For the handful of hurricane geeks out there

Selections from lost NHC discussion bulletins: HURRICANE HUMBERTO DISCUSSION NUMBER 5 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 500 AM EDT THU SEP 13 2007 THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER HAS DETERMINED…BASED ON RECON AND MODEL GUIDANCE…THAT “HUMBERTO” IS A RIDICULOUS NAME FOR A HURRICANE. THIS WILL BE THE LAST ADVISORY ISSUED CONCERNING THIS STORM…UNTIL A MORE SERIOUS NAME …

Earthquakes

As many people have pointed out, my comic about tweets outrunning seismic waves seems to have been widely verified in yesterday’s earthquake: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/earthquake-twitter-users-learned-tremors-226481 It’s always nice to see real-life confirmation of your calculations! The quake started in Virginia at 13:51:04 EST, where most of my family lives.  Texts from my brother in Charlottesville (25 miles …

Oops!

I’m at a family reunion, where a YouTube-watching party inspired today’s comic. I woke up to find several emails letting me know, to my dismay, that the comic Doghouse Diaries has already done a similar strip about the same experience. I linked to their site last year when I posted my color survey results, but …

Family Illness

Last fall I posted about a family illness, but didn’t give a lot of details. In October my fiancée was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. It’s rare for young women to get breast cancer, and she’s otherwise healthy and has no family history, so it was a real bolt from the blue. She’s been …

Answering Ben Stein's Question

Ben Stein published a pretty awful editorial defending Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF head arrested for sexual assault. Now, I don’t disagree with him about the presumption of innocence, but the rest of the article effectively argues that smart, rich people simply don’t commit crimes. In particular, he says this: In life, events tend to follow …

Distraction Affliction Correction Extension

Lots of people have asked me for the system I used to implement the restriction in the alt-text of today’s comic. At various times, I thought of doing it with an X modification, Firefox extension, a Chrome add-on, an irssi script, etc—but none of them worked too well (or involved a lot of sustained undistracted …