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  1. The world has never seen such freezing heat A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore's chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record. GISS's computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running. A GISS spokesman lamely explained that the reason for the error in the Russian figures was that they were obtained from another body, and that GISS did not have resources to exercise proper quality control over the data it was supplied with. This is an astonishing admission: the figures published by Dr Hansen's institute are not only one of the four data sets that the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) relies on to promote its case for global warming, but they are the most widely quoted, since they consistently show higher temperatures than the others.
  2. I thought this part was interesting: "The stuff that I did with my entourage back in the day is stuff that I'm not proud of and I'm asking forgiveness for; I don't want things brought up in church, but, if you go to church in Beverly Hills, those kind of things happen." It seems he must be making a distinction between not being proud of and asking forgiveness for the stuff he did with his entourage vs. the stuff depicted on the show Entourage. I primarily bring it up because Entourage is one show that in my opinion makes a pretty regular point of celebrating the decadence it portrays, not just depicting it.
  3. Really? Hostile reaction has been pretty constant starting with the bailing on Michigan State. Some thought that while Lloyd Carr's timing of his retirement announcement damned Les Miles' chances before they appeared in becoming Michigan's coach. However, the LSU administration and its atheletic dept. were prepared to go to the mattresses to avoid yet another Saban debacle just as things were settling down. I'm guessing Saban tunes it out. It certainly follows him. I'm betting on the thrill of the Pheonix rising out of the ashes. That's what motivates him. Both MSU and Miami were beginning to stall in their trajectories. Nick doesn't like that. I'll reiterate that you may be right, but also that (given the current state of the program in year 2), he won't be able to walk away a "success" at Bama until he's won a NC. There's just no room for sustained upward trajectory that doesn't reach that level (or at least playing at that level consistently for a period of time) before it has the chance to stall out. So he'll keep going until he gets it there, because that's what will validate his imprint on the team, in a way that he would've never had any legitimate hope to do at MSU. If he leaves after he accomplishes that, like I said, I'll take the trade-off!
  4. No doubt. And normally that would be a concern. The thing is, Alabama's fan base has been through so much the last decade or so, that everyone's pretty content with a use-use relationship at this point. If Saban only sticks around 4 or 5 years then heads somewhere else, and all Alabama is left with is a rejuvenated perennial national title contender, I'm okay with that. My gut says he stays until retirement though, even though I know how naive that sounds. He's not gonna leave for money, because Bama can (and will) pay him as much as any school in the country. He's not gonna leave for championship potential, as this year shows that he's got that aplenty right where he is. He could leave because he just wants to be somewhere else, or gets bored, or whatever I guess. But I think he was a bit surprised at how hostile the reaction to his departure from Miami was, and I don't think he'll be eager to fan those flames again for a while. And yeah, he is a heck of a coach.
  5. My Tide was going to be beaten first by Clemson, then surely by Georgia, then of course by LSU, and now without a doubt by Florida. Just the way I like it...
  6. I believe way back in the early days of the ipod they actually sold different Mac and PC versions. I assume that's because at that time they needed them to be formatted differently. They don't do that anymore, which would indicate just what others are saying - that it doesn't matter how it's formatted anymore.
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    Hopefully the fact that Baz ultimately gave in on this is an indication that he didn't disagree with them TOO strongly. I know I've edited films before where I'll start with an ending that may have a special resonance with me, but that I know will be a tougher "sell" to an audience. And as many times as not, it's not because it's clearly the better ending, but rather because I know if I don't start there first, I'll never give that ending a chance to see if it really is better or not. So looking at this optimistically, it's possible that he knew deep down that it wasn't going to work as is, and when the studio came calling on it, he relented properly. But we'll see...
  8. It's good to be king, if only for a while. ROLL TIDE.
  9. You can set up repeating events in iCal. Please do point me in the right direction. I felt like I looked through every menu option and right-click I could find to no avail. Nevermind - finally found it by using the Help option within iCal. I'll definitely take a look at that - it looks like it will probably cover what I'm trying to do. Thanks! EDIT: Do you know if it will alert you even if iCal is not running? That's one of the reasons I didn't use Microsoft Outlook's calendar/reminders on the Windows side - it only seemed to popup with a reminder if Outlook was running at the time.
