5.7 million dollar NSF grant to Columbia University for climate ‘voice mails from the future’

Voice mails from the future—. Oh, man, you can’t make this stuff up!

Watts Up With That?

You have to wonder who at the National Science Foundation thought funding a website that makes fake voicemails from the future and games that have people running around looking for fictional fallen “chronofacts” (artistic plastic disks named “chronofalls” that apparently fall out of time) was a good idea? Yes, you can hear voicemails from the future about “Arctic Corn” and “Hurricane Simulator Booths”. Your tax dollars at work.


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Why They Don’t Sing on Sunday Anymore

I admit here to not singing much. Personally, I tend to choke up a bit anyway– but it’s way too true that many of the songs are simply unsingable because we “older folk” simply don’t know the words so can’t sing even if we otherwise would sing.
Bring back the hymnals, please!

Holy Soup

Looking around the church last Sunday I noticed that the majority weren’t singing. And most of those who were singing barely moved their lips. The only voices I actually heard were those on stage with microphones.

That’s been the case for years now–in churches large and small. What used to be congregational singing has become congregational staring.

Even when the chipper “worship leader” in contemporary churches bounds on stage and predictably beckons everyone to “stand and worship,” the people compliantly obey the stand command, but then they turn into mute mannequins.

What’s behind this phenomenon? What happened to the bygone sounds of sanctuaries overflowing with fervent, harmonizing voices from the pews, singing out with a passion that could be heard down the street? I suspect it’s a number of unfortunate factors.

Spectator set-up. Increasingly, the church has constructed the worship service as a spectator event. Everyone expects the people on stage to…

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Off the rails – Godzilla and climate

There just isn’t much you can say about a thing like this.
FWIW, I’m something of a skeptic. These rent-a-horror ideas about all the bad stuff CAGW is supposed to do won’t make me stop being a skeptic any time soon.

double facepalm

Watts Up With That?

I had thought to myself a couple of days ago that something like this might happen, but then I dismissed it as too #^&^#*@! stupid for anyone to even attempt.

Boy, was I wrong. I should have listened to the lessons learned from Sharknado!

Get a load of this, you won’t believe it. My brain still hurts.

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I finally had to do it.

It couldn’t be helped, it had to be done.


I know that many sites depend on ad revenue to stay online, and many people put up stuff– You-Tube for example, just about everything you see is ad-supported one way or another– with the hope of generating revenue to at least support the site, and some are generating their living that way. I have some idea that in the future, when it makes some sort of sense– right now it doesn’t– I might try to earn a few dollars that way myself. WordPress does have the ability to generate income for the blogger by hosting ads, and if the ads behave themselves it’s a workable arrangement.

By and large, I don’t mind banner ads that behave themselves. They’re there, and you can take it or leave it– no problem. My problem is with the in-your-face, pop-up, auto play, won’t let you do what you came to the website to do type of ad. These annoyances need to go, and the people who thought this was a good idea need to be banished forever to the farthest, most uninhabitable, no-Internet-access place that can be found.

Yesterday, I was trying to read some comics on one of my favorite sites for that purpose. The ads made the site intolerable, so much so that rather than being entertained by the comics, I was enraged by the ads. This is something I hope doesn’t happen here with readers of this site– you don’t come here primarily to read ads, you come here to read my scribbles and hopefully get something useful out of it. Or, at least if you are annoyed, you’re annoyed at what I wrote and not by some pesky auto-play ad for something you’re not the least bit interested in buying.

So, yesterday morning I had to stop reading the comics, and download and deploy an ad blocker. Peace reigns at last, now I can read comics– and other websites– without being driven insane by obnoxious advertising.

A note to advertisers: You might want to think about this. I for one do not have a problem with ads that behave themselves. I understand the desire to get people to buy your product or service, and the only way to let people know you exist is to advertise. We the people get that. The problem comes in when your advertising gets so in-your-face that people become annoyed, then enraged. Then they begin to deploy ad-blockers, and the very thing you were trying to do works against you. Now nobody can see your ad because you went too far. How did you benefit? Keep it cool, friend. Put up your full-color banner ad–no problem. But, the instant you try to force people to interact with your ad rather than the website they’re actually trying to visit, you work against yourself and end up destroying that which you were trying to create.

Think about it.


Generating a problem

Today I get to generate some trouble. Kind of fun, actually.

Since one of my regulars seems to have a problem with the camera I’ve been using, I thought I’d post three copies of the same photo I took a few years back. I was on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, about to go through a mountain. That’s right, I said “through”. Not around, or over, but through. This photo was initially taken on a clear-sky day, sun shining and if anything maybe the weather was a bit warmer than I generally like. Here’s the photos, have fun and don’t fight:






All of these are the same photo, taken by me on my Fuji. The original doesn’t look like any of these.