Climategate: The future in the past

  In a Dec. 1970 article titled: “Polar Ice and the  Global Climate Machine” in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, page 40, author: Joseph O. Fletcher, the concern was that there was no model for the vast thermodynamic engine that was the atmosphere and oceans.  That there appeared to be a potential influence by…

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ClimateGate: Setting up the experiment to measure “heat”, thinking about thermodynamics

There are a few laws in the universe and thermodynamics has a lock on some of the more depressing statements.  As I think of them: First Law of Thermodynamics: You can win Second Law of Thermodynamics: The first law is wrong, and not only can’t you win, everything in the universe will die because of…

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Trident Workbench and SQL Express

I hope you have successfully downloaded and installed Trident Workbench, with the Word Add-in, which is a cool way to document your research.  You will also need to have SQL Express installed on your system, with SP1 installed.  Keep in mind, as a non-commercial researcher, you should have access to the full versions of SQL,…

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Climategate, Global Warming, Provenance: Why

Well the Global Warming discussion seems to be ignoring the lack of provenance for the investigation into the causes.  Emails do not make a scientific investigation, it might make an engineering investigations, or a production investigation.  Presenting the data for many eyes to view, utilization of true peer review of the science, and maintaining the…

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ClimateGate, Global Warming and Provenance: Trident Workbench

Ok, blowhards like Rush Limbaugh keep stating that the actual science around Global Warming does not fit the “templates”.  I guess that Rush means media templates, because I doubt that the Limbaugh the Great understands the first thing about research templates or workflows.  Then again, most of the people who believe in Global Warming likely…

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Climategate, global warming and provenance

Ok, taking a chance here: I reviewed the emails and don’t really get the whole “global warming” as a scam.  Clearly the globe is warming after the mini-ice age between 1500 and 1825 or so.  During the period since the mini-ice age, the human population has grown, built beautiful cities, roadways and generally turned the…

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Using Expression Encoder to convert .WAV files to .WMA files

OMG, this is easy and if you are a student or faculty member that has access to Dreamspark or MSDNAA.  If you are creating a game using Expression Blend 3 or Silverlight, you might find that you need to convert a .WAV file to a .WMA file.  This is easy to do using Encoder.  …

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F#: Starting anew, why F# and not FORTRAN

Why FORTRAN and not F#?  FORTRAN works well, has a strong history and none of that nasty object oriented nonsense. F# works well, based on OCAML, and supports object oriented nonsense How about F# and FORTRAN?  Can F# use FORTRAN?  Alfred Thompson makes a good point about creating a parallel book on computational languages, an…

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Feynman speaks from beyond the grave: Messenger Series

Wow!  No, no, WOW!  The Messenger Series from Cornell brings Feynman back from the dead.  Here is Dr. Feynman lecturing on the nature of physical law. Microsoft has put together a respectful and interesting series of lectures by Richard Feynman called Project Tuva, apparently Dr. Feynman fascinated by the Russian state of Tuva. Take a…

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Robo-Ethics: Maybe my last post was wrong

I read the 112 page report found at http://ethics.calpoly.edu/ONR_report.pdf, which exhaustively examines the concept of the autonomous device.  Including the idea of the autonomous device as a “comfort” robot, see page 80, I am NOT going into detail on that speculation, we are all adults here, you go read it yourself. On to ethics, outside…

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