Who ya gonna read?

Thank to Hank, who spotted this.

If you go to Nature’s upcoming climate publication, there’s an online quiz they’re using to decide who gets a freebie: https://www.sunbeltfs.com/forms/nq/subscribe.asp.

At one point it asks what climate-related blogs you read. Naturally, only the finsest quality blogs are listed. There are three blogs:

_Bright Green Blog
_Real Climate
_Stoat
_Other (please specify)

As Hank notes, “Bright Green Blog” — the Christian Science Monitor’s effort — ended on “February 16, 2010 [a]fter 22 months and some 500 posts”.

So, despite their ability to drink prodigous quantities of beer J+J don’t make the cut (how does she do it? I suspect a switcheroo), much less the likes of RP Sr :-).

Doubtless this posting will help keep me up in the lists of high-content-quality blogs.

Oh, and while I’m here, in a minor gesture towards substance: in Announcement Regarding Supplemental Material the Journal of Neuroscience explains why it is dropping supplementary material. They raise some interesting issues but I’m not convinced by their conclusion.

New erg

DSC_5803 I didn’t promise to cull all the boring rowing stuff off this blog, only the routine stuff. And obviously Anticipation of a new ergs arrival, The is far from routine. Let alone the actual arrival.

Here we see Darling Daughter pulling down firmly into her stomach in violation of all the best practices, but never mind, she is but young.

DSC_5800 It comes in a nice cardboard box, and isn’t even especially large – foolishly, I got it delivered to home, which meant I got a phonecall in the middle of the day and had to rush off. Argh. I should just have got it sent to work – it would have fit easily into the car.

DSC_5801 It peeks shyly out of its case like a young maiden awiting her first love. With E’s assistance I put it together in ~10 mins – you screw the front legs on, then clip the slidey-bar into the front unit (which looks to have been improved over the model C fixing). This is a model D – there seemed to be no obvious reason to pay the extra for the E. I’m not even sure the D is that much better than the C, except the rotor-unit seems a bit better. And it comes with a PM3 as standard – I didn’t splash out on the PM4, but now wish I had, since PM3’s won’t talk to Garmin Ant+ heart rate belts. The handle is different to the C: more ergonomically shaped, perhaps. And of course this one is rather cleaner than any unit I’ve ever used before. Never mind: as Julia said, that won’t last.

As to the rowing, it appears to work. 7101m for 30 mins, which is the second in my pyramid starting at 7000m. I’m not sure where the apex will be: probably 7500 for this round because I’m still hoping to actually get into the habit of enjoynig ergs rather than dreading them.

Perhaps this is a good place to point out all the exciting things you’ve missed on the other blog:

* Peterborough half marathon and my pathetic excuses for my rubbish time,
* The Robs Head,
* Rainy tuesday night on the river.