Monthly Archives: September 2009

so tomorrow, oct 1, is china’s 60th anniversary. well, it’s right now, since they are 15 hours ahead of me. anyways, they are making sure everything is going well and as planned. they were the first country to distribute h1n1 vaccines. stuff like that. so much preparation. so much that they are even changing the weather to make sure it is nice!!! that’s so cool. in 60 years, china has basically done everything! they have controlled america. they have controlled the world’s economy. and now they control the weather. wowow! i wonder what they’ll be able to accomplish if they have a 100 year anniversary. will be something amazing. anyways, i kind of want to watch china’s anniversary show. i guess i’ll find a video online or something. too bad youtube is blocked by the great firewall of china. and it is midterms time.

China Hopes, and Tries, for Rain-Free Festivities

By ANDREW JACOBS
Published: September 30, 2009

BEIJING — As nearly 190,000 dancers, politicians, soldiers and fighter pilots prepared for the highly synchronized extravaganza marking the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on Thursday, perhaps no one was feeling more performance anxiety than Guo Hu, Beijing’s chief weatherman.

While meteorologists in much of the world are simply charged with forecasting rain or shine, Mr. Guo and his colleagues at the Beijing Municipal Meteorological Station were also responsible for making sure the weather is of the crowd-pleasing variety. “If we make a mistake with our work, the impact will be huge,” Mr. Guo, a soft spoken scientist, told a news conference this week. “We are under a lot of pressure.”

Meteorologists said their efforts to prevent foul weather on Oct. 1 involved satellites, 400 scientists, cloud-probing lasers and a squadron of transport planes capable of sprinkling liquid nitrogen into pregnant clouds. “It is the first time in Chinese history that artificial weather modification on such a large scale has been attempted,” Cui Lianqing, an air force meteorologist, told Global Times newspaper last week.

During the Olympics, technicians fired off 1,100 rockets that delivered chemical catalysts into a band of clouds, and, according to the Chinese media, provoked rainfall that might have otherwise soaked the opening ceremonies.

Last winter, as drought parched Beijing and the surrounding countryside, aging antiaircraft batteries on the city’s outskirts shot more than 500 pencil-thin sticks of silver iodide into the heavens. Coincidentally or not, three days of snowfall graced the capital soon after.

Cloud seeding, as its known, is not an exact science. In fact, many scientists in the United States remain dubious over claims that humans can increase precipitation or forestall bad weather. But such cynicism has not dampened China’s enthusiasm for rainmaking.

According to the China Academy of Meteorological Sciences, more than 37,000 people are employed in weather modification nationwide. These programs cost $63 million a year, but the society claims they produce benefits worth $1.7 billion.

Success for National Day would be priceless. On Wednesday, 18 planes were prepared to deliver payloads of dry ice, salt and silver iodide should clouds prove menacing. If daybreak on Thursday brings fog, 48 specialized vehicles will cough out streams of air to chase away any miasma that could obscure the colored streams released by 150 fighter jets.

“The air force pays high attention to the artificial weather manipulation and we believe that the more equipment applied, the larger the area we can manipulate and the better weather we can have,” Mr. Cui, the air force meteorologist, told Xinhua, the official news agency, on Tuesday.

If the latest forecasts are accurate, the air force can relax. During the weather news conference on Tuesday, Wang Jianjie, deputy of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, declared that there would be rain between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Thursday but that clouds would yield to patchy sunshine by the time President Hu Jintao addressed the nation from Tiananmen Square. In the first minutes of Thursday, Beijing was shrouded with fog and already being doused by steady drizzle.

Otherwise, Ms. Wang said, the main worry was a potentially strong northerly breeze, although it was not clear whether it could impact the evening’s firework display. Despite its prodigious abilities, the bureau, she allowed, is not yet in a position to stop the wind.

so, 3 japanese bands are coming to san francisco soon.

mono is coming on my birthday, which is after midterms, and i really like them. i want to go, but i have already seen them, and concert is on monday, which means 8 am class the next day. to go?

melt-banana is coming on oct 30, which is a friday. that is nice, but i don’t really care for their music. they must have exciting shows, since they are a noise band. yea, the guitarist gets bloody noses because the music is so loud or something.

dir en grey is coming back last week of november, which is before my finals. i like dir en grey kind of. i haven’t listened to them much after their horrible “marrow of the bone” album. but their old songs are still special to me, kind of. and they realized their new stuff is horrible and play old songs now. too bad it’s before finals. anyways i’ve seen them before. but sigh.

so apparently, some scientists pointed their radio telescopes at the center of the galaxy and found some molecules like ethyl formate. which means, the center of the galaxy tastes like raspberries. yay. there’s also some toxic chemicals there, but that’s not important. raspberries!

blue sky. i am sitting in the university center, occupying and wasting space, like a good american. studying, or at least pretending to. actually i am sitting in a seat at a table with space for six. being an inhibitor by taking up space. it is okay though, the room is probably 1/5 saturated, so there are a lot of spaces for substrates to bind. studying biochem. anyways, today i retired my dell laptop. it’s been with me for a good three years, but now i’ve moved on. school has forced upon me a new lenovo, so i moved all my stuff onto this new laptop. only took five weeks. but i miss my dell. please forgive me, dell. i’ve been through so much with you. it’s time to rest. anyways, am i supposed to discharge the battery before i put it away?

so some conservationist named chris packham said that people should just let the pandas die. and now people are angry. but if it was some other animal that wasn’t so cute, i don’t think people would really care. pandas are really a flaw of evolution. why would a carnivore suddenly become a bamboo eating animal? they can’t even digest it well. so odd. and this makes them lazy and sit around doing nothing all day. but then i guess hardcore evolutionary biologists can say they evolved to be cute because humans have this attraction to cute things, so they will save the pandas. so the pandas don’t have to worry about anything and can eat bamboo with their meat digestive system. they will be saved by the humans. that would be ultimate parasitism. too bad pandas don’t like to breed in captivity.

when i sleep, sometimes i will randomly wake up and wonder where i am. also wonder what i’m doing. (which is sleeping, obviously) but then i always panic and think i should be somewhere else. it’s really annoying. it’s a new disease. i need to take medication for this.