  10. I'm actually in a week of "Mac only" testing for myself, to see if I want to switch or not. I've been using a MacBook Pro for the last year +, but have it dual booted with Windows and have actually used the Windows side of things almost exclusively. I got OSX (and the MacBook itself) for the Final Cut Pro capability when I have things I need to edit. Since I may be upgrading in the near future to a Mac Pro for an edit-only machine, I realized that I wouldn't need to keep OSX on my MacBook Pro at all and I could just use it all for Windows (Heresy!). (Dual booting causes all sorts of problems for me when it comes to backing up everything on a consistent, reliable basis...) Ironically, my thought that I could ditch OSX altogether made me realize that while I've got it loaded on here, I need to give it at least a full week of never booting into the Windows side of things to give it a legitimate shot at winning me over. I'm only a few days in, so I'm not ready to make any reports as of now, but here are the most handy features that I've found so far. 1. I used the System Preferences to setup the corners of my screen so that the bottom left corner shows "All Windows" - very convenient when you're trying to find a window that's open somewhere under a bunch of other windows - and the bottom right corner shows "Spaces". Spaces has come in handy when I've got Final Cut Pro outputting something, and want to work with some browser windows in a different "space." 2. Download Open Office if you don't have a good office doc program. 3. De-clutter your dock at the bottom of the screen by removing all the stuff you don't use much. It makes it a lot quicker to find and click on the icons that you do use. 4. I setup Time Machine for backups, which is really a pretty nifty little backup program. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to let you backup over the network, which severely limits its usefulness for me. I mean, I'm using a laptop, how often am I really going to sit it down and plug it into an external firewire drive. It basically makes Time Machine a manual process instead of an automated one, which completely misses the point. And one thing I don't like so far: 1. I have a great little program on the Windows side of things that I use called TimeLeft that allows me to easily setup event reminders and notifies me at the given time. So for instance I have it set to popup every Monday to tell me to give my dog her medication, it pops up every 6 months to remind me to change the oil in my car, etc. I've searched and searched but haven't found a single program that will do this on the Mac side. I know I can schedule events in iCal and it'll alert me when it's time for the event, but nothing I've found seems to allow you to setup reminders on a continuous, repeatable time table. Does anyone use something like this that they could recommend?
  11. FWIW, Philip Winchester (the lead) is a believer, and a great guy. I went to church with him when I was in LA.
  12. I don't know what happens to the number or quantity of films themselves, but I do know that in something like 5 of the last 6 recessions, movie ticket sales have increased. Presumably due to the relatively low cost compared to other forms of entertainment...
  13. Do they even need the rights to those books in order to use the titles? My understanding was that titles in general aren't copyrightable. I don't know if it makes a difference if it's a case like this where they're obviously referencing the same character and story-universe. If it's trademarked, that's a different beast, but unless they're using the actual storylines from Legacy or Betrayal, I'm not sure if they'd be impeded from using the titles or not. (And considering that the first 3 movies don't really follow the storylines of the books they're named after, it would be a departure for them if they did decide to use the books at this point.)
  14. Looks like the poster folks didn't get the memo on the spelling change.
  15. So it's the halfway point, and let me start by just saying: Roll Tide. Is it 2010 already? Because that's when I was expecting this... On to the fun part. Here's a challenge for you. Take this week's AP top 11 (with specific attention to the Big 12 teams): 1) Texas 2) Alabama 3) Penn St. 4) Oklahoma 5) Florida 6) USC 7) Texas Tech 8) Oklahoma St. 9) BYU 10) Georgia 11) Missouri Now let's assume that Missouri beats Texas this Saturday, and that Oklahoma and Oklahoma St both win as well. If you're an AP voter, what order do you put the Big 12 teams in? To simplify it slightly, don't even worry about undefeated Texas Tech. Just try to rank UT, OU, OSU, and MU. - They would all have one loss. - OSU just beat MU, so they should be ahead of them - MU would've just beaten UT, so they should be ahead of them - UT just beat OU, so they should be ahead of them So the "logical" order goes: 1) OSU 2) MU 3) UT 4) OU Somehow I don't see the voters putting OU fourth out of those teams. So somebody, somewhere - possibly more than one team - would probably find themselves sitting behind the team they just beat within the last week. I'm pulling for MU just to see the fallout...
