What is ABC News Thinking?

June 28, 2006

ABC News is asking members of the public to notice and report how their daily lives have been affected by global warming. Heck … scientists with sophisticated instruments, expeditions, computers, and journals have a hard time agreeing on what they notice.

ABC News wants to hear from you. We’re currently producing a report on the increasing changes in our physical environment, and are looking for interesting examples of people coping with the differences in their daily lives. Has your life been directly affected by global warming?

We want to hear your stories. Have you seen changes in your own backyard or hometown? The differences can be large or small — altered blooming schedules, unusual animals that have arrived in your community, higher water levels encroaching on your property.

Please fill out the form below. We hope to hear from you. Thank you.

I’ll give ABC News benefit of the doubt and call this “wisdom of the crowds” or something. Will be interesting to see where this goes.

Test Pointing for Michael

June 18, 2006

I was thinking I would show Michael how to use Blogger to setup his own Blog. There are millions of blogs in the world and it is one of the most important things happening on the Internet now. People are able to publish what think, know, and to share.

Here is an example PowerPoint file.


BREITBART.COM – China Builds 51 Dams to Slow Toxic Spill

June 16, 2006

BREITBART.COM – China Builds 51 Dams to Slow Toxic Spill

Chinese authorities tried to slow the spread of a toxic spill by building 51 makeshift dams along the tainted river and using fire trucks to pump out polluted water before it reaches a reservoir serving a city of 10 million people, state media said Friday.

Poor design by incompetent designers and company executives?

BBC NEWS | | Urbanisation

June 16, 2006

BBC NEWS | | Urbanisation

What a terrific data visualisation! Shows the growth of “super cities” (urban areas) from 1955 through forcast 2015. If one were looking for causes of global warming and other environmental issues, one wouldn’t be too far the root cause than seeing the evidence here.

Bill Gates

June 16, 2006

The whole world by now has heard that Bill Gates is stepping down, essentially now. He will be focusing his energy now on doing good things for the world with his money. The world will be much better for this. I do hope he is more successful in changing the world in his new way, than his success in changing the world with his technology.

I spoke with Bill Gates at Microsoft one time, in early 1983. I can only assume it was *the* Bill Gates. I was phoning them from UK for help with their CPM board for the Apple II we were using do to project planning. dBase was the software. Notes on those support calls are written in the DayTimer notes from that error that I still have on my bookshelves, for some strang reason.

flashflood.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)

June 6, 2006

flashflood.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)

This is a graphic view of the timeline of the flooding of New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It demonstrates the inevitablility of flooding caused intially by the pile-up of water in the “funnel” to the east of the city, followed by the “filling” of Lake Pontchartrain with sea water which then needed to flow back to the sea via the city of New Orleans.