fun https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/11995/feed en In which our hero tries an interesting new variant of the Galileo defence https://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2014/01/14/in-which-our-hero-tries-an-interesting-new-variant-of-the-galileo-defence <span>In which our hero tries an interesting new variant of the Galileo defence</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZjAantupsA"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7348/11952956173_d9b4aaa9f6.jpg" width="500" height="374" alt="wordup" align="right" /></a> "Our hero" in this case being Monckton <a href="http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/01/13/lindzen-libeled-by-nuccitelli/" rel="nofollow">at WUWT</a>. Most of the post is a long rant about <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/jan/06/climate-change-climate-change-scepticism">The Weekly Standard's Lindzen puff piece exemplifies the conservative media's climate failures</a> by <a href="http://www.skepticalscience.com/team.php">Dana Nuccitelli</a> in the Graun, which is in turn a reply to <a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/what-catastrophe_773268.html">What Catastrophe? MIT’s Richard Lindzen, the unalarmed climate scientist</a> in "the weekly Standard" (<a href="http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2014/01/04/another-one-bites-the-dust-2/">wot I wrote about recently</a>).</p> <p>And of course I didn't read it all. But I was struck by M's reply to DN's <i>The major difference between Lindzen and Galileo was that Galileo was right</i>. Which was:</p> <blockquote><p>Actually, Galileo was wrong. The Church, as well as informed scientific opinion, had long agreed that the Earth orbits the Sun and not the other way about. However, Galileo had drawn inappropriate theological conclusions from heliocentricity, perpetrating the notorious non sequitur that since the Earth was not the centre of the Universe the Incarnation and Crucifixion were of less importance than the Church maintained.</p></blockquote> <p>This is weird stuff. Lord knows what gnostic texts M has been smoking; he gives no refs. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei#Controversy_over_heliocentrism">Wiki, as you'd expect</a> has a reasonable version of the truth (which, for those who don't know, is significantly more nuanced that the version you get taught in school).</p> <p>Amusingly, in the <a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/what-catastrophe_773268.html?page=3">weekly Standard</a> piece that started this all off, we find “Most people who think they’re a Galileo are just wrong,” and the context (as you'd expect from a piece friendly to L) is that a comparison to G is good: i.e., G was essentially correct. Which is true (if you're thinking of heliocentrism) or false (if you're thinking of epicycles, or of physics versus geometry).</p> <h3>Refs</h3> <p>* <a href="http://mustelid.blogspot.co.uk/2005/06/galileo-dialogue-concerning-two-chief.html">Galileo: Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems: magnetism</a> - a factoid I bet you didn't know, and a motto.<br /> * <a href="http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2011/09/17/galileo-on-infinity/">Galileo on infinity</a><br /> * <a href="http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2013/02/07/the-sleepwalkers/">The sleepwalkers</a><br /> * <a href="http://davidappell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/wuwt-parody-writes-itself.html">WUWT Parody Writes Itself</a> - QS about a different post, but worth the LULZ.<br /> * <a href="http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/galileo/condemnation.html">Papal Condemnation (Sentence) of Galileo (June 22, 1633)</a> - thanks t.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/stoat" lang="" about="/author/stoat" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stoat</a></span> <span>Tue, 01/14/2014 - 14:40</span> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:40:21 +0000 stoat 53603 at https://scienceblogs.com Graun combines typesetting and maths https://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2013/12/29/graun-combines-typesetting-and-maths <span>Graun combines typesetting and maths</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Graun is a bit rubbish at typesetting and maths, which is most aptly illustrated by one of their <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/dec/29/scientists-favourite-jokes">jokes</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>At a party for functions, ex is at the bar looking despondent. The barman says: "Why don't you go and integrate?" To which ex replies: "It would not make any difference."</p></blockquote> <p>Geddit?</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/stoat" lang="" about="/author/stoat" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stoat</a></span> <span>Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:06</span> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:06:53 +0000 stoat 53597 at https://scienceblogs.com Solving three [Rubik's] cubes while juggling them https://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2013/05/20/solving-three-rubiks-cubes-while-juggling-them <span>Solving three [Rubik&#039;s] cubes while juggling them</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/K_gHa2x2OQA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" align="right"></iframe><p> After this, it seems to me that the human race has realised its ultimate potential; no further progress is possible. We might as well all go back to bed.</p> <p>Some things I see, I think: yes, you're doing that very well. But I understand what you're doing, and I could, if not do it myself - I could understand how to train to get there. Like running a marathon in not-much-more-than-2-hours. I'm never going to do that, and even if I trained I couldn't, but I can roughly understand what's going on. With this, I can't even imagine my brain and hands working well enough to get anywhere close to this.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/stoat" lang="" about="/author/stoat" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stoat</a></span> <span>Mon, 05/20/2013 - 04:24</span> Mon, 20 May 2013 08:24:17 +0000 stoat 53517 at https://scienceblogs.com Newspaper And Magazine Layout Disasters https://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2013/03/29/newspaper-and-magazine-layout-disasters <span>Newspaper And Magazine Layout Disasters</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><img src="http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr03/2013/3/28/9/enhanced-buzz-5964-1364478033-11.jpg" width="600" /></p> <p>More from <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/newspaper-and-magazine-layout-disasters">buzzfeed</a>.