Hot End to August

Whew… we’re ending the month on a very hot and humid note!

Highs today will reach the mid 90s across Central Indiana with a few clouds.  A very isolated storm is possible, nearly everyone stays dry.

Tonight, we stay warm and humid as lows only drop to the low 70s.

Tomorrow, we hit the low to mid 90s again.  Late in the evening there’s a slight chance for scattered showers/t-storms.

A better chance of rain moves in Thursday and Friday as a cold front moves through the state.

Want cooler temps?  Wait til the front passes and highs hit the upper 70s for the weekend!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Book of Jobs

Congregation.

Brothers and sisters.

Please turn to Chapter 7,
verses 24-29 of the Book of Jobs.

“The prophet in black came down
from the mountain and gave the
people holy relics.”

“The people raised their voices
to spread the good word.”

“But there was only silence.”

“The people looked to the prophet
in black for advice.”

“He gazed down up the people and said:
YOU’RE HOLDING IT WRONG.”

I have personal testament in regards
to the biblical controversy now known
as “Antennagate”.

I ordered the iPhone 4 for my beloved
wife as an anniversary present. 

Every AT&T store was sold
out of this highly prized item.

So we waited…

and waited…

and waited…

While in the queue, I read some early
reviews of my wife’s phone to be.

There were articles and videos claiming
the iPhone 4 had a problem with poor
reception. 

Apple downplayed the allegations,
stating performance had to do with
the way users held the phone.

According to Engadget, Steve Jobs emailed
one upset user, “Just avoid holding it
that way.”

Still, I held out hope, and waited…

The iPhone showed up on July 12, the same
day Consumer Reports said it could not
recommend the phone due to poor reception.

Great…

Why did I believe the false prophet in black?

Because the rest of the “phone”
is outstanding!

The screen is brilliant, the camera is great,
e-mail was a snap and navigation is easy and
intuitive.

It just can’t… make… calls… worth a darn.

On July 16, Steve Jobs, wearing his trademark
black shirt, held a press conference to address
the issue.

Apple gave all iPhone 4 users a free
insulating bumper, normally 30 dollars.

We ordered the bumper from a free
iPhone app the company provided.
Unfortunately, it was going to take 3-6 weeks.

So we waited…

and waited…

and waited…
Finally the bumper arrived, and imagine that,
we could make a phone call! 

(no matter how we held it)
Amen
Todd Donaldson
p.s.  If you someone you know has an iPhone 4,
be sure to order your bumper soon. 

You only have until September 30th to order
the cure to your reception woes!

Freedom of speech confusion

Does “freedom of speech” mean “freedom from criticism”?

A strange comment came up on WTHR’s Facebook page the other day. A guy took a swipe at IMPD with regards to Officer David Bisard’s alleged drunk driving crash, but he did so in a thread about a tragic story about Peter Lenz, the 13-year-old killed while motorcycle racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday.

Other commenters quickly called him out on it, saying it wasn’t the place for his comment. His response? He complained that they were violating his “freedom of speech.”

Does freedom of speech mean freedom from criticism? Because it seems to me when you put your opinion out there for everyone to see, you should be prepared to defend yourself. The original commenter was expressing his opinion, but so were the people who responded to him. He might have said, “Hey, sorry if I offended people by bringing that up, but it’s really been on my mind lately.”

The thing about having a free and open society is that everyone is allowed to express themselves – without fear of being jailed by their government after publishing a story about government corruption, for example. When it comes to casual interactions, the lines are blurrier. Someone says “you can’t say that!” and somebody else says “Yes I can! You’re violating my freedom of speech by telling me I can’t say that!”

The cool thing about Facebook et al is that it allows people to engage with each other and share ideas and opinions in real time…in a public forum. That means we need to be prepared to take a little pushback sometimes. If you don’t like it, you can always start your own blog…and disable comments!

Hot End to August… Plus Number Crunching

Hot, humid, chance of a pop-up… were you really expecting anything else?

Highs today will reach the low 90s with partly cloudy skies.  Expect humid conditions with a chance for a pop up shower.  Most spots will remain dry, so don’t count on getting your backyard quenched!

