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June 13, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Arming up for Floodageddon

Even storms are getting elevated to full of self-esteem winnership.

Although humans have always called storms names since forever…most not previously uttered in polite company.

spotted, spiral sea shells (H.Zell/

Spotted and swirling. Are tropical storms Uber for Sea Shells? (H.Zell/

What’s with the weird naming of every little hurricane, rain storm, flood, cold front, and dust storm?

 Natural stuff which probably already has a name, but like cats or non-English speaking arrivals, can’t or won’t blurt it out. (Do not underestimate the secret lives of nature.)

Seriously, these things don’t look insecure, powerless, or in need of positive reinforcements to form self-confident identities.

Human arrogance at its’ finest.

The 1900 Storm. Descriptive. Efficient. Future generations and media won’t have to waste time looking up when it happened.

Using the obvious is too simple.

Not exactly choosing a name for baby…

Cats around table scrambling as mice run under. (USPD.artist life, pub date vintage postcard/

“Oh, stop. Rain’s a-comin’ and we’re moving in for the duration. Cheese? Oh, don’t mind if we do!”(USPD/

91L: tropical moisture gathering off the Yucatan – a vague. undecided entity – maybe one without any strong intention of circulation, but it could be exploring directional options on Travelocity, Expedia, and Price Line. 

You know how it is…those from cold climates want to vacation in the warmth, opposite for those of hot tropical temps, those of the mountains want to visit the beaches, and, of course, those who yawn at seashells and surf, crave mountain tops.

(Fishing doesn’t seem to figure in those decisions. Humans seem good at finding that activity no matter the location.)

Looks like someone somewhere between the New Orleans area and Padre Island, TX will be getting rain from this tropical wave. Lots of rain. Probably on Father’s Day to Monday.

It’s the coastal plain. Flat is an understatement. If it rains long enough in one place …

Gators are grumbling as this is their nesting season and their little ones tend to want to play in the water even when told to stay safe at home.

There were multiple feathered moms in the back yard yesterday holding flight schools. Chirping like drill sergeants to their new winged pilots they’d better get up to speed quickly.

Maybe they know something.

Sea shells from common purple sea snail. (H.Zell/

True art. Not signed. Some sea anonymity once the web surfing and wave of collected data is washed away. Common (but so elegant) purple sea snail. (H.Zell/

Anyway, while keeping an eye on the radar, (Where is that annual darn Saharan dust cloud when you need it? Usually those fine particles deter tropical development which is super fine with me) I’m casually gathering and arranging.

Expecting a long period of rain. Hoping for no power loss. (Yesterday saw first 100F temps about an hour from here. AC is not a luxury this time of year.)

Supplies collected yesterday (Do you have any idea how much you crave chips and Oreo cookies during tropical storms….Oh, OK lots of seasonal fruit, too.) We normally keep 5-6 flats of water stacked during the summer so we don’t have to fight crowds during “The storm is coming” hysteria. Non perishable foods gradually accumulated for that reason, too.

RC Cat has been shooed away from surveying the pantry – counting cans ( “Only 30? how about a couple more? No, those do not count. We turned up Our nose at those expensive recommended cans once and We shall into perpetuity.. “)

Molly Malamute Is waiting for Chewy’s delivery. She is smug knowing there’s a new Huddlehound on the shelf waiting for just the perfect moment of boredom. (Hurricanes and Tropical Storms are like Christmas to dogs: their people stay home. It’s snuggle, play, toys, eat..oh, yeah that mysterious shove outside periodically – but lots of towels and drying afterwards…people have such odd amusements.)

Serious rain probably over the weekend, so scheduling laundry. Nothing worse than pile of dirty/wet clothes and towels with no power. Good to limit the pile preemptively.

So that’s the excuse de jour for a rushed, boring post.

machine part. Xona Rotor turbos. (Tial Sport and Forced Performance Turbochargers collaboration. YEs, they are just beautiful. (

And now a shell game: Xona Rotor turbos A Tial Sport and Forced Performance Turbochargers collaboration. Yes, they are just as beautiful. (

The Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

This is fun:

Better to shell out for newer housing: Tour of 3D printed house here.

Article/video with more photos/info: “3-D printing can now do houses. Have you seen this one in Austin?”

It’s not a dream, It’s cool and for real and offers real solutions for victims of natural disaster, poverty (Nonprofit New Story sees hope), even for colonizing other planets. (NASA should know! They ain’t gonna be hauling bricks and lumber out there…) ICON may be machining the future.


