April 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm #7041
While waiting for extinction, exams, death, the tax returnApril 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm #7076
April 29, 2013 at 12:11 am #7223May 1, 2013 at 3:53 am #7253
Steve Cutts – In the fall
Steve Cutts – Prometheus – Space Jockey Blues
me, too, yeah, yeahMay 1, 2013 at 3:58 am #7254
Charlie, when I try to studyMay 1, 2013 at 5:32 am #7255May 1, 2013 at 5:56 am #7256
Not a photo I’d normally post, but there is something so innocent and endearing about this :-). Wonder how the reverend got through the liturgy…May 7, 2013 at 5:41 pm #7309May 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm #7315May 17, 2013 at 8:47 am #7377
is this “littoral”? “shore”? not a “beach” for sure. cannot find a good translation for the norwegian “fjære”.
Same thing with “svaberg”, the smooth, polished rocks out by the sea. Isn’t there are more specific word in English than “rocks”May 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm #7378May 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm #7380
Wonderful comment from Mike k on NBL:
mike k Says:
May 17th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
Although the ultimate demise of all humanity will probably occur some day,
with regard to NTE, I am reminded of Nietzsche’s dictum that there are no facts, but only interpretations. As knowledge has moved to ever deeper levels, uncertainty and ambiguity have increasingly replaced the naïve hubris that underlay our supposed certainties. It would be wise in my opinion to extend this caution into areas such as the fate of the world, which is a hugely complex and as yet poorly understood question. To make a sense of certainty about NTE an important basis for planning one’s life seems to me a very poor decision based on unclear foundations. Many are easily persuaded by a few graphs and measurements and projections that seem to have the cachet of “Science”. Perhaps such persons might look at the spotty record of scientists in foretelling complex future events. People under the spell of premature belief in various apocalyptic scenarios have been led to make very poor decisions throughout history. Throwing in the towel on possibly worthwhile projects has often been due to such delusions. I am amazed how people who seem in every other respect to show intelligence and discernment throw these to the winds when caught up in some current apocalyptic fantasy; abandoning a sane, hopeful, compassionate worldview for a depressing dead-end surrender to a question mark that they have mistakenly turned into a period.May 18, 2013 at 8:21 am #7382
Completely beyond me that you say that comment represents sanity, Mari, other than you wish to provoke an argument to get attention.
The person is hopelessly confused, as are you, if you agree with him.
For example : It would be wise in my opinion to extend this caution into areas such as the fate of the world,
Yes. It would be wise. It would have been wise not to change the whole chemistry of the atmosphere without having any idea what the result might be.
Fools and idiots, such as him and most of the public, who fall for the propaganda from the oil companies, including YOU, that there has been ‘cooling for 15 years’ and similar crap, are going to have to face a most horrible shock.This is the graph that matters. Not 15 years. This is climate. It’s long term, slow change, but once it starts to move, there’s nothing we can do.
But this is ONLY Land Surface temperatures. The actual global warming has been much, much more than that. That’s because MOST of it has gone into the oceans. And much has gone into melting ice. It takes a LOT of heat to melt ice.
Once the oceans stop, for one reason or another, taking up so much heat, and there is less ice to melt, then the rate of land warming will speed up.
Graph shows the rise in average world land temperature globe is approximately 1.5 degrees Celsius in the past 250 years, and about 0.9 degrees Celsius in the past 50 years.
I know you don’t understand statistics and how they work. It’s obvious that the commenter is even more clueless. It’s easy to abuse statistics. You can fiddle them to show anything you want. The integrity of the statistician matters.
That said, scientists have been modeling climate and trying to figure out where this trend is going for many years. They’ve usually been wrong. But they’ve usually been wrong in a BAD way, because the results in the REAL world have been much WORSE than they expected.
IF the methane spike happens, as seems very possible, that graph gets us to FIVE degrees C by around 2030.
That is SEVENTEEN years from today. Five degrees C is not survivable. Certainly not survivable by civilisation, possibly not even survivable by humans at all, except for a few scattered pockets in exceptional areas.
Now, YOU and that clown, and everyone else, can be smug and laugh and make scornful remarks at my foolish apocalyptic doom-mongering. Well, FUCK YOU ALL. I don’t care either way. If you are all too ignorant and too complacent to see what is staring you in the face, that’s your prerogative.
The methane spike might be equivalent to ALL of the CO2 warming that has happened so far, times 3 or so, all happening at once, over the next decade. After that, the methane MIGHT get used up and the effect drops off. Or it might not. Doesn’t really matter, because by then nobody will care.
THAT IS ONLY ONE OF THE FEEDBACKS. According to Lovelock and Wasdell, the open water of the Arctic Ocean in summer, will be contributing about the same amount of additional heat, which previously got reflected into space.
