Friday, October 19, 2007

More stuff not to do in heds

Sigh. Another free hed lesson for Fox. (Guys? At some point we're going to have to start charging for this.)



There are a couple of really dumb things you can do with tropical weather systems:
1) Own expensive property directly in the path of a big angry one
2) Proclaim what they'll do the following day
Tropical storms are more predictable than they used to be, but that's not the same as saying they're predictable. (Remember the adjective lesson? "Big budget" is a value judgment; "bigger budget" is a fact?) You can say what the storm "is expected" to do, or what "forecasters predict" it will do. Those are verifiable statements from our own empirical world. But you're setting yourself up for trouble if you try to say what "will" happen. If Magic 8-Balls worked that well, they wouldn't be street-legal.

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