Wednesday, November 18, 2009


No matter how much pizza I eat, I can't seem to lose any weight.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bing Maps

Bing Maps is now officially tied with Google Maps to be my favorite map program. Bing has recently added some click-and-drag functionality that Google has had for quite awhile, while Google has recently fixed some erroneous information (such as removing the Wenatchee Confluence State Park from Snoqualmie Pass!).

Bing has the great bird's-eye view for many areas, but Google has Streetview, contour maps, and better aerial photos for many areas.

The one part where Bing leaves Google far behind is calculating travel times on any road that's not a freeway. Google thinks you need to drive 30 mph on all back roads, even if the speed limit is actually 60!

As for Yahoo Maps and Mapquest, well . . . they can calculate all right, but they're not nearly user-friendly enough. Click and drag, man, click and drag!

They all need to get better at adding new roads, though. Some areas are years out of date.

UPDATE: One feature of Yahoo Maps that the others lack, however, is different colors for different cities and neighborhoods, depending on your zoom level.

Friday, November 06, 2009

North Dakota Still Looks Good

A year ago, I drew up a little map showing the unemployment rate in each state.

Here's another one, with the same color scheme:

Green states have unemployment below 4% (none in Sept. '09).
Olive states have unemployment between 4% and 5%.
Yellow states have unemployment between 5% and 6% (none in Sept. '09).
Maroon states have unemployment between 6% and 7%.
Red states have unemployment between 7% and 8%.
Magenta states have unemployment above 8%.

Things don't look so good this year, huh?

What should the government do? Perhaps they should take money away from citizens when the citizens need it most and also make it difficult for business owners to hire new employees? Does that sound good? What, no? Because that's what we're doing. . .

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Wild Horse Wind Farm

Last Sunday, we stopped by this really huge art installation on Whiskey Dick Mountain in eastern Kittitas County.

20 - Wild Horse Wind Farm

The giant towers had these huge three-pronged blades slowly rotating (although, truth be told, not all of them were spinning). The sign at the gate claimed they were farming the wind.

29 - Wild Horse Wind Farm North

It looked really expensive, but cool.

18 - Wild Horse Windmills Mt Rainier

There was a visitor center on the ridge. It mentioned that these towers generated some electricity, but it wasn't really all that much. Just 337 kW for the whole art installation at the time of our visit.

30 - Wind Turbine

Impressive structures, though.

28 - Mt Rainier Windmill

Election Update

With King County's forced vote-by-mail, election totals are slow to tally. But here's an update on the two tightest races in the county:

Ballots Cast/Registered Voters: 1/9 (11.11%)

Commissioner Position No. 1 - unexpired 2-year term
- Michael Crandall: 1 (100.00%)
- Write-in: 0 (0.00%)

Commissioner Position No. 2
- Tom Maher: 1 (100.00%)
- Write-in: 0 (0.00%)
I'll be sure to keep you posted!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

V Recap

Some people love the aliens.

Some people hate the aliens.

Some people are the aliens.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Eat! Eat!

Happy Holy Day of Nokí!

She's the Goddess of Food, so you'd better be eating today. Or else She'll smack you with Her giant club o' death. Watch out!

56 - Christmas Brunch

That's the way to eat. Hooray for Nokí!