Arctic Joule Calcs

I’ve updated how the Arctic Joule spreadsheet works, to give the rowing team (Facebook page here) every benefit of the doubt. This was after a considerable and interesting discussion of methodology and philosophy with my German friend Marmoe in the comments here, who digitized an Arctic route and sent me coordinates. Many changes were made […]

Good Speed in the Arctic

The Arctic Joule has had a good day. They actually hit more than 7kph in the last day, a first for the trip. Click to enlarge the chart below:


Everyone Knows it’s Windy in the Arctic

The team of four men rowing in the Arctic has run into headwinds. Literally. They originally talked about making 100 kilometers on a good day (62 miles), and 40 kilometers on an average day. Two weeks into the voyage, it was clear that things weren’t going according to plan. And sometime in September, the melt season ends and ice begins building up quickly. Their total journey was expected to last until mid to late September. […]

One Ping Only

The MainstreamLastFirst rowers got stuck for a while, backtracking a bit over their previous path before shutting off their position transmitter again. About 28 hours later, they’ve turned it back on … for one ping only. They’ve made about 12 kilometers in the intervening period, but they are hoping for 40km per day average and 100km on good days in order to meet their goals. […]

Bad Outlook on Privacy

To avoid government snooping into the contents of emails, many people use encryption. But if you use Microsoft Outlook, there’s a problem with this: Microsoft helpfully saves the unencrypted version of the email for the NSA before doing the encryption for you, according to this UK article: […]

Row in the Arctic

I’ve been following (for a few weeks now) an adventure in the Arctic Ocean that I have mixed feelings about. The plan is to traverse (most of) the Northwest Passage under human power alone, in a specially designed rowboat. Four men, seasoned adventurers sponsored by a European renewable energy company, intended to row 24 hours a day, in pairs of rowers on 4-hour shifts, to demonstrate that the ice melt is so dramatic that it is now possible to do this. The mixed feelings come from: […]

Egypt Military: Morsi Gone

Unconfirmed report:

The Egyptian army has reportedly relieved Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of his authority, informing the Muslim Brotherhood-linked official at 7 p.m. local time that he was no longer president. At a press conference called shortly afterward, Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi outlined a roadmap that the army said would “put[] an end to the […]

Chicken of Turkey

A brief note on a telling dichotomy:

When the left describes something they don’t like about Christianity or Judaism, they are not shy about it.  They’ll even pin bombings or shootings on “Christian terrorists” or “Tea party” people ( which to many on the left seems synonymous), before any evidence is in hand at all. […]


This image is supposed to commemorate the horrible 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide — which means we are now at about 1/20th of the level at which green plants evolved. But to me, it has a very different connotation: