Thursday, December 15, 2005

Google

Google added "modules" to thier personalized homepage (aka iGoogle). It should be interesting to see what people come up with.  Presumabely it will follow a similiar cycle to GDS's plugins which took a long time to get started (probably google making sure they weren't viruses) then flourished.

Read more at www.google.com/ig

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Templeton Prize

03.17.2005 - Charles Townes awarded $1.5-million Templeton Prize: "Professor in the Graduate School and Nobel laureate Charles H. Townes has been awarded the 2005 Templeton Prize, which honors and encourages those who advance knowledge in spiritual matters."

I thought i'd share this with the nobody who reads my blog. it was in our local paper (not this exact article but the general idea) He's a physicist and he won a prize for advancing spritual knowledge....can you say "Dan Brown"?

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Orthodontics

AARGH I have a rubber band across the front of my mouth, diagonally from (my) upper right to lower left. Its DRIVING ME CRAZY. I cant articulate anything. And now Wardlaw is saying that we'd be LUCKY to get them off before August, while two weeks ago he said they'd DEFINITELY be off by June. What a LOSER!

Sunday, March 20, 2005

semifinalist in ASMSA application process.

I was accepted into ASMSA as a semifinalist. I have to go in for interviews and placement tests on the weekend of Apr 2 (the Day of the Answer (the answer to life the universe and everything, from hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, is 42. The date for that day is 4/2)) Anyway, wish me luck!

IBM lets Millipede storage out for a stroll | Tech News on ZDNet

IBM lets Millipede storage out for a stroll | Tech News on ZDNet: "HANNOVER, Germany--IBM tantalized chip aficionados at CeBit here last week with a storage device that it says can achieve data densities of more than 1 terabit per square inch."

There is no mention of cost as usual. Of course, any estimate they make would probably be waay off. I have a 1GB card for my pocket PC...could you imagine, 1000 GB!?!

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Global Warming?

This article is from physorg.com. The italicized text is my commentary. Unless otherwise hyperlinked, data comes from State of Fear.

Even if all greenhouse gases had been stabilized in the year 2000, we would still be committed to a warmer Earth and greater sea level rise in the present century, according to a new study by a team of climate modelers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The findings are published in this week's issue of the journal Science. *cough* science? this should be in a magazine called "crystal gazing"
The modeling study quantifies the relative rates of sea level rise and global temperature increase that we are already committed to in the 21st century. Even if no more greenhouse gases were added to the atmosphere, globally averaged surface air temperatures would rise about a half degree Celsius (one degree Fahrenheit) and global sea levels would rise another 11 centimeters (4 inches) from thermal expansion alone by 2100.
A 'model.' Thats what we use to predict a week's worth of weather, not a century's worth. These models vary by 400% and the most commonly accepted model and one of the first to have results compared with it was proven to be too high by 300%. This is not science. this is taking unreliable data and puting it through an unreliable computer program and finding some nice number.

"Many people don’t realize we are committed right now to a significant amount of global warming and sea level rise because of the greenhouse gases we have already put into the atmosphere," us and the cows says lead author Gerald Meehl. "Even if we stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations, the climate will continue to warm oh, you mean like it has been since fifty years before industry began really addding CO2 to the atmosphere?, and there will be proportionately even more sea level rise. more than nothing isnt difficult The longer we wait, the more climate change we are committed to in the future." Yep, its a recorded fact: climates change. what a concept. it happens whether we like it or not. I dont know if anyone noticed or not, but Earth's climate is actually in a relatively stable period. We've had ice ages, tropical climates...its all settled down now.

The half-degree temperature rise is similar to that observed at the end of the 20th century, *imitates being shocked* a half degree! actually, the average global rise was .11 degrees C but the projected sea level rise is more than twice the 3-inch (5-centimeter) rise that occurred during the latter half of the previous century. *ahem* there has been no rise. none. the data supports no rise at all (this isnt the only source. Google found several) These numbers do not take into account fresh water from melting ice sheets and glaciers, which could at least double the sea level rise caused by thermal expansion alone. wow that must require talent, measuring only temperature induced rises and just leaving out the other rises. Oh thats right, this is all based on a model...

The North Atlantic thermohaline circulation, which currently warms Europe by transporting heat from the tropics, weakens in the models. Even so, Europe heats up with the rest of the planet because of the overwhelming effect of greenhouse gases. overwhelming .11 degrees C in the last century. Right. And fyi, we're going into a mini ice age...

