Monday, November 23, 2009
Donald Fagan and Walter Becker.
How did they look? Old
How did they sound? Great.
Donald Fagan slump waddled out on stage wearing a burgundy flannel shirt, old man-mommy jeans (high under his armpits) and tennis shoes. He clawed the keyboard and thrashed his head around. His bluesy jazz voice and perfect timing made for a transcendent evening.
Walter Becker wore an ill fitting navy blazer, mommy jeans (same unfortunate armpit fit) and tennis shoes. He can still play a wicked guitar.
The audience? Filled with gray haired geezers (a few wearing Members Only jackets).
Yes. I am in fact a gray haired geezer. My hairdresser has helped me cheat the gray truth out of my hair and singing the words from music that spans 40 years made me feel ...oh dear...they've been around for 40 years?...how old does that make me feel? Would you believe me if I said it made me feel ...6?
New discoveries on the makeup of universe and its tiniest particles are unlikely before next year, but the Large Hadron Collider has been advancing faster than expected in its startup phase that began Friday night, said Rolf Heuer, director-general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Proton collisions could possibly begin within the next 10 days, officials said Monday.
"It went much faster than foreseen," said Fabiola Gianotti, who speaks for the Atlas experiment, one of four major detectors in rooms the size of cathedrals about 300 feet underground. "We're all very happy."
The consensus of economists surveyed byBloomberg News had been for October existing home sales to come in at a 5.7 million unit annualized rate. The annualized existing sales number for September was revised to a 5.54 million units, and for August to 5.1 million units. Existing home sales are also up 23.5% in the past 12 months.
"For the first time I'm actually listening to [people who want him to run for office], " Dobbs said. "I don't think I have the nature for it . . . But we've got to do something for this country." He said a run for president was "one of the conversations we're having" and that he would receive "the best advice" about whether it was a good idea.
Dobbs recently left his position as an opinion anchor at CNN to pursue an activist role in politics.
GW Scientist “cook” the data. The Times here is the London Times (NYT has not reported the story yet)
Global warming emails updated
It gets worse.
From the Times -
Astonishingly, what appears, at least at first blush, to have emerged is that (a) the scientists have been manipulating the raw temperature figures to show a relentlessly rising global warming trend; (b) they have consistently refused outsiders access to the raw data; (c) the scientists have been trying to avoid freedom of information requests; and (d) they have been discussing ways to prevent papers by dissenting scientists being published in learned journals.
Our distinguished editor Derek fell for one of the old “scientific traps with his post on Antarctica’s ice melting raising sea level 15 feet.
Antarctica is the World's fifth-largest continent measuring approximately 14 million km², covering approximately 8.9% of the Earth's land and 2.7% of the Earth's surface.
To raise the sea level one foot 25 feet of Antarctic's ice would have to melt over 14 million Km2. This is not going to happen (mean temperature difference between the coast and interior is close to 40 degrees) or if it did we would not matter to us. (That much heat would mean we are all ready dead.)