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Climactic cataclysm? Other things too …

This type of thing via haiku is always interesting to contemplate – perhaps AKH might be interested:

There was a sign from the sun, the like of which had never been seen and reported before. The sun became dark and its darkness lasted for 18 months.  Each day, it shone for about four hours, and still this light was only a feeble shadow.  Everyone declared that the sun would never recover its full light again.
Historiae Ecclesiasticae

Between the years 535 and 536, a series of major global climatic events that took place that could easily be described as a global cataclysm with catastrophic consequences. The above abstract is from the sixth century historian and church leader, John of Ephesus, in his historical work, Church Histories (‘Historiae Ecclesiasticae’).

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And methinks he makes a good point:

One thing that is quite peculiar about this global cataclysm is that it is a very little known event.

Autumn’s in the air

Busily writing here and see we’re already up to our next post “slot” for the day. Was going to run these later in the day but let’s do it now. The Atlantic is photographically waxing all lyrical again. Via haiku:


Aspen trees on FSR 612 at North Kaibab Ranger District, near the Grand Canyon in north-central Arizona, on September 21, 2014. (David Hercher/U.S. Forest Service, Kaibab National Forest)


Bavarian farmers escort their herd during the traditional “Almabtrieb” in Bad Hindelang, about 180km (110 miles) south of Munich, on September 11, 2014. (Reuters/Michael Dalder)

A few I gathered:

Have you heard this new number I wrote?


The world turns:



rocky mountains


science teachers


Sent by haiku a couple of days back and I couldn’t wait to see them on the blog.  Photos have this way of saying things, do you not feel?  Here’s the link to follow at your leisure.  Meanwhile, a selection:


Sailing boats gather at the start of the Barcolana regatta in front of Trieste harbor on October 12, 2014. The annual Barcolana regatta in the Gulf of Trieste near northern Italy is one of the largest sailing races in the world with over 1,800 participants.(Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)

Same Masonic motif, very strong among many of those onboard down below.


A woman jogs with her dog through a park during a sunny autumn day in central Sofia on October 14, 2014. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

Is there a better way to spend Sunday morning? And the dog’s good too.


Riot police officers stand guard at a main road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 17, 2014.…

Bread [2]


perfect rossaYes, well, smartypants Rossa showed me her loaf – yes, yes, I know, all ingredients in, it’s an art form, I’m told, not a science, blah, blah blah and she came out with a perfect loaf, dinn she eh?

Meanwhile, muggins here was doing this – I’ve just been driving her batty and was told to bugger off – do you find today’s chef a teensy bit ‘cheffy’ in temperament?

Must be because it’s around tea time.


Here’s what I’m going with for a 1.5 lb loaf:

Gives hydrations here in comments:

According to those, one cup is 240ml = 128g.

However, I did my own experiment.  With  an ice-cream paddle on a chisel as a seesaw, I put 70ml of lightly packed flour on one side and it was balanced by 47ml of water. As the water is about 47g, then the flour weighs 47/70 or 0.67 of the water.  Or two-thirds the weight of the water.…

Climate legerdemain yet again

Don’t know much about this Owen Paterson man, I’ve seen quite disparaging things on Twitter but not the substance of what the gripe is.

Anyway, Wiggia sends OP’s idea on climate tax and all that:

The Climate Change Act 2008, which ties Britain into stringent environmental measures, should be suspended – and then scrapped – if other countries refuse to agree legally binding targets, says Owen Paterson MP

Britain will struggle to “keep the lights on” unless the Government changes its green energy policies, the former environment secretary will warn this week.

Owen Paterson will say that the Government’s plan to slash carbon emissions and rely more heavily on wind farms and other renewable energy sources is fatally flawed.

Meanwhile, as we saw the other night, the French left seem hellbent – presumably before they’re dumped – on rushing through, hammering through, swingeing environmental sign-ups, at billions of euros cost to France.…

Where did Saturday morning go?


