Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Fun with boxes!

I am moving tomorrow. We were going to move on Friday, but this morning the mover called and said, hey, it would be better for us if you move tomorrow instead! That's why I'm posting this instead of doing what I should be doing: putting things in boxes. I just hope it doesn't rain again. There's been flooding and stuff, although luckily our house is on a hill. (As a side note, I found my login info while packing! :)

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Who are folks rooting for in the World Cup now?

At the moment, I have to go with Ecuador, since my boss's wife is from Ecuador. I assume bdelphine is rooting for France. Any other teams I should be pulling for or against?

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Open thread

A mishmash of musings in the comments section....

Sunday, June 11, 2006

ECOLOGY: Getting a Better Picture of the Ocean's Nitrogen Budget -- Kolber 312 (5779): 1479 -- Science

Climate modelers face many challenges... very crude and non-physical perscriptions for cloud formation is one of the biggies. But there are also significant uncertainties in th biological processes that are essential to the Carbon and Nitrogen cycles. Without a fundamental understanding of these mechanisms, it's very difficult to predict whether the climate will continue to respond in a nearly linear manner or if some non-linearity will set it. That could be good (e.g., increase in CO_2 consumption by more ocean biomass) or bad (e.g., gulf stream reversing and sending Europe to the freezer). So it is very important to improve out understanding of the actual mechanisms responsible for the the current state of the Carbon and Nitrogen cycles. The study below might be a key step in improving our understanding of the Nitrogen cycle. ECOLOGY: Getting a Better Picture of the Ocean's Nitrogen Budget -- Kolber 312 (5779): 1479 -- Science

Key quotes from the article...
"There is an apparent deficit of about ~90 Tg required to support the existing level of oceanic new production.... The authors have reassessed the rates of nitrogen fixation by this organism [Trichodesmium], substantially narrowing the nitrogen deficit."

Friday, June 09, 2006

World Cup Watching

Never Mind The Winner
Does anyone in the Cambridge area have plans to watch the World Cup? It would be cool to get together to eat some food and watch some of the games.

Also, gratuituous baby pictures link!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

World Cup

Any predictions on how far the U.S. will go? I think we should be able to get back to the quarter finals at least. And how much will the rest of the world hate us if we win it all and it's still a sport less popular here than bass fishing.