Selling out to Big Oil

Seed has a new blog up, http://scienceblogs.com/energy/, and one of them is me. Atmoz isn’t very happy about us all selling out (its sponsored by Shell). I can’t speak for anyone else, but while I’m not going to disclose the fees, its only because you’d laugh rather than go green with envy 😦

I haven’t decided what I’m going to write about when its my turn. Feel free to make suggestions.

Wiki fun!

As an antidote to recent postings, I shall point out that wiki is also fun. There must be a site devoted to inspired wikipedia vandalism. But I don’t know where it is. In the meantime, you can make do with my own modest contribution (and I forgot this one, thanks M), or (thanks to Paul) this inspired diff wherein someone is taking the p*ss out of paganism (BTW, don’t omit the last 4 digits of the URL, as I accidentally did, or you will discover something you didn’t want to know. Don’t try this at home, or more importantly at work).

More seriosuly, since I’m on wiki, you could try Durova’s blog.

G8 and climate: more words

The G8 have spoken: We seek to share with all Parties to the UNFCCC the vision of, and together with them to consider and adopt in the UNFCCC negotiations, the goal of achieving at least 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050, recognizing that this global challenge can only be met by a global response, in particular, by the contributions from all major economies, consistent with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

Nurture comment The statement, which seems purposefully vague, also fails to clarify which nations would have to make the deepest cuts in emissions to reach this global target of 50% and whether the target would be legally binding. Or, less politely, it is yet more pointless wurble.

This is sufficiently obvious that there is very little more to say. The Grauniad says it anyway. The true answer to “why have summits” is also provided by the Grauniad. But we knew that anyway.

Aboriginal

Cycling back through the rain of the english summer, I was turning over in my mind who knew what in our firmware group, and thought of one person who had “aboriginal” knowledge. And immeadiately thought that the word is now perjorative, most clearly when reduced to “abo” by the Strines. But what I meant was what it originally meant: someone who has been there from the beginning, and has the kind of knowledge you only get as you make and watch the thing being built up around you.
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Recycled sh*t* from Solomon

Lawrence Solomon seems to have a bee in his bonnet about wikipedia. He really should be writing about the exciting ongoing arbcomm case; but presumably thats too complex for him and would actually require some thinking or research. Instead, having called me Next to Al Gore, William Connolley may be the world’s most influential person in the global warming debate…. he has now said may be the world’s most influential person in the global warming debate after Al Gore.

Can you spot the similarity? Apparently the National Review couldn’t, and are happy to print recycled cr*p from Solomon. And the subbing is so poor that they can’t even spell my name consistently. It is a tricky one, though.

Thanks (if thats the right word 🙂 to Face for pointing this out.

Large and Rapid Melt-Induced Velocity Changes in the Ablation Zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet?

Its a paper in Science, by R. S. W. van de Wal et al. I’ve only read the abstract, by I was rather struck by how easy it is to misinterpret the title, given that the abstract continues …Over a longer period of 17 years, annual ice velocities have decreased slightly, which suggests that the englacial hydraulic system adjusts constantly to the variable meltwater input, which results in a more or less constant ice flux over the years. So much for the rapidly sliding Greenland…

More wiki madness

Gosh, you wait for one piece of insanity and then two come along at once. But this time its personal. So those interested in wiki’s inards can wade through the gore at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration#Wheelwar regarding User:Giano_II. If you need a user guide to the process, I’m sure I can provide more details.

[Update: now transmogrified into Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Geogre-William M. Connolley -W]