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Took both the math and chemistry finals today (May 2nd), and the chemistry final was graded quickly and results posted. I guess my brain isn't as rusty as I thought it was... I got a 90 on it! My average for the class is 88.9, so close to an A I can smell it... My psych class average is 89.65, even closer to that elusive A...

What makes this all special is that May 2nd last year is the day his brain tumors showed themselves and turned my world upside down.


Congratulations Laura! You are an inspiring example of character and determination. A lot of people never bounce back from the tragic set of circumstances you endured, I don't know if I could. God Bless you! Those grades look like "A's" to me!!



May 03, 2013 at 01:30 PM
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If Global Warming is such a certainty, why did one of the leading universities in the cause, and it's scientists feel the necessity to falsify reams of data to support it's existence. I am not saying it does or does not exist. Seems to me that "climate change" is what climate does, and while climate is bigger than Kansas, the history of "climate is also bigger than 20 or 30 years, and it has had many trends over the last couple of million years. Certainly we should be good stewards of the environment God has blessed us with, and in many areas we are not living up to that, but a logical, rational approach that doesn't propel us into a very expensive version of the dark ages might make sense. The mandated "curly" light bulbs are a great example, as are the (albeit more benign) mandated water saving potties ...that need to be flushed multiple times! They save a lot of electricity, but there's that thing about having to call a hazmat team when you drop one at home, and where are they being disposed of/with what environmental effect?

But, once again, this is all part and parcel of left/right politics, which is becoming more and more polarized (if that's even possible) and reason has nothing at all to do with either belief system at their extremes. Power, greed and hubris are present in large quantities in the top levels of the right and the left, the proponents of each are just willing to turn a blind eye to their parties versions of it in pursuit of their particular agenda. Twas forever thus and, unfortunately it will likely forever be.

I hope that is enough of an egalitarian assessment to keep me out of the dog house, don't know how anyone could argue differently, unless they want to falsify evidence and rewrite history.......and who would ever do a thing like that?!



May 03, 2013 at 01:52 PM
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NightOwl Cat wrote:
Took both the math and chemistry finals today (May 2nd), and the chemistry final was graded quickly and results posted. I guess my brain isn't as rusty as I thought it was... I got a 90 on it! My average for the class is 88.9, so close to an A I can smell it... My psych class average is 89.65, even closer to that elusive A...

What makes this all special is that May 2nd last year is the day his brain tumors showed themselves and turned my world upside down.


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More road trip fun again...there's not much snow left up here...but I saw some and welllllll, since it's a jeep I had to go drive in to it.


I found snow by Steven Szabo, on Flickr



May 03, 2013 at 02:36 PM
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This long post is about my views on climate change. Feel free to skip everything below the line... it's not intended to respond to Jim or anyone else: I encourage everyone to question all the evidence and make up their own mind. This is just a couple of comments I want to make on the subject, based on my own beliefs and convictions after years of reading everything I can get my hands on about the issue (both for and against).

The only thing that I want to keep above the line, so that hopefully everyone reads it, is this: the conversation about climate change must be science-based. Our individual biases, political or otherwise, should enter the conversation when we discuss responses to it... but the science of what is or is not happening, and what is or is not causing, should be kept as objective, data-driven, and free from bias as possible. I've seen flat-out lies and forgeries from people on all sides of this issue, and all that says to me is that there are liars among us, and people who will sacrifice integrity for fame, fortune, or power... it does not change the issue nor should it influence us. Discard those who are known to lie, and look for better evidence.

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Now for the long part...

From everything I see, 99.99% of the scientific community worldwide agrees that climate change is real and is happening right now. Having some tiny number of people genuinely convinced of the opposite view does not constitute a "real debate" IMHO. Yes, there is a small number of scientists whose research leads them to believe that humans are not able to influence climate change. I think they're wrong. Or, if you want to look at it a different way, I'd say that this means we have a 99.99% probability of "yes" and a 0.01% probability of "no". Same thing, really.

I am utterly and completely convinced that human-influenced climate change is absolutely real and already happening. (Is that definitive enough? ) The natural cycles of Earth's climate may also be a factor... but are we humans changing our climate's equilibrium? You bet... I'll put every dollar I have on that bet. We are pushing the Earth away from the equilibrium point, and the next equilibrium point will be significantly warmer because the preponderance of what we're doing to the climate pushes toward hotter temperatures.

