Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

February 2, 2006

Happy Groundhog Day!

Filed under: — Different River @ 12:49 pm

Here is the prediction from the official groundhog web site. (I didn’t know groundhogs could do HTML programming!)

Very Strange

Filed under: — Different River @ 11:52 am

Their rule seems to be “display them, don’t use them.”

Creative Cooking

Filed under: — Different River @ 5:07 am

You have to see this to believe it. Actually, I saw it and I’m still not sure I believe it.

(For what it’s worth: They refer to cellphones 2 watts of transmitter power. They are in the UK. I believe US handset phones have 0.6 watts of transmitter power, and the old “bag phones” have 3 watts.)

(Hat tip: Judi.)

Support Different River

Filed under: — Different River @ 4:31 am

I used to resist the commercialization of the blogosphere, and I’ve tried to keep the ads on this site on the subtle side. Perhaps too subtle, given that I my hosting fees, cheap as they are, are still more than my ad revenue. (The permanent ads are on the sidebar on the right, below the blogroll. Just keep scrolling down.) Good thing I regard this as a hobby, not a business.

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Kyoto Hypocrisy

Filed under: — Different River @ 4:09 am

You might recall a few years ago that Western European governments were excoriating the U.S. and George W. Bush for not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. (Never mind that the Senate had voted it down 99-0 during the Clinton administration; it’s still Bush’s fault!) Well, now Dan Seligman reports in Forbes that — it’s actually Europe’s fault:

And yet it appears that even western Europe is not reducing emissions. The Kyoto rules say that western Europe must get their emissions to a level 8% below those prevailing in 1990. But virtually all those countries–the only significant exception is Germany–are going in the wrong direction. The latest available data, covering emissions through 2003, tell us that in the years since the treaty was negotiated, carbon dioxide levels increased by 7% in France, 11% in Italy and 29% in Spain. The increase for western Europe as a whole was 5.4%.

After many years of European chatter about the monstrous evil perpetrated by George W. Bush in rejecting Kyoto, it is of possible interest that the increase in carbon emissions in the U.S. during those years was slightly lower (4.7%).

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