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Tuesday,  11/25/14  09:49 PM

great lakes ice cover forming *already*Great Lakes ice cover developing; earliest in over 40 years.  Well that's good news, I guess, unless you're a climate change politician.

Philip Greenspun: How to feel better about your country: be confused about numbers.  "I’m kind of curious about how people who spend the time to put together a story to be broadcast nationally could have missed the difference between 3.9 percent and 16.5 percent."  Just like with climate change, you pick the facts to suit your story.

Topaz Solar plant now operationalMeanwhile: the largest solar plant in the US is officially up and running.  It is rated for 550 megawatts, will be most interesting to see how much it actually can produce; many solar plants fall short of their generating targets.  For comparison, this is about 1/4 the output of a typical nuclear power plant.

Powerline: Renewable energy will never work, but can nuclear?  "Whenever somebody with a decent grasp of maths and physics looks into the idea of a fully renewables-powered civilized future for the human race with a reasonably open mind, they normally come to the conclusion that it simply isn’t feasible."  Read the whole thing.  I have always been confused as to why climate alarmists are not big fans of nuclear power...

drone video of the Tower of UtrechtToo cool: stunning drone video of the Tower of Utrecht, in the Netherlands.  I think drones have pretty much revolutionized this kind of video, in very short order.

owl portrait, by Brad WilsonKottke: beautiful portraits of animals by Brad Wilson.  Way cool.

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visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
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Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained