A Zen Version of the Twilight Zone

By: bappit, 5:34 AM GMT on November 27, 2013

Wundergrounder's might enjoy this episode of the cerebral anime Mushi-Shi: "Raindrops and Rainbows". It is episode seven of season one and can be viewed for free on Hulu. These stories are a bit like a Zen version of Twilight Zone.

Each episode of the series apparently takes place in 19th century Japan. Each story is related via a man named Ginko who travels the country studying a phenomena called Mushi. The following description is copied widely on the i...

Latest Model Runs

By: bappit, 4:10 PM GMT on July 19, 2013

Previously: Hot Towers
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Here are the latest model runs!


The North Pole Cam Model:




The "Wilful ignorance -- yes, it is childish..." model:




The Big Picture Model:




The Fingerprint Model:





Thanks to original posters: Zampaz (and others), JohnLonergan, Xandra, RevElvis.

Updated: 6:38 PM GMT on July 19, 2013

Hot Towers

By: bappit, 7:33 PM GMT on July 06, 2013

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Previously: I Don't Know ... or There is More than One Flat Earth Mentality
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Hot towers were first identified in the 1950's by Joanne Simpson working under Herbert Riehl, her Ph.D. advisor. She was studying what would drive the Hadley circulations. From a short biography:

"Simpson, in collaboration with Herbert Riehl, proposed the 'Hot Tower' hypothesis of tropical convection in 1958. Predictions of ...

hot towers

Updated: 6:32 PM GMT on July 19, 2013

I Don't Know ... or There is More than One Flat Earth Mentality

By: bappit, 8:04 PM GMT on June 25, 2013

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Previously: That Reminds Me ... or The Limitations of Language
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In a previous blog, I refer to the "elephant effect" as the inverse of the "butterfly effect". Instead of a small scale process producing an effect at a large scale, an elephant effect is a large scale process producing a small scale effect.

Climate change is full of elephant effects. A prime example is an increase in global CO2 concentrations...

Updated: 6:43 PM GMT on July 19, 2013

That Reminds Me ... or The Limitations of Language

By: bappit, 7:12 PM GMT on June 21, 2013

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Previously: Correlation is Not Causation, but ...
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A comment in today's blog by Dr. Masters got me thinking about the heating/cooling business ... and all that. Dr. Master's blog was excellent and I have no complaints, but it made me think.

Writing about the origin of the summer monsoon in India Masters says:

Furthermore, due to its molecular p...

Updated: 6:19 PM GMT on July 19, 2013

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