  16. I assume this is a Chrome-specific thing, and not something that you can do anything about Alan, but I'll mention it anyway. When I use A&F, if I click a link to the last page of a thread, read what there is to read, then "Back" out to the previous page (Forum list), Chrome still has the "Unread" icon lit up on the side of the thread. Clicking additional threads and then backing out of them doesn't do anything. It's not until you actually re-load the page without "Back"ing into it that it will show the threads as read. In IE7, when I click a thread and then back out, it's already updated to show it as read. Like I said, I assume there's nothing on your end that can do anything about this, but I might as well ask... Overall, I'm actually a fan of Chrome so far. I especially like the use of the all-in-one address/search/suggestion bar, and the ability to pull tabs off to their own windows when desired.
  17. Dear Jeffrey Overstreet. You suck at life, and everything you do with yours. Sincerely, popechild [/trying to make Jeff's bulletin board]
  18. Hmm... I'm kind of enjoying it still, but you guys are making me wonder if I'm wasting my time on a show that's going to get cancelled out from under me midseason after stealing an hour of my time every week.
  19. Oh my. You know how every game - especially the big ones - you secretly, somewhere in the back of your mind, think to yourself: "Wouldn't it be great if we just went in there and just stomped them..." But you know it isn't gonna happen, at least not in your team's favor? Life as an Alabama fan has given me two of those "dream come true" games in the first month of the season. First, the dismantling of top 10 Clemson in the opener, then last night's black-clad funderal in Athens. Has a team ever gone from unranked to #1 in the course of a single month? It's unlikely, but a possibility when today's coaches poll comes out. I normally like my teams playing as the underdog, but I'm just trying to enjoy this one right now for however long it lasts, knowing that it may not be more than 6 days. And I'll go ahead and say it. Why not Bama as #1? If the inherent bias of preseason prognostications were left out of it, and you were putting together a top 25 based purely on on-the-field results, is there a team with a better claim to the top spot than Bama? It probably won't happen, because (at least with OU, and maybe 1 or 2 others) they'll think "OU hasn't done anything wrong and doesn't deserve to be jumped." I personally hate this line of reasoning. It severely overvalues the shot-in-the-dark guesses that are the preseason polls. I know it'll never happen, but I'd love to see all the polls (that count) wait until a month into the season to come out. It'd at least give a single chance, after some meaningful games have been played, for voters to have to sit down and evaluate the actual resume of each of the teams they're voting for, instead of going from week to week merely re-shuffling whatever ballot they came up with in August ("They won? Move 'em up a few spots. They lost? Move 'em down a few.") Oh, and give Nick Saban a raise.
  20. Don't know if you've spent much time in Atlanta, but I've never been anywhere where people drive as fast as they do here. All of the posted limits in and around town on the interstates are 55, but I'd say 75-80 would put you in the flow of traffic when there's no congestion, and 85 wouldn't make you stick out. I know when I've visited other places where people actually drive 55-60, it's been very hard to comply...
  21. Print that out and frame it somewhere. It's probably the only time I've ever witnessed that sentiment! (But awesome for you that it's paid off!)
  22. Uhh, should have used "ugly" instead of "tough". What an embarrassment. If it was ever possible for a preseason top 5 team to be knocked out of the national championship race after only a single loss, on the road, against the #1 team in the country, this is it. It may be a new season officially, but OSU's performances the last 2 years have pretty much assured that no one will vote them in this year unless they absolutely have to. FWIW, I didn't catch the game live, but skimmed through most of it last night knowing who won of course. I only watched until half time (at which point it was pretty much out of reach), but it didn't look near as bad as I expected. OSU was a holding call away from being down 14-10 with just a few minutes to play in the half. If I've ever seen a team kill itself by making mistakes at EXACTLY the wrong times, this was it.
  23. I don't know anything about the court system in the UK, but someone please tell me there's a higher court somewhere that will overturn this nonsense. Cleared: Jury Decides That Threat Of Global Warming Justifies Breaking The Law The threat of global warming is so great that campaigners were justified in causing more than
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