Whack the Penguin takes on a whole new, gory, dimension.
Piece by piece my old bedroom is being turned into Whitehaven railway station. At this rate I’ll be sleeping under Bransty tunnel come Christmas. Sadly Dad won’t get an onboard camera for the trains. I couldn’t persuade him to set up a LocoCam feed for the web.
Mel C has turned down a �10 million offer to re-form the Spice Girls. You go girl!
Cross posted from Monitor Duty.
The Day After Tomorrow certainly looks like it’ll be cheese on the scale of Armageddon, but I can’t help thinking I’ll still go and see it.
But how valid is the science?
Despite the phenomenon’s name, Global Warming isn’t about anything as simple as a uniform rise in temperatures. The global climate is a complex and chaotic thing. A rise in average temperatures means there’s more energy in the system and it’s being driven to extremes.
Judging from the trailer a major plot point of TDAT is the theory that melting icecaps and increasing fresh water rainfall in the North Atlantic will disrupt or even destroy ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream. This would cause temperatures in currently temperate areas warmed by the flows to plummet. The ice caps have been shrinking at an alarming rate
But before the next Ice Age overtakes us, we’re probablty due a few more extreme summers. Claims that the world is getting warmer aren’t just fantasies, but are backed up by physical evidence. It’s such a plausible threat that the Pentagon has drawn up a report of possible repercussions, though it runs the risk of being ignored by an anti-science US government.
Even if you don’t believe in global warming there are still numerous arguments for reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and other pollutants. From local effects, congestion and the personal damage of a car culture to the global danger of the West consuming so much of the world’s resources and being dependent upon unstable regions for our fuel supply.
Science fiction is about taking a theory and expanding upon it. It’s highly unlikely that a perfectly rendered wave is going to wash away Manhattan and Liberty is going to turn into a popsicle, but it is one- very dramatic- possible outcome of recorded trends. And we may not be living in Highlander 2’s ozone-less dystopia, but that doesn’t mean the hole’s getting any smaller.
The BBC’s Budget Calculator.
Well, I’m on for the Whitworth gallery flirt-a-thon on Friday, and now I’m wondering what I’ve got myself into. I’m told to dress as if for a date, so I guess the plan to wear a Must Not Mention Sheep T-shirt is out.
What’s suitable attire ofr a date? And do I possess any?
Whilst tidying up the galleries, I just found a load of new pictures from Sabs and Gryff’s wedding. They’ll be the ones Damian took.
Meet the real Great Escapers.
I’ve started populating the February gallery. Keep checking back during the day.
Galleries are now going to feature pictures taken during the named month, whether the total is more or less than the number of days in that month. This keeps me from assigning pictures to dates before they were actually taken as I try to backfill.
The galleries are back! I finally worked out the right name and password, thanks to a pointer from Tim. I may add a few pictures later.
A slightly different take on the upcoming budget. Guess who’s Gollum.