Climategate has already affected Russia. On Tuesday, the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data.Emphasis is theirs.
The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory. Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country’s territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports. Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations.
If this is proven--if we find independant corroboration of this--it'll blow the doors, wheels, springs, and fenders right off the entire AGW bandwagon.
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I sat down with the first Dresden Files book--Storm Front--and finished it at one sitting. I told you 'way back in 2007 that these books are good. Go buy them and read them, damn it. It's the only way to make sure that Butcher keeps writing them.
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I'm not sure why I hesitate to delve into the whole Haruhi Suzumiya thing. The book sits on my desk right now, and I'm not too enthused about reading it, even though I bought it.
I think it's partly because I'm worried: every time there has been a major anime/manga/whatev sensation to come out of Japan, and every time I've tried it--every time--I have hated it.
Looking at all the big titles I don't see a-one which appeals to me. Akira was the first big thing to leave me cold; Evangelion was the second.
I've discussed my feelings on Evangelion before; so that leaves Akira, and let me tell you: it wasn't very good. And in fact it failed for many of the same reasons Evangelion failed.
The biggest problem with Akira was that I didn't give a rat's ass about what happened to any of the characters. I didn't like any of them. (Same as Eva. Check.)
The story started out sensible, and then devolved into nonsense. (Same as Eva. Check.)
Nothing was ever explained. Akira was a bit better than Eva in this respect, as we had at least a partial piece of an explanation for WTF was going on, and why.
Akira's big selling point was the artwork; the characters' mouths were actually synchronized to the words they spoke, something which had not been done before in anime (and which has not been done on such a scale since). Otomo's direction also changed how night scenes are depicted in anime.
But that's not enough. Kazuo Koike--founder of Gekiga Sonjuku, the manga school which trained Rumiko Takahashi--insisted that the characters carry the story; and he's right. If the audience doesn't like your characters, it doesn't matter how good the story is or how cool the special effects are.
...unless your audience is mouth-breathing fanboys, of course.
So I'm worried about Haruhi Suzumiya sucking ass. I know plenty of people who read this will say, "It was great!" but that doesn't mean I'll like it. Hopefully Tanigawa doesn't have a problem with generating likable characters.
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Since I've been diving into the Dresden Files books of late, I haven't been playing as much WoW, for which my wrists thank me.