Saturday, February 20, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Rachel Maddow and Bill Nye on Climate Change

Just because big winter storms are happening, doesn't mean "global warming" is false. For god's sake I'm tired of hearing this crowing from the right. In fact, it could be a proof that climate change is actively in progress creating that very storm.

Here is Bill Nye on the Rachel Maddow show addressing this sentiment directly.

The quote that says it best from Nye is, "there's more energy in the atmosphere, and this is stirring things up." The global climate is a complicated system, you heat one area and another could get very cold because of it -- thus the 'stirring things up' he's referring to.

Enjoy logic and reason applied to large planetary problems,


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Oarfish are awesome

For the Saturday Morning Awesome this week, I present the first known footage of an Oarfish in its native environs (very deep sea) off the Gulf of Mexico. [BBC doesn't have embeddable video, just click over and it's right there].

From the BBC Earth News Article:

Oarfish (Regalecus glesne) are one of the world's longest fish reaching 17m.

Their strange appearance may have provided the basis for the sea serpent myths told by early ocean travellers.

Not only are they elongated, they also have a prominent dorsal fin which gives it an unusual "serpent" appearance.

Recalling the event Professor Benfield explained how at first, they thought the fish was simply a drilling pipe called a riser being lowered into the water.

"We saw this bright vertical shiny thing, I said 'are they lowering more riser?' as it looked like they were lowering a huge pipe."

"We zoomed in a little bit and we said 'that's not a riser that's a fish!'"

The article has other deep water video provided by the remotely operated submarine they were using in the Gulf of Mexico.

I've mentioned this sublimely bitching creature before, but just to be clear, this blog is a huge fan of these animals.

Enjoy 'monsters' being filmed live and healthy,


[via my faithful Canukistani operative, Yuri; photo credit at Weird Sea Monsters]

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Roman Army Knife scoops Swiss by 1,800 years or so

Check out that beauty -- a real multi-tool, but dating back to 200AD. It's made of silver, though the blade is iron. Pure class I tell you.

Check out the details at the Mail Online article.

Enjoy ingenuity years ahead of its time,


[via my faithful Canukistani operative, "Yuri." Photo credit in linked article.]

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Epic slow motion frog fail

A quickie post to prove I'm not dead.

See ya'll soon.

Enjoy nature doing its best,


[via Blame it on the Voices]