Daily Archives: March 5, 2008

Turns out I’m a white guy

I’m kind of shocked. Well, whatever.Some moron just blew 70 bucks, or whatever it takes to register a domain name, to anonymously post photographs of most of the scienceblogs.com bloggers (without linkbacks, and therefore in violation of Blogging Ethics and possibly copyright laws), dividing the bloggers into “Aryan” and some other category. I don’t think I want to know what Mr. Moron would call this other category.i-c77c31115ed181045295f450d53af63b-aryanblog.jpg Continue reading Turns out I’m a white guy

Brokered Conventions

Brokered Conventions do not happen too often these days. This is partly because everyone remembers 1968 as a nightmare. But we also have to remember 1968 as a key moment in a kind of revolution that happened.A very large number of voters today do not necessarily know what this is about. I’ve pulled together a selection of old videos (from YouTube, of course) that show some of the key events and give a feel for the day, mainly related to that fateful year and some of its consequences. These are not flashy or slick and for the young modern mind this will take some work to watch and relate to. This is not MTV. This is not Obama Girl. A lot of Americans lived through this. Except, of course, the ones that did not live.Sorry if this is a little painful. But that is sort of the point. Continue reading Brokered Conventions

Clinton-Obama has a ring to it

At least, according to Clinton:

Asked on CBS’s “The Early Show” whether she and Obama should be on the same ticket, Clinton said:”That may be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of ticket. I think the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me.”

Are you involved in Mountaintop Removal Mining?

This, obviously, is the removal of an entire mountain to get at the coal, to ship to a power plant near you so that you can get electrictiy. There is a movement to reduce the amount of mountaintop removal mining, and you can get the details here at Bootstrap Analysis.You will also find a number of links to other discussions on the topic, as well as a handy widget to help you decide just how badly you should feel about this.I was a little surprised to find out how much coal from Virginia powered us here in Minnesota. I see the coal trains coming down from Canada in large numbers, so I had figured we were using close to 100% Canadian coal. Silly me.Anyway, go check it out.

Wolves Among Us

Several years ago, I had a conversation with a friend who at that time, like me, spent a lot of time in the Adirondacks in Update New York. This was in the 1970s. He had spent a week or so on cross country skis on the north slope (facing Canada) the previous winter. On his second or third day into the mountains, he picked up the trail of a large canid. He followed the trail for three days, and during that time the track of this dog-like animal did not veer even slightly. The animal was simply walking south. It did not veer back and forth, sniffing and peeing on things, inspecting and poking around. The tracks were not that of a coyote … far too big.One cannot be absolutely certain without seeing the animal, but this had all the signs of being a wolf. Continue reading Wolves Among Us

Hot German Science

Our colleagues over at scienceblogs.com of Germany have a new cool video. My German is rusty but let me try to translate:If you mix warm and cold (liquid or gas) you get a temperature that is in between. But what if the “warm” is burning thermite (at thousands of degrees C) and the cold is liquid N, at hundreds of degrees below zero?What happens is that the temperature difference is just too high so that one can not be sure what to expect. And then my translation kind of trails off, but if you look at the video, I think what happens is that the liquid nitrogen is transferred into an alternative dimension or possibly a different universe.I might have that wrong, but it is a cool video. Here.