I don’t care if we find out tomorrow that this is a fake. To me it will always be the greatest hurricane forecast ever.
Apparently this type of thing is popular among weather service staff for storms that have overstayed their welcome and continue to dwindle in the North Atlantic, or for storms that pose no real threat to life.
For example here is a one from Hurricane Epsilon back in 2005:
ZCZC MIATCDAT4 ALL
TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM
HURRICANE EPSILON DISCUSSION NUMBER 32
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
4 AM EST WED DEC 07 2005
THE END IS IN SIGHT...YES...BUT NOT QUITE YET. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO FIND A WEAKENING SYSTEM AND INSTEAD I FOUND THAT EPSILON IS STILL A HURRICANE. AS IT HAS DONE EVERY MORNING...THE CONVECTION HAS REDEVELOPED AROUND THE LARGE AND DISTINCT EYE....KICKING THE DVORAK T-NUMBERS BACK UP AGAIN....
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We all know that the worst part of campfires is sitting in the dirt. Sure you can bring along one of those Crazy Creek camping chairs but why settle when you can rule the outdoors like God intended?
There is only two problems with the officially licensed Star Trek captain’s chair. The first is that it’s inflatable so watch for sparks and the second is that it’s only for somebody up to 120lbs. The description on the site says that it’s designed for kids but I like to believe it’s a weight management motivator for fat camping geeks.
Other than those minor drawbacks, I give this and official rating of, "Set course for awesome".
Pick up your own chair at thinkgeek.com for only $24.99.
Yesterday CNET posted a mini gallery of somebody who transformed their canoe into one of the greatest boats on this Class-M planet we call earth.
This was put together for the annual Venice Canals Association holiday boat parade and of course it won first place. Captain Kirk would have had it no other way.
Photo credit: Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade 045 Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
The Blogosphere nerds are all gaga today over the recently released Star Trek uniform wetsuits.
This real wetsuit is offered in both 3 and 5 millimetre thickness and are custom made to your exact measurements. You have your choice of three colours: Command Yellow, Science Blue, and Engineering Red. Prices range from $435 to $470 and take 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Developed exclusively for the RDT by JMJ Wetsuits, these one-piece full suits feature iconic uniform colors & rank insignias from Star Trek: The Original Series. These wetsuits are not novel gimmicks, they are the real deal, made using the highest quality materials and expert craftsmanship. Each individual wetsuit is custom made and tailored to your exact measurements for a perfect fit and unmatched performance. This is the ultimate in warmth and exposure protection when exploring strange new worlds!
If owning a wetsuit isn’t your thing but still want to show your allegiance to the Federation; look into the waterproof Star Trek red uniform parka designed to fit over your wetsuit when you are not in the water. Though not quite as functional as the amazing Kokatat Storm Cags, they are guaranteed to make you the coolest kid standing around the campfire. Price: $160
Developed exclusively for the RDT, this waterproof line of parkas are specifically constructed for aquatic teams & water sports enthusiasts. Extensive research & development led to the creation of this fabric, combining a waterproof shell with a plush synthetic lining. RDT parkas offer the highest quality materials and workmanship in the industry.
The truProof coating, applied to the inside of the parka shell, prevents any wind or moisture penetration. Thermally efficient linings work to provide a superior layer of heat retaining insulation. RDT Parkas also feature: A 100% fully lined hood, triple-stitched stress seam construction, Bartack reinforced welt pockets (9 inches deep), and extra long 30 inch YKK two way zipper.
Finally for those nerds who still have a shred of self dignity but looking to get rid of it quickly, order a Star Trek embroidered patch. I would suggest ordering the Command Insignia patch and sew it directly on your PFD as it will bring you the highest level of respect you deserve. There are several different patches to choose including rank chords. Just make sure you order the correct combination lest you be mocked by other nerd balls for mixing up patches from the wrong show seasons or ranks. Now that would be embarrassing...
More info: roddenberry.com
Think Geek has just released the limited edition official spork of the USS Enterprise. The titanium spoon/fork is made by Snow Peak, has been laser etched with the Starfleet emblem and "NCC-1701" on the back. Look for the "Mess Hall" label on the handle.
If you are interested, you had better jump soon as it's a limited edition piece with only 1701 made.
Update: I just found out that they are already sold out but they are going to developing a non-numbered version. Check their website for arrival times.
Finally, if you are in the market for a new communication device to replace your VHF radio, I would highly suggest that you look into the Star Trek Phaser and Communicator Set also provided by Think Geek. The phaser could be used to possibility scare away bears with its "4 power settings including an overload setting with "exploding" sounds and light effects".
The replica communicator could be used to attempt to contact the Coast Guard with its awesome ‘Hailing Function'. Press a button, close the grill, and 5 seconds later the Enterprise will be calling. If you find yourself floating in the water needing help, flip open the metal grill and select from is massive bank of pre-programmed phrases including, "Transporter room ready to beam up."
Just a word of warning, don't get the phaser or the communicator wet as they don't like water and don't expect them to really work.
Star Trek Phaser and Communicator Set
Star Trek Limited Edition Titanium Spork