  1. Amy / Jun 13 2018 12:23 pm

    A 3-D printed house. Wonder if it’s like one of the houses the 3 little pigs lived in…(not the brick one)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2018 12:52 pm

      Concrete mixture oozes like toothpaste! That machine is amazing. What I really like about these tiny houses is that by using concrete, even after a flooding, you can hose down the interior and clean it so no worry about mold or having to cutting out sheet rock/remover insulation – making it faster and easier to get back into the house. (My neighbor’s aunts house in Puerto Rico that’s made from concrete blocks: wash, rinse, and return)
      That one does have a little porch “hat” that reminds me of the 3 pigs’ house. Thanks for building that reference n your comment

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  2. RKLikesReeses / Jun 13 2018 12:25 pm

    Eeeeeeeeeek!!!! Habit made me “like” this. I don’t like that big bad storm at all. ((((((((hugs)))))))) Chewy! Chewy’s wonderful! They brought food & litter here when I couldn’t walk around stores to shop. Super prices & customer service, too. Always good to do laundry before possible power troubles. Comfort foods: yes! Charging everything ahead of time, check. Flashlights. “Secure” candles. Picking up in the house (if needed) so there are fewer trippables around, for walking in the dark. I keep those snappable “light sticks” in stock, too, esp for kitteez. Some areas of the house get no light at all without nightlights, and even feline eyes need SOME light. The light sticks bring plenty, esp when hung in front of mirrors. Wow- I wish you less rain than predicted, gentle winds, and uninterrupted power! (This post, by the way, is genius- 👏👏👏)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2018 1:06 pm

      (quickly before running vacuum- to make sure that’s not a wild animal/neighbor’s cat hiding in the pet hair tumbleweeds…). Yep, you’ve got the preliminary plans down. Those light sticks are a whole lot cooler than candles in front of mirrors!
      Yesterday multiple bird mothers were conducting flight schools for their newly feathered pilot children. Good plan. The bluejay twins were dozing in the neighbor’s fig tree this morning – so far so good.
      The tv stations are gearing up for super hype, so it probably won’t happen. We noticed they seemed to have sent their prime time weather stars home to rest up (and get their sleeping bags?) and are using the weekenders right now.
      RC just says “yawn” like it’s not going to affect her world…as long as the AC and ceiling fan stays on.
      Thanks for swooping by to chat (more later)

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  3. RKLikesReeses / Jun 13 2018 12:34 pm

    ::runs back:: Did you read Mad Magazine” when you were a kid? One of my fav things ever was in “Mad:” a satire of “Madison Avenue” that included an ad for packets of instant water. Much giggling. But it’d be VERY useful to have these days.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2018 1:08 pm

      I LOVED Mad Magazine!!! Talk about clever – and needing wit to understand it all. It was one of the few non-library things were were allowed to read…comics were scorned by mom. Instant water! (although that would be useful for wildfires…some kid’s probably working on that right now…)
      Paw waves…oH, let me get that mud off of you. Overly enthusiastic pup….

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  4. Beth / Jun 13 2018 12:38 pm

    You’ve unintentionally got the song “They Call the Wind Mariah” (or Maria? but it sounds like Mariah) – from Paint Your Wagon stuck in my head.

    The 3D house is COOOOL!!! What an awesome idea! I just love it!!!

    Stay dry this weekend no matter what you call those rains!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2018 12:58 pm

      That’s a perfect background music song for the post!
      That house and machine are in Austin somewhere…need to track them down…big machines designs and operations are so intriguing. They make something out of nothing! It looks like toothpaste!
      Most of the area can use the rain -drought and wild fire season already. A bit of rain a couple of days would be fine…deluge, maybe not so…far too many chips and cookies available for eating.
      Thanks for constructing a comment to leave

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  5. Kate Crimmins / Jun 13 2018 1:02 pm

    Storms are like Christmas for dogs…and cats and maybe humans (if they have been able to get their Starbucks beforehand!). Wishing you lots of power and not as much rain.


  6. sustainabilitea / Jun 13 2018 1:21 pm

    Here’s hoping your power stays on. I love how you think the pets are operating, but even more, I love, love, love the 3-D house!!!! That young man is going to be rich and the world richer for his invention. Wow! (I think I should say that’s a concrete fact, right?) 🙂



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2018 5:31 pm

      A solid truth! I’ve always thought 3-D printers were machines searching for a mission. Building fast, low cost, sturdy houses is just perfect. That kid with the vision can change the world and beyond. Thanks for nailing down a comment to leave.

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  7. aFrankAngle / Jun 13 2018 3:29 pm

    I like the naming … after all, wasn’t Hillary and Don on the 2016 list? Meanwhile, good luck down there this season!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2018 5:35 pm

      Calling things names are you? – didn’t you mother warn you against that HAHA?
      We’re in a weak El niño influence year, so it ought to be interesting. Hopefully some of the rain will scoot north and west to help with the wildfires – or at least soak the parched ground to prevent more.
      (Ran by your place quickly this morning, will make be making a longer trip down that beach. Good to see you back and rested up!)
      Thanks for lettering a comment to leave here

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      • aFrankAngle / Jun 13 2018 7:03 pm

        Could be a tough one for the west this year … but time will tell.


