It has been a quite righteous week, largely unblogged. On Thursday FD SCP and I motored to Oakville so I could see and walk the Oakville and Copena mounds, and then on to Hartselle so I could walk around behind her while she galloped (?) the antique stores. The latter incidentally is much the more physically demanding because it tends to be of a different timing than my own motion. Anyway, blot forthcoming when I can.
I received word yesterday of two demises, the muchly beloved Nell Spegle who was the whirlwind behind Nell’s Cleaners, which is not only the better clothes cleaning establishment in Greater Metropolitan Arab but the center of Arab for intelligence (in both senses of the word) passed after a mishap with faulty internal plumbing, and the Brindlee Mountain Computer Club, which was most noted for its absence of either. I discovered the first of these belatedly via the web site of the Arab Tribune, and the second was communicated to me by my colleague Magnetic Inductance Force. He described the demise as due to ‘ossification of the intellect’ on the part of the organization’s board of governance, an apparent case of gotterdamerung. Many of us will miss Nell, fewer will miss the BMCC, but at least it can be replaced with some less suicidal leadership.
While we’re on this thread, researchers from U Oregon have unearth a coastal settlement with pre-Clovis artifacts in California dating back ~ 12 KYA.[Link] This could be some of the folks who came across from Asia by paddling along the Bearing land bridge? Anyway, very good looking knapping.
Speaking of good knapping, I ran across a rather lame piece in Scientific American (yes, Qadgop, that is redundant and the lameness was undoubtedly due to the editing rather than the composition) about blog credibility. [Link] The credentials of the researchers wasn’t described, which may be in keeping with the tenor of the article, but is exasperating regardless and is part of why the article is lame. The conclusion of the research was:
“having a full set of biographical information, or having nothing but a nickname (of the blogger) made absolutely no difference on how credible the (subjects) thought the blogger was.”
Personally, I tend to give greater credence to anonymous/pseudonymous bloggers because they seem likely to be hiding their identities from the punishments of real enemies. But it is still a bit daunting that a blogger can write the most outrageous opinionated things and be about as credible as if it is something they have real knowledge of.
Next, the NASA folks have figured out that all we need to do to ameliorate global climate change (warming) is to have a ‘small’ (~ 1.5 MT) nuclear war every few years. [Link] Much as it strains good sense and the responsibility of blogging, this is one of the better approaches I have heard. And when we run out of oil in a few years, we have several good places to stage these wars since there will not be much of value remaining in those places. And once the oil money goes away, most of the people living there will have to look elsewhere for employment anyway.
That’s enough. This is getting entirely too weird and believable. Is reading your own blog the equivalent of drinking you own urine? Is this why the yellow Kool Aid is the least seller? Does it tell us something about (modern) Republican denial and why Amerika is in a lemming rush to mediocrity and decomposition?
Enjoy the day. Tomorrow will be worse.
 On this tack, the Wall Street Journal is the greatest of the lame since they manage to call everyone, including women, ‘Mr.’ instead of their actual form of address. They may consider it profession and impartial, I prefer the incompetent designation.