On days like this, I'm very glad to be indoors in a 99.8% sealed climate-controlled house. We have Santa Ana winds here today, although most of you probably don't know what those are. Just imagine hot, dry, house-frame-shaking gusts, and that's about it. Don't get me wrong–I personally enjoy the winds, since they're rare and exciting. It can be quite fun just to be outside in them, depending on what you're doing. When I was little, I used to play with my brothers with umbrellas and skateboards, and the winds were strong enough even to pull us uphill sometimes. Today, I did some work with my dad on the roof, and that was definitely exciting.
From AccuWeather.com, courtesy of ForecastFox:
STRONG SANTA ANA WINDS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY. THERE WILL BE AREAS OF NORTHEAST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH STRONGEST GUSTS TO AROUND 85 MPH BELOW PASSES AND CANYONS. STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE BELOW THE CAJON PASS AND NEAR THE COASTAL FOOTHILLS OF THE SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY WEAKEN MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY.
I'm wondering if I should take my motorcycle to school tomorrow. I was actually having a difficult time keeping my car going in a straight line on the road today coming home from church, so who knows what a bike would be like. Yes, it's has a smaller “sail” surface area, but it's also a whole lot lighter. I'll probably take my car if this doesn't let up.
On a completely different note, I have found a pointlessly awesome electronics gadget that I wish I could get for no other reason than that it would be cool. If it were cheap, I'd get it just for that reason. But it's not cheap. It's actually more like $1700 or so, with the current exchange rate from dollars to Yen.
Shimadzu Dataglass 3/A Head-Mounted Display
It looks like something from Star Trek. It's absolutely impossible for me to justify buying that kind of a device just for PHP programming, even if it was only 10% of what it actually costs. Oh well…they'll get cheaper as the optics and display technologies improve, and then someday maybe we'll all walk around looking like resistance was indeed futile and we've been assimilated.