I’ve had a great day today! Among other things, a visit from one of my favourite clients brought an unexpected conversation.
When you’re a climate skeptic, there are some things you just don’t say. Clients are well-known for giving their opinions, and, as a consultant I need to be trusted, neutral. You learn diplomacy, and mostly just to shut up, especially when someone is waxing lyrical about energy and particularly renewables. I do pose questions about cold weather/climate contingencies occasionally – it’s called technical due diligence ;-) Continue reading
With the media spotlight on his ill-fated and indeed ill-considered “expedition”, Professor Chris Turney has got plenty of publicity. He was not exactly shy of the camera even before departure, as a series of videos about the planned voyage produced and posted here at the The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia shows: Continue reading
How appropriate that it is pantomime season. This year’s sell-out production of “Climate Change Academics on Ice” may have been marketed under #SpritOfMawson, but Professor Chris Turney, climate scientist, certainly knew the story he wanted to tell via media circus. Continue reading
If you haven’t heard of MOOCs you may simply have overlooked them; online advertising for MOOCs seems to be everywhere and, with Google supplying user-relevant advertising, ones related to climate seem to come up frequently (for me anyway). MOOC List provides a description:
- MOOC stands for a Massive Open Online Course.
- It is an online course aimed at large-scale participation and open (free) access via the internet.
- They are similar to university courses, but do not tend to offer academic credit.
- A number of web-based platforms (initiatives) supported by top universities and colleges offer MOOCs in a wide range of subjects. Continue reading
I made it! It’s been a bit of a gallop getting Christmas prep done this year, but here I am with everything in hand and time to post a picture. Wow!
Blogging has been non-existent of late for a plethora of reasons – work, travel, DIY, and a MOOC (more about MOOCs to come when I get back into blogging).
Baking has been light this year, with a few disasters: I gave into time pressure and bought a gingerbread house kit. It worked really well and was a huge success, but after two days the gingerbread, hard when unpacked, went soft and it collapsed, so we had to pretend we were Hansel and Gretel earlier than planned.
Since I LOVE home made mince pies, I always end up with too much homemade mincemeat and to use it up this year I tried Mary Berry’s Sweet Mince Streusel – well disaster! – I dropped it when taking it out of the oven.
There’s enough brandy in the Christmas cake to intoxicate a granny, and the shortbread Christmas trees have been a hit. As you can see we’ll be imbibing later – hic.
Not sure how this post will look as I’m posting it from my tablet (an ASUS Memopad) which has been a real workhorse during recent travel, but I now get to explore over an extended break this year.
A heartfelt thanks to all who have sent individual messages. I’ll get to the replies over the next day or so.
Merry Christmas to all.
Oh this is hilarious. The Daily Express reports today that Met Office staff have a few other weather forecaster websites bookmarked. According to story Met Office predicts…a snoop on rivals:
“Staff have visited the web pages of four rival forecasters about 21,000 times in the past six months, a rate of more than 115 pages every day, it has emerged.
The most popular was the US-based Weather Underground, which received 15,463 web page visits by the Met Office.” Continue reading
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It’s the beginning of the end. Watch the Giant with Feet of Clay crumble. A train wreck in slow motion. There’s more sense being said about AR5 than would have been imaginable eighteen months ago when drafts were available. In fact some of the media coverage (e.g. Newsnight) has been jaw-droppingly almost balanced in both invited participants and the line of questioning.
As the CAGW frenzy whipped up by the overstatement of zealous believers and compliant shut down of debate in the media was increasingly untenable, reasoned debate has begun to happen and the imperative ‘need’ to blog melted away.
Normal life has taken over, or, I should say, has resumed at last. Continue reading
On a whim last night was seeking a particular piece of music remembered from my youth. I have the album on vinyl somewhere – Vangelis, Albedo 0.39
Found it, here used with NASA HD images which I thought others might enjoy too. I’d forgotten it was called “Alpha”
If you’re thinking it was used in Carl Sagan’s series “Cosmos” you’d be right. Continue reading
What fun to find Dana Nuccitelli’s dirty little secret (WUWT, Andrew Neil (BBC)) that he is now at pains to play down.
Apparently he works in contaminated land cleanup.
Happy to dish it out but can’t take it, eh? As James Delingpole explains Dana and his cohorts are convinced that:
“…the main reason we climate sceptics say the pesky sceptical things we do is because we’re paid to say so by various oil interests.” Continue reading