Thursday, January 02, 2014

Mildly inconvenienced (again)

Among all the excitement relating to the "rescue" of these somewhat foolish tourists and scientists, I still haven't found out what it is they are actually being rescued from, other than perhaps their embarrassment at finding rather more sea ice than their predecessors. A cheap shot I know, but you can imagine the headlines if they had encountered less ice. Andy Revkin has more on the impact of the operation.

In other news, climate sensitivity is high again. I'm yet to get hold of a copy of the paper, so I can't tell you what is wrong with it yet :-) Some of our Japanese friends like it, so maybe it's right after all. But I can't read their commentary either :-( Thanks Nature for doing your best to hinder the free exchange of scientific knowledge.

13 comments:

William Connolley said...

Get off yer arse and read the paper, I need to know what to think.

Oh, and Happy New Year.

James Annan said...

Giz a copy and I will. Us unemployed scroungers can't afford the likes of Nature (or rather, I'm a conscientious objector to paying the parasites).

And HNY back at you!

Paul S said...

I received an email a few months ago offering an annual personal Nature subscription for £38. That's about the same as an individual article. Don't know if that offer's still open.

Would have taken them up on it if there was some way to stop them sending a paper copy every week.

William Connolley said...

Ha, you're too late, I now know what to think: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2014/01/a-bit-more-sensitive/

Or I would, if I'd read it...

William Connolley said...

> unemployed scroungers

So, just wondering, how serious is this "blue skies research" stuff? Just a filler while you look for a proper job, or are you two the next Lovelock(s)?

Hank Roberts said...

Is there no librarian out there who will start an Institute for the Between Times, that provides its members online access through the paywall?

EliRabett said...

Eli intends to open iPapers after he retires. Two bucks a piece.

James Annan said...

We aren't looking for jobs at all, at least certainly not as 9-5 cubicle fillers, though all reasonable offers of payment will be gratefully considered. Finding a house is the first priority, though we do have some research ongoing. I'll leave the comparisons to Lovelock for others to make :-)

Chuck Magee said...

Does your jamstec email address still function?

James Annan said...

Yes, though it may die at any time.

crandles said...

>!I still haven't found out what it is they are actually being rescued from"

Perhaps a few more details at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25833307

It seems to suggest that 'somewhat foolish tourists' not remembering rendezvous time didn't help though whether things like that made a difference or not is hard to judge.

crandles said...

Public libraries get online access to research journals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25981183

James Annan said...

Ah, but it's only some journals, isn't it? The death of the commercial publishing leeches can't come soon enough in any case.