Rushing to Judgment [The Media and Global Warming]

From 1860 to 1940, Earth’s surface warmed about 0.4ºC. Then Earth’s surface cooled about 0.1ºC in the first four decades after 1940 and warmed about 0.3ºC in the next two. For those two most recent decades, temperature measurements of the atmosphere have also been available, and, while these measurements are subject to significant uncertainty, they indicate that the atmosphere’s temperature has remained essentially unchanged. Thus, the actual temperature record does…

Feds Searching All Commercial Airplanes

Increased security on airlines has been a significant issue since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. In those attacks, 19 terrorists are believed to have snuck box cutters onto four commerical airplanes. –Feds Searching All Commercial Airplanes (FOX News) I’m telling myself that I’m not blogging this because in a few days my family will fly home from visiting grandparents in Texas. I’m telling myself that I’m blogging…

When the Book is Wrong

What does one do when the book is wrong? Should the book’s authority outweigh the professor’s? In the mind of the student, the book is usually the “law” of the class, in many ways, and the teacher the lawyer. Obviously, I can’t hold the student accountable for missing a question when the book mislead her — and I did later give her full credit for her answer — but now…

Kids Play

Would today’s tykes tolerate the classic games you grew up with? Kids do say the darndest things… –Kids Play (EGM) The premise: force a bunch of tweens to play the games my generation grew up with. Just how badly do yesterday’s games suck… and how badly to today’s kids suck while playing them? The article is annoyingly laid out without a table of contents, so you have to click blindly through…

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This new 'Chainsaw' doesn't cut it

In the generic new remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” five kids — two girls, three boys — hop into a ’70s-era van and head to Dallas for a Lynyrd Skynyrd show. On the way, they stop to pick up a traumatized stranger, who promptly shoots herself in the head. With time still to make the show, the kids try to find a telephone so they can alert the authorities,…