Tuesday, April 2, 2013

CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON

There is much snarling over the temperature record, because thermometer and radiometer data is subject to instrumental variation and persnickity interpretation. But ever since the first notch was carved on a leg of Canute's throne, tide gauges have presented fewer opportunities for disputation-  it's hard to argue with a yardstick bolted to a sea wall.

The Atlantic coast of the US is well endowed with the things, and its tides have been duly recorded since the days of Ben Franklin if not before. Put the last century of data together and the sea level record hereabouts duly compensated for post-glacial isostasy, as published in

looks like this:
Hat tip to Eli Rabbet for NCCL ref-
Readers are invited to choose which item of sports equipment this uncontroversial curve most resembles:

    A:  A curling stone
 B:  A baseball bat
     C:  A tennis racquet
D:  A polo mallet
  E:  A hockey stick

Monday, April 1, 2013

GEE, DOC, I WAS ONLY DOING 100 WHEN I HIT THE COYOTE




County Highway Patrol public information officer Brian Pennings told CBS LA that an officer was on routine patrol on Interstate 8 when he observed what appeared to be a giant rabbit driving a sidecar equipped antique motorcycle down the highway near San Diego.

Pennings said the officer stopped the vehicle after noticing the bunny was not wearing a helmet and appeared to be at risk of visual impairment from the windage on his ears. The driver told the officer he was headed to a charity event, and was given a verbal warning but not issued a citation.


It's a good thing the bad bunny wasn't driving down the 38th parallel.