The Good-Hairday Scientist. New comic! Fiction!
I love it when baseball players make weird faces. Specially if it’s Romo.
I think the California Report on KQED did a segment on this. It’s horrible. This is why we can’t have nice things.
“It was an unlikely crime scene: a steep trail used by bears leading to a still, ancient redwood grove. There, a rare old-growth coast redwood had been brutally hacked about 15 times by poachers, a chain saw massacre that had exposed the tree’s deep red heartwood.
The thieves who butchered this and other 1,000-year-old arboreal giants were after the burls, gnarly protrusions on the trees that are prized for their intricately patterned wood. Although timber theft has long plagued public lands, a recent spate of burl poaching, with 18 known cases in the last year, has forced park officials to close an eight-mile drive through old-growth forests, the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, at night to deter criminals. More closings are expected.
While some burls are small and barnacle-like — perfect for souvenir salt-and-pepper shakers — others weigh hundreds of pounds and can fetch hundreds or thousands of dollars per slab.
The poachers, known locally as the “midnight burlers,” are motivated by a sluggish local economy and expensive methamphetamine habits, park officials say, and they have been targeting ever-bigger burls and using increasingly brazen tactics. Last year, a redwood estimated to be 400 years old was felled by thieves who wanted access to a 500-pound burl 60 feet up. It was the first time an entire tree was cut down for a burl…
Old-growth coast redwoods are among the earth’s most tenacious organisms, some living 2,000 years or more. Removing a burl cuts into a tree’s living cambium layer, which can weaken it and make it vulnerable to insects and disease.”
If San Francisco were Westeros.
Well, this is a giant mountain of bullshit.(via wilwheaton)
What the IPA?!
Cable on Climate Science
Via the Union of Concerned Scientists:
CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are the most widely watched cable news networks in the U.S. Their coverage of climate change is an influential source of information for the public and policy makers alike.
To gauge how accurately these networks inform their audiences about climate change, UCS analyzed the networks’ climate science coverage in 2013 and found that each network treated climate science very differently.
Fox News was the least accurate; 72 percent of its 2013 climate science-related segments contained misleading statements. CNN was in the middle, with about a third of segments featuring misleading statements. MSNBC was the most accurate, with only eight percent of segments containing misleading statements.
Images: Science or Spin?: Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science, via Union of Concerned Scientists
Percentage of me shocked? 0.
Can’t figure out if I love this or not. Which I think means that I do.
Played 39599 times.
Lorde - Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears For Fears Cover)
When I moved salons about 1.5 years ago and was able to set up online booking, I made a point of listing my haircut services as “Short Haircut” or “Long Haircut”. I wanted to get away from the gendering of “Men’s Cut” and “Women’s Cut” because I felt like that would be limiting and overly prescriptive to my clientele and however they express and present their gender(s) to the world. It wasn’t a huge event by any means, but it felt like a tiny little victory in such a heavily gendered industry as hair.