Entropy Gradient Reversals
When it is evening, ye say,
It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning, It will be foul weather today:
for the sky is red and lowring.
O ye hypocrites,
ye can discern the face of the sky;
but can ye not discern
the signs of the times?"
Matthew, 16:2-3

"You don't need a weatherman
to know which way the wind blows."
Bob Dylan

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Well, we've finally completed the relocation of EGR World Headquarters to beautiful Boulder, Colorado, land of mountain zephyrs and sunny dispositions! Everything went incredibly smoothly with the move (if you overlook a couple of major fuckups on the part of the Mayflower moving agent). The Holiday Inns were well appointed, the truckstop food was yummy. We rode the ferries on the Niagara, Ohio and Mississippi rivers. We felt the booming Heartbeat of America®. Even the new job is pretty good: engaging, challenging, fraught with daily peril. Perhaps this surfeit of sheer and utter wonderfulness explains why we haven't written a bloody thing all month.

But today we awakened in a foul mood, discovered too late that the time had changed (again!), drank too much coffee, began to suspect cancer of the colon (or perhaps it's the prostate -- who can tell about these things?), and are feeling especially annoyed and irritated by all this goddam sunlight. Doesn't it ever rain around here for christ's sake? In other words, we feel positively inspired to begin writing the issue we know you've all been waiting for!

Speaking of weather and taking the Lord's name in vain, we have lately noted a pair of linked phenomena -- at least we are strongly inclined to believe they're linked, though this could be a hard one to prove. The first is the enormous and growing popularity of The Weather Channel in these United States. The second is the enormous and terrifying proliferation of TV evangelists.

The Weather Channel. Everybody's watching it. You're probably watching it right now. Or you just were, or soon will be. For clues to something, we suspect, though we're not quite sure to what.

What is it about The Weather Channel?