Sunday, June 1, 2008

Return of the Blogi

To anyone who is still dropping by this site let me say, "HOWDY!" I haven't posted for over a week because I just got back from spending that time in the Netherlands with little to no internet connection. I presented a paper on improved control rod reactivity curves for the Annular Core Research Reactor at the 13th International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry. The Netherlands was beautiful, and I saw lots (and lots) of wind turbines. They are pretty impressive close up.

I just wanted to post something to let everyone know that the blog had not died. So, I ran across this on the "Watts Up With That" blog:

Greenhouse Calculator

What is it? Well, I am hoping that you will follow the link and calculate the age at which you should die to insure that you don't use "more than your fair share" of the earth's resources and report it back to me in the comments. My magic number is 2.5 years. What this means is that 32 years ago my mother should have put a pillow over my head and killed me in my sleep (anything else would have made her cruel, right?).

The website is targeted at educating 9-13 year olds on their destructive future lifestyles. I am guessing someone with a very low carbon footprint does not have broadband internet access, but that is JUST a guess. Anyway, please chime in with how much past your fair share of living you have gone (mine number is +32). If you don't want to give a differential that might reveal your age, just let me know your age of "responsible" death, whether you have passed it yet, and your thoughts on this type of indoctrination. Uh, I mean, education. I REALLY do hope that this carbon footprint website doesn't lead to increased suicide rates because of ridiculous guilt trips in young, impressionable websurfers out there who ride to school in their parents Hummers, live in Al Gore type of houses, and have big allowances.

Also, even if you have to change your answers, make sure you get to see the greenhouse pig explode. I am pretty sure that it was meant as a real horror show.

7 comments:

Josh & Margo said...

I should have died an exploding death at 11.2 years old which would have been about 16 years ago. Does the person who lives the longest that makes a comment on here get a prize?

Cable said...

I should die at 2 - I guess buying things are bad - but what about the poor chinese children?

Anonymous said...

Scientists sign petition denying man-made global warming

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/2053842/Scientists-sign-petition-denying-man-made-global-warming.html

Anonymous said...

got to love this one
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7430684.stm

Anonymous said...

11.7! Wahoo

Lora Lee said...

I registered a 2.1, I'm here 27 years longer than I should have been. Shouldn't we get to use someone else's years that doesn't use that much stuff. :) What a great teacher for kids lets make them feel really guilty about anything they want to do with their lives.

The Mani said...

A turning point in the global warming issue for me was this article in Newsweek, in the April 13 2007 issue:
http://www.newsweek.com/id/32482

I have never seen such shameless bias in a non-op-ed piece in Newsweek. Note the phrase, "the denial machine," used repeatedly, egregiously, and non-appologetically -- with propagandistic abandon. My logic students learn that this fallacy is called the question-begging epithet.
Zach

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