Monthly Archives: August 2012

Des désirs pour le weekend

What I want: this table, running shoes, SmartWool socks, and those linen towels we discussed before.

What I will actually try to get: an electrician.

UPDATE: Electrician is scheduled, shoes and socks are bought, and housewares remain under consideration.

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Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition

It exists. Does the (laudable) reduction in OPP population — laudable because pictures of it look like pictures of the Middle Passage — mean fewer people are kept in jail, or that they are just housed elsewhere?

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Brilliant texts you should read, and fundamental knowledge you should have.

How the American university was killed, in five easy steps.

Remaking the university. (California-centric, I know, but then California is a major country and worth watching.)

What would you add, along these lines?

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Melancholia

Even as amusement during a hurricane I did not have the patience to watch all of Lars von Trier’s 2011 film, although I did see the spectactular end. It reminded me of Tree of Life, which is from the same era, but I will say that this film is less meaningless than Tree of Life.

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The Thunderstorm

Isaac is downgraded to a tropical storm but it will stay another 30 hours or so, it seems, so we are still on watch. Last year around this time I had fairly serious roof damage, including interior wall damage from Lee which was also a mere tropical storm.

In the past my typical hurricane roof damage cost under $700 and was covered by insurance. Now it costs $1500 and up and is not covered by insurance. On average, I get roof damage every other year, nowadays. I think this is because we are having more and stronger storms.

I thought that since 2005 no homeowners’ insurance policies in Louisiana covered wind or rain damage from a named storm, but it appears that there is a Horace Mann agency in Opelousas which does sell such coverage. Do you know of any others?

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Hurricane Isaac

It is a hurricane now, and I find I am proud it has attained this new title! It is as though it had gotten married, or finished another degree. I am in the outer bands.

The circular wind is getting stronger. I am not interested in a disaster or in investing as much thought as has been invested in a mere tropical storm.  I hope it stays as it is, a jaunty little hurricane.

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On the timidity of professors

“But he was at once stigmatized ‘a doctrinaire’–the most damaging of insults–and several Frenchmen implied that as he was both a professor and a German he was hardly fitted to form an opinion on a matter connected with the limpid and elegant genius of southern France.”

This goes on in so many FL departments still. If you are not an X, you cannot possibly understand X. If you are an X, you are naturally an expert in X. Incidentally, this means that X cannot be a scholarly field.

“[T]hereupon the professor declares that as ‘a scrupulous historian’ he takes care not to commit himself. That amounts to saying that the lyric poetry of courtly love, with which he is concerned, remains for him, till he learns to the contrary, ‘a bundle of set phrases devoid of meaning’. Excellent ‘material’, it is true, for a self-respecting philologist who does not intend to force a text, even by means of the least attempt to understand it.”

I remember this. As though these were evidence people voiced projections and prejudices, and then used the word “perhaps.” The same word was suggested to accompany actual data. Thus did these philologists remain in their rooms, smoke their pipes, and call it scholarship.

–Denis de Rougemont, Love in the Western World, 1956-57 edition revised and augmented, p. 70.

Is he not amusing? I am relieved somehow to realize he had to put up with these things, and delighted that he made these biting comments.

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T. S. Isaac

TROPICAL STORM ISAAC DISCUSSION NUMBER  23
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL092012
500 PM EDT SUN AUG 26 2012

ALTHOUGH SATELLITE AND RADAR IMAGES HAVE SUGGESTED THAT THE TROPICAL
CYCLONE WAS BECOMING A LITTLE BETTER ORGANIZED...AN AIR FORCE
HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INVESTIGATING ISAAC THIS AFTERNOON HAVE
FOUND THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO STRENGTHENING OF THE STORM. 
FLIGHT-LEVEL AND SFMR-OBSERVED WINDS SUPPORT AN INTENSITY OF 50 KT. 
THERE IS STILL A WELL-ESTABLISHED UPPER-LEVEL OUTFLOW PATTERN OVER
THE SYSTEM...AND VERTICAL SHEAR SHOULD REMAIN FAIRLY LIGHT FOR THE
NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.  INTENSIFICATION STILL SEEMS LIKELY AS ISAAC
MOVES OVER THE EASTERN GULF...AND POSSIBLY OVER THE HIGHER HEAT
CONTENT OF THE LOOP CURRENT.  THE OFFICIAL INTENSITY FOREAST IS
CLOSE TO THE LATEST LGEM GUIDANCE...AND NOT MUCH DIFFERENT FROM THE
PREVIOUS NHC FORECAST.    

ISAAC HAS MOVED A LITTLE TO THE LEFT OF PREVIOUS PROJECTIONS AND
CENTER FIXES YIELD A 6- TO 12-HOUR AVERAGED MOTION OF 295/15.   THE
TRACK FORECAST CONTINUES TO BE CHALLENGING.  THE DYNAMICAL MODELS
SHOW THE TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE GRADUALLY TURNING TO THE RIGHT
AND HEADING FOR A BREAK IN THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE.  HOWEVER...THERE
ARE SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCES AMONG THE MOST RELIABLE MODELS AS TO
WHERE ISAAC MIGHT CROSS THE NORTHERN GULF COAST.  THE U.K. MET.
OFFICE AND ECMWF MODELS ARE ABOUT 300 N MI TO THE EAST OF THE GFS
AT LANDFALL.  IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT NEARLY ALL OF THE GFS ENSMEBLE  
MEMBERS ARE EAST OF THE GFS CONTROL TRACK.  BECAUSE OF THE WIDE
MODEL SPREAD...THERE CONTINUES TO BE GREATER THAN USUAL TRACK
FORECAST UNCERTAINTY.  

THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD...IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO FOCUS ON THE EXACT
FORECAST TRACK DUE TO FORECAST UNCERTAINTIES AND THE FACT THAT
SIGNIFICANT HAZARDS EXTEND WELL AWAY FROM THE CENTER.

THE OFFICIAL FORECAST TRACK AND WIND RADII NECESSITATE THE ISSUANCE
OF A HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE NORTHERN GULF COAST AT THIS TIME. 

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT  26/2100Z 24.2N  82.3W   50 KT  60 MPH
 12H  27/0600Z 25.1N  83.9W   55 KT  65 MPH
 24H  27/1800Z 26.3N  85.9W   60 KT  70 MPH
 36H  28/0600Z 27.7N  87.6W   70 KT  80 MPH
 48H  28/1800Z 28.9N  88.5W   80 KT  90 MPH
 72H  29/1800Z 30.7N  89.5W   85 KT 100 MPH...INLAND
 96H  30/1800Z 32.5N  90.0W   30 KT  35 MPH...INLAND
120H  31/1800Z 34.5N  90.0W   20 KT  25 MPH...INLAND

$$
FORECASTER PASCH

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Sealing the deck

Lightly sand rough spots with a pole sander and 80-grit paper. Be sure to wear a mask so you won’t inhale the sawdust.

It seems you can also buy a small sander, to make it all go faster. And, it seems you need to power wash the deck. So: repair, clean, sand, power wash, seal. That is a lot.

For this time, I prefer repair, clean, sand with the pole sander (not the machine), wash with the hose, and seal. Does anyone know about these things?

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Honeycomb linen, or linen terry?

This is the honeycomb linen, slightly cheaper. Which is best? These things last forever, I am telling you, and so are less expensive than they seem.

My old option, Royal Velvet from Penney’s, is no longer the product it was.

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