But the fact that we're pushing toward a hotter equilibrium does not mean everything will get steadily warmer. Any natural system of discrete variables "wobbles" when pushed away from equilibrium: you get some warmer instances and some colder instances, but most importantly you get more frequent cases of extreme weather and gradually greater deviations from the mean as the system "wobbles" more and more unsteadily. Throughout this wobbling, the average (mean) temperature will gradually get warmer, but not by much. That's where we are today and where we'll likely be for the entire 21st century.

And therein lies the problem: some day, who knows when, the system will -- not might, will wobble a bit too far to come back, and then it'll tip over and find itself a new point of equilibrium. At that point, things are going to get really bad for us. The Earth will survive... but we may not. And until we reach that tipping point, maybe in 2100 or 2200 but maybe also in 2050, there will be no burning bush nor fiery skies to herald imminent danger.

We must change. We must. Or our grandchildren will pay a very heavy price for our negligence and greed. We are gambling with the survival of our species and I do not want to make that bet.

We must change. However, that change need not be a negative. As more and more people come to realize that this is all true and is really happening, the world will both need and want better solutions. Someone will develop new technologies to give us great quality of life without harming the planet... and we can be that someone. Light bulbs have gone from incandescent to halogen to CFL (not a great technology IMHO) to LED. A 100W bulb wastes 95% of its electricity as heat. A 10W LED lamp gives off the same amount of light, but no heat. My Tesla runs neck-and-neck with a BMW M5, but is 700% more energy-efficient. 54 mpg standards by 2025? Bah... I've got 100 mpg-e in 2013. We can do better, and we can make money doing better.

I repeat: there is no reason for "greater environmental responsibility" to mean significantly greater costs, or reduced quality of life, or anything like that. No dark ages... far from it, let us move to a new Enlightenment!

People keep asking me: what if I'm wrong? Well, if I'm wrong, the only bad thing to happen is that we'll spend a little more money in the short term favoring the introduction of new technologies that produce energy and products with less pollution, and new technologies that allow us to enjoy the same lives we already lead with less consumption and (again) less pollution. Nothing bad will happen if we work for conservation, for clean energy, and against pollution, but very, very bad things will happen if we don't.

Lastly, let me flip the question around, if you're still reading this and you happen to be convinced that the climate won't change. If you're 99% confident that the climate won't change, and there's only a 1% chance that you're wrong... are you willing to take that chance?

I'm not.



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Is anyone in the UK thinking of going to the Shuttleworth Evening Display tomorrow? I really want to see the pre-Great War aircraft but the wind is forecast at 10-12mph which, I think, means they might not be able to fly!
Niall



May 03, 2013 at 04:44 PM
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Rolf is in swimming lessons: first goal, survival. Yesterday was his first "trial by fire" as he got thrown in with his clothes on, and had a series of tasks to accomplish in all those layers. He did just fine... but here's how he looked when the whole thing started...




Oh sh...!

  NIKON D800E    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    155mm    f/2.8    1/640s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




May 03, 2013 at 05:27 PM
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Thanks Steve, wish employers realized that us "old folks" can not only do the job but learn new things too.

Thanks Nick!

Thanks Jim, it's been a tough slog through this last year. For me, I think it's more that I can't feel sorry for myself cause I know someone out there has it rougher than me. I at least still have the house and the cars to get around with, good friends for support, and evidently the gray matter works somewhat well too We'll see if the professors bump those two up or not with them being so close. Onwards to Anatomy and Physiology. Also taking some "me" classes during the summer, a photo class working in B&W film and darkroom processing, Yoga, and Tai Chi.

Thanks Rodolfo! Love the shot of Rolf going in the water, you caught that one foot splash just right.

Steve, that Jeep photo reminds me of the one year we'd had quite a bit of snow, and at the mall, there was this HUGE pile of snow that the plows had left when clearing the parking spots. Someone in their four wheel drive Jeep decided that since the rest of the snow had melted away, that pile of snow was too good to pass up, and started driving up. They got stuck, and had to call a tow truck to get them out



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The dash of the Tilt Rotor



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May 03, 2013 at 08:35 PM
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Steve, I love both the Jeep and the train photos... but the train image speaks to me.


