Month: November 2009

Procrastination aid Of The Day: UEA CRU hyperbole

The emails largely had to do with dealing with an already known problem with dendrochronology. The oceans are still rising, the Arctic ice is still melting back worse in the summer, the glaciers are still withdrawing. And all of this is still exceeding IPCC models, as the modelers well know. The hockey stick has acquired another crook.

Aurora Borealis and Joanna Lumley

I enjoyed it a lot more than the TV guide reviewer did. Particularly when she finally got to see the actual Northern Lights in the far north of Norway, complete with Edvard Grieg soundtrack (Peer Gynt,? Suite No. 2 Op. 55: Solveigs´s Song). This particular clip of her watching the aurora has a sign language translator for Lumley’s voiceover.

Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today’s otters are brought to you via PerthNow and the Perth Zoo. Two Asian otters have been introduced to the new rainforest area, and it is hoped they will continue to deepen their new relationship and produce pups. There haven’t… Read More ›

The great Leader of the Opposition yawnfest

Rudd has so effectively wedged the Libs on virtually every issue of importance over the last year that they simply might as well not even bother turning up to the House, and I don’t think that’s a good thing for our system of government at all. I wish we actually had a more effective Federal Opposition (one here in NSW would be good as well), because I’m a firm believer that those holding the reins of government ought to be scrutinised and challenged effectively on a regular basis.

Whoydensday Nerdopalooza

I know you all want to see the Children in Need trailer for the Xmas episode, but watch this no-spoiler video first (as Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait titled this 2001 A Space Odyssey/Doctor Who mashup/crossover: HALlons-y! [sfx: appreciative groan])