Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy Holidays.

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

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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