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The Daily Fail has been lying to the public again says says KK but he sneaks in a dig at the Grauniad on GMOs as he passes, for balance. QS notes that Myles Allen has a column in the Graun about the same (not the GMOs, obviously, you wouldn’t get that past the Graun) which…

Testing, testing

Having a comment policy is a good idea. But then it can be fun to test the limits of other people’s (cite, in case the limits turn out to be as hard as announced). Errm, pinch-and-a-punch, first of the month, no returns :-) You can use this thread to discuss comment policy if you like.

Driverless cars are in the news recently (I won’t even bother linking to the various posts, there are so many) and Brian worries they might turn High Speed Rail into a dinosaur. Which indeed seems entirely likely. My own view is that I love railways; going on holidays via sleeper and waking up as you’re…

Permalinks are back!

Comment permalinks are back. Welcome to the century of the fruitbat.

On happiness

James Hansen says: I was lucky to grow up in the era of rapidly rising expectations and opportunities. I was born on a small farm, the son of an itinerant tenant farmer. None of the farms that my five sisters and I lived on had electricity. Daylight was extended by kerosene lamps. I barely remember…

From campaignforrealfarming.org, via IR. Inspired by KK, of course. I don’t know who the campaignforrealfarming are, but for the moment I’ll treat them as worth talking to. You’ll notice there is a total absence of refs in the piece, so I feel no obligation to provide any in response. The first three questions The first…

Book of the New Sun

A summer picture for the winter solstice. Which I’d forgotten until Amy reminded me. Refs * Book of the New Sun. I still think Gene Wolfe does a better job of capturing the wonder of the Apollo programme with that brief paragraph that anyone else ever has. * Dispatch from AGU: How to Understand Water…

Marathon and misc

To Amsterdam, for the marathon. In case you’ve been wondering why its been quiet around here. 3:55, since you ask. I know I still haven’t written the sea ice post. But I will; and isn’t it nice that they don’t all come at once? I’m reading Atlas Shrugged. Yes, I know Rand is a wacko.…

Boston, etc

More misc, under a thin veneer. I’ve been rowing again: the Boston Marathon. For fans of short-sellers-are-all-irredeemably-evil brigade, try Bronte. Our head isn’t too impressed with todays announced shake-up of the exam system: my heart sinks at the prospect of even more time spent on debating assessment rather than improving teaching and learning. Pols too…

Elegant little flower

I’m not quite sure what it is. It is something like a houseleek – click on the tiny pic of its base for a bigger view, or here for a fuller view. I bought it in a village sale a few years back and it has sat outside come sun, rain and drought. This is…