Hurricane Alex is in the western Gulf of Mexico and poised to make landfall on the northern coast of Mexico, just skirting south Texas later tonight. A HURRICANE WARNING exists from Corpus Christi, Texas to as far south as Tampico, Mexico.
Although the storm is still a Category 1, forecasts suggest that the hurricane could intensify just before landfall, possibly gaining enough strength to develop into a Category 2 (96-110 mph winds) hurricane. The good news for those living in south Texas is that Hurricane Alex is forecast to take a sharp turn to the west, keeping its impact on the continental U.S. to a minimum. Read more…
The National Hurricane Center has issued a HURRICANE WARNING for south Texas (Corpus Christi to Brownsville, TX) and the northern Mexican coastline.
As of right now the storm has passed over the Yucatan Peninsula and is currently gaining strength in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. It’s still technically a tropical storm, but the forecast has the storm becoming a hurricane by tomorrow and remaining a Category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall on Wednesday evening.
The good news for those people living in those areas is that the storm is not forecast to become a major hurricane. Right now we’re looking at a maximum wind speed of around 90 mph on Wednesday, which keeps it in the Category 1 range (74-95 mph).
The bad news is that if the storm strikes just south of the U.S./Mexico border, the area from South Padre Island up to and including Corpus Christi could experience storm surge, with the damage diminishing the further north that you travel. Read more…
Just recently I had the pleasure of seeing a new infomercial.
This time around a salesman was making a pitch for a product called iRenew. iRenew is a bracelet that supposedly helps balance your body’s natural energy system, bringing everything in line and giving you more flexibility, strength and energy.
Is this a real, proven part of medical science, or are we looking at pseudoscience at best?
Then again, it’s not like alternative medicine and other artifacts haven’t been sold to the general public before. Alternative medication is actually a huge industry. The trick is sorting out the real from the scams.
Let’s take a look at the iRenew commercial and try to determine what is real and what is myth.
Here’s the full version of the current TV commercial:
iRenew TV commercial
That looked pretty neat, didn’t it? Read more…
Recently I’ve been seeing commercials for a company called Audible.com, an Amazon company.
What is Audible.com?
Like Amazon was originally known as being an online book store wa-a-a-a-a-y back in the day, Audible.com is an online audio book store. You can search through thousands of books and download the audio files. Then just sit back and relax or do whatever you do and just listen to the story.
What caught my attention was a recent TV commercial for the company. I’ve seen this a few times now, so I know it wasn’t just a one time fluke.
Is it just me, or is this how the company believes that most people act these days?
Or perhaps I’m just out of touch with reality.
Let’s take a look and see how Audible.com presents itself in this TV commercial. Read more…
Here we are again on the longest day of the year for those of us living in the northern hemisphere.
According to the astronomy news, here in Atlanta we had 15 hours and 23 minutes of daylight. Tomorrow is forecast to be one second less of daylight.
As a comparison, my hometown of Detroit, Michigan had 16 hours and 26 minutes of daylight. Orlando, Florida, my favorite vacation city, had 14 hours and 51 minutes of visible daylight.
One of the weirdest things is that even though the amount of daylight is now decreasing until late December, we’re still approaching our peak summertime temperatures. It’s going to be scorching hot outside come mid to late July and early August. Then again, we’ve already been experiencing some decent heat so far this year.
So how hot has it been outside?
Let’s take a look at some data. Read more…
Believe it or not, but a recent article came out telling a plan for new California license plates.
To help reduce the state’s massive financial deficit, one plan is to use digital license plates and have them show advertisements when the vehicle is stopped.
But there’s more to it than that!
In addition to being able to show advertisements, the plan mentions that the license plate could also be used to show traffic information and other things such as Amber Alerts.
I don’t know about you, but such a plan being promoted is downright frightening!
First of all, it should be illegal for the government or any other organization to force an advertisement on your property without your permission. Read more…
We may still be a few days from the first official day of summer, but here in Atlanta we’re being cooked by a heat wave and already seeing highs in the mid 90s.
The neighborhood swimming pools are busy, the local ice cream stand (yeah, just one. Atlanta sucks.) is packed with customers, and the air is humid and stuffy. Welcome to summer.
Here’s a listing of what I consider to be the ten best movies that symbolize events of the traditional summer break.
10) Ernest Goes to Camp
What do you get when you combine wanna-be camp counselor Ernest and a bunch of juvenile delinquents attending a summer camp? Read more…
Over twenty-seven years ago, The A-Team aired its first regular season episode on television. The action-oriented series, made famous for its elaborate yet often predictable sequences that always involved the team getting captured and then having them construct some sort of vehicle or weapon to escape and defeat the bad guys, while also being on the run from the military, was a smash hit and lasted for five seasons.
And now, twenty-three years later, the movie adaptation for The A-Team finally hit the theaters.
After seeing the film, a movie that I’ve been following rumors to for nearly ten years now, hoping, wishing and praying that the movie would finally be made, couldn’t have been more disappointed. I should have wished for the movie to have been made correctly! My bad!
The movie was an utter waste. It’s a waste of time for those who enjoy good movies, and what Hollywood produced was a complete insult to fans of the legendary TV show.
So was there anything good in the movie? Read more…
My website Florida-Project.com has been growing by leaps and bounds since its creation back in 2008.
Since then, I’ve scanned and added hundreds of old and current Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando theme park guidemaps, dozens of vacation planning guides, and THOUSANDS of digital pictures. The website is my personal dedication to fellow theme park lovers and those who want to know more about the history of the parks and rides.
And recently, I began editing and adding video clips of rides and attractions. These clips include walking through line queues and recording first person P.O.V. on the rides themselves. This is just the beginning as exclusive video content of vintage and extinct parts of Disney and Universal will (hopefully) start being added in the next 3-4 months.
Here’s where I stand right now with the content: Read more…
The other day I finished reading Larry Bond’s epic novel, Vortex. This 896-page book takes you into South Africa of the early 1990s with the idea of a radical seizing control of the country, going as far as launching a full-scale military attack against neighboring Namibia.
Vortex takes you back to the days near the end of the apartheid government and racial clashes throughout the country. The country is on the verge of changing when a hardline Afrikaner and his radicals assassinate the South African president and gain control of the country. The new regime launches a military attack against Namibia, which causes the Cuban troops stationed there to retaliate, launching their own campaigns from Namibia and Mozambique into South Africa.
Vortex feels like two books in one, with the first story being an adventure, suspense story and the second one involving global strategy and hardcore military action. Read more…