Though temperature rise shows signs of leveling off 100 years after stabilization in the study, ocean waters continue to warm and expand, causing global sea level to rise unabated. still not a single reference or any hard data

The paper concludes with a cogent statement by Meehl: "With the ongoing increase in concentrations of GHGs [greenhouse gases], every day we commit to more climate change in the future. When and how we stabilize concentrations will dictate, on the time scale of a century or so, how much more warming we will experience. But we are already committed to ongoing large sea level rise, even if concentrations of GHGs could be stabilized." Lets talk about ghgs. a 30% rise in co2 in the last hundred years. WOW thats really big right? wrong. co2 makes up less than 0.03% of the atmosphere anyway.

The inevitability of the climate changes described in the study is the result of thermal inertia, mainly from the oceans, and the long lifetime of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Thermal inertia refers to the process by which water heats and cools more slowly than air because it is denser than air. so which is it, thermal inertia or ghgs or heat island effect or el nino...?

The new study is the first to quantify future committed climate change using "coupled" global three-dimensional climate models. Coupled models link major components of Earth's climate in ways that allow them to interact with each other. Meehl and his NCAR colleagues ran the same scenario a number of times and averaged the results to create ensemble simulations from each of two global climate models. Then they compared the results from each model. so you run the model several times and average the results? the models arent agreeing anyway? boy that sure is sound scientific reasoning. Besides the whole concept of coupling models: take rough numbers and put them into a rough model, get BAD numbers, put them into another rough model, then selectively average them until they sound like people'd be scared.

The scientists also compared possible climate scenarios in the two models during the 21st century in which greenhouse gases continue to build in the atmosphere at low, moderate, or high rates. The worst-case scenario projects an average temperature rise of 3.5°C (6.3°F) and sea level rise from thermal expansion of 30 centimeters (12 inches) by 2100. All scenarios analyzed in the study will be assessed by international teams of scientists for the next report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, due out in 2007. MODELS!

The NCAR team used the Parallel Climate Model (PCM), developed by NCAR and the Department of Energy, and the new Community Climate System Model (Version 3). The CCSM3 was developed at NCAR with input from university and federal climate scientists around the country and principal funding from the National Science Foundation (NCAR’s primary sponsor) and the Department of Energy. The CCSM3 shows slightly higher temperature rise and sea level rise from thermal expansion and greater weakening of the thermohaline circulation in the North Atlantic. Otherwise, the results from the two models are similar. The models were run on supercomputers at NCAR and several DOE labs and on the Earth Simulator in Japan. not a single credited source of actual input supporting global warming. Not a SINGLE ONE. this article has absolutely no backing. no proof that global warming is even occuring. they are simply throwing numbers around.
*sinks slowly into chair* ahhhh. Just got back from lunch. It was very good. And now I've got thirty minutes to digest and blog before I have to go outside. I haven't blogged in a while mainly because I don't think anyone is reading it. But I'll keep trying I guess. The main hitchhiker movie site is FINALLY up. It took forever with that cruddy site and trailer, but its done. Movie websites always have a weird flash interface. Anyway its got two screensavers and two (new) wallpapers. There are a lot of "coming soon"s but at least its up.

Google has been blogging very dedicatedly (unlike me). They've blogged almost every weekday for a while. And several posts were about new services. Its truly astounding. I read here that Google is hiring 25 people a week and already has over 2700 employees, 900 of whom are 'techies.'

And ASMSA (Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts) accepted me into the semifinalists! Interviews are the first weekend in April. Wish me luck!



You Have A Type A- Personality
A-
You are one of the most balanced people around
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want
You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.

When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back
Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both worlds

Monday, March 14, 2005

HAPPY PI DAY!

Hope everyone has a wonderful pi day! Eat lots of pi*e
--
Caleb
"I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that
here and there." --Richard Feynman

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Redundancy in the school system

It makes me so mad! We are learning Mendelian genetics for the third time. Health and Safety is the exact same course we had in eighth grade except more mind numbing and containing more ambient drugs in the atmosphere. In English, we went over methods of writing a rough draft, you know, like we've been doing since second grade or so? In math, we are doing exponential equations same as we did in sixth or seventh grade and again in eighth. History is the same as it was last two years but that's to be expected for something like history I suppose...

Google maps

If you havent seen it yet, you are missing out. Its very cool and was just released today. Google Maps its way cool. No ads, it calculates directions, integrates google local search, etc. and when you click on the thumbtack looking things you get an address and link to the results that had the address in a callout and both the thumbtack and the callout have a shadow! its so cool.