Overnight, we stay mild with lows around 70 degrees.

Nearly every day there’s a chance for a pop up as temps stay above average.  Our best chance of rain appears to come late Thursday into Friday as a cold front is expected to move through the state.  We’ll have to see how this plays out in the days to come.

Okay… as promised in the headline… number crunching.

It’s been a hot August… we know that… so here’s some quick weather facts.

So far this year we’ve had 30 days with temps at 90 degrees or warmer.  On average, Indy usually hits that 17 times.  Back in 2007 it was a warm one with 35 days of 90+ heat.

The average high temp for August 2010 is 90.2  The historical average is 83.7.

We are on pace to set the 5th warmest August on record.  That’s determined by averaging the high and low temps of each day during the month.

One more thing… only .37″ or rain… we’re 3.23″ below average for the month.  This is expected to be the driest August on record.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Yep, the 90s Are Back!

Get ready for the heat and the humidity to come back in a BIG way!

Okay, I’ve come to terms with having to turn my a/c back on.  And, if you haven’t turned yours back on yet, you probably will this week!

Highs today will hit the low 90s with partly cloudy skies.  An isolated pop up shower is possible, but it appears most spots will remain bone dry. 

Overnight, lows drop to the upper 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Monday, a pop up storm is possible, but one again, most everyone will just get temps in the low 90s and humidity.

A better chance of rain moves in late Wednesday, and storm chances are better on Thursday and Friday.

Need relief from the heat?  Look forward to the weekend when temps hit 80… for a high!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Penalties on Peyton slows offense

Illegal snap, number 18, offense. That’s not a penalty Colts fans are used to hearing. Not one Peyton Manning wants to hear either. But that was the call twice Thursday night in Green Bay. What is an illegal snap, anyway? A subtle NFL rule change has put the umpire in the way of the Colts offense.

Illegal snap, number 18, offense. That’s not a penalty Colts fans are used to hearing. Not one Peyton Manning wants to hear either. But that was the call twice Thursday night in Green Bay. What is an illegal snap, anyway? A subtle NFL rule change has put the umpire in the way of the Colts offense.

The umpire is the official that spots the ball after each play on the line of scrimmage. For years, he put the ball down and stepped back just a few steps behind the linebackers for the snap. That’s a football war zone. The umpire was getting in the way. Too many men in zebra shirts got hit, tackled and hurt. Some teams were even trying to use the umpire as a pick to get receivers open.  

So the NFL decided to move the umpire across the line of scrimmage, behind the running backs in a safe place. Here’s the problem. That’s about 10 to 15 yards away from the football. The umpire takes another second or two to get in position after each play. The quarterback is now required to wait for the umpire to be ready before he can snap the ball. He has to look behind him or check with the linesman.  

The new rule is not conducive to the no huddle, quick snap Colts offense. We’ve all seen Peyton Manning hurry to the line and quickly snap the football, catching the defense unprepared or with too many men on the field. But the extra time it takes for the umpire to get in place also allows the defense to get ready.

The NFL is reviewing how this new umpire position is working in the preseason. Obviously, from the Colts perspective, it’s not working well. Peyton Manning called the penalties ridiculous. With all his antics and audibles at the line of scrimmage, Manning doesn’t want to be checking or waiting on the umpire.

Peyton suggested umpires in better athletic condition. Putting the umpires back on the defensive side with helmets and pads might be another possibility. But if this rule stands as is, the Colts offense will be slowed down a tick. The no huddle offense still will be effective. But defensive players won’t need to fake injuries quite as much to catch their breath or switch personnel. 

Rich Nye, WTHR Sports Reporter

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Temperature & Rain Chances Increase

Are you ready for more summer like heat and rain… well… brace yourself… it’s in the forecast!

Highs today will hit the upper 80s with mostly sunny skies.  You’ll notice the warmer temps, and a little more humidity creeping into the forecast.

Overnight, temps won’t be as cool at the past couple of nights, but it will remain dry and mild with lows in the mid 60s.