</p> <p>While I'm here, <a href="http://julesandjames.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/sham-journals-scam-authors.html">Sham journals scam authors</a> is pretty good from JA. But really: a journal with no website? Do they still write with ink quills?</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/stoat" lang="" about="/author/stoat" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stoat</a></span> <span>Fri, 03/29/2013 - 08:29</span> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:29:16 +0000 stoat 53501 at https://scienceblogs.com Man slumped after hitting wall https://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2013/03/19/man-slumped-after-hitting-wall <span>Man slumped after hitting wall</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Eli offers us <a href="http://rabett.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-wheelchair.html">a new wheelchair</a> but I think its a man slumped to the ground after smashing his head against the wall, leaving a trail of blood dribbling down.</p> <p><img src="http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/files/2013/03/new_wheelchair.png" width="600" /></p> <h3>Refs</h3> <p>* <a href="http://ourchangingclimate.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/the-two-epochs-of-marcott/">The two epochs of Marcott</a> by Jos Hagelaars.<br /> * <a href="http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/19/a-really-bad-case-of-stickophrenia/">WUWT</a> is still fulminating (I throw that in as a token gesture of non-tribality, but you know my heart isn't in it).<br /> * <a href="http://tamino.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/global-temperature-change-the-big-picture/">Global Temperature Change — the Big Picture</a></p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/stoat" lang="" about="/author/stoat" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stoat</a></span> <span>Tue, 03/19/2013 - 14:22</span> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:22:57 +0000 stoat 53497 at https://scienceblogs.com How To Tell The Birds From The Flowers: A Manual of Flornithology for Beginners https://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2013/03/03/how-to-tell-the-birds-from-the-flowers-a-manual-of-flornithology-for-beginners <span>How To Tell The Birds From The Flowers: A Manual of Flornithology for Beginners</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1593/1593-h/1593-h.htm"><img src="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1593/1593-h/images/fcover-s.jpg" width="250" align="right" /></a> From the bizarre discoveries file:</p> <blockquote><p>The Plover and the Clover can be told apart with ease,<br /> By paying close attention to the habits of the Bees,<br /> For en-to-molo-gists aver, the Bee can be in Clover,<br /> While ety-molo-gists concur, there is no B in Plover.</p></blockquote> <p>and this is by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_W._Wood">Robert Wood</a>, who did early work on <a href="http://wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/wood_rw.1909.html">the Theory of the Greenhouse</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1593/1593-h/images/f-p02.png" width="300" /></p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/stoat" lang="" about="/author/stoat" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stoat</a></span> <span>Sun, 03/03/2013 - 14:42</span> Sun, 03 Mar 2013 19:42:09 +0000 stoat 53489 at https://scienceblogs.com Collapsing iceberg https://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2012/03/21/collapsing-iceberg <span>Collapsing iceberg</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I like this (h/t: <a href="http://davidappell.blogspot.com/2012/03/cool-video-of-crashing-iceberg.html">QS</a>):</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aES6WC0CDnI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p> The change from "Oh look that's fun, lets stop and watch" to the brief "Oh shit" to the "Ha ha, we all lived, that was great fun" to "who got it on video?" is oh-so-typical of our species.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/stoat" lang="" about="/author/stoat" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stoat</a></span> <span>Wed, 03/21/2012 - 02:46</span> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 06:46:37 +0000 stoat 53344 at https://scienceblogs.com And now for something completely different... https://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2012/03/17/and-now-for-something-complete-1 <span>And now for something completely different...</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://orangecow.org/pythonet/sketches/submarin.htm">A man with a stoat though his head</a>? No!</p> <!--more--><p>Darth Vader in a kilt on a unicycle playing the bagpipes:</p> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m8rzkCkFIus?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/stoat" lang="" about="/author/stoat" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stoat</a></span> <span>Sat, 03/17/2012 - 12:20</span> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 16:20:14 +0000 stoat 53342 at https://scienceblogs.com peepo.com https://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2012/02/22/peepocom <span>peepo.com</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A bit of fun for once: if you have a few mins spare, try a game at <a href="http://peepo.com/">peepo.com</a>. And if you have a bit more time, try the 19x19.</p> <p>[Update: breaking news: <a href="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/02/22/unconfirmed-rumor-ftl-neutrinos-may-be-due-to-a-faulty-gps-connection/">Neutrinos not FTL</a> for embarrassing reason?</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/stoat" lang="" about="/author/stoat" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stoat</a></span> <span>Wed, 02/22/2012 - 11:19</span> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:19:10 +0000 stoat 53333 at https://scienceblogs.com Today Libya... https://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2011/10/21/today-libya <span>Today Libya...</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://greenerblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/today-libya-tomorrow-wall-street.html"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DMQHYw5zP3E/Tp_4FFZALZI/AAAAAAAAAnE/clhKRse9D_w/s1600/LibyaWallst.jpg" /></a></p> <p>Good luck folks.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/stoat" lang="" about="/author/stoat" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stoat</a></span> <span>Fri, 10/21/2011 - 02:03</span> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 06:03:26 +0000 stoat 53284 at https://scienceblogs.com