Archives for March, 2013

#Happy #7th #Anniversary @Twitter!

Look at all the amazing things Twitter has done: Twitter did revolutions. Twitter won gold medals. Twitter went into outer space. Twitter was elected President of the United States of America. Twice! …. or was it just the music that made me think twitter did all those things?

I’ve been waiting for people to die before I told this story on my blog, but certain people seem to take forever to do that so I’m not waiting any more. Besides, it happened a long time ago. The story I’m telling you happened to me a long time ago (about 1990) and the thing…

It is important to get this right. There is something interesting happening in the Arctic right now, and some people are pointing to it and jumping up and down and yelling about how it is a major climate change event. But it may very well not be. Or it could be. The thing that is…

‘In 1645, the twenty-seventh year of the Thirty Years War, Swedish armies inflicted a devastating blow to the Imperial forces in Bohemia and swept into Austria with the aim of capturing of Vienna. The Imperial capitol, was not prepared to give up easily. The Swedes soon found themselves digging in for a long seige, negotiating…

Senate Vote on Keystone Imminent

This just in from Jason at 350.org: Friends, The moment is here: about an hour ago, some of big oil’s best paid Senators filed an amendment supporting construction of Keystone XL to the Senate’s budget bill. Our goal today is to keep the Senate from forcing Obama to approve the pipeline. The oil industry is…

The Climate Hockey Stick is Wrong!

This is a hockey stick: This is the Grim Reaper’s Scythe: This is global temperature over the last 10,000 years projected into the immediate future using good scientific estimates: You decide. Should the Hockey Stick be replaced with the Grim Reaper’s Scythe? More information on the climate change graphic HERE. See more climate change graphics…

A brief history of climate science

National Center for Science Education climate change policy director Mark McCaffrey talks about the history of climate change–and of climate change denial, doubt, and dismay at the Climate and Energy Literacy Forum, Washington, DC.

…there is a new study that has significant advantages of the Bumpus study, though the latter will still be useful in teaching about evolution because of its limitations and the questions it raises. The new study is about Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) in southwestern Nebraska. As you know, a lot of birds are killed in…

Golden Eagles and Free Coffee!

You’ve heard of the The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds (The Crossley ID Guides). It is a revolutionary new way to assemble a field guide, where each page has a drawing of what it would look like if suddenly outside your living room there was a full blown habitat for some species of bird, with…

Lonesome George To Be Embalmed

I’m not sure if it is really called “embalmed” when done to a tortoise, but it is the same idea. Lonesome George was a Galapagos Tortoise, Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, who was known for some time a the last living individual of his subspecies. He lived on Pinta Island in the Galapagos. He died on my…