The Press Democrat
"By late spring, well shortages and delayed recovery were being reported again, even though locals have water efficiency so ingrained in them that they easily meet 40% conservation mandates, he said."
Alarming story about how Mendocino, CA is faring in the California drought.
"More than a half dozen of the worst fires in the state will continue burning and requiring active firefighting “until winter rains fall,” the state’s expert cautioned."
The fires here aren’t something that will be done quickly.
With The West on fire, you might need a good visualization of where fires are and where smoke is headed.
  • "Dennis Delimarsky compared several weather APIs and decided that Google’s is best, despite having no documentation or support from the company." Looks nice!
  • A bit outdated, but full of good advice for tuning SQL Server applications.
  • "Eligible Kindle books can be loaned once for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Kindle -- Kindle books can also be read using our free Kindle reading applications for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices." It's a start!
  • "...the Pro users of yesteryear’s products, the people with the biggest investment in old technologies, are not the people who should be calling the shots in the design of their successors." Let Beginner's Mind have a shot! [via torrez]
(This site continues to languish, so I'm going to start auto-posting my daily links again. I'm not thrilled about it either.)

The Long Rain

I have to complain about the weather at least once each winter. Here's the Corvallis forecast:
Corvallis Forecast
It's been gray and rainy for quite a while, with continued gray and rainy. Oh, and flooding. During stretches like this I imagine Ray Bradbury wrote The Long Rain after a trip to Oregon.

Nebraska weather

I just got back from a quick trip to Nebraska, and I posted some photos at Flickr: pb's photos tagged with nebraska. I was complaining last Thursday about 90 degree weather in Oregon, but Oregon doesn't have anything like that kind of heat plus humidity. I knew I'd been spoiled by west coast weather, but I didn't realize how bad until now. I was constantly amazed seeing people playing softball in 100+ degree weather, but then I did that sort of stuff when I lived there. Weather tolerance is relative I guess.