an art form.
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09 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
an art form.
09 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
I heard a little jiggle,
a rattle at the door,
A whisper and a giggle:
“Come play with me once more!”
I’ve been so busy leading
an unpoetic life,
so practical, yet needing
some whimsy ‘midst the strife.
The battles of adulthood
(relentless ‘gainst the soul!)
suppress the best of childhood,
and that can take its toll.
The joyful genie called me
to see the world anew,
and not deem as frivolous
a less prosaic view.
And so I let my muse free,
(a most courageous act!)
because it has a tendency
to engross and distract.
08 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
Skeletal giants of power,
silently unseen in plain sight.
Picking their way across the land,
skirting the inhabited zones.
Wading the aisles between trees;
stalking the byways tirelessly.
Tip-toeing across tall ridges,
spanning valleys effortlessly.
Delicately lifting their lines
over lanes, roads, rivers and fields.
Wordlessly delivering the
planet’s invisible lifeblood.
. . . . – - ^ ^ ^ – - . . . .
I seem to incline toward poems of 8 syllables and finally found a description of what that might be properly called at http://www.thefullwiki.org/Meter_%28poetry%29 :
Meters were extensively explored in Brazilian literature, notably during Parnassianism. The most notable ones were…
06 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
in Government, Minor rant, Politics, Sports, Videos Tags: 2nd amendment, censorship, Daniel Defense, freedom of speech, Gun rights, Martin Niemöller, NFL censors ad, political posts, protect our military, right of self-defense, Superbowl Ad, U.S. Constitution
I notice I’ve become more political in my posts recently, so I guess this is the (recent) culmination of it all, and once I get this off my chest I will probably go back to my usual general eclectic stuff.
OK, it’s not really completely my rant, but this video really got me going and I agree with it so much I am putting it here. Watch it or not, but it is part of an increasingly disturbing trend of censoring one particular side of public discourse which, by the way, is ACTUALLY unconstitutional (try read the Constitution sometime – it will enlighten you amazingly).
As Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor said:
“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”
So, all you who would silence and/or change…
…do you think YOU will be spared and safe when the totalitarians are finally in complete control and all Constitutional rights are suspended (which is what is necessary to get rid of those aforementioned)? I don’t have to be a prophet to tell you that YOU WILL NOT.
But by then these people, these who even defend YOUR freedom of speech to
will be finally silenced by one means or another (or gone), and there will be none left to defend YOU.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, and
“They told me so…”
will be your epitaph.
Oh, the video that got me going on this:
Now, back to my usual stuff.
06 Dec 2013 1 Comment
in Environment, Interesting stuff, Science, Weather Tags: alternative views of global warming, carbon dioxide, CO2 emissions, CO2 role, Global warming, greenhouse gasses, Will Reducing Carbon Dioxide Solve Global Warming?
I’m an old-school skeptic of following the crowd and accepting popular trends without challenge (I ain’t no stupid lemming), and truly “open minds” don’t go one way. It’s supposed to be about the FACTS, ma’am/man. Anyhow, when I saw this article I figured it was worth sharing. Food for thought. BTW, footnote 2 has an interesting 19 page technical summary)
Recently, scientists projected that even very drastic reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will do very little to slow atmospheric CO2 buildup, and therefore global warming. Nevertheless, the authors of a recent paper in Environmental Research Letters recommended that these drastic reductions should take place now, and that even more CO2 emission restrictions should be mandated in the future.1
The researchers cited the results of the International Panel on Climate Change 2007 report that claimed man-made chemicals are to blame for global warming: “The dominant factor in the radiative forcing of climate in the industrial era is the increasing concentration of various greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”2 Positive “radiative forcing” refers to an increase in global temperature and is typically measured in watts of energy per square meter of land. The same report stated—and our popular culture has repeated it as fact—that the specific greenhouse gas CO2 is a major cause of global warming.3
Many climatologists, including Dr. Larry Vardiman, disagree about the role of CO2 in this respect. They have found that the observed increase in CO2 (whether produced by human activity or not) is not causing global warming, but is perhaps caused by it!4 Dr. Vardiman was featured in a video presentation in which he referenced a graph showing that the fluctuations in atmospheric CO2 follow after corresponding fluctuations in atmospheric temperature.5
In addition, “the detailed temperature record since 1850 shows a temperature decline between 1940 and 1970 [a time when massive amounts of industrial CO2 were entering the atmosphere], which flies in the face of the explanation that a continuous exponential increase in carbon dioxide causes global warming.”4 Dr. Vardiman has also demonstrated the remarkably close overlaps of temperature to sunspots, indicating that solar cycles are more likely the cause of global warming.6
If CO2 is not responsible and global warming is due to processes that are outside mankind’s control, then the tremendous efforts that governments and individuals worldwide are making to fight it will amount to chasing after the wind.
* Mr. Thomas is Science Writer.
Article posted on November 7, 2008.
02 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
29 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
in Environment, Interesting stuff, Minor rant, Science, Science, Weather Tags: adiabatic conditions, adiabatic effect, adiabatic process, chem trails, con trails, condensation trails, conspiracy theories, how chem trails are formed, how con trails are formed, pseudoscience
We all see those clouds that form behind aircraft flying way up in the sky, but what are they and why/how do they form? Well, to begin with they are properly known as condensation trails, or “con trails,” NOT “Chem trails,” as they are incorrectly called by those susceptible to conspiracy theories. Trust me, there are enough real, documented conspiracies that there is no need to invent that kind of unscientific mythology. But on to the science, the facts.
My daughter is studying meteorology, and I asked her to ask her prof to explain the mechanics of the formation of “con trails,” but she sort of didn’t understand it well enough to explain it to me later…sigh. Shortly after, I was later helping out in a homeschool science class, and in the course of the experiment I had an epiphany and I got it(!) even though it wasn’t directly identifying this as an example of the adiabatic (ād’ē-ə-bāt’ĭk) process, which is most simply identified this way:
…When a gas is compressed under adiabatic conditions, its pressure increases and its temperature rises without the gain or loss of any heat. Conversely, when a gas expands under adiabatic conditions, its pressure and temperature both decrease without the gain or loss of heat. The adiabatic cooling of air as it rises in the atmosphere is the main cause of cloud formation. [The bolded bits are important.]
[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/adiabatic?s=t <------ this link also has the correct pronunciation]
In short: as the is aircraft flying, air is compressed and heated up going into/through the engine, then as it comes out the back end it decompresses, cools and condenses on the fine particles in the air, forming con trail clouds – ta da!
IMPORTANT: When there is little moisture up there and/or there is a strong high pressure system the clouds evaporate quickly; it’s that easy.
Here’s a really cool video demonstrating the effect. Actually watch it; it is very short and entertaining and makes it all so easy to understand.
29 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
I have lots of beefs with Google, but I have to give credit where it is due. Watch this moving ad for “Google India.” Never mind that it is not in English, just read the captions. Oh, and have a tissue ready by the end.
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