Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2011«

Apocrypha & Quote Mining Among the Climate Deniers

May 31, 2011


I have now made several visits to a climate change denier website recommended by a reader.  It’s a fairly typical one featuring an array of quotes purporting to show, as far as I can tell, that climate scientists and an array of suspect organizations are conspiring together to foist the idea of human-caused climate change […]

Climate Science – PollyAnnas, Pessimists & the IPCC

May 30, 2011


Ah, here’s Simple Sam.  Hi, Sam.  Come on over here.  I want you to look at a graph, or four graphs, really, that have been charted together.  Do you know what the diagram stands for? “I’m sure you’re going to tell me.” Yes, I am.  This diagram puts together four different estimates of climate sensitivity. […]

Thomas A. Dorsey, Gospel & the Devil’s Music

May 29, 2011


They used to call him Georgia Tom, a piano player who had once put together a band for Ma Rainey, and who in 1928, while dueting with Tampa Red, the Guitar Wizard, sold seven million records with a song called “It’s Tight Like That.”  The song was widely covered by blues and jazz artists, as […]

Hobo’s Lullaby – Songs for My Father

May 27, 2011


When my father died in 2002, I made a compilation of music to play and give out at his memorial service.  I never did explain why I chose the songs I did, although I always intended to get around to annotating the list.  I finally have. 1.  Leadbelly – Goodnight, Irene.  My earliest memory of […]

The Twelve Bar, Thirteen Bar, Fourteen Bar Blues

May 26, 2011


Ask the dictionary about the blues and inevitably you’ll hear about the twelve bars, as if every blues had the same structure, the same length, the same three chords and had the same bad trouble with the same evil woman or man.  There are many blues that begin there, but such a description hides more […]

Legends of Myself 18

May 25, 2011


Continued from Legends of Myself 17 PART THREE:  [1956-1958] MY FATHER IN-BETWEEN 18.  Vancouver, 1956:  Pinwheels & Regrets Scientists have measured love.  They can’t mix it up for you right there in the sink like the Gypsy with the gold-capped tooth, but they can quantify it for you.  Scientists tell us (they observed it in the […]

Vincent à la Vincent by Haisla Collins

May 19, 2011


Haisla Collins’ tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. ———–

Freeze Up at Lost Lagoon, 1929

May 18, 2011


Pauline Johnson wrote about it, Lost Lagoon not-so-lost at the entrance to Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Many visitors have rented rowboats there, strolled or jogged around it, picnicked beside it, peered in about the edges of its wetlands, or (despite all the signs to the contrary) sat on the benches or walls and tossed stale bread […]

This Week in Climate Disaster (May 16, 2011) — And after

May 16, 2011


Climate science, as I understand it, predicts that climate change will bring more rainfall because of increased evaporation and because higher temperatures permit the air to hold more water vapour.  Places that already have rainfall will have more rainfall.  Places already prone to flooding will have larger floods.  Major flood events will come closer together. […]

Protohistory: The Leaking of History

May 15, 2011


They called it protohistory when they found out the same things were happening to ahistorical people as historical people. Uppity!