing for re/code:

“Stanford University Provost and Professor John Etchemendy sent a scathing email to the school’s student body on Friday, widely condemning a series of recently unearthed sexist, raucous emails sent years ago by Evan Spiegel, an alumnus of the school who is now the founder of disappearing mobile messaging startup Snapchat.”

University backpedaling hard.

Trying to put distance between itself and Snapchat CEO Spiegel:

“’Members of our community should learn now, not many years from now, how abhorrent those attitudes are, whether real or feigned,’ Etchemendy wrote.”

Spiegel created his own reputation crisis.

His crisis is now Stanford’s, too.

And Snapchat’s.

Would you work for CEO Spiegel?


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Snapchat Lied. Now This.

May 30, 2014

Snapchat CEO ‘Mortified’ by Leaked Stanford Frat E-Mails

Sarah Frier writing for Bloomberg:

“Snapchat Inc. Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel apologized for e-mails he sent during his fraternity days that celebrated getting drunk and convincing sorority women to perform sexual acts.”

Earlier this month, Snapchat settled with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Because “snaps” on its service do not disappear.

As advertised.

So, Snapchat lied and settled.

Now this.

Snapchat and its CEO are building quite a reputation.

More accurately, a reputation crisis.

To think Snapchat spurned a multibillion-dollar buyout offer from Facebook.

Perhaps Facebook got off lucky.



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Apple’s Intriguing Hints

May 29, 2014

Apple Intriguing Hints Ahead of WWDC

Seen Apple’s WWDC 2014 App?

You should.

Apple’s events are teasingly, secretly, playfully intriguing:


Apple WWDC Secret Hints

“This is Our Little Secret”


“Shhhh, Can’t Tell You Yet”:


Apple WWDC Secrets Confidential

“This One is Sealed.” And: “It’s Confidential.”


“You’ll Find Out in a Few Days”:


Apple WWDC Secrets Hints

“No Comment Yet.” And: “Our Lips Are Sealed on This One.”


Plus, Star Wars:


Apple WWDC Star Wars

“Star Wars Past, Present and Future.” And: “You’ll Never Guess.”


I don’t know what’s coming.

Can’t recall Apple being so open about its secretiveness.

Like it.

Apple will stream WWDC’s Keynote presentation “live” at 1 p.m. EST, June 2.

At that time, much more will be revealed.

Got a hunch.

This could be next-era good.

Update – Here’s what I do know. Apple’s stock is ripping:


Apple stock pops ahead of WWDC.

$APPL above 8, 21, 50MAs. Very bullish.


Apple is up $21 this week. Some 3.46 percent.

Riding above key technical moving averages.

Ahead of WWDC, investors like what they see.



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Why Do You Hate Math?

May 29, 2014

Prof. Edward Frenkel, University of California, Berkeley:

“Imagine that you had to take an art class in which you were taught only how to paint a fence or a wall but were never shown the paintings of the great masters. Would that make you an art lover? Years later you will talk to your friends and say ‘Oh my gosh! I hated art at school, I was so bad at it.’ What you would really be saying is ‘I was bad at painting the fence.’ And likewise with mathematics people often say ‘Oh, I was so bad at math, I hate math.’ but what they are really saying is ‘I was bad at painting the fence.’”

Picture math as an expression of beauty.

Tell your friends, your children, math is beautiful.

Then pause. Smile.

Let them take it from there.

Math is amazing.

Use it to paint the world.




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San Francisco “Cool”

May 15, 2014

Bay Area Regains “Cool” After May Heat Wave

A familiar sight returned to San Francisco. Fog:

Fog San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Heat Wave

Golden Gate Bridge. Source: @NWSBayArea

Fog found its way over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Before bumping into warmer air.

Southern California, however, continued to bake and burn.

Multiple smoke plumes from San Diego Co. fires were visible on radar:

Fires San Diego Co. Radar Smoke Plumes

Smoke plumes visible on radar. Source: NWS/NOAA

Some 16,000 new evacuations orders were issued today.

Southern California is baking in early May heat.

And burning.

San Francisco enjoyed cool relief.

Its heat wave broken.

But cool remains elusive for thousands impacted by fires to the south.

SoCal’s heat wave may not break until the weekend.



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