Archives for May, 2010

Peony

Peonies are lovely. It is a shame they don’t last long; so here is one immortalised.

SEPP has alwys been a one-man-band, that one man being Fred Singer of course (Do you know the dirt about Singer? He was once sane. BTW, if you’re here from wiki, don’t miss a post I did on Lindzen). But being a one-man-band makes it look like you’re a wacko (err…) so obviously you need…

Champs Head

Sunday was the Champs Head. It is a slightly odd head race: a short course (1200m, from the Plough to the Pike and Eel) from a standing start, but the start is just for fun, since you get timed from a few strokes in. It was a blazing day, it felt like the heights of…

Three views of sea ice

The troops are getting restive. What wil happen to this year’s sea ice? Rumours abound. Let’s look at some pictures. Probably the least interesting is this one from NSIDC. But it looks exciting, doesn’t it. Woo-hoo, look, the sea ice now is lower than it was in 2007, that means it will be at minimum,…

Brian says it is draw Muhammad day so here is a nice pic I found: I’m afraid I don’t know the original source – it looks to have been a Frog (this *is* offend everyone day, isn’t it?) – oh hold, on, it is Plantu. I’ve delicately altered the original, I bet you can’t tell…

Cactus

About once a decade (no, I lie – the last was in 2005), our cactus flowers. Here it is again, only this time it has excelled itself and produced four (yes I know you can only see two in this pic). I also rather like the way you can see the flower structure merging into…

David Appell has a rather dramatic graph: It is from Roy Spencer. As DA says: I’m sure those skeptics who pored over every detail of the sea ice this winter will be touting this picture soon :-). [Update: BCL points me to http://bigcitylib.blogspot.com/2009/07/pielke-sr-respnds.html which again suggests problems with UAH. Well, we all know we should…

Bee blogging

(for Maz). Perceptive readers will notice that this is a bumblebee, and on a hollyhock, so is anachronistic. Sunday afternoon, and I finally had time to see to the girls. This was my first visit of the year (oh, the shame) and so finding the beesuit and trousers and gloves was step one. Step two…

surfacetemperatures.org

surfacetemperatures.org/ is a bit odd – perhaps rather rushed. Braod aspects to be covered will be… suggests that they haven’t even had time to spell check it. That they don’t mention clearclimatecode.org/ makes me think this is going to be officious ponderous we-need-our-own-wheel stuff. Still, who knows? There is stuff in Nature too. Is this…

Innsbruck / Stubai

In 2001 I had the chance to visit the Stubai for a couple of days at the start and in the middle of a conference in Innsbruck. It was wonderful, and I didn’t kill myself. I’ve finally uploaded the pix; see flickr if you’re interested. The mountains are great for either solo’ing, or an easy…