Archives for September, 2011

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KK provokes again with Ecocide on the Docket, referencing Trial tests whether ‘ecocide’ could join genocide as global crime. If this is just PR then I’m with KK: it is stupid. If it is real, it is also stupid. They have a definition of ecocide: Ecocide: The extensive damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems…

Old news

The comments over at More Misc are trailing off, but I am (as ever) astonished by peoples’ desire to have the last word. Let it never be said that KK is uncontroversial. Still, what more could he ask? So, time for something else. I didn’t comment on Al Gore’s latest (did I?) or even watch…

Galileo on infinity

Stung by some rather odd language on wikipedia at [[Two New Sciences#Infinite sets]], I’m reading the bits about infinity in “Two New Sciences” (Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations Relating to Two New Sciences aka Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche, intorno à due nuove scienze, 1638) via the translation available at http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/tns_draft/tns_001to061.html. If you look at the oldid…

Climbing tales of terror

Its a book, in fact. I remember browsing it in the good old days when I used to climb. But today I was browsing Rock Athlete which is Ron Fawcett’s book, and contains the following memorable story, which I will share with you because I liked it so much: In the old days, a pair…

More misc

Just some random jottings, none of which amount to much. I’m making quince jelly. Last Sunday was the first anniversary of my half-marathon running career, which I celebrated at Grunty Fen. Next Sunday will see me sculling the Boston marathon for the first time, after being in the ladies VIII last year. We’ve been painting…

Natural disasters (again)

Though of course by “natural” we’re thinking of with-a-human-contribution. My text is taken from the book of Grauniad: On Friday a team of researchers in Boston calculated that even with only a 2C rise, summer temperatures now regarded as “extreme” will become normal. This is the second such warning from the US this summer. Europeans…

Ozone regs

According to the Economist: Barack Obama socked it to the left on September 2nd, by backtracking on a new rule to mitigate air pollution. As proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–a hate object to many Republicans–the rule would have reduced ambient ozone, a toxic gas created by power-plant emissions and exhaust fumes, to less…

Global cooling, again

The Washington Post Continues to Publish George Will’s Climate Change Disinformation at thinkprogress. Just keeping track of these things, you understand. I thought the 70’s-cooling mole had been well whacked, but no. Refs * Now out in BAMS: The myth of the 1970s global cooling scientific consensus * Global cooling: Inhofe talking sh*t* again *…

Not me guv, but Tom Fuller (just when I’d given up hope he would ever say something sensible). You might say, “well der”. But this chimes in very neatly with a not-fully-discussed problem with the Spencer and Braswell error, which Gavin talks about at RC: With better peer review, Spencer could perhaps have discovered these…

Spot the problem

Just for once, a vaguely work-related post, but without any work. What is wrong with this (its in C, of course): switch (stoat) { bool goat = TRUE; case weasel: goat = FALSE /* Fallthrough */ case ferret: mustelid(goat); break; … } where you should assume that “mustelid” represents a block of code large enough…