Archives for January, 2010

This is my first contribution for “Ask Stoat“, and I’m doing it because it is low hanging fruit :-). I was going to do the even lower-hanging “airbourne fraction” but that will come. This is for Brian.

This is one of my favourite proverbs. I quite often find myself turning it over in my own mind as some particularly dense person fails yet again to see the bleedin’ obvious. And yet I discover that it doesn’t appear to be a “standard” proverb, at least as revealed by 5 mins of not-very-exhaustive google…

Poor old Monckton

Off in Wootsup land someone called Gudfry is having trouble with the portrayal of Monckton on wikipedia, saying: I see Connelly and his “tag-team” are at it again. This time it’s about the many disputed entries about Lord Monckton, the prominent anti-AGW campaigner. Many contributors have argued that they have chosen a picture of him…

Climate and Cancer

Ha ha, there you go, yet another provocative headline that won’t really deliver. From the comments elsewhere (thanks F): At the rate newspapers keep pushing the boundaries of what nonsense they will publish, then Einstein’s theories will be up for grabs in a few years. And there is worse than the reporting done on climate…

The malign Nature effect, again refers. In the hotly contested competition to see who are the biggest tossers in the british newspaper industry there has been an early entry this year by the Daily Mail: The mini ice age starts here based mainly on the fact that, oh, it has snowed a bit. And not…

Cold and Dark again

So I was coming upstairs after talking to the digits about the things you talk to digits about, when a little beep came from my mobile receiving a text message and I just knew it was going to be the outing coming On. 4pm on a cold dark monday with only 4 people signed up:…

Cold and Dark

Cold, isn’t it? And quite dark too (is that the [[Equation of time]]?). But I’m rather enjoying this snow – it is clear and crisp, so far. I’ve only fallen off once. [Update: Looks cold but lovely from above [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/8447023.stm ]. Mind you, it is warm elsewhere]

“Part I” is very presumptuous. I might never write part II. Ah well, I press onwards in hope. I’m going to take my text from Climategate: the corruption of Wikipedia and see what we can learn about wiki’s workings from the way people misunderstand it. I should warn you that blog is mostly recycled Solomon.…

Ask Stoat

Many years ago, back when Stoat was a humble blogspot blog, I had an “Ask Stoat” feature, shamelessly ripped off from RP Jr’s “Ask Prometheus”. Anyway, it is back, and here it is. Ask away. I’ll transfer anything I think there is any prospect of me doing from the comments into some kind of order…

Best posts of 2009

Paul puts up his best posts of 2009 and that seems like a good idea. He did 8, so I think I should try for 9. I’ll write it tomorrow; you’ve got till then to do it for me :-) No-one did my work for me. And I decided to do a rough pick month-by-month…