Friday, May 27, 2005

[random] Should we talk about the weather?

(hi, hi, hi) My friend Kristina over at Lively Writhing has a righteous kvetch to the weather entities (we're having a most atypical heat wave here in Seattle - we get one or two per summer, and they typically suck raw moose because so few houses here are air conditioned), but I think she's making a big mistake - it's July 4th that's almost guaranteed to be rainy, not Memorial Day. There's actually a simple programming demo on Microsoft's website where the (deliberately simplistic) example program is a silly little weather predictor: key in a date, and it uses a pseudo-random number to choose from a couple of vague options to tell you what the weather'll be. It's sorta like a magic 8-ball of Seattle weather (my sources say cloudy, with intermittent lattés). The sole non-random date? July 4 - 100% guaranteed to rain. I didn't get it until we moved here... Of course, now I don't think it's funny at all. Should we talk about the government? (hi, hi, hi, hi)

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