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2009-11-20 - 1:14 p.m.

Yesterday I got my lunch and picked up my train tickets.

It turns out there isn't anywhere near the restrictions for train travel as there are for airline travel. Cell phone use, iPods, and other personal electronics are no problem. I have to be there about ten minutes prior to departure, which is no big deal.

Go ahead and laugh at my naivete. Like I said yesterday, it's been over twenty years since I have taken the train. If I were flying down there, I'd do the same thing - I'd do some research so I would know what to expect.

I wanted to be sure so this trip would be as comfortable as possible - in all possible ways. The less I have to worry about, the better I'll feel and the more relaxed I'll be.


Laila has been getting more and more affectionate over the last couple days.

She still sometimes shies away from my hand when I go to pet her, but other times she'll let me pet her for several seconds before walking away.

I think she's getting used to me.

Solange was affectionate from Day One, so this is a touch off-putting for me. But I'm sure Laila will continue to come around. After all, she came into this household in unusual, painful circumstances.

It takes time. And...patience.


And now, because I haven't done one in a long time, your Global Warming Moment Of Zen.

Hackers broke into the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit and released hundreds of e-mails and other data from scientists working of proving global warming.

Those e-mails show that the scientists used several underhanded methods to adjust the data to get the result they wanted. There's also e-mails that show how they would try to stifle dissenting opinion.

Here's just one (emphasis mine):

From: Phil Jones
To: ray bradley ,[email protected], [email protected]
Subject: Diagram for WMO Statement
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 13:31:15 +0000
Cc: [email protected],[email protected]

Dear Ray, Mike and Malcolm,
Once Tim's got a diagram here we'll send that either later today or
first thing tomorrow.
I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps
to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from
1961 for Keith's to hide the decline.
Mike's series got the annual
land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land
N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999
for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with
data through Oct is +0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998.
Thanks for the comments, Ray.


Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) xxxxx
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) xxxx
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email [email protected]

If these files are real, the pro-AGW movement is in deep trouble...possibly even done and done.


Oprah is finally calling it quits, saying her show will end in 2011. I have a hunch how Brin feels about it.

Why now? She says that twenty-five years just "feels right in my bones and in my spirit".

I wonder...maybe she'll go into politics.


So. I have a few things to do before work.

Be seeing you.


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