After seeing and experiencing development versions of WordPress 3.2 and its incredibly sexy updates at WordPress DC, I had been kicking around the idea of running a development version here on jaredwsmith.com — and so it is done. Not only am I on a dev version, but I’m also updating it via Subversion, which is really nice. Most people probably should wait for the official release (not much longer, given that this nightly build sports 3.2-RC1 versioning); to get a taste of what’s coming in 3.2, check out Aaron Brazell’s excellent preview.
I recorded 2.04″ of rain yesterday at my house on my weather station, which I’ve had running for about a month now. You can’t miss the giant Weather Underground image underneath my book plug in the right sidebar now – that’s directly from my house to Weather Underground, reporting all the pertinent current conditions (except sky condition of course). What’s cool is that if you look up most downtown zip codes — for example, 29401, you’ll get my station’s conditions versus the ASOS station at Charleston International. This also works on James Island, but West Ashley falls out of reach. Mt. Pleasant is well covered. It’s pretty cool to see the more pinpointed conditions provided by amazingly accurate weather stations in the area.
Yesterday’s rainfall came courtesy of a fairly disorganized tropical low making landfall on the Georgia coast. That moisture is making its way up the Eastern seaboard, so yeah, it’s going to rain like a mofo for the next few days.
Late Saturday night I reinstalled Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and moved to immediately begin grabbing planes like a madman, the first being the FSFrance Concorde, which is going through a bit of a transitional phase (i.e. you may have some issues with it). I also got a Tupolev Tu-144 (the Concordski), the Boeing 2707 SST prototype, a F-22 Raptor, a F-14 Tomcat, a F-111 Aardvark, and the WP-3 Orion Hurricane Hunter prop plane, among others. Yes, this list indicates an obsession with supersonic flight, for the most part. :) I quickly found that the Tu-144 is impossible to control, the Boeing SST struggled past Mach 1.96 and cannot maintain stable level flight shortly after crossing FL530 (the prototype was supposedly rated with a 64,000′ operational ceiling at Mach 2.7), and the F-22 simply cannot land, for it has no braking mechanism other than hitting the runway and turning the controls sharply enough to where it does a cartwheel. It’ll stop that way. :) I love the Orion. I flew it into a few simulated thunderstorms and was very impressed by its stability.
Nevertheless, this was the absolute worst time for me to pick that old habit back up. That is all.