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FlyingPhotog wrote:

@ Rodolfo, regarding Jim's project: It's precisely the lack of aviation and the challenge of something really different that appeals to me!

TOPP:
http://crosswindimages.com/img/s8/v74/p1570612576-5.jpg


I really like the posters Jay and look forward to seeing your pictures from Chino this weekend...

Lynn



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The dash of the Tilt Rotor


Is that akin to the clash of the Titans?



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A quick one from Central Texas Air Show







May 04, 2013 at 04:38 AM
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For those of you who might still believe humans don't have an impact on global warming.

Take a look at NASA's website and in particular have a look at the picture laid out of earth at night then ask yourself the same question.

Nasa earth at night series page



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The only cure for (being politically correct here, which is not my nature, just trying to be nice and I don't want to blame only men) for "human" made global climate change is to eliminate the human. Since we are not willing to go back to pre-fire cave man days on our own, any human activity, including manufacturing EV's contributes to human global warming.

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Work...








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Darren,

That is superb. Good to see you back posting.
What do you use for a camera mount?

Mark



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Superb indeed.


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Wrei wrote:
The only cure for (being politically correct here, which is not my nature, just trying to be nice and I don't want to blame only men) for "human" made global climate change is to eliminate the human. Since we are not willing to go back to pre-fire cave man days on our own, any human activity, including manufacturing EV's contributes to human global warming.


I'm much more optimistic. And I do think we need to make some hard choices, but certainly I agree with Jim that no one will, nor should, have to go back to the dark ages. Over the years, for example, I have come to favor nuclear energy and especially research into its improvement. In an ideal world, I'd prefer other energy sources. But in a world where roughly half the electricity comes from coal (anyone seen images from Beijing recently?), I'll take nuclear all day long if it means getting away from coal.

Once we've made a given set of improvements, we can then look to improve further still. For a given amount of light, bulbs have gone from 100W (incandescent) to 50W (halogen), to 30W (CFL), to 20W (LED). Cutting the energy we (the human race) use for lighting by 80% would be a big deal. And so on in other areas.

Please note that my reluctantly-pro-nuclear statement is not really part of a "climate change" discussion. It's only one of my preferences in responding to the world we face today, and it reflects my personal opinions and biases. As I said before, not only do I believe that we can do better, but also that we can do better (make more money, have better quality of life) while doing so. Less coal does not just impact climate change, for example: it directly affects human respiratory health and everyone's economics in healthcare.

Whoever leads the world in sustainable (or at least increasingly more sustainable) products and energy will be minting money throughout the 21st century, selling those products and energy to everyone else. The increasing demand is certainly there.

I'll shut up now... don't want to take us too far off-topic and I've surely expressed my opinion.



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Rodolfo Paiz wrote:
I'm much more optimistic. And I do think we need to make some hard choices, but certainly I agree with Jim that no one will, nor should, have to go back to the dark ages. Over the years, for example, I have come to favor nuclear energy and especially research into its improvement. In an ideal world, I'd prefer other energy sources. But in a world where roughly half the electricity comes from coal (anyone seen images from Beijing recently?), I'll take nuclear all day long if it means getting away from coal.


Every bit of nuclear waste that humans have produced is still in existence today, and every bit that's in existence will exist until the sun dies.

Yes, there are ways to make nuclear power "safer" and "cleaner," but contingencies toward catastrophic failure will never be implemented. Then there's the non-issue issue of breeder reactors that would drastically lower the environmental footprint on how nuclear power is sustained. Ugh.

As I said before, not only do I believe that we can do better, but also that we can do better (make more money, have better quality of life) while doing so. Less coal does not just impact climate change, for example: it directly affects human respiratory health and everyone's economics in healthcare.

Whoever leads the world in sustainable (or at least increasingly more sustainable) products and energy will be minting money throughout the 21st century, selling those products and energy to everyone else. The increasing demand is certainly there.

I'll shut up now... don't want to take us too far off-topic and
...Show more

We all must do better. More development into wind and solar are the first steps, and they'll take us a long way. Just recently one wind farm in California produced more power than California's combined nuclear output.

Getting renewable energy onto the road will help stave off the impending death of the fertilizer industry (we use phenomenally more fossil fuel now to produce the same amount of fertilizer as we did in 1940--bad, BAD news on many levels). Tidal generators and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion are a couple more renewable solutions.

Must. Do. Better.









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