Saturday, February 24, 2007


update/clarification on the global warming statistic

the exact phrasing of the question that allegedly led to the conclusion that 13% of americans had 'never heard of' global warming does not, imo, lead to anything of the sort. the wording seems to have been

'Have you heard or read anything about the issue of global warming?'

13% is much more realistic if you're talking about americans who have never read an article or listened to someone talk about the subject.


Friday, February 23, 2007



Main Entry: ig·no·rance
Pronunciation: 'ig-n(&-)r&n(t)s
Function: noun
Definition: lack of knowledge, education, or awareness

13% of the american population has never heard of global warming.

96% of latin america has heard of global warming, and 75 percent think it's a "very serious" issue.

an article on the report, summarizing a 46-country poll of more than 25,000 internet users, is here. (and some commentary with a few extra numbers is here.)

Friday, February 16, 2007


google is broken.

i just typed in 'MBUAPCD' and they asked if i meant 'BCSD'.

Thursday, February 08, 2007



is my first day of spring. (it's also, not coincidentally, an anniversary of a death that changed me a little bit.) there should be some blossoming trees around town today. and sourgrass. and if you're driving over the 17 to santa cruz, you should be able to see all the acacias in bloom.

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