Archives for December, 2008

Citation needed

Standard wikipedia joke. See how the meme spreads. Anyway: I was listening to the renta-Odone, followed by the renta-Bishop, on R4 this morning after C4 last night broadcast a programme on assisted suicide. Everyone said all the obvious things all over again so it was a bit dull, but what I was struck by was…

A certain loss

Via Steinn, who got it from CR, this delightful story of how people are now so scared of losing unknown amounts of money they are prepared to sign up to a certain but small absolute loss (and thats neglecting inflation). They should buy our shares, like I did earlier this week, and they actually went…

Kerching!

Science paves way for climate lawsuits.

Adrakhonic Theorem

There is an Anathem wikia (inevitable I suppose and quite useful for my purpose) but unfortunately it doesn’t have a picture of the proof of Pythagoras’s theorem that the aliens put on the outside of their spaceship. So here it is: [Note: the colours are mine; and I have reconstructed the picture from memory of…

Announcing…

mustelid.ning.com. Some kind of social networking thingy. I’m not quite sure what it does. Try visting it.

Hot air

I’ve pretty well given up paying the slightest attention to climate-change negotiations (err, hence this post…), as they seem to be utterly pointless. The political response to something is to talk about it, and so they do, spending large amounts of money and emitting large amounts of CO2 in the process. But as Nature admits,…

Joke

Shamelessly ripped from an internal newsgroup (thanks to AY): A Buddhist went up to the hotdog seller and said: “Make me one with everything”. Anyway, he got his hotdog and after not receiving his change, he asked for it. “My friend,” replied the vendor, “the change must come from within”. And if you don’t like…

How overfed are we?

One of the possibilities for GW-damage is reductions in crop yield – up to 25%, in extreme scenarios. My reaction to that was “we all eat too much anyway” (well I certainly do) but some people did point out the obvious, that not everyone lives in the overfed West. Eli was kind enough to point…