Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bromance


New J&M up today; sometime you can take a "bromance" too far.. (love the Daily Mail reference)

Wi-Fi chuckle..


Someone had a sense of humour on the train this morning..

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hold on lads..


Just listening to Theresa May's Brexit speech, found a really suitable image to go with it...

Perspective


Wise words from a fallen "Moon walker".

Monday, January 16, 2017

Meltwater


I see that the 2016 data on sea ice is in and guess what... it's the lowest ever recorded. BTW the gold/yellow line isn't the maximum extent, it's just the average over the last few decades. We have to assume that the poorer nations of this world will not be able to afford the defences and mitigation projects that will be necessary to stop people and property slipping into the sea, and unfortunately, people in the first world seem to care more about cats in wheelie bins and who won the latest TV talent contest. Of course we're kidding ourselves if we think we won't be affected, it's not a question of "if" anymore it's "when" and as we've seen from Brexit, many here think that human migration is intolerable already; just wait until the crops in third-world countries start failing on an industrial scale.

Nothing substantive about the science is contested any longer by honest scientists, but shockingly there persists a layer of scum in our society, grubby hands outstretched, that are paid by vested interests and lunatic fringes to spread lies and misinformation around this subject in the hope of muddying the water and maintaining the economic status-quo for as long as possible. How these people sleep at night is a mystery to me, but I'm pretty certain that history will expose them for what they are. I'm talking about people like ex-politicians Nigel Lawson and Christopher Monckton and journalists like James Delingpole and Christopher Booker along with many others from around the world, like James Inhofe in the USA and Ian Plimer in Australia. People with far too much influence and precious little moral or scientific authority, people who are happy to make a short term gain safe and secure in the knowledge that the collective memory is short.

Illusion


This is cool; looks like a circle made of dots moving around a larger circle; but like with many illusions in this life our senses are easily fooled. It's really a bunch of dots moving in perfectly straight lines back and forth, to prove this to yourself just keep your eye on one single dot you will see it follow a simple trajectory, never deviating from a straight line.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Blue Monday


So it's "blue Monday" tomorrow, the most depressing day of the year, I can't wait... This year it's extra depressing, what with Brexit, Trump, Bowie, Syria, Putin and ISIS we have a ton of uncertainty and regressive instability to cope with as well. Might just go down the pub at lunch time and not come back until I'm feeling better, how about you?

Distressed


I noticed a little story on the BBC site today about a church in Glasgow, Scotland that held a service earlier in the month and invited some local Muslims. In order to be inclusive the service included a reading from the Koran, so far all sounds perfectly reasonable. Since then the church has received numerous complaints as well as abusive messages via social media, it seems that the move upset many "Christians" involved in that particular religious sect (Scottish Episcopal). 

It's difficult not to read a story like this without a smidgen of schadenfreude; as an atheist one has to quickly learn to turn the other cheek when it comes to being preached too. Hardly a day goes by when I don't hear one form of Christian preachment or other, on TV, radio or simply in conversation; especially when visiting other more religiously soaked countries such as the USA or the Middle East etc. At the end of the day you can read Harry Potter and enjoy it without believing in wizards and there are much worse things in this world than hearing ideas you disagree with (ask people in Aleppo). Perhaps the Christians involved in this dispute should think about showing some tolerance and imagination, perhaps even imagine travelling a mile in someone else's shoes before they play the "offended" card so readily and over such a trivial matter, sticks and stones etc.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gloss


HGV crash spills paint all over the M606 - I hope authorities won't gloss over this incident..

No contest


Natural selection vs. artificial selection, no contest..

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hammers and nails


The excellent J&M illustrating how, if you think you're a hammer, you tend to see everything in the world like it's a nail, and that's ignorant, unconvincing and invariably wrong. BTW if you end up actually hitting a nail then it's by coincidence, not design.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Space


What an excellent use of space...