Nothing like this has happened in Earth’s geological history. This speed of change.
This is a far greatest emergency that has ever been faced by the human species. And all you STUPID FUCKS CAN DO IS SMIRK, and make idiotic self-satisfied remarks about how sane you are and how its all a matter of interpretation.
Pathetic, blind, stupid, moronic, irresponsible, reckless, childish, idiots. Doesn’t matter. There is nothing you can do about it is there. Other than to crash civilisation and the global economy, and none of you want to do that. So you may as well carry on as you are and find out what happens when you hit the concrete.
Splat.May 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm #7424
Larry in the coffee bar
June 3, 2013 at 6:39 am #7485June 3, 2013 at 8:29 am #7486
Norwegians call Erdogan a diktator 😉June 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm #7488
Wadmal (Old Norse vaðmál) is a coarse, dense, usually undyed wool fabric woven in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, and the Orkney, Faroe and Shetland Islands from the Middle Ages into the 18th century (wiki)
Norwegian: vadmel, vømmøl
Vømmøl festival (with the above Vømmøl parade)
Vømmøl spellemannslag (Vømmøl troubadour team) – SawmilltuneJune 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm #7522
Norwegians shooting a ship with missiles…
Quite funny really. Then they tow it back to land ? There shouldn’t be anything LEFT to tow…
Whose ships are they going to shoot, the Russians, the Americans, the Chinese, the Swedes ?
Seems like toys for boys to me, making a mess, wasting money.August 5, 2013 at 12:46 am #8070August 7, 2013 at 11:41 pm #8127
LeonsBuddyDave posted last week: “Found out last night that for months, angry customers have been tweeting at my fake parody airline account, United Airlanes, to bitch about their experiences with United Airlines. God has given me a great, beautiful funnel through which angry people flow in the worst possible mood.”March 26, 2014 at 12:21 am #11812
Seamus Heanley reads Death of a naturalistMay 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm #12713
Fun youtube channel: Numberphile
Problems with ZeroMay 15, 2014 at 7:29 am #12782
I have a sick sense of humour, and the acting is great 🙂
Mistake No. 1–Lack of Structure: The most common mistake made by inexperienced couples therapists is providing too little structure for the sessions. These therapists let spouses interrupt each other and talk over each other. They watch and observe as spouses speak for each other and read each other’s minds, making attacks and counterattacks. Sessions generate a lot of energetic conversation, but little learning or change. The partners simply reproduce their familiar patterns in the office. The therapist may end the session with something blandly reassuring like, “Well, we’ve gotten a number of the issues on the table,” but the couple leaves demoralized.
Screenwriters are onto this fundamental clinical mistake. In the movie The Ref, Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis are a warring couple in a therapist’s office. At one point, they turn to the therapist, almost pleading for him to intervene in their bickering. He says reflexively, “What I can say is that communication is good.” Later, he adds, “I’m not here to give advice or to take sides,” whereupon Davis shoots back, “Then what good are you anyway?” When the therapist loses control completely and begs the couple to lower their voices, they shout back, “Fuck you!” in unison–the first time they’ve agreed on anything in the session.
http://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/magazine/populartopics/couples/475-bad-couples-therapyMay 15, 2014 at 7:41 am #12783
And then it’s Dag Refsnes, couples therapist (click captions for subtitles)June 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm #13528June 24, 2014 at 1:32 am #13646
Every kind of culture in this country is dedicated to self-improvement. Why do some people go to the opera or the symphony? Only a small fraction of the audience goes to the symphony to enjoy it. The rest go to be seen there and to see themselves there because that is culture, that is doing what is good for you. Take jogging, that deplorable practice. It is a very nice thing to run and go dancing across the hills at a fast speed, but we see these joggers shaking their bones, rattling their brains, and running on their heels. There is a grimness about it because it is so determinedly good for you. Why do you go to school? There is only one reason for going to school, and that is because someone there has something that you want to find out. The whole point of going to school is that you are interested in something. You do not go to improve yourself, but the trouble is that the schools have the wrong idea; they give people honors for learning. The reward for studying French should be the ability to speak French, to enjoy reading French, and to have fun with French people. But when you get a degree for it, then the degree becomes the point in a game of one-upmanship.June 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm #13651June 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm #13739June 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm #13742July 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm #13836
My father just told me this one:
A Sami had been caught drunk driving, and was at the police station in Hammerfest. The police officer told him he would have to give up his driver licence for a month. The Sami got upset because he was a reindeer herder and needed his car for work. So he explained and begged several times to get to keep the licence. But the police man was rigid and insisted on the rule of law. Eventually the Sami realized the pleads met closed ears and handed over the licence. With a message in angry singing sami accent: “I tell you something. I know two horsecocks in Hammerfest, and you are both of them!”
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