Monday, January 31, 2011

Major Midwest Snowstorm Developing

...This storm will occur in two waves.  The first is wet snow Monday night into Tuesday.  Here are the initial snow amounts.


30 states under some sort of WINTER WEATHER WATCH OR WARNING

The FIRST WAVE of winter weather develops overnight tonight. WET SNOW into TUESDAY


The SECOND WAVE develops TUESDAY NIGHT into WEDNESDAY AM. Winds Wednesday morning could exceed 30-40 mph


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Coan Brothers Movies in ONE GRAPHIC

This is worth a look. Click on the picture for the actual, SUPER-LARGE GRAPH

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

America's Energy Spectrum/Usage

A great interactive graph on American Energy Comsumption. Click here for the interactive picture

The American Energy Spectrum:  Courtesy: http://www.good.is

20 Below Zero & Frozen Bubbles

Great video from Mount Washington in New England.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Arctic Air is HERE!

We knew it was a matter of time before temperatures sank into the single digits across Cleveland and northern Ohio.  If you think our cold air harsh, check out the morning temperatures across northern Minnesota.


 In fact, International Falls dropped from -9 to -41 in just under 7 hours.  Here is a list of the current conditions from Thursday evening and Friday morning.


The arctic air settled in over Canada just after the first of the year. Over the last 3 weeks, its southerly progression was slow. 

Temps on New Years Day
Temps on January 18th

Thursday, January 20, 2011

University of Akron - Winterfest 2011 Photos

I had the privilege of going live from the Winterfest at the University of Akron Wednesday morning. These students and former students are some of the most talented individuals in the area. Below are pictures from the event.

















Friday, January 14, 2011

Random Charts and Graphs

I was cleaning up my desktop and ran across some interesting graphs and photos.  The list starts with an icon.

Randy "Macho Man" Savage



Oldest Known Baseball Photo - 1858 New York Knickerbokers



Thursday, January 06, 2011

Natural Satellite behind Manmade Satellite

Thierry Legault, Astrophotographer in Normandy, France took this photo around the time of the lunar eclipse.  If you look close, you can see the International Space Station (manmade satellite) passing in front of the moon (natural satellite).  The ISS passage took only 1/2 of a second.  When you look at the ISS, remember that its more than 200,000 miles away from the moon.  This illustrated how large the moon really is in comparison.

Notice the solar array in the bottom, close-up photo.

Monday, January 03, 2011

My Top 10 Movie List of 2010

2010 wasn't the best year for movies in my opinion. Tons of movies were released but not many that jump out as potential "Top 100 movie of all time" list makers.  This gave me a good reason to stick with my initial plan which I made a few years ago in catching up on past movies that I never watched for one reason or another when they came out in theaters..

As you watch 120 movies over the course of a year, themes and plots tend to blend together.  You start to notice the same group of actors and actresses in the same movies spanning all sorts of different genres.  Ironically, this super-saturation of movie elements makes the task of creating a top movie list amidst the cloud of movie mediocrity relatively easy as the creme of the crop effortlessly floats to the top.  So here is my top list.  My entire list is here if you want to check it out. 

My Top 10 (In no particular order)

Old Boy
Blow
Touching The Void
Downfall
2009: Lost Memories
11:14
Moon
Good Night, Good Luck
The Hurt Locker
Toy Story 3

Honorable Mentions:

The Ghost Writer
3:10 to Yuma
Barton Fink
Social Network
Tron 2
Following
Iron Man 2

Top Documentaries


I.O.U.S.A.
Most Dangerous Man in America
Control Room
RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Movies That Had Potential but Fell Way Short

Echelon Conspiracy
The Lovely Bones
The Other Guys
Boondock Saints 2
Shooter
Invictus
A Serious Man

Saturday, January 01, 2011

2010 Movie List: 120 Total

For the second year in a row, I have eclipsed 100 movies. Last year was a with a month to go.  Here is the list in no particular order. Movies in BOLD PRINT are my favorites. Click here for LAST YEAR'S LIST

My Top 10 List comes out Wednesday along with the movies that should have been better but came up way short. 

The Insider
Deadman
Ed Wood
Brazil
Jacobs Ladder
Sherlock Holmes
Up in the Air
Public Enemies
Quiz Show
The Informant!

Inglorious Basterds
Moon
The Hurt Locker

Heist
Network
A Serious Man
The Conversation
The Lovely Bones
Ground Hog Day
An Education

The Verdict
Crazyheart
The Blind Side
Zodiac
Man on Wire
Invictus
Mulholland Drive
Silent Running
Cloverfield
The Road

Following
Traffic
Trainspotting
Ironman 2
Wartapes
Taxi to the Darkside
Serenity
Precious
Trinity and Beyond
The Mosquito Coast

Downfall
The Messenger
Donnie Brasco
The Godfather
Solaris
Casino
The War Room
RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage
The Watchmen
America: The Story of Us (Ep. 1-3)

America: The Story of Us (Ep. 4-6)
Fargo
Grizzly Man
The Usual suspects
Boiler Room
The A-Team
The Butterfly Effect
Good Night, Good Luck
Hot Tub Time Machine
Fight Club

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
The Cruise
Moon 44
Echelon Conspiracy
11:14
Puzzlehead
Collapse
Rabbit Proof Fence
I am Legend
Fail-Safe

Flight 93
The Machinist
Dune
Shooter
Videodrome
Darkened Room
Shattered Glass
Touching the Void
Control Room
Windtalkers

Owl - Legend of the Guardians
The Mist
The Peacemaker
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Shutter Island
Babylon A.D.
The Killing Fields
Manhunter
The Score
Ken Burns: 10th Inning

Wordplay
Oldboy
The Expendables
Barton Fink
3:10 to Yuma

Capricorn One
Three Days of the Condor
The Social Network
The American
2009: Lost Memories

Blow
Raising Arizona
Pitch Black
Outland
Living in Oblivion
Toy Story 3
Enemy Mine
For All Mankind
Strange Days
Red

Straw Dogs
Comic Book Confidential
The Ghost Writer
Boondock Saints 2
Casino Jack: The United States of Money
The Most Dangerous Man in America
I.O.U.S.A.
The Town
Tron 2
The Other Guys