Phoenix Monsoon Season

Just a few tidbits about the Phoenix Monsoon season as provided by the Weather Underground, just good to know:

Precipitation statistics for the Arizona monsoon season (june 15 to
September 30):

… Phoenix…
normal rainfall 2.76 inches (1971-2000)
wettest season 9.56 inches (1984)
driest season 0.35 inches (1924)
average number of days with measurable rain 12 days

… Yuma…
normal rainfall 1.29 inches (1971-2000)
wettest season 7.22 inches (1909)
driest season 0.00 inches (1962/1914/1878)
average number of days with measurable rain 5 days

Weather Underground – go to bottom of the page

Get on the Bus – Everyone else is

Commuting is big news now that gas is getting more and more expensive. I have been writing about taking the bus, setting up a commuter shop, and the federal budget for public transit. Now the eggheads have confirmed what I have been feeling:

Mass transit use increased by more than 2 percent in 2007 to the highest level in 50 years. Americans took more than 10 billion trips on public transportation, while the number of vehicle miles traveled was flat in the first 10 months of the year.

Public transit use climbs as gas prices rise – The Business Journal of Phoenix:

Dubstep with a latin twist

Those that know me know that I have had a serious itch for Dubstep for a few years now. The stuff just gets right under my skin almost as much as Drum and Bass does. XLR8R is a cool music magazine for all electronic stuff and their recent podcast has an interesting take on this sound:

São Paulo-born DJ, producer, and party king Bruno Belluomini reminds us that dubstep isn’t just for the pale faced Brits and California hippies. This selection of tracks, many of the unreleased, showcases how producers near and in the Southern hemisphere are interpreting the dubstep sound.

Exclusive Mix: Dubstep Goes South

Do you want Ice or Pharmaceuticals with your water?

Happy Monday, how many drugs have you already had this week?

And while drugs are tested to be safe for humans, the timeframe is usually over a matter of months, not a lifetime. Pharmaceuticals also can produce side effects and interact with other drugs at normal medical doses. That’s why — aside from therapeutic doses of fluoride injected into potable water supplies — pharmaceuticals are prescribed to people who need them, not delivered to everyone in their drinking water.

“We know we are being exposed to other people’s drugs through our drinking water, and that can’t be good,” says Dr. David Carpenter, who directs the Institute for Health and the Environment of the State University of New York at Albany.

AP probe finds drugs in drinking water – Yahoo! News

Time to Walk out on your Mortgage?

So even though home prices are at their highest ever, homeowner equity is at its lowest in over 60 years. Great!

Americans’ percentage of equity in their homes fell below 50 percent for the first time on record since 1945, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

Homeowners’ portion of equity slipped to downwardly revised 49.6 percent in the second quarter of 2007, the central bank reported in its quarterly U.S. Flow of Funds Accounts, and declined further to 47.9 percent in the fourth quarter — the third straight quarter it was under 50 percent.

That marks the first time homeowners’ debt on their houses exceeds their equity since the Fed started tracking the data in 1945.

Homeowner equity is lowest since 1945 – Yahoo! News

Drive too much? Dont count on Public Transit

Gas is at an all time high and only going higher. We are spending millions a day on a war over oil with no real solution in sight. The auto industry is making no real strides towards alternative solutions. Well at least we have public transit, oh wait, maybe not:

U.S. PIRG strongly criticized President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget for reducing transit spending and raiding the Mass Transit Account at a time when national trends show the need for aggressive new investment in public transportation. The President’s FY09 budget proposed cutting $202 million from transit spending and transferring $3.2 billion from funds dedicated to transit.

With more than 10 billion trips taken annually, the growth rate of public transportation has outpaced the growth rate of the population and vehicle miles traveled on our nation’s roads over the past decade. According to a Zogby poll released last month, a majority of Americans (53%) say they would use mass transit if it were easily available where they live and work. Forty-seven percent (47%) of those who travel alone by car to work hold the same opinion.

You elected the guy.

Invest in Transit, not Cars, Says PIRG : TreeHugger

Thoughts on the Singularity and how Virtual Reality cannot replace Real Reality

Interesting piece on the Singularity by Rudy Rucker, famed sci-fi writer:

if you want to smoothly transform a blade of grass into some nanomachines simulating a blade of grass, then why bother pulverizing the blade of grass at all? After all, any object at all can be viewed as a quantum computation! The blade of grass already is an assemblage of nanomachines emulating a blade of grass. To the extent that you can realize an accurate VR world, the exercise becomes pointless.
Just as she is, Nature embodies superhuman intelligence. She’s not some piece of crap to tear apart and use up.

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