Archives for May, 2006

the U.S. and torture

For one reason or another, I usually seem to disagree with Kevin Vranes about most things (actually I suspect that we *agree* on most things, and the disagreements are only about the exciting stuff on blogs). But I do like his recent post on the U.S. and torture.

CO2 from cement?

The grauniad has an article in the IT section about “A cracking alternative to cement”. They claim that cement is 10% of anthro CO2 (or 5-10% lower down; although that includes asphalt, which for some reason counts as cement based. Odd) is from cement. That didn’t fit with my memories.

Yes, the CCSP report is now out (thanks het for the link), and it looks like the story has a happy ending after all: there is no longer a discrepancy in the rate of global average temperature increase for the surface compared with higher levels in the atmosphere. This discrepancy had previously been used to…

The £4 trousers

I needed a new pair of trousers (shorts, actually) at short notice. My wife bought me a pair at Tesco’s (sort of like Wal-Mart, if you’re not from the UK). Looked very nice, cost £4. At that price, I joked, its cheaper to throw them away rather than wash them. And indeed it might be…

The Grauniad echoes Nature (subs req, but since the Grauniad appears to have copied Nature fairly thoroughly you’re not losing much) in saying that the US govt has leaked (do they use that phrase? well I shall) the IPCC AR4 second draft. This is of course naughty of them.

This is about “Model projections of the North Atlantic thermohaline circulation for the 21st century assessed by observations” by A. Schmittner, M. Latif, and B. Schneider (here if you have a GRL subscription). Its interesting for two reasons: another data point on the “will the THC shutdown” (no); and because of the way it weights…

Today is Jedi day!

The last UK census included “Jedi” amongst the various religions, and came out quite highly. So its appropriate to note that today must be Jedi day – May the fourth be with you, ho ho (thanks Phil). Its also a beautiful day here.

An alert antipodean reader points out… (no, I’m not going to link them, why inc their hit count. In fact they are so pointless I won’t bother demolishing their junk, but I will poke fun at them for a bit). They make the traditional septic claims of being experts in climate and disciplines related…

River trip

If JA can blog about Azaleas, I don’t see why I shouldn’t mention narrowboating. So we chugged up the Cam (/Ouse) to Ely to visit the cathedral again, it repays multiple visits. Happily the choir were practicing, and then they had a choral service, with unbelievers like us allowed to listen. And the next day…

The von S affair

RC had a recent post about some errors in von S’s Science ’04 article. Now has an article on it too, being nice to us. Jolly good.