26 February 2010

I am curious about my readers.

If you are reading this, I ask you to leave a comment. It can be as long or as short as you like; I am just curious about who reads my blog and how many of you there are.

25 February 2010

My Apartment in Indiana was Rented

As you may have read, I was advertising for someone to take over the lease on my apartment in Indiana. Thank God that he provided someone in late January; it was a big weight off of our shoulders.

19 February 2010

What Happens to Losers Merchandise?

Have you ever noticed that after a Super Bowl win (or other professional sports championship), the hats, shirts, and other merchandise proclaiming the winner are already being worn by the winning team at the end of the game? That means they must have been manufactured before the winner was known; therefore, merchandise proclaiming he other winner (e.g. Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII) must also have been made.

I've often wondered what happens to it. Well, I finally found the answer; the "misprinted" merchandise is given to World Vision.
The international Christian humanitarian aid group works with Major League Baseball, the NFL, and the NBA to collect misprinted merchandise and distribute it to people living in impoverished nations.
I can't help but wonder if the confused look on the little girl's face means she knows that her T-Shirt is wrong, but I'm glad the merchandise doesn't go to waste.

09 February 2010

Richard Lidnzen At Fermilab

Richard Lindzen, who is arguably the most credentialed and respected sceptic of anthropogenic global warming, will be giving a colloquium here at Fermilab on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. If you are in the area, you can come; the colloquium will be in Wilson Hall, 1 West. I hope to have an opportunity to ask a question; any suggestions about what I should ask?

I will briefly discuss why this is a peculiar issue, and illustrate this with various examples of how the issue is being exploited and portrayed. In particular, I will show how much of the science and phenomenology being presented is contradicted by both logic and data. Although there is a profound disconnect between the commonly cited IPCC conclusion and the various projections of catastrophe, it is nonetheless worthwhile to examine the basis for the IPCC attribution of recent warming to man because the arguments are profoundly at odds with normative scientific logic. Even so, the claimed result, itself, is consistent with low, and hence unworrisome, climate sensitivity. This talk will discuss how one can ascertain the sensitivity. Most approaches are faulty in that they use observed temperature behavior and assume its cause. We show how this trap can be avoided. There are several approaches, and they each lead to the conclusion that current models are substantially exaggerating sensitivity. However, because of the peculiar nature of this issue, it seems unlikely that either this or the evidence of data mishandling will serve to diminish the commitment of many individuals to the seriousness of the alleged problem.

First Blog Entry as a Married Man

It has been a long time since I wrote something in this blog. As you can see from previous entries, I have been very busy with a wedding, holidays, and moving to Illinois. You can see (and post) photos of our wedding here!

Of course, I don't have enough time to write about all of that, but I hope to start posting photos in the coming weeks. I am settling in to my new location at Fermilab, though I am still working for Indiana University. My wife (that still sounds strange) and I are settling in to our new home and life together.

In these first (almost) two months of marriage, we have been doing a lot of learning. We have been learning how to communicate, how to cook together, how much fun it is just to finally be together, and overall, how to love each other.

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."