And it gets worse

Apr 30, 2011 | | 0 comments |

The flooding potential gets worse by the day. Last day in April and we
have snow on the ground. Its not a lot, but this much snow down here
means another couple of feet in the mountains. Forecast for next two
weeks: rain.

The Royal Wedding

Apr 28, 2011 | | 3 comments |

Please make it stop. No - seriously - make it stop. We don't need 24/7 blanket coverage of some couple getting married.
I'm not sure why royal weddings garner so much attention. I suppose it's because people nowadays seem to revel in the goings-on of celebrities but that too is something I don't understand.
At it's core, this is a guy who is famous because of the family he was born into, marrying a woman who is shortly to become famous for being married to someone famous. Everyone will have a wonderful day, and there'll be tea and crumpets and the entire country will get a day off for some reason. Spirits will be raised for a couple of hours and everyone will be friends, but then shortly afterwards, reality will come crashing in and then everyone will return to their everyday lives and it will all be forgotten about.
The royal wedding isn't going to solve the financial crisis, or help someone who's just lost their house, or help out the victims of the disasters in Japan. Yet it will get tons of attention lavished upon it and for what? It's just two people getting married. Wouldn't the money that Hello magazine will no doubt pay for exclusive photos be better spent helping out people that actually deserve attention as oppose to the royal family, who are the last people that need attention (or money for that matter). Maybe a low-key private ceremony would be more appropriate than blowing millions of taxpayer's pounds on a high-profile, self-promoting luvvie-fest? The money not spent on the wedding could be used to benefit William's mum's landmine charity. Or cancer research.
(sigh)
And why are the Americans so obsessed with it .... ?

In terms of flooding, we're screwed.

Apr 26, 2011 | | 0 comments |

In the grand scheme of things, you can predict some parts of the future with a fair amount of certainty. Lincoln will never make a good looking car. The Republicans will never care about anyone other than the rich. Tonight it will be dark and tomorrow it will be light. In the same fashion, it's fair to say that Utah is screwed in terms of flooding this year.
The graph below shows one of the snotel sites for Utah - it doesn't matter which one - at this point in time they're all pretty much the same.
The purple line shows our average snow accumulation and melt.
The blue line shows the previous record high snow year, when the meltwater resulted in rivers 10ft deep flowing through the centre of the city.
The green line is this year.
The important thing to note here is that the green line has not yet started going down - we're still accumulating snow and this morning we're likely to get another 2ft up in the mountains. Even on the worst year, the snowmelt typically starts just around April 1st. This year we're looking at another week of snow at least before the temps get high enough for any of this to start to melt.
When that happens, Utah is going to learn some very important lessons and storm drainage, building houses on flood plains, and woeful bridge design. Hopefully our house won't be affected - we're high enough up, on a good enough slope between two creeks that we ought to be OK. I wouldn't fancy my chances down in the valley though.

Tron Legacy

Apr 24, 2011 | | 0 comments |

Well we finally got to watch Tron Legacy last night. That movie is
absolutely beautiful to watch. For a Tron fan like me it was a perfect
mix of story, in jokes, back references and amazing graphics. The Daft
Punk soundtrack was spot on all the way through too. It was never
going to set the world on fire for plot or character development but
that's not what Tron is about. Plus it looks like a directed third
movie could be made to finish off the story (such as it is).
If you haven't seen it, you really should. Oh and don't waste your
time with the 3D thing. The regular BluRay does it perfect justice.