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Summer Blooms

Friday, July 24, 2015 

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Posted at 13:41:13 UTC

Category: photoweather

Basra Snow Storm

Sunday, February 8, 2015 

I was feeling a little left out, reading posts by people digging out of snow storms and here I am in Basra where it gets down to 10C at night sometimes and usually hits the mid 20’s during the day.  Rough.  But the weather here came through with our own sort of snow storm.

 

Blizzard Brown-out conditions

 
Starting to look like a brown-out!

 

 

Snow covered yard furniture!

 

Obligatory shot of the yard furniture getting covered.

 

I've got snow on my head!

 

Kitty’s head is starting to show some accumulation.

 

Can't see more than a few hundred meters with this snow!

 

With all this blowing through you can barely see a few hundred meters!

 

starting to accumulate!

 

It’s really starting to accumulate. Where’s the snow blower?

 

Takes special cleaning to get that snow off.

 

It takes some special cleaning after playing out in it.

Posted at 06:20:38 UTC

Category: catsphotoplacestravelweather

The Southern Iraqi Desert

Monday, February 4, 2013 

The desert just north of Basra is beautifully empty.

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Posted at 11:41:52 UTC

Category: placestravelweather

Lightning Strikes in Basra

Friday, May 11, 2012 

Cool storm last night.

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Posted at 10:48:22 UTC

Category: Geopostphotoweather

54C

Friday, May 11, 2012 

New experience today – 129+F Wikipedia says the highest temperature recorded in Basra was 52C. Now the car was driving over a sunlit road, so it was recording a higher temperature than you would see over shaded ground, but it is only May.

Summer is going to be fun.

Posted at 09:42:05 UTC

Category: Geopostphototravelweather

Central Park in the Snow

Friday, January 7, 2011 

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Snow falling on Central Park from the 24th floor.

Posted at 11:52:10 UTC

Category: photoplacesweather

Snowmaggeddon

Monday, December 27, 2010 

a snowy arrival in BOS

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But not exactly snowmaggeddon. By the time we got there it was easy to get around.

Posted at 14:16:39 UTC

Category: photoplacestravelweather

Rain, in LA? In May?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 

What next? Cats and dogs sleeping toghether?

Posted at 20:38:20 UTC

Category: weather

Oh Canada

Thursday, February 25, 2010 

A little northern snow in the great white north.

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Posted at 20:44:24 UTC

Category: placestravelweather

26c3 Berlin

Thursday, December 31, 2009 

26c3 was a blast, as was Berlin. It’s a good conference in the olde school hacker style: mostly younger people, mostly wearing black. There weren’t a lot of women, but Carolyn, Isabella, and Meredith tried to even out the ratio a bit.

Some of the best lectures included one by some German engineers working on the lunar x-prize. They had their prototype rover with them and gave a great talk about the various challenges.

Another great one was Dan Kaminski’s talk on PKI. I don’t agree with the premise that SSL should be a reliable method for identifying the owners of websites as people just can’t tell the difference between bankofamerica.com and bancomerica.com and so it doesn’t make anyone safer if the bankofamerica site is super green if bancomerica.com is also super green, and so the complexities of getting an accepted certificate simply reduce the use of secure connections and the overall security of the internet. But he had some pretty great attacks on the security of SSL that causes problems no matter what.

We enjoyed fuzzing the phone as well. It was a very entertaining talk on attacking phones with crafted SMSes. The method of creating the attacks was very clever – rooting the phone, redirecting the radio to a wifi link to a CPU so they could try zillions of SMS and see what would happen. In the process they discovered they could remotely root the communications manager (which runs as root). And %n to specific windows phones and they’ll crash and fail to reboot until the SMS is cleared out of the inbox.

Berlin is a great city and it was fun working in the shadow of the TV tower.

We made reservations for lunch but we could tell it wasn’t going to be a great day. In the end it was a very intimate lunch with pretty clouds pressing against the glass.

The fog lifted but was replaced by snow, which is a lot of fun in a city when you don’t have to drive.

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Posted at 11:42:34 UTC

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