And the weekend forecast is: heavy torrents of stellar plasma followed by supernova on Sunday.

Weather application interfaces must be a basic problem that all intermediate-level UI-folks have to solve. There’s a wide-range of precise numerical data, but transmuting that data into a quick, non-quantitive “how is it going to feel?” seems difficult to do in an interesting way.

A couple of apps display forecasts as an animated movie that best represents the weather. It’s a cool idea. According to Clear Day, the record heat wave that’s bearing down on the Southwest this weekend is going to include heavy torrents of stellar plasma

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followed by a supernova on Sunday.

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Stay cool out there!

Ten Years Gone

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That compilation of World Trade Center movie clips is missing my favorite one: the ending scene of Sid & Nancy where a possibly already-dead Sid dances with the disco kids.

(World Trade Center in Movies has a lot more)

Twelve years after I got kicked out of Windows On The World for wearing jeans, one of my favorite bands played a show there:

and the full show:

Ted Kennedy

In the summer of 1986 my brother got married in Philiadelphia so my sister, my mom, and I all flew out to attend. We had a spare day so we rented a car and drove down to Washington D.C. Surprisingly, for all the travelling we do, none of us had ever been there so it worked out. I love old dorky-level American history (and still do) and a day-long mix of that with my traditional level of cynicism towards the government sounded terrific. With an early enough start I figured that I could just keep hitting museums until closing time or until I got tired of looking at things.

By the afternoon I needed a break and since the visitor lines were short I took a break in the Capitol building and hung out in the Senate viewing gallery to see what was going on. It was time to leave after a half-hour or so of bureaucracy watching and as I was walking through the crowd in the main rotunda I heard That Voice. Totally unmistakable. Everyone in the universe knows the Kennedy Voice. I turned around and there was Ted Kennedy – chatting with a couple of aides.

Easily the most charismatic guy I’ve ever seen. Startlingly so. It’s difficult to think of someone outside of movie stars and pop culture types who’ve got that kind of magnetism but whatever the “it” is that makes someone own a room Ted Kennedy certainly had it. Even in a crowd of aides, random lobbyists, and anonymous tourists. I can only imagine how well it worked for JFK.

Gawker has the best assesment of his career. Probably the most OTM sentence is:

The man’s many, well-documented flaws aside, he was on the right side of history, most of the time, and he did more to actually make America a better place than 90% of the careerists and charlatans who pass through the United States Senate.

So what’s in the envelope that Bush left for Obama?

(An exercise in stream of consciousness…)

via Boston Globe’s The Big Picture

In this handout photo provided by the White House, a folder for U.S. President Barack Obama (the 44th president) is shown, left for him by Former U.S. President George W. Bush on the Resolute desk in the Oval Office of the White House January 20, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

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  1. Pink slip and registration for Roswell saucer
  2. Treasure map to Masonic gold stash
  3. Keys to Calvin Coolidge’s secret liquor cabinet
  4. Television remote for the Big Board in the War Room

An obligatory ILX thread follows…

Yes We Did

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It’s difficult not to have a tremendously bitter aftertaste here in California, but I suspect a flurry of lawsuits might just ground everything to a halt. If anything, the world now knows who Howard Ahmanson is and where to shine the flashlight the next time he scuttles in. Orange County again has a lot to answer for.

Two incidents of surreality last night…

1. The CNN hologram

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2. A barking mad Gore Vidal versus a baffled David Dimbleby on the BBC