Archives for March, 2009

Foam take-out container

Would you believe that people are having an edit war over this [1]? Should the article say “Foam takeout containers are typically discarded after the food has been consumed and are rarely [[Recycling|recycled]]” or not? It is a burning issue. All right, I know: people will war over anything. Meanwhile, [2] is fun.

Although I can’t really be sure if they are new this year or overwintered. See one of them has orange legs – this is a good sign – bringing pollen back in. Today was a lovely warm still sunny day in Cambridge and environs, and at this time of year a middle-aged mans thoughts turn…

Only this time they are “warmers” rather than septics, and even include some IPCC folk. That seems to be the take Nurture is using for the recent Copenhagen meeting. Ah well. How dangerous is climate change? It is hard to say for sure, we will have to act in the face of uncertainty. But what…

On being ripped off

I claim to have originated the label “septic” for the malodourous end of the skeptic range, and I have the evidence (in fact I can go back further) for the context-less jonny-come-latelies. I also claim “going emeritus” [1], but admit I got that from Jack Vance (the Languages of Pao, possibly the only (sci-fi?) book…

Sea level rise?

Time to break my lengthy science drought by trying to get back up to speed on what sea level is supposed to do. Sea levels rising faster than expected: scientists says Reuters, and they lead with Stefan Rahmstorf predicting more than a meter in 100 years. Reuters make the common mistake by saying The U.N.’s…

Corpus Clock

The Corpus Clock is at base a gratuitous display of wealth and pretentiousness; but grousing aside the main problem with it is that there is always such a crowd watching it that I haven’t been able to get a decent picture of it. It has been around for a little while, but I’ve only just…

Emergence

My son found the Incredibots site months ago, and showed me, and I made a few cars and stuff and though oh how interesting and then let it drop. But there are now any number of wonderful machines built there… today’s is the pendulum clock. Now (assuming I have it right) the mechanism isn’t correct…

We’re number 1!

All the George Will nonsense has had one good result – “The Myth of the 1970s Global Cooling Scientific Consensus Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Vol. 89 Iss. 9 ” is up at number one in the AMS charts. But there is more of interest in the list if you look further.. 1. The…

Weird stuff from Romm

It seems to have become axiomatic in some parts that Gore can do no wrong; Joe Romm has a long column (disclaimer: the column is too long for me to bother read it all) devoted to this implausible assumption, with which I disagree. It’s yet more of that tedious business with the slide that got…

Bad meets evil

Well I have been listening to Slim Shady recently: I don’t speak, I float in the air wrapped in a sheet I’m not a real person, I’m a ghost trapped in a beat I translate when my voice is read through a seismograph And a noise is bred, picked up and transmitted through Royce’s head…