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Obscure, perhaps, but I claim it was by request. My sermon is taken from Removing Diurnal Cycle Contamination in Satellite-Derived Tropospheric Temperatures: Understanding Tropical Tropospheric Trend Discrepancies by S Po-Chedley, T Thorsen and Q Fu, but before I get onto that I need to snark a bit; where would the world be without such? One…

Rice terraces in Yunnan

Lovely. Mostly because it looks like a painting, but is actually a picture. My source is wiki commons via Did the Anthropocene Begin in 1950 or 50,000 Years Ago? by David Biello in SA; the original is Jialiang Gao, www.peace-on-earth.org. While I’m here there’s VV’s Irrigation and paint as reasons for a cooling bias. I…

To the British Museum, via the Vets Head, of which more anon. Pen on oil, various hands, circa 2014. Or, if you prefer a more stringent test of your cultural levels, try to identify the provenance of this: The main theme for today’s visit was Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art which was…

More wiki-fun. Or is this Google Truth in action? (Yeah, I know, the pic isn’t quite right but its good). Which is more accurate? Willard Anthony Watts (born 1958)[1] is an American blogger who runs the climate change denialism website Watts Up With That?.[2] A former meteorologist,[3][4] he is president of IntelliWeather Inc.[5] and directs…

In which I teach Timmy about economics1. What can I lose? Its a guaranteed crowd-pleaser; everyone reading here hates neolibs anyway :-). So: Timmy recommends as “An excellent piece” Art People: Learn Economics, I Beseech You by Franklin Einspruch. And, well, its all more or less the obvious if you’ve been following Timmy or similar,…

I was at a meeting today, with a mixed group of engineers and managers, trying to work out when thing X would be complete. So the questions were of the form “is feature Y production quality on branch Z?”. Sometimes the engineers got to answer the question, sometimes management. The engineers response was “yes” or,…

Currygate and wikipedia

Oh dear, I’ve already had a Currygate. Never mind, the internet has the memory of a goldfish, I’ll get away with it. The story so far: Leaked Email Reveals Who’s Who List of Climate Denialists. No great surprises on the list; I personally wouldn’t call Curry a “denialist” though I would definitely say things she…

RT has a nice post on On the Incident Solar Radiation in CMIP5 Models by Linjiong Zhou, Minghua Zhang, Qing Bao and, Yimin Liu. For the authors, this is a dream paper: you notice something no-one else has, and you get a practically free paper out of it, without having to do any real work…

Tee hee again

Even more amusing – but oddly, rather related – to the last tee hee is the news that the denialosphere is panicking over Google Truth (h/t NS and, apparently, almost everyone else). I’m not sure why they are bothering – its only a research project. Amusing panics are available from JoNova or AW (via Sou).…

…says carbonbrief. In turn, I think that’s based on IPCC PRESS RELEASE / 27 February 2015 / IPCC takes decisions on future work. The very second bullet point of that is: Request the Secretariat and Technical Support Units to command a respectful workplace, emphasizing policies and practices that promote diversity, fairness, collaboration and inclusiveness. Mmmm……