Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Evening Style Tips from Paris...

In my opinion, Audrey Hepburn was and will forever be the epitome of graceful timeless style.

The WashPost featured an article with the opportunity to 'buy' Audrey's style. Three dozen dresses and gowns once owned by Audrey, are on the auction block at Sotheby's December 8th.

Among the merchandise: a Givenchy haute couture silk dress Hepburn wore to promote "Paris When It Sizzles." Although the film was noted to be "terrible" the clothes were noted to be "marvelous."

What can you expect to pay for that dress? That dress is expected to fetch $25,000!

East vs West ice loss in Antarctia

Deception Island in Antartica in 2008

The East Antarctic icesheet, once seen as largely unaffected by global warming, has lost billions of tons of ice since 2006 and could boost sea levels in the future, according to a new study.

Published Sunday in Nature Geoscience, the same study shows that the smaller but less stable West Antarctic icesheet is also shedding significant mass.

Scientists worry that rising global temperatures could trigger a rapid disintegration of West Antarctica, which holds enough frozen water to push up the global ocean watermark by about five metres (16 feet).

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Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... Daddy?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Astronaut Randolph Bresnik jubilantly welcomed his new daughter into the world Sunday as he floated 220 miles above it.

Abigail Mae Bresnik was born as her father circled Earth on his first space shuttle mission, just hours after his first spacewalk.

It was only the second time in history that a NASA astronaut was in orbit instead of the delivery room.

"At 11:04 last night, Abigail Mae Bresnik joined the NASA family," Bresnik announced Sunday morning from the linked space shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station. "Mama and baby are doing very well."

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22 November 1963

Age of Dallas


Justice Putnam

What did it mean
To be young
In the Age of Dallas?

To come home
To the farmhouse?

Ironing strewn
Across the living room
Mother crying
In front of the T.V.

Re-runs of Dealey Plaza.

I remember someone
Mentioning Camelot
Third-grade in Corvallis
My teacher came from Austin

But the School Secretary
Came from the
Principal’s office

Met our teacher
At the classroom door.

Flushed cheeks

We were filed
Onto the school bus

Solemnly driven home.

© 1978 by Justice Putnam
and Mechanisches Strophe-Verlagswesen

Is the slacker male real?

A new study tailor-made for discussion on The View has been released, claiming to debunk the myth of the slacker stay-at-home man who doesn't help out around the house. Working women tend to see their partners as inept at chores and housekeeping as a way to feel more feminine, and to alleviate guilt about being the breadwinner, the study says. "Working women who provide the majority of the household's income to the family continue to articulate themselves as the ones who 'see' household messes and needs as a way to retain claims to an element of a traditional feminine identity," said Dr. Rebecca Mesienbach, author of the paper "The Female Breadwinner." "By directing the housework done by their husbands, they maintain a sense of control over the traditionally feminine sphere of the home.” The sure-to-be-controversial research lines up with a study conducted last year by The Guardian which found that 30 percent of people (and 32 percent of young people) agreed with a statement labeling women’s societal role as “to be good mothers and wives.”

No Nook for Xmas

Barnes & Noble is out of stock on the Nook, a note on its Web site said Friday. The company said that it expects to ship the e-reader the week of January 4 for customers who now pre-order the device. "While we increased production based on the high consumer interest, we've sold out of our initial Nook allotment available for delivery before the holidays," the bookseller said in a statement. Nook gift certificates are available for customers who pre-order the Nook and will be sent before Christmas.

The update from B&N came a day after Sony announced a delay in shipping its latest e-reader, the Daily Edition, saying that shipments couldn’t be guaranteed in time for the holidays. Amazon, meanwhile, said on its site that the Kindle remains in stock. Amazon had run into out-of-stock situations when it launched the Kindle last year.

An industry without a champion ... soon

It's kind of hard to watch the site of Oprah weeping last week because she's leaving her talk show ... in 2011.

But there will be an impact. Just consider ...

Just when book publishers thought life could not get any worse comes the news that Oprah Winfrey, the publisher’s best friend, will shutdown her daytime talk show in 2011. All this comes on the heels of the rise of e-books, the Kindle, the Nook, the Sony e-thingy, and the demise of book coverage in the mainstream US media.

So what will be the ultimate go-to source for bookselling when Oprah pulls the plug?

Frankly, there isn’t another ’superpower of recommendation’ like the Big O, who has the book club selections and features countless authors on the show. Publishers will have to target multiple media sources, including the unofficial media of blogs and social networking sites, and hope many small hits will create a bestseller.

At least the publishers have until 2011 to come up with new marketing strategies, perhaps ask for a government bailout.

GW Scientist “cooked” the data update

MORE ON THAT CLIMATE DATA-FUDGING SCANDAL: Global WarmingGate: What Does It Mean? Charlie Martin explains.
The hackers released about 172 megabytes of data, and we can be sure examining it closely will take some time. But after a few days, certain things are beginning to become clear.
* The data appears to be largely, perhaps entirely, authentic.
* The emails are incendiary.
* The implications shake the scientific basis for AGW, and the scientific reputations of some of AGW’s major proponents, to their roots
November 21, 2009

Global warming emails updated

It gets worse. From the hacked emails are two communications from plant physiologist Dr Don Keiller to Dr Biffra who developed the tree ring "proof" for global warming-

Dr Biffra,

As an environmental plant physiologist, I have followed the long debate starting with Mann et al (1998) and through to Kaufman et al (2009). As time has progressed I have found myself more concerned with the whole scientific basis of dendroclimatology. In particular;

1) The appropriateness of the statistical analyses employed

2) The reliance on the same small datasets in these multiple studies

3) The concept of "teleconnection" by which certain trees respond to the "Global Temperature Field", rather than local climate

4) The assumption that tree ring width and density are related to temperature in a linear manner.

Whilst I would not describe myself as an expert statistician, I do use inferential statistics routinely for both research and teaching and find difficulty in understanding the statistical rationale in these papers. As a plant physiologist I can say without hesitation that points 3 and 4 do not agree with the accepted science.

There is a saying that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof". Given the scientific, political and economic importance of these papers, further detailed explanation is urgently required.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Don Keiller

Dr Keiller has received no response.

The Biffra tree ring studies are vitally important to the conclusions reached by the U.N.'s IPCC report on global warming. . .

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