It's palindrome day.02.02.2020
Today is a three-fer: Super Bowl Sunday. Ground Hog's Day. (Both tiresome annual events.) And a perfect palindrome date, which is much more rare and interesting. (At least for math nerds.)
Erasing carbon footprints.02.02.2020
Microsoft plans to offset its carbon footprint — future and past. Good on them. Obviously, this is easier for a software company to pull off than it would be for most others, but it is still a laudable goal.
The Michael Jordan of dogs.02.01.2020
As a (partial) antidote to the ickiness of the professor stories, try this dog video.
Strip club research.02.01.2020
Here's an example of a truly upstanding EE professor. (A department chair no less.)
This Harvard chemistry professor gives the Drexel guy some competition for "smarmiest science/tech professor in 2020".
And, of course, there are the two wanna-be Walter Whites from Arkansas.
Banning natural gas furnaces.01.06.20
Interesting: Some cities are contemplating the curtailment of natural gas heating as a means for fighting climate change.
A climate diet.01.04.20
A slightly different New Year's resolution — go on a climate diet. Is it possible to get yourself down to 3 tons of CO2 emission for the year? In America, it is probably tough, but an interesting first step would be to quantify your own carbon footprint.
Aerial view of urban development.01.03.20
I love this kind of stuff — beginning-of-decade and end-of-decade views showing how landscapes are transformed by urban development. No mater whether you view urban development as good (necessary consequence of our advancing of our civilized existence) or bad (urban sprawl unnecessarily gobbling up natural ecosystems), the images are remarkable. (Navigation note: To get the images to switch back and forth, watch the dots on the right-hand side of the photos — these move up or down as you scroll. It took me a bit to figure this out. But maybe I'm dumb.)
But on the flip side, 2020 may be the year that climate catastrophes actually become a bigger story than the sad state of our politics, meaning that dealing with climate issues will become much worse for us than dealing with pin-headed elected officials. Krugman gives his take.
It isn't all bad news.01.02.20
Future Crunch has a list of 99 good news stories from 2019.
Nicholas Kristof gives his annual recap of how the world is much better than it was one year ago. As gloomy as the "first world" seems right now, for large portions of the world's populations, life keeps getting better and better. As an added benefit, most of these people — who are no longer in grinding poverty, who will not die from terrible diseases, who are becoming better educated, and who have greater access to clean water, sanitation systems and electricity — have probably never even heard of Donald Trump.
Year-end (and decade-end) photo lists.01.01.20
At the end of the year, it is a requirement that all publishing venues put out "best of" lists. (Or "worst of". Given recent history, it's probably easier to come up with those.) This year we are getting a double helping, since it's also the end of the decade, ane we must have lists for that, too. It's fun to read these, but my favorites are the photo galleries. Here are some that I enjoyed:
- National Geographic's 100 best of 2019 and 15 best of the decade.
- NYTime's best of the decade.
- The Royal Society's 10 best science photos of 2019.
- WaPost has a list of space-related photos.
As he does every year, kottke.org has a list of photo lists.