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National Review Death Watch

Jan 30, 2014

There's a chance climatologist Michael Mann's defamation lawsuit against the National Review might succeed in bankrupting the magazine. Scientists in general, and climatologists in particular, are ill-equipped to handle brazen slander; a world where anything goes. Here's hoping!:

Scientist Michael Mann is suing the Review over statements made by Canadian right-wing polemicist...

Chronicles of Nothing
Random Thoughts on the Winter Olympics

Jan 30, 2014
Random Thoughts on the Winter Olympics

Next week, the Winter Olympics start.  Yes, I know. Russia is evil.  But, the Olympics have been in other evil places too, I mean, do I have to say Hitler? Now that we have Godwin’s Law out of the way, … Continue reading 

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Strangely Enough, The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) Seems To Correlate Better With Precipitation In Albuquerque Than San Francisco

Jan 30, 2014
Strangely Enough, The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) Seems To Correlate Better With Precipitation In Albuquerque Than San Francisco

Friend Jerry notes:I see that some people are blaming the harsh winter in the eastern US on the PDO.But he's skeptical:Preliminary analysis: correlation between subzero days in South Bend, Indiana vs December-January-February PDO index = 0.08. Correla...

Marc Valdez Weblog
"Breaking Bad" Locations – Incremental Update

Jan 30, 2014

Every few of months, I do an incremental update to my "Breaking Bad" Locations Web Pages. I've finished another incremental update today to all my Locations posts. (Much of the update involves sneaking over to Shayne's and Marius' Web Sites and quietly...

The Blue Muse
A grateful heart: The smell of rain

Jan 29, 2014
A grateful heart: The smell of rain

Today's Sacramento rain storm even made the rocks pretty. Our new mossrock boulders came alive with color today.Loamy? Earthy? Plain miraculous?Try as I might, I cannot think of how to describe the smell of rain. But you know what I'm talking about rig...

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Infrequent Posting As Of Late

Jan 29, 2014

I'm preparing an incremental update to my Breaking Bad posts.

Marc Valdez Weblog
The Smell Of Approaching Rain

Jan 29, 2014

It's a real thing:There's a name popularly ascribed to this range of post-precipitation scents: petrichor. Petrichor was first described in 1964 by mineralogists Isabel Joy Bear and R. G. Thomas of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Res...

The Blue Muse
The Circle: Because 1984 wasn’t scary enough

Jan 28, 2014
The Circle: Because 1984 wasn’t scary enough

Dave Eggers' The Circle, a truly terrifying read.When my best friend emailed and said "You must read 'The Circle' IMMEDIATELY," I didn't question. I looked up the title on the library web site, ordered an audio copy and went back to my pile of grading....

The Blue Muse
Cracking the night away at the Jesuit High School Crab Feed

Jan 28, 2014
Cracking the night away at the Jesuit High School Crab Feed

2014 Jesuit High School Booster Crab Feed:Enjoying good food for a great causeI scanned the auditorium, trying not to pass out. The vision of a few hundred people crunching through crustaceans... the odor of the sea... the mounting piles of exoskeleton...

Marc Valdez Weblog
Australian Fire Tornado

Jan 28, 2014

Steve sends this amazing video of a whirlwind on FIRE!

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