East Coast Blizzard

This is the aftermath of the blizzard that rolled through the east coast this past weekend — there’s something calming about the sun’s pallid light, cast upon the thick layer of snow that seems to have frozen everything in its tracks.

It took Linda over 12 hours to get here on Friday. The journey is normally only 4.5 to 5 hours. The New York Times has an article about the storm, but their coverage on the D.C. beltway seems conservative. She described the situation of all the cars parked on the road, some cars tried to pass on the shoulder, but got stuck, blocking the path for the snow plows. After some time parked on the interstate, she managed to make a u-turn, escaping the interstate-now-parking lot. I’m just glad she made it here safely.

Earlier that afternoon I went to the Verizon store to get a new cell phone. I just needed something to make calls with and ended up spending $150 on a refurbished Motorola. It was horrible timing to ruin my phone, but I at least had something working so I could track her progress and update her on traffic. It’s not the best phone in the world, but it got us through this blizzard.

It’s Snowing Outside, Too!

This snow thing must be contagious because it’s snowing outside, too. It’s not the best shot in the world, but it gives you a good sense on how much it was snowing this morning. I just had to run out to the lake and snap a few pictures. But I suppose it was really snowing pretty hard since all of them came out a little white washed. That’s okay though, I’m just happy to see some snow.

On a related topic, if you’re going out there and it’s snowing, do us all a favor and clear off your car before you get on the road. There’s nothing scarier than seeing a car with all its windows snowed over going 20 under the speed limit.

Sunday Morning at the Lake

Sunday Morning at the LakeI wish I had brought my camera with me while the leaves were still on the trees. There seemed to be a lot more people today, many with telescopes for bird watching, I assume. There was also this older group with a serious camera set up with a camouflaged telephoto lens. They were trying to take the picture of a duck, and I’ve never seen such intensity. “No no, I can’t see his bill yet, keep waiting.”

Microwaving Water

Microwaving Water

Saw this driving around today and “microwaving water” was the first thing that popped into my head.

Before anyone puts on their tinfoil hat and starts to cry about the cell phone companies microwaving water — no, these antennas are not actually microwaving water. First off, in the US, the GSM Frequency Band is approximately 900 MHz. Divide the speed of light (3e8 meters/second) by 900 MHz and you get 0.333… meters (repeating of course), which is about one foot — far larger than a microwave. So no, these antennas aren’t actually microwaving the water supply. Those are radio frequency antennas and the wavelength is just too large compared to a water molecule.

Rained Out

It’s funny how things don’t always work out. With a new blog and the excitement of getting to fill it with bright and sunny adventures, I stepped out into the light drizzle and overcast reality. I’ll try again later…

…You win this time, Mother Nature…