Archives for February, 2008

One of The Top 50 Eco Blogs

I appear in the Times The Top 50 Eco Blogs. The accolade is somewhat blunted by the heading “FROM DARYL HANNAH AND AL GORE TO THE SCIENCE AND ECONOMICS OF CLIMAGE CHANGE, THE VERY BEST OF THE WEB” but I suppose I’ll have to take what I can get, and put aside the shouting. I…

Ergs

A vain attempt to shame me into fitness by making my times public. I may update this. 2007/12/04: 7:50 and 7:45 (?). [update] 2008/02. 2570 and 4954.

…said the oily US spokesman on R4 tonight, as it turns out the US has been telling us porkies about torture flights. Though I doubt our govt asked too hard, since it enabled them to make denials when it was all becoming rather embarassing. The UK govt is still insisting that the US lied to…

Just a quick post, since I’m at work, to note our appearence in USA today. This is an upcoming BAMS paper, but clearly making USA today is far more important :-) It grew from http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/ but Tom and John finally did what I never managed to do, which was to put it into coherent paragraphs…

Hairyplanes

A little while ago, I ventured into aircraft CO2, and as good as said that the climate impact of aircraft fuel use should be weighted up by a factor of 2-3 because of various side effects: I thought of water vapour being dumped in the stratosphere. It turns out I’m wrong on that: at the…

NRK nationalised

In order to prove my financial acuity, when Northern Rock fell to about 200p and the govt guaranteed its deposits, I bought £250 worth, believing it would bounce back. Its now down to 90p, and the news now is that its to be nationalised. My shares are now worth so little I hardly care, but…

Wiki vs Open Source

People love to compare Wikipedia to Open Source but guess what: bad, incorrect code doesn’t compile. Bad, incorrect information on the net lives on and non-experts hardly ever notice the mistake [1], via Alice. True enough, though plenty of cr*ppy code will compile [2].

Eating weasels is wrong

I’m ploughing my way through the Mad Bish’s Speech. As Paul notes, its turgid stuff. At least you have to give him credit for getting religion back in the headlines.

Tipping point watch

More gumf from the Grauniad. Supposedly based on something in PNAS: anyone seen it? The usual suspects: the Potsdam folk and Tim Lenton and so on. Sadly (?) the online version doesn’t have the appalling map that the print edition has, featuring highly implausible timescales for those bits I know anything about (Greenland and W…

Is a photo essay I bought years ago and rarely looked at. I was going to get rid of it, but then flicking through I came across this wonderful picture. It looks like some bizarre sci-fi drawing, but is in fact a prototype nuclear-powered jet engine. Read more about it at nuclearfiles.org, which has the…