  8. Ally Bean / Jun 13 2018 4:20 pm

    Storms are one thing, but when the electricity goes down they become a whole different thing. Glad you’re prepared. We’re having August-like humidity already here, but no huge storms like you do. Whatever happened to the idyllic days of summer?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2018 5:37 pm

      Yeah, the storms come and go, but the ones you remember are the ones without power…for days…It’s a weird little system coming across – we can use a bit of rain…but only a bit, please. (And what has happened to June? It’s just like August: glaring and oppressively hot. The dog is not pleased…)
      Thanks for watching these skies

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  9. Jay / Jun 13 2018 4:40 pm

    Praying you keep safe in the coming wet weather. The furry residents of our homes often have little truck for such trivial matters as acts of nature.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2018 5:41 pm

      In this area, it’s all about commonsense and preparation. Chances are, it’ll be a few rainy days. Staying home with excuses for not doing anything is not always a bad thing, right? Hope your summer is entertaining and not slipping by too fast
      Thanks for checking in and keeping us in your thoughts

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  10. shoreacres / Jun 13 2018 5:48 pm

    Honest to Pete, I’m already sick of the hype. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it doesn’t. This time, we need it, and I’ll be glad for what comes, especially since the latest has the chance of development into something windy minimal. I just got back from the hill country, and people there are praying that some of it heads their way — it’s flat-out drought up there.

    Of course Harvey was awful, and of course there are people still trying to dig out from that one. But when some of the professional mets I know continue addressing people as though they’re just too fragile to cope with a few days of rain — especially when the range is generally agreed to be 2″-6″ — well, it’s getting to me. Maybe I’m the one who’s not sensitive enough. I suppose that could be. But you can put me in the “Bring it on!” camp!

    In other news: I’m home, and the house guest has flown back to her home. Routine is good!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2018 7:24 pm

      We’ve been laughing about it. Looks like TV stations sent the heavy duty weather people home today to rest up …and to get their sleeping bags HAHA.
      It’s early, but the annual supply collection was already in progress (time to redeem the grocery coupons) last week just to get it out of the way before anything got into the Gulf – then, there it was. Right now it looks like Mexico’s getting the watering…unless the storm makes a little right turn…
      We are in drought with burn bans already – yep, let it rain. We’ll be glad to sit around and hope for showers. (Was wondering if your visitor was going to have flight issues with weather on the way. Double whew! Now you can really relax.)
      Some homeowners are building levees around their houses: (back off HOA. He did the paperwork…)
      and in Richmond, (Will look lovely landscaped!)
      Meanwhile we wait – happily. Thanks for snugging up a comment to this dock
      Looks reasonable to me

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      • shoreacres / Jun 13 2018 7:30 pm

        I just heard about that levee builder today. With enough land to do it, it’s not a bad idea, especially with a little landscaping to blend it in.

        The good news is that my guest hooked up easily the whole way through. Her son works for American, so she was flying non-revenue, dependent only on their being a seat. No problem at Hobby, and only a one-flight wait in Dallas. For a ticket price of $31, I could wait.


  11. Anne Mehrling / Jun 13 2018 7:14 pm

    Your posts are NEVER boring.


  12. ShimonZ / Jun 13 2018 10:00 pm

    Really like those 3D printed houses. If I were younger, I’d order one immediately. But living in an entirely adequate home, I will just leave it to others. It’s definitely a taste of the future.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2018 7:32 pm

      There’s something to be said about “good enough and works fine” rather than “Oh, new and improved? must have.” These tiny houses do hold real promise for those recovering from natural disasters – no hotel room, few travel trailers can ever feel like a real home. Something calming about your own solid 4 walls? Thanks for creating space for a comment


  13. easyweimaraner / Jun 14 2018 12:07 am

    we feel like living in venice too… but we can be glad that we got not the full amount like the people in the south… they farmers even had to delay their strike, so it was probably really serious there…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2018 7:42 pm

      We’re all going to end up with webbed feet! Wait. That’s Labradors.
      Guess the farmers didn’t want to paddle while they protested. Or maybe they don’t have rubber hip boots like cranberry farmers or those who raise catfish HAHA
      We’ve had a couple of downpours today but it looks like the darn big rain clump will arrive late Sunday/Monday/and into Tuesday. Or maybe not at all. In any case, we got chips and beer. (and Molly a new toy…she does tend to get bored and tries to get the cat to play…not successfully.
      Thanks for wading in with a comment

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  14. cat9984 / Jun 14 2018 6:03 am

    Good luck with the rain. You guys seem to be stuck in some sort of storm cycle this year


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2018 7:49 pm

      Oh, we get spring/summer and fall big rains – bigger during a El Niño weather pattern which we have again this year. UGH. Often the Spring/early summer tropical waves can become big rain events, but we worry about big hurricanes during late Aug/ early Sept (after the gulf waters spend all summer warming up). Seems early this year. Where is that giant Saharan Dust cloud when you need it – late this year? Those dust particles tend to slow/prevent tropical storm/hurricane development.
      This area has been in drought, so the water retention ponds/lakes are empty and the have started lowering the level of water of one big lake north of us to allow more holding room if necessary.
      Now just waiting. IF things go as usual, the tropical wave will turn and go inland somewhere else. Maybe just a practice run. Works for me. Paw waves! And thanks for stocking the comment shelf

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  15. LordBeariOfBow / Jun 14 2018 10:57 pm

    That house left me gobsmacked! Truly amazing. So simple so effective and an answer for so many. Thank you Phil.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 15 2018 10:28 am

      Always intrigued by 3-D printers which seemed like a good idea searching for a purpose. This could be it. Thanks for sticking in a comment.



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