After I glimpse for any email requiring immediate attention, I swing by Facebook, ‘like’ a couple likeable things, maybe repost, offer a comment, and go see what my blog stats were for yesterday.
Blog stats are my ego-meter, telling me of my relative significance for the online world: many blog views = boost for ego = me happy. This really pathetic side of myself remains endlessly entertaining. If I got under 100 views, I’m bummed, if I got over 150, I rule. Want to make me happy? Go click on everything, browse page after page, click links, come back, and do it all over again. You’ll make my day. I’ll never know you didn’t read a letter of it. Ah… Good “I made it!” yesterday, and today looks promising: ;-D
In my browser’s top bar I have a tab called ‘Science’…
- I start with a look of recent earthquake activity: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/
- I have a quick look at the zoom-in of this week’s Earthquakes in Northern Japan, just because I like keeping an eye on the situation with the Spent Fuel Pools.
- Next is the Sun. Quick look at SolarHam: http://www.solarham.com/ for info on solar activity parameters:
- Old habit, I also look at the Space Weather site: http://www.spaceweather.com/. Pretty quiet out there…
- Not sure why it takes so long for the University of Colorado to update its Sea Level data graph… Still not updated:
- Before leaving the science department, I go into the Climate subtab and out of the bunch I pick one or two. Today I peek at Leif Svalgaerd’s Solar Terrestrial Activity Report @ http://www.solen.info/solar/, which shows me that despite a couple spikes in activity, this solar cycle 24 remains darn weak:
I have often appreciated many of Leif’s comments on the science blog (skeptikal of AGW dogma), “Watts Up With That?” (WUWT), where he suggests reading materials I have found very interesting, like, for instance the paper by Schrijver, C. J., W. C. Livingston, T. N. Woods, and R. A. Mewaldt (2011), The minimal solar activity in 2008–2009 and its implications for long-term climate modeling, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L06701, doi:10.1029/2011GL046658. I find that stuff fascinating.
- Every now and then I swing by WUWT @ http://wattsupwiththat.com/ to see if anything peeks my interest. Today that is this post: A Big Picture Look At “Earth’s Temperature” – Quarterly Update Posted on April 15, 2012 by justthefactswuwt. Interesting to see that the alleged plateau-ing of global temperatures is now apparent on even NOAA’s graph, with no warming at all in the last 7 years. This would be pretty weird if CO2 were the primary climate driver… Here’s NOAA’s global temperature:
- I do a quick Google “CO2 Graph” and find the “Trends in CO2”, also by NOAA, here:
Just for the visual, when I hold one image over the other, anyone can see that they diverge. Instead of an acceleration of global warming, I see it stalled, going for at least 7 years now. Little diversions like this often take me out of my half hour info diet:
I decide I spent enough time online already, and I won’t check the couple newspapers and favorite conspiracy sites today.
- Instead I turn on Radio 1 from Belgium to enjoy a little Flemish and a nice mixture of music and news: http://internetradio.vrt.be/radiospeler/v2_prod/qt.html?qsbrand=11
Boring philosophical discussion. I turn it off. And go on with my day…