Archives for August, 2006

Lennart Bengtsson

Not gone quite yet… :-) A post ago I reported on an odd skeptics conference; but there were a few good names in there, one of whom not everyone recognised: Lennart Bengtsson. But then he is swedish… Anyone, he fairly recently won the 51st IMO prize, so to celebrate this I created a wiki page…

Holiday

I’m off on holiday soon, for a bit… [Back from hols. Thanks for all the comments... -W]

Paper terror in the skies

A week (?) ago I wrote a post called “Liquid terror in the skies” but it got eaten by weasels. Since then the usual lack of supporting evidence has not appeared, and today we have a paper bomb causing a plane to be diverted. One voice of sanity amongst the over reaction seems to be…

Is the title of an International seminar meeting at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden September 11-12th 2006. Sounds like an attempt at a sexy title. However, the list of presentations doesnt look good… ironically, under why this meeting is a bad idea it says This meeting is not intended to be a…

Foul-mouthed old ladies…

Or, why public transport will never be popular. Although in fact the only reason I’m writing this is because the train was crowded so I had no choice about where to sit, so it *is* popular.

Rabett vs Michaels

Eli Rabett has some fun with Patrick Michaels.

By E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., Paul K. Driessen, Esq., Ross McKitrick, Ph.D., and Roy W. Spencer, Ph.D. I’ve never heard of 1 & 2, but given 3 & 4 its not hard to guess what its going to be like. And indeed, it doesn’t disappoint. Its yet another septic document which would be far better…

RP Sr joins the ranks of people telling us its been hot/cold somewhere on earth in some month, but more interestingly points to an essay by Carl Wunsch. Its one of a series, by various worthies, including TIm Palmer. I’m not quite sure what the point is, though… they don’t seem to be much good……

Me in the New Yorker

I made it into a recent article in The New Yorker. Predictably enough its not about science, but about wikipedia. Whats interesting about it is how hard internal wiki “politics” are for outsiders to understand. Despite talking to the author several times, and a fact-checker, the overall tone of the piece is wrong, as it…