1.  Swapping meals
2.  Peeing in the shower
3.  ISIS girls
4.  Muslim tactics
5.  HIV immigrants
6. Dolphin slaughter

Swapping meals

From This is True:

Kyle Bradford, 13, didn’t want to eat his burrito. “I wasn’t really that hungry.” A friend of his didn’t want to eat his cheese sandwich: he didn’t like it. So Bradford gave his friend the burrito. Problem solved? No, this was a public school — problem created. “We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals,” said Trinity Alps, Calif., school superintendent Tom Barnett. “Because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals.” Bradford got detention. (AC/KRCR Redding) …If he doesn’t like it, can he give it to Tom Barnett?

Peeing in the shower

Wiggia brings us the new environmentally conscious instruction to students to pee in the shower, thereby enhancing the aroma for the next student in the shower.…

The world around

baikal 1


1.  Poachable [haiku]
2.  Estonia’s digital age [haiku]
3.  The human as the device [haiku]
4. Lake Baikal [Wiggia]

Poachable [haiku]

Poachable works kind of like a dating app—it’s all about matchmaking. First, you put in all the vital information regarding who you are, your current job, and what kind of work you’re interested in. Then the service scours the web for job opportunities that match the data you input, and then lets you know what might be a good match. In Tinder-like fashion, you say “maybe” to the matches the service finds, and then the service passes along your information—sans any personal info—to the employers you gave a “maybe.” If the employer expresses interest as well, the service sets you up with a proper introduction.

baikal 2

Estonia’s digital age [haiku]

All Estonians are issued an identity card at 15, which includes a microchip that holds personal information and allows access to government and commercial services.…

Lovely day out there


Le Point:

The night of Monday to Tuesday was the scene of violent storms in northern Montpellier , which resulted in a fifty interventions by firefighters while some 250 to 300 people took refuge in gymnasiums. Firefighters conducted made ​​safe and a few people in the towns of hélitreuillages Grabels and Juvignac, due to large accumulations of water over an area of several square kilometers, said the prefecture of the Hérault where a been established cell flood crisis.

South of the city of Montpellier, difficulties were around the town of Lattes, with a rise in “extremely fast” water streams Mosson and Lez. In Montpellier, the level of Lez, placed vigilance “flood” from 00 h 30, was shortly after 3:00 than the flood of September 29, said a photographer of AFP . Precautionary security were necessary for some vehicles caught in the waters in the northern prefecture of Hérault, said firefighters CoDis 34.

After the rain

Seems to me that our best and worst experiences are attached, in our minds, to the atmospheric conditions and what we were doing at the time. When the rain comes, torrentially or drizzling, doesn’t matter, all my worries fall away.

But when it ceases and the sun weakly shines through, I don’t see new beginnings but rather a sodden landscape. It reminds me of the cemetery and the leafless twigs on the bushes, raindrops falling from them, falling down the neck when accidentally touching a branch over the path.

And there are the plaques before me of those I’ve known. That can be a very lonely time.

It says I squandered my opportunities, missed time with these people and here I am, standing here, all now gone and why should I still be standing? At least I came to see, for what it’s worth.





Of efficiency – UK government style, understanding the middle-east and some nice pics


Moselle and Rhine

The great tax disc change

Report from yesterday, illustrating how people in positions of responsibility organize things:

When you pay the tax on a road vehicle in the UK, you used to get a paper “tax disk” to affix to the inside of your car windshield. However the relevant records are documented electronically anyway, inspiring the government to replace the paper system with a purely online one.

Unfortunately said system was still in beta when it launched today and predictably, it has broken under user demand.

No alternative system is available. (The licensing agency actually ran out of the paper disks more than a month ago, and has been printing them out on normal office paper and asking vehicle owners to cut out the circle themselves.) The initiative is part of a larger “digital-first”, restructuring of how the government provides services aimed at “meeting user needs”.

[H/T haiku]

Understanding the middle-east from over here



Pics just gathered at random but with points of interest – one above, one here:


This one might have been Laura Dekker’s.…