2012-02-10 19:24:42  
"So you want to become gods?" Yasper shook his head. "That would be heresy," he clucked his tongue at her, a grin stretching his mouth. "No, we seek to understand who we truly are, and what our true purpose is. If we can comprehend how the world was made, and learn the power of transmutation—the art of changing one thing into another—could we not give ourselves that same gift?" "Which gift?" "Transmutation." "Trans—what?" "Becoming something new." Cnán scratched her nose. "What's wrong with what we are?" Yasper closed one eye and stared critically at her. "What's right about what we are?" he asked.
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2011-01-11 14:30:11  

Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Shit That Doesn't Fucking Work

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2010-11-19 10:10:22  

nealstephensonmongoliad_257The Mongoliad, a serialized story created by Neal Stephenson and written by Stephenson, Greg Bear, Nicole Galland and others. And it's an experiment in "post-book story-telling."


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2010-05-06 16:37:40  

A visual depiction of how much ice Greenland is losing

I'm talking at the University of Queensland next week so I thought I might use Skeptical Science to test-drive a new visual metaphor. Sometimes in the climate debate, we get a bit lost in the data and statistical analysis, forgetting the sheer scale of the impact we're having on our climate. A vivid example is the amount of ice that Greenland is currently losing. When scientists talk about ice loss from the Greenland ice sheet, they refer to gigatonnes of ice. One gigatonne is one billion tonnes. To get a picture of how large this is, imagine a block of ice one kilometre high by one kilometer wide by one kilometre deep (okay, the edges are actually 1055 metres long as ice is slightly less dense than water but you get the idea). Borrowing from alien invasion movies, the scale is well illustrated by comparing a gigatonne block of ice to a famous, historical landmark like the Empire State Building:


How much ice is Greenland losing? This is monitored by satellites which have measured changes in gravity around the ice sheet over the last decade (Velicogna 2009). In 2002 to 2003, the Greenland ice sheet was losing mass at a rate of 137 gigatonnes per year.


However, the rate of ice loss has more than doubled in less than a decade. The rate of ice loss over the 2008 to 2009 period was 286 gigatonnes per year.


This is a vivid reminder that global warming isn't a statistical abstraction cooked up in a climate lab. Greenland is just one example of the physical realities of climate change. On the other side of the planet, Antarctica is also losing ice at an accelerating rate. All over the globe, glaciers are retreating at an accelerating rate.

It's also a reminder of the massive amount of inertia at play in our climate. It takes time for the massive Greenland ice sheet to respond to warming. But this inertia is not our friend. Now that Greenland is losing ice at an accelerating rate, it's not like we can throw a rope around the ice sheet and hold it back. The steadily accelerating ice loss from Greenland is an ominous reminder that our actions now will have effects long into the future.

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2010-03-16 22:30:07  

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Baghdatis defeats Federer.  Andy Roddick eases into fourth round.

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2010-02-09 09:49:33  

Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Alain Johannes at Roseland Ballroom, NYC 2-8-2010.

Favorite quote from the show: "Hey Zepplin, how are ya doin?"



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2010-01-11 17:38:32  

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