Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Random (but not Deep) Thoughs

First off, last night's Celtics win sure was ugly, but a win nonetheless. Posey's clutch free throws really sealed the deal. I was glad to see that KG had a great game, especially after all the "KG never comes up big in the playoffs" criticisms started cropping up in the media last week. One of my least favorite sports writers, Dan Shaughnessy, even compared him to A-Rod, a lame and blatant ploy for attention (although I guess it's working because here I am commenting about it, but whatever, I'll hold my moral ground by not linking to the article). First off, this is the NBA. Not everything has to be wedged into a Red Sox vs. Yankees framework to make it interesting to Boston sports fans. If you're going to make a comparison, there are plenty of ringless NBA veterans from whom to choose. Before Peyton Manning won a Superbowl, he was compared to Dan Marino, not a player from an entirely different sport.

If you were to order a custom made beer themed coffin, which brew would you choose? Well, Illinois man Bill Bramanti surely loves Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Holy crap, it must suck to live in Myanmar. Brutal military government, half the world still thinks your country is named Burma, and now a devastating cyclone.

And in case you wondered, like I did, what is the difference between a hurricane and a cyclone, here's your answer:

A tropical cyclone is the generic term for a non-frontal synoptic scale low-pressure system over tropical or sub-tropical waters with organized convection (i.e. thunderstorm activity) and definite cyclonic surface wind circulation. If winds reach 33 m/s (64 kt, 74 mph)), then they are called:
"hurricane" (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
"typhoon" (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
"severe tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
"severe cyclonic storm" (the North Indian Ocean)
"tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

Now, don't say you never learned anything on DCoE.


HH said...

i'd love to see a picture of the coffin...for me it would be hard to choose just because i love sooooo many beers.

eileen said...

I found a pic! It makes the story even more absurd.

KcM said...

The best shorthand description I've read of the Burma cyclone, and the unholy marriage of devastating weather and autocratic incompetence therein: "Katrina x10."

Kris said...

They call hurricanes "cyclones" in Australia. The first time I heard it, I was like, "What? Tornadoes? What?"

eileen said...

Yeah, the Burma cyclone looks terrible. I'm starting to feel bad that I inadvertantly trivialized it by sticking it in the same post as the PBR coffin.