One no Trump

Like many people I followed the US elections with great interest because of Trump. Checking the news everyday to see what outlandish nonsense he was spouting this time. Like many others the chances of him actually winning seemed small, even with a very unpopular opponent. Continue reading

The 300

Occasionally a group of activists will decide that their position would benefit from media coverage of a
“We the undersigned, urge and implore….”
letter to prominent media or as an open letter to the government if they can get wide publicity for the petition.


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Happy Holidays.

snowmanmeltz1Season’s greetings,  best Xmass wishes, solstice salutations… click  to see the animated version – Continue reading

The Earth is uncool.

In response to a wish expressed elsewhere that a graph showing the lack of a pause after 1998 was updated with the most recent data I had a go and got this.
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In the process I discover that there is a fad again for animated GIFs.
This reminds me of the very early days when the flashing GIF was the height of cool, and packing the most into the smallest file size was almost an art. You certainly had to be crafty. Continue reading

Earth memory and carbon dioxide.

Earth memory and carbon dioxide.

The recent passing of the 400ppm level of CO2 will persist in the memory of the Earth for millennia. The chemical changes as well as the climate effects are slow to dissipate even if there is no further anthropogenic perturbation of the system.

But the Earth can remember bigger and older changes. The Earth remembers by writing the events into the geology of the surface. Small changes only write a small memory that may get overwritten by subsequent events. But the big changes leave traces that persists for many millions of years. Continue reading

The ear can hear faster than the eye can see.

The ear can hear faster than the eye can see.

Our ears can perceive and decode a lot more of the information in sound in a given time than our visual systems can decipher in an image.tensec1We can hear a melody easily that when presented in visual form is just too rapid to decipher what is going on. Continue reading

Extremely foolish

One month ago I posted this …

“This prediction of his political demise will look extremely foolish and my confidence will again disintegrate if he does survive or even gets a moderate share of the vote while losing”

 

I’m posting this the morning Trump won.

I’m….. Continue reading

Climate sensitivity and visual rhetoric.

 

I found another visual way to depict an aspect of climate science in the course of a discussion. The issue was what value of climate sensitivity can be used to inform policy. The amount the global average surface temperature will rise for a doubling of CO2 is often chosen for its policy implications rather than for its scientific credibility. The problem is there are a range of values, and no good reason to prefer one over another. Continue reading

back again

Back again

After such a long absence from posting it is customary to return with a reason. A tale of events somehow proportional to the length of the gap. But a large part of it was indolence.

Certainly there were the real world logistics of summer holidays work and family to distract. But nothing exceptional.
There are two reasons for not posting anything new recently. Continue reading

HOW2 (?) in AE

Video FX and editing. A How2 Do a photo-montage in Adobe After Effects video editing and FX software.
Fast, flashing images, subliminal effects and tachistocopic limits.montageHOW2 Continue reading