February 26th, 2015

#4597: Answering a point NO ONE IS MAKING

In defense of, what else, anthropogenic global warming.

"News flash," the headline snarks, "the greenhouse effect really exists."

The thing is, NO ONE denies that the greenhouse effect is real, just the same way NO ONE denies that the Earth's climate is changing. The people who want to argue that AGW is real and happening now, however, purposely misunderstand the counter-argument, because otherwise their entire worldview is endangered.

Obviously the greenhouse effect exists and is real, because as the article says, otherwise Earth would be an ice planet. No one is arguing that the greenhouse effect does not exist. What we are arguing is how much effect human activity has on it. Which, so far, appears to approximate zero.


Still, it seems worth noting that the continued increase in greenhouse energy retention measured during this time coincides with a period where the Earth's surface temperatures did not change dramatically. All that energy must have been going somewhere.
Where, pray tell, is it going, then? It's not going into the oceans, and it's not going into the air, and if there's no warming how can you say that there must be warming?

What's that, you say? "We don't really understand the atmosphere all that well?"

Then how, pray tell, can you say that "the science is settled" when it so clearly IS NOT?

#4598: Need to experience the physics around black holes firsthand?

Interstellar black hole Simulator. Makes Pale Moon and Internet Explorer cough up dicks, but for me it worked in Chrome. Pretty nifty, though 1x1 rendering gave me a 16 FPS frame rate. 2x2 was more reasonable.

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Had a reasonable day at work, for a change, where I wasn't being berated either by coworkers or customers--a rare day indeed--though I'm still not looking forward to tomorrow's 8-hour shift even if it does include a lunch break.

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Got up early this afternoon and blew down the driveway before work. Looks like about 3-4 inches' worth of global warming fell on us--not too bad. The snow blower started on the first pull, and had little trouble with the stuff, mainly because the snow we got was very fluffy powder. It took me about fifteen minutes to clear the driveway.

More snow predicted for Sunday. Well, that's next month. Whee!

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During my last hour of work tonight, client issues consisted of exactly one phone call, so I looked up a few things on YouTube and ended up watching go kart wrecks, and then demolition derby videos. WTF.

#4599: Chester Arthur owned 80 pairs of pants.

...so last night Mrs. Fungus read that factoid from a Snapple cap, and asked me how often he would have to change his pants to wear them all in a day.

18 minutes.

That resulted in the following riff:
Aide: Mr. Vice President, I've got bad news. President Garfield has been assassinated! W're going to have to swear you in right away.

Chester A. Arthur: Good God, we must move at once. Let me change my pants.

time passes

Judge: So repeat after me. I, Chester Arthur, do solemnly swear....

CAA: I, Chester Arthur, do solemnly swear...you know, wait just a moment. I have to go change my pants.

Judge: But...Mr. Vice President, this won't take long--

CAA: No, I've got to change them now. It's been almost 18 minutes since I last changed them!
Aide: Mr. President, here's today's schedule. Ten AM, meeting with Boy Scouts. 10:18, change pants. 10:19, continue meeting with Boy Scouts.

CAA: Understood.

Aide: 10:36, change pants.
Of course, if we assume that he slept for 8 hours, then he'd actually have to change pants every twelve minutes in order to get through 80 pairs in one day. But who's counting?