5 Typography essentials for academic texts

February 23, 2014

Excellent and short article on Typography. Agree with everything said here.

Academic workflows on a Mac

Typography can affect everything from the mood of a text to how convincing its arguments are. When self-publishing a thesis or working paper, or even in preparing a piece for review it’s good to follow these rules to make your texts as readible and visually pleasing as possible.

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Greenland ice cores show natural swings are large and warming means less storms

February 22, 2014

See more at JoNova’s site: http://joannenova.com.au/2014/02/greenland-ice-cores-show-natural-swings-are-large-and-warming-means-less-storms/

What I find fascinating about this is that “everybody” says that since global warming is making the world hotter, that will lead to more rain and more storms.

Apparently that assertion not backed up by data, and I’ve yet to see any science about it.

To say warmer air can old more water means nothing because for it to rain the water has to leave the air and by definition the warmer air will hold on to it. I doubt anybody really knows. But a lot of people talk and write as if they do.

Somerset Flooding Self-Inflicted

February 4, 2014

We hear all about how the awful recent flooding in Somerset (England) was do to government not taking action, and “climate change”. Turns out the floods are direct result of European Union Policy introduced in 2007 and adopted formally by the UK Environmental Agency in 2008.

See http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=84683

Finally, we get an explanation that makes sense and is understandable. Not the policy is necessarily a good one and perhaps not something the people of Somerset would agree with had they known, but at least a good explanation of the root cause.