Disaster Preparedness

In “Threatening Winds Likely to Close Major Bridges,” the Washington State department of transportation declares: WSDOT has never closed Tacoma Narrows Bridge for high winds. I don’t know that I’d be braggin’ about that. Picture from Wikipedia. [Update: They did in fact close the bridge. And I’m fine. Never lost power, no trees fell on…

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Chandler Howell has a great post about giant waves. He quotes extensively from “Monster Rogue Waves” at Damninteresting: More recently, satellite photos and radar imagery have documented the existence of numerous rogue waves, and it turns out that they are far more common than previously thought. During a three-week study in 2001, radar scanning detected…

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Justin Mason has some thoughts in “Google DRM and WON Authentication:” That’s interesting. In my opinion, given that quote, I’ll bet Google’s DRM is something similar to the copy-protection systems used for many games since about id’s Quake 3 and Valve’s Half-Life; an online “key server” which validates codes, tracks player IDs, and who’s viewing…

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Since Katrina, I’ve been trying to spend about $25 a week on disaster preparedness. Fortunately, I already own some basic camping gear, so I’m starting out by storing more food and water. My pantry tends to be thin on food that can be eaten without preparations. I have powerbars and snack bars so I’ve been…

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