Archives for April, 2009

Rowing and Running

I was a teenage rower, and now am a middle aged rower, so most of my exercise comes on the river, or on an erg (disregarding the 11 miles a day cycle to work, which is definitely good for me too, but that counts as base load). So today I did 10 km, which took…

Bored

I’m sure the risible rubbish in Denial Depot would once upon a time have raised some outrage, or at least the feeling that it might need rebutting. But now it just seems boring (and I’m only writing this as a placeholder for a change in interests). Eli briefly snarks it, and Coby apparently intends to…

Stretham Old Engine

Stretham Old Engine is a former pumping engine out in the fens; visiting it is not too dissimilar to the Museum of fenland drainage that James visited a while back. You can see it from above and you can visit it’s own website: strethamoldengine.org.uk/. It is best to visit it by boat, though, which we…

Cam clean

Anyone who was anyone (and some who aren’t :-) went to the great Cam clean up. Unlike James, I didn’t bother turn up for the speeches. This may have been a mistake, as not only did I not get on the grapple teams but also by the time I’d come along most of the litter…

Yet more sea ice

A while ago, crowing over the extent of Arctic sea ice this winter and the possibility this would mean loadsa ice this summer, I noted that “it is clear from that, that the winter anomaly doesn’t correlate too closely with the summer minimum”. That was based on the IJIS plot, and on little more than…

Rouge at last!

Finally, I’ve been promoted to Rouge admin status. It is a game a little like Mornington Crescent: there are no rules, but it would be a dreadful faux pas to break them. The excuse was quite a suitable one: I blocked a septic who in a huff had said “I’d quite like to be blocked”…

Oh dear

I would have thought that saying the Israeli state was racist was just the bleedin’ obvious; but apparently it is controversial. Odd. Maybe the “totally” was OTT. I suppose having the Iranians saying it must be irritating. So what was the conference for? To discuss racism without at any point admitting that anyone is?

With a side-swipe as Maslowski along the way. But first the wandering… By the Catlin Arctic Survey. Why are they doing this? Mostly because it is fun, and you can earn your keep doing it. They are explorer-types, and unexplored bits of the world are thin on the ground now, so new challenges must be…

Ice, again

But just for once not sea ice, at least not to start with. RMG provides a nice link to some of the Wordie “collapse” stuff. Although I find that a touch confusing, as the Wordie had essentially gone by 1992 – see [[Wordie Ice Shelf]] for example. Reuters is also noting it as news. Odd.…

Tweet this

Um. So I get a spam which begins: “Tweet this: Rapid-fire media may confuse your moral compass Media culture should allow time for reflective moments, say USC neuroscientists…” Is there a media less suited to reflective moments than twitter?