Friday, June 26, 2009

Oh Really?

President Obama:
"At a time of great fiscal challenges, this legislation is paid for by the polluters who currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink and pollute the air we breathe,"

So you are saying that the electricity utilities that pay more to generate power won't pass this extra cost on to consumers? Okay, well then won't the shareholders (many of which are pension funds) realize a lower return on their investments?

The water we drink is "polluted" by carbon? You mean like Coke, sparkling water and champagne? I pay extra for that kind of water!

CO2 is not remotely harmful to breathe even at many times the current concentration. It is however essential for plant growth.

We have got to stop electing people so utterly ignorant of science to the most powerful position in the world.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

White Peony

Running with the dog. Barefoot, kind of...

Last Summer I took the puppy for a 4-mile run most mornings. She would pull at the leash the whole way, so I knew she was not being over exerted. She is a breed built for comfort not speed, so I wanted to be careful.

This Summer she is just not the same dog. She got run-over last Fall and by late Winter was recovered, but really out of shape. So on Tuesdays, when I work from home, I take her on a couple of miles slow jog.

In order that I get something out of it fitness-wise I wear these sort of foot gloves made by VibramIt feels like you are barefoot--without tearing-up your feet. They make you run like you are barefoot since they have no padding at all. You cannot land on your heel as you would in normal running shoes. The result is that you build-up strength in your foot and calf and this is supposed to ward-off injuries from distance training. I know my calves were very sore the first few times I ran in these things.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Hello Mr. Frog...

I would like to give you a kiss--Don't worry, I would never bite.

Another princess! This happened last time too.

This is not well known

Just a note that the present is on the left of the chart and the right is 500 million years ago.

This makes sense if you think about it: All the coal in the world was Carbon Dioxide in the air before it became coal. Plants took the CO2 and made themselves out of it. In the right settings the old dead plants accumulated and formed coal. This is part of why there is less CO2 in the air than before. Lately it has been rising in part due to us mining the stuff and burning it.

Getting back to the above chart: It can be seen that for most of the last 500 million years, CO2 existed at higher concentrations in the atmosphere than it does now. In this period the Earth has experienced glaciations (ice ages).

Sunday, June 21, 2009

This Week's Runs

Bedford Neighborhood 4.1 31:07:00 7:35:22 15-Jun-09

short dog run 2.5 24:00:00 9:36:00 16-Jun-09

Landing Strip 020 11.8 1:30:36 0:07:41 17-Jun-09 PR

out and back on middlesex tpk 4 30:13:00 7:33:15 18-Jun-09 Ran with Ross.

Affy loop 5.2 40:12:00 7:43:51 19-Jun-09

Merrimack River Trail 10--roughly Untimed with stops 20-Jun-09 Ran with Ross.

Happy Father's Day!