Links and Notes - Tue, Apr 16, 2019

1:06 p.m.

Sunshine took over late this morning. It's now mostly clear and comfortable.

Apr 16, 2019 12:52 pm EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 64 F
Humidity : 45%
Wind Speed : WSW 13 mph - Gust 25 mph
Barometer : 29.99 in
Dewpoint: 42 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

8:48 a.m.

At least six SCJU and a HETH foraged on our backyard.

Overcast morning. We have a chance for showers today through Saturday, but mid-spring warmth will produce daily high temps between 55 and 75 degrees each for at least the next seven days. No days with high temps only in the 40s are forecast.

Thunderstorms are possible on Thursday, but the Storm Prediction Center indicates no special forecasts for our area for Thursday. The SPC shows the likely area for storm activity to occur over the middle and lower Mississippi Valley areas.

The CLe National Weather Service has not issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, regarding Thursday's weather. The Cle NWS Area Forecast Discussion also said little about Thursday. Excerpts from the AFD:

short term /wednesday night through friday night/... the warm front and a few scattered showers will continue to lift north of our cwa wednesday night. two upper level troughs over the upper midwest and southern great plains will merge into a very deep and elongated trough wednesday night into thursday. this will result in an elongated surface low pressure system, moving through our forecast area thursday night, with precipitation reaching the western portion of our cwa by 00z friday. a chance of thunder was added for thursday night into friday but i could see chances of thunder increasing in later updates.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Apr 16, 2019 7:52 am EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 47 F
Humidity : 65%
Wind Speed : W 6 mph
Barometer : 30.05 in
Dewpoint: 36 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 44 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Apr 16, 2019 7:53 am EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 46 F
Humidity : 71%
Wind Speed : SSE 9 mph
Barometer : 30.07 in
Dewpoint: 37 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 41 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Apr 16, 2019 8:36 am EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 47 F
Humidity : 71%
Wind Speed : S 9 mph
Barometer : 30.06 in
Dewpoint: 38 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 43 F

Toledo 7-day forecast
Last Update: Apr 16, 2019 6:48 am

Today: A chance of showers, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 64. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: Scattered showers, mainly after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 47. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 60. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night: A chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southeast wind around 10 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday: A chance of thunderstorms before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Breezy, with a south wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


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Yesterday's historical loss:

Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris (

Overlook the religion aspect. It's the architecture, design, craftsmanship, art, and history of the 850-year-old structure that interests me.

It's a world historical loss, although the frame of the structure still remains.

France plans to rebuild. How long will it take to rebuild, and how will it look?

Maybe this will be a challenge for the world's best architectures, designers, artists, and crafts people. It should be interesting, although it could take years to decide on blueprints before actual construction begins, which could take many more years, of course.

Will it re-open before 2040?

That HN thread contained over 500 comments. Here's the top comment:

I had the privilege of undertaking the first (and now the last..) study on the spire of Notre Dame since 1933.

The restoration works that were under place are a result in part of our recommended actions.

The spire was incredible. It was one oak trunk, connected with a "Scarf Joint", or "Jupitre" in French (Bolt-of-lightning joint)

There were the names of the last guys to inspect it in the 1930s, engraved at the top. There was a french ww2 bullet embedded in the spire, presumably shot at a germany sniper who was in the spire...

Everything in the roof was antique wood. Anyone that went into the roof was paranoid of fire.

It's a very, very sad day.

As a celebration, I'm throwing up some photos that we'd never published from our study.

HN threads can contain a lot of bickering over petty issues, first world problems.

But at times, HN can be amazing by who posts in the threads and the info that they share.

This is the advantage of public-facing community sites that are hosted on their own platforms with their own domain names, instead of being sub-groups or sub-communities on someone else's platform where the community may not be readable by people without accounts.

The Notre Dame fire and the future of history (

5G Is Likely to Put Weather Forecasting at Risk (

Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fights to Unravel Privacy Protections (

The fact that a 100% of the think-tanks taking corporate funding (from the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Airbnb, Uber, Verizon, eBay) are trying to undermine excellent privacy laws passed by California [0] and Illinois state assemblies should come as a surprise to no one.

HN thread headline was changed to state:

"Tech Industry-Funded Think Tanks Work to Overturn California Privacy Law ("

Boeing software fix.

“I worked at Boeing for about 1.5 years in the 2008-9 time period” (

Btw, the new "fix" for the MCAS has just been announced and discussed by a 40-year experienced pilot [1]. Turns out that while we shouldn't be doing armchair analysis and assuming the worst of the engineering, management and executive team; the software fix released appears to be rather elementary and MCAS should have been designed with these safety checks in the first place. Why it wasn't is a huge concern and we wonder what other systems are at risk.

In summary, the software fix does the following:

  1. Use inputs from both AOA sensors, if they disagree by 5.5 degrees, disable MCAS. Original MCAS system used only 1 AOA sensor and switched back and forth between the two after every flight.

  2. Triple redundant filters, A) Average value reasonability filter B) Catastrophic failure low-to-high transition filter C) Left vs. Right AOA deviation filter

  3. Limiting MCAS stab trim so that the elevator always can provide 1.2g of nose-up pitch authority for recovery. Furthermore, electric trim with the yoke switch will override MCAS.

Turns out that armchair analysis was sort of on point and goes along with the incompetency at Boeing affirmed in this reddit post - sometimes, I wonder how we, humans, collectively build extraordinary monuments while we individually rest on stilts.

Facebook documents show plans to sell access to user data discussed for years (

The advantage of not using social media means that I'm not exposed to any of this. The feeds that I read and the sites that I visit directly leave me in the dark about the nonsense.

Both Twitter and YouTube struggled again to contain the spread of conspiracy theories and Islamophobic content amid a news event, as Notre Dame burned

I used to think that being a journalist, of the writing type, would be one of the best jobs, but now I'm starting to think that being a journalist means being disconnected from reality and wallowing in the abyss of moronism.

Why do people waste their time "studying" and "monitoring" this crap on social media? Maybe journalism and the media overall would be of a higher quality and better supported by consumers if journalists and the media orgs did not use social media.

This so-called story gives support to my claim that social media could be making people dumber.

"Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information, says she's considering ads for things like jobs and events but remains leery of programmatic and native ads"