Scripturient: The ignorati rise

Chapman University recently published the results of a depressing, but hardly surprising, survey that shows American believe in codswallop continue to rise. Not political codswallop – this is the supernatural, paranormal, wingnut type.  And the numbers are huge. Or yuge as the ignorati-in-chief would say. The article notes, “nearly three-fourths of Americans do believe in ...

Scripturient: The dogshit dilemma

We have a problem with dogshit. Well, all municipalities do, of course, but ours is increasingly evident: it’s everywhere. And with the growing popularity of pets and our growing population, it’s becoming worse.* How do we deal with it? We pick it up, of course, as we dispose of it in our own garbage bins ...

Dead Wild Roses: Is Reality Real- The Simulation Argument

It might explain what is happening in the US, if our alien observers accidentally split the stupid sauce on the hard drive… Filed under: Science Tagged: Philosophy, Reality, Science

PostArctica: Dissolving Clouds

Came across this and began to wonder… If I could do it too… So today I dissolved some clouds using only the powers of my mind. It took longer than I thought it would.  

Dead Wild Roses: Northern Lights – Pictures over Norway

Auroral Corona over Norway : Higher than the highest mountain lies the realm of the aurora. Auroras rarely reach below 60 kilometers, and can range up to 1000 kilometers. Aurora light results from energetic electrons and protons striking atoms and molecules in the Earths atmosphere. Somewhat uncommon, an auroral corona appears as a center point ...

Scripturient: Forty years of geekitude

It was forty years ago this fall, in 1977, that I bought my first computer. I had little experience with computers prior to that – a few weeks working after hours on an APL system at the U of T, mostly to play games against the machine, reading a few magazine articles on the coming ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Information Paradox – Black Holes

Break your brain on the implications of black holes and our reality. Filed under: Science Tagged: Black Holes, Science

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign. – Evidence for Democracy has released the candidates’ responses to its questions about science in Canada. And Canadian Dimension offers replies on key issues facing Canada’s left, while Drew Brown suggests that the leadership campaign should be focusing on bringing the NDP closer toward the successes of ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Eclipse from Regina, SK

The eclipse today was visible from Regina, but not the totality available to Americans in many states. My new Canon SX540 HS did a good job with a pair of solar eclipse filter glasses taped over the lens. The sunspot chain was very sharp and visible at 200X digital zoom, 80ISO. I made a projector ...

Dead Wild Roses: Will Batteries Power The World? | The Limits Of Lithium-ion – Minute Physics

Moar Science. 🙂 Filed under: Science Tagged: Batteries, Ion, Lithium, Minute Physics, Science

Dead Wild Roses: You Can’t Have Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet – Paul Gilding Remix

Seems obvious, no? Watch a well put together seven minute essay on why we need to change, and the sooner the better.   Filed under: Science Tagged: Paul Gilding, Science, Sustainable Future

Dead Wild Roses: Why Mars is so darn hard to land on – Minute Physics

Nothing like being in the sweet spot for the necessity of complex landing procedures. Filed under: Science Tagged: Mars Landing, Science

Dead Wild Roses: The Physics of Curling

Filed under: Science Tagged: Curling, Physics

Dead Wild Roses: Minute Physics – Why is the Solar System Flat?

Filed under: Science Tagged: Minute Physics, Science

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Roman Concrete

I remember some about this story a few years ago.  I don’t think the formula for the Roman mix was well understood at that time. Portland Cement doesn’t cut it. Glad they made this breakthrough, it should help build more durable structures.  

Dead Wild Roses: The Archer’s Paradox – Smarter Everyday

I’ve only shot a bow a couple of times, but I do remember that hitting anything consistently was quite challenging.  Physics, and of course long hours of practice come to the rescue. Filed under: Science Tagged: Archer’s Paradox, Physics, Smarter Everyday

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Alan Freeman discusses the real costs of ideologically-driven deregulation: The idea that “the market” will root out bad actors in any industry and that regulations are just a hindrance to economic vitality is a dangerous concept. Companies, like individuals, will do what they can get with. If there ...

Dead Wild Roses: White Dwarfs – The Last Refuge Before the Universe Dies

Relax, this won’t affect you, but its interesting none the less. 🙂 Filed under: Science Tagged: Astronomy, White Dwarfs

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ritz: More Dense Than A Gas

Saskatchewan has a lot of ignoble MPs, but Ritz took the cake this past week. He’s helping to spread nonsense that is solidly a line from anti-science climate change deniers. @GerryRitzMP @davidakin Carbon is the building block of all known life. Carbon is contained is more poisons than can be listed here. Did you mean ...

Views from the Beltline: You can’t educate Republicans on global warming

Many progressives believe that if the public were better informed about the science behind climate change, people would be more inclined to accept the reality of anthropogenic global warming. A U.S. survey by the Pew Research Center suggests that’s only true for some people. Climate scientists tell us that global warming will result in phenomena ...

Dead Wild Roses: Female Erasure – Vera Rubin – Astrophysicist Who Discovered Dark Matter.

Yep, still waiting for the chorus of enraged ‘egalitarian’ voices to protest this (continuing) oversight. http://tehbewilderness.tumblr.com/post/155051414744/the-future-now-vera-rubin-the-woman-who Filed under: Feminism, History, Science Tagged: Astrophysics, Female Erasure, History, Institutional Sexism, Nobel Prize Bullshittery, Patriarchy, Radical Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: Efficiently Grinding the Precariate – Scheduling Efficiencies – Weapons of Math Destruction

     I’m currently reading a book called Weapons of Math Destruction, inside Cathy O’Neil details how ‘Big Data’ (via the use of opaque algorithms) is increasing inequality and threatening democracy in the industrialized world. About half-way done and the sad word of the day that I’ve learned from the book is this – This untidy ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Ben Tarnoff discusses the two winners – and the many losers – created by the spread of neoliberalism: Neoliberalism can mean many things, including an economic program, a political project, and a phase of capitalism dating from the 1970s. At its root, however, neoliberalism is the idea ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Miles Corak offers a must-read paper on the two stories most often told about inequality in Canada, reaching this conclusion on the recent accumulation of wealth at the top of the income spectrum and the readily observable inequality of opportunity based on the inheritance of social and economic ...

Dead Wild Roses: Larry Strangelove or How Lurking in a Haunted House Helped Alleviate My Existential Angst and Fear of Death

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” -Mark Twain, maybe I like this quote and I envy its author. It is rational, clear headed, and it makes all kinds of sense. Earlier this year ...