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Inquires Timmy. But its a stupid question. Indeed, a curiously illiberal anti-business not-really-thought-through question. The premiss is the usual one: the degrees aren’t useful, they are a hangover from the old days, they aren’t value-for-money, and they don’t teach people what business wants them taught. But of course what they do give you, even if…

Plenty of other people are talking about seaice, so I don’t need to. Monthly means are more interesting the dailies, and since August is unlikely to beat September, we’re unlikely to see a record monthly mean for a month yet. The bets are summarised here and in this, to which the former refers. I was…

Misc misc

Scott Mandia accuses Chronicle of Higher Ed to Its Bloggers: Feel Free to Disparage Climate Science but not Black Studies. This is in reference to Mann suing the National Review for libel (see, e.g. DA or BA). The Chron piece seems piss-poor, as does their lying evasion about no-editorial-control, but then again I don’t know…

Summer in the garden

Moar misc

* xkcd: All 786 known planets to scale. * I liked Brian‘s take on the USSC ruling on Obama’s healthcare stuff. And also the little-heard-from-anymore RP. * Planet3.0 on Greenland albedo; if you prefer it with added “tipping point” hype then try Climate Central. My initial though was “oh its warmer, so the albedo drops”…

I’m back

Did you miss me? I’ve been to the Stubai, again. There will be a travelogue over there. Refs * A short walk in the Stubai: day 2: Aperer Turm

So I don’t have to bother saying them myself. * SpaceX Dragon on its way to the ISS! (and watch more of it – though I’d skip the first ~40 mins of talk if I were you). Note: I’m a bit behind the times here; see the next post. * The Magistrate’s blog – more…

O brave new world

So, we’ve transitioned to the new platform. Jolly good. However, the last couple of posts (Facebook, and von S) didn’t make it across; I’ve fixed that up, from backup and cache. I believe that, in theory, comments have come across (except on those two posts). If you think you can see some of yours that…

Interesting article from The Economist science section about establishing the presence of shy animals in rainforests by examining leech blood. A highlight comes from one of my relatives: They also found genetic material from the… small-toothed ferret-badger, which is (apparently) impossible to distinguish from the related Burmese ferret-badger without getting close enough to handle it.

Comic edition

It has rained quite a bit recently. I did go down from the bridge and give them a hand in, you realise. In other news… * Adventures in Vim! * Pointless resentment – one for all the people who would rather criticise than help * Swan reveals bone-breaking technique – about Mr Asbo if you…