Sunday, highs hit 90 degrees.  It will feel sticky and there’s a slight chance for a pop up shower.  Most spots look to remain dry.   The same forecast is in place Monday.

The best chance of rain next week is late Wednesday into Thursday.  We’ll keep you posted!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Weekend Outlook… Any Rain?

Get ready for the heat to come back to Central Indiana. We’re not done with summer just yet!

Highs today will reach the low 80s with mostly sunny skies.  If you’re having problems with allergies, you’re not alone.  Because we haven’t had any rain to knock the pollen down it’s at high levels.  Today’s main culprits are ragweed and grass.

Perfect weather for Operation Football tonight!  Temps for games will be in the 70s! 

Overnight, we drop to the mid 50s.

Saturday, highs hit the mid to upper 80s with more sunshine.

And Sunday, get ready for the 90s to come back.

We are still in a dry pattern that will hold through Thursday.  That’s our next chance of rain.  We’ll keep a close eye on it… I know everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather, but we need the rain!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

The 70s!?!? Yep!

A gorgeous day is ahead for Central Indiana! Highs will reach the upper 70s with mostly sunny skies.

Today’s forecast is perfect, in my opinion!  Highs will reach the upper 70s with mostly clear skies.

Overnight, temps drop to the low 50s, some spots outside the metro will drop into the upper 40s!

Still no rain in sight for the next seven days, but temps start to warm up again into the low 90s by the weekend.

Everyone talks about the weather, but today, I have nothing to say… we need the rain… but with none in the forecast… it’s a pretty easy one!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

Where is my flying car?

Wired magazine recently featured a cover
story called “The Future That Never Happened”.

We grew up with the promise of a fantastic
future full of dazzling inventions.

The Wired article explained why we don’t
have flying cars, food in a pill, self driving
cars and jet packs.

I asked my co-workers if they had any
unrealized futuristic technology.

Sunrise anchor Bruce Kopp said,
“Windshield wiper blades that never wear out.”

Kerry Williams from our promotions department
recalled the hologram TV from the Jetsons.

Sara Galer, our Senior Web Producer said,
“A hard drive that plugs into your brain,
like Keanu Reeves in Johnny Mnemonic.”

Photographer Kyle Duell wanted time travel…
to the past.

Every day in the kitchen, I think about my
invention-yet-to-be.

The smart refrigerator.

Not impressed?  Consider this.

All food will be scanned as it enters
the refrigerator. 

My smart fridge will keep an inventory
of all items and will warn you when
food is about to go bad.

The door will have a touch screen that
is connected to the Internet and your
personal video and music collection.

This screen will also show you the current
contents of your chilled food palace.

With a simple touch, the screen will then
show you various recipes that work with
your current inventory of food.

If you need ingredients, the smart fridge
will beam the list to your favorite mobile
device.

I went to Clark’s Appliance on the south
side to see if they had anything close to
my smart fridge.

The salesman at Clark’s said they once carried
a refrigerator with a built-in television.
It cost over $6,000 and did not sell well.

Downtrodden, I asked if there are any other
futuristic kitchen appliances.

He introduced me to induction cooking.

To quote from a GE brochure:
“Induction cooking uses a high-frequency
induction coil below the cooktop’s smooth
surface that heats the cookware by a magnetic
field.”

Please note the high-tech words:
“high-frequency”, “coil”, and “magnetic field”.

I immediately perked up.

The salesman put a paper towel on the cooking
surface. Then he put a pot on the paper towel.

We brought water to boil faster than any
gas or electric stove I have ever seen.

Even while the stove is active, you can
touch the cooking surface and not get burned.
In fact, the paper towel was totally unaffected
by being in direct contact by the “burner”.

I have never heard of induction cooking, but
the salesman said it has been around since
World War I.

So to find the future, I had to look to the past.

Maybe one day, I will have my smart fridge.
All I really need is the following timely message.

WARNING: BEER LEVEL DANGEROUSLY LOW.
Todd Donaldson
Please leave a comment. 

What invention or technology has
gone unrealized?   What are we missing?

I need to unplug my computer brain and go to bed.