Archives for July, 2010

Units

A friend pointed out just recently: we usually measure a car’s fuel efficiency in Miles per Gallon. But some would like us to switch to the more logical Gallons per Mile (or 10,000 miles, to make the numbers more convenient, or whatever), which would be the fuel consumption. But that, technically, is an area, so…

Eating their own

Header shamelessly stolen from Coby. But his post is so wonderful that I can’t help re-saying it. So: Roy Spencer says that the basic greenhouse effect mechanism is sound; or perhaps, more weakly, that the basic mechanism is phyically possible. You might think that is not very strange, after all it isn’t really very dificult.…

New watch

I have a funky new watch, a Garmin Forerunner 110. It lets me do kewl stuff like: although you only get that after post-processing, of course. In fact I haven’t even worked out how to make it work like a GPS when running, i.e. display lat/long or grid refs. Nor have I worked out how…

The problem of evil

As discussed by Viz in the August 2010 edition, #197: Paul has more useful discussion, but Viz is funnier.

Kkinky again

mt discusses Denialism, Informational Conformity and New Coke. Go read it now, if you didn’t when he first wrote it. Paul Graham propounds the concept of the top idea in your mind which might partly explain why rolling out a broken AUP is a really bad idea; less for the policy itself, which people will…

There is an interesting new post up at KlimaZweibel about a paper by Smerdon et al.. This is going to be all over everywhere very soon, so I may as well jump in. The title, of course, is a snark at RC; see the article A Mistake with Repercussions which points out some errors in…

Day 4: down

Oh dear, and we were rowing so well, too. Our best row of the week, and we pushed hard to get Cantabs, but while we closed on them (again!) it wasn’t enough to hold off the Leys who came up astonishingly fast to get their blades. But a good night for the club overall. M3…

Day 3: row over

A somewhat disappointing day today: we rowed well, but only achieved a row-over. Nines 5, as expected, succumbed quickly to Leys behind us, perhaps depriving us of that vital spark of being chased. But while we closed to within a canvas of Cantabs 7 just before Grassy we didn’t quite have the oomph to catch…

IOP (oh no not again)

[Tags: climate-wonk incest. Everyone else please ignore] We interrupt your diet of boatie-type news [update: sorry, late boatie news: a great bow-cam video of Champs 6 bumping the Hornets (sorry Paul)] for something related to climate: BigCityLib notices that the IOP (remember that bunch of revisionist fools?) has deleted the Energy sub group: Following the…

Yesterday we rowed over, but discovered that we could leave the crew behind us and most likely catch the crew (Nines 5) that Cantabs 7 dropped for us. And so we did, just under the motorway bridge, which was a pleasantly short row. We had just a teensy tiny little moment of panic on the…