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Tweets of the week 090925
September 25, 2009, 6:48 pm
Filed under: Twitter

Selexyz bookshop, Maastricht

Selexyz bookshop, Maastricht

Again, the outward-pointing tweets of the week. Story of the week: Ice on the moon, broken by @NatureNews http://bit.ly/RP2sP, written up in jumbo economy size by @elakdawalla. Combative leader of the week: classic John Maddox http://bit.ly/4DQBVU. Falsifiable hypothesis of the week: Does being blind from birth prevent schizophrenia? http://bit.ly/SbSrJ. Rueful laughter of the week: http://bit.ly/9oiq6. Image of the week: the wonderful Selexyz bookshop in Mastricht, designed by Merkx+Girod http://bit.ly/3w7UgA

A very very small bit of bestsellerdom – Library Journal http://bit.ly/2kWVvL

RT @elakdawalla Wrote so much about lunar H2O that I had to break it in two. Part 1: Hey, there’s water on the Moon! http://bit.ly/2jKIU9

The charms of low-speed rail « Heliophage http://bit.ly/3qPObC

“Those who would transform the world must know how to kindle and fan an extravagant hope” http://bit.ly/wjQJK power of religious inspiration

More on #ETS court woes: “a real loss of confidence in the emissions market” http://bit.ly/bcf7x Italy next? http://bit.ly/XbRf6

A123 IPO a #cleantech #battery success story http://bit.ly/qWOH5

RT @catherine_mayer http://twitpic.com/j1eq8 – Separated at birth?

Felix Salmon » Blog Archive » The sensationalist WSJ | Blogs | http://bit.ly/tHwe7

RT @stevesilberman Like a dream of mine. RT @fritinancy A gorgeous church becomes a gorgeous bookstore: http://bit.ly/3w7UgA

Is Mercury Dripping through Bankruptcy Cracks? | TheDetroitBureau.com http://bit.ly/c97PZ new GM may not recycle as old GM promised

10-satellite launch http://bit.ly/15Yi7v prob’ly primo rocket science; H2O on moon too: does it make up for @chandrayaan thermals cockup?

NASA finds ice on the moon and on Mars Reuters http://bit.ly/dv7Ul @NatureNews did it better and firster http://bit.ly/RP2sP <Just the moon. Not Mars. No idea how Mars got into that tweet]

Thomson Reuters Predicts Nobel Laureates http://bit.ly/3lrQpO via @NatureNews http://bit.ly/2gsQ9B A Nordhaus win = #Cop15 fallout, I think

RT @stevesilberman Eno: The people who listen to music most are graphic designers – http://bit.ly/QH9ZD

RT @CherylMorgan: @arrroberts weighs in on SF and the Booker (via @genreville) < bit dismissive of f’sy: its more than throwing in dragons

RT @PD_Smith @HistoryTODAY: The largest Anglo-Saxon find since Sutton Hoo. Read exclusive expert opinion: http://bit.ly/f3Si7

How to pray at Detroit Metro airport http://bit.ly/uahzl

RT @seanmcarroll Advice to experts: don’t let non-experts know you read the Wikipedia pages on your area of expertise. http://is.gd/3Dhry

RT @MattPoacher @badjournalism: Is this the greatest headline ever? http://www.twitpic.com/ixx49

RT @jukevox @pomeranian99: “Most money in journalism, isn’t spent on journalism.” (http://bit.ly/3sNmLX): Couric pay > #NPR news budgets

EU Court overturns emissions caps on Poland and Estonia http://bit.ly/28aSmr http://bit.ly/8K5Bw This sounds like a big deal #cop15 #ETS

RT @DangerRoom New Missile-Defense Sats Ready to Launch Today, no, tomorrow http://bit.ly/4G9Bo #STSS

“Within sight of a capitalist nuclear reprocessing plant, on topsoil contaminated by a communist nuclear power station” http://bit.ly/BXynD

Copy Editors need self doubt: http://bit.ly/qxPoC <the awesome machineries of the New Yorker

Political institutions, not political will: Senate means party that loses can still kill agenda @MattYglesias http://bit.ly/35Zust #cop15

RT @jonahlehrer @mindhacksblog: Does being blind from birth prevent schizophrenia? http://bit.ly/SbSrJ < nicely falsifiable hypothesis

In light of House of Numbers AIDS denialism film furore (http://bit.ly/2L60Gn) a vintage piece of Maddox http://bit.ly/4DQBVU

RT @kenanmalik ‘treating ancient tribal habits as sacred but not their hopes of betterment’ http://bit.ly/gHbdj also http://bit.ly/3Gvxem

RT @stevesilberman Robert Gates profile by @dangerroom http://bit.ly/Anzlt < unashamedly pro, but v. good

Three Million Unsold Properties In Spain http://bit.ly/61XAW Wow. That’s a real recession for you

Les p’tites vignes from La Lunotte http://bit.ly/31RDkj rambunctious nonconformist Loire white from Theatre of #Wine http://bit.ly/19Vibz

NASA can make artificial noctilucent clouds, can’t do good media relations or public outreach http://bit.ly/1arB5y (via @NatureNews)

A month ago @elakdawalla rounded up statuses for 23 non-earth-facing science missions spread across the solar system http://bit.ly/5F9Pi

RT @glynmoody So there I was, happily taking some pix of some razor wire… – http://bit.ly/9oiq6 << almost LOL’d in library

RT @LCROSS_NASA Map of Oct 8/9th LCROSS Impact Viewing Parties http://ub0.cc/r9/4V < anyone planning a London breakfast?

A month ago @elakdawalla rounded up statuses for 23 non-earth-facing science missions spread across the solar system http://bit.ly/5F9Pi

RT @solarafrica Oooops! Egypt is overrun by garbage after killing all the pigs in a misguided reaction to swine-flu. http://bit.ly/1QuRxZ

RT @pourmecoffee The Los Angeles #StationFire burn scar from space. http://bit.ly/Yoayz

Lunar H2O definitely there, fascinatingly patchy: @LCROSS_NASA taking last minute target decisions as new data comes in http://bit.ly/RP2sP

Rob Carlson calculates that genetically modified systems now contribute 2% of US GDP http://bit.ly/123Fxh (towards end of post)

Australian (and WA) government is guaranteeing long term safety of #CCS involved in developing #Gorgon http://bit.ly/mvsKu

Gas from #Gorgon field off Aus. could generate as much power as 9 1.2GW nuclear plants over 40 yrs. http://bit.ly/LNVPo

Gordon Brown (texture like sun) will be attending Copenhagen, wants other heads of g’ment to do same http://bit.ly/Frho5 #Cop15

#IBMs Blue Gene #supercomputers win national medal of technology http://bit.ly/GHLYJ: my long-ago #bluegene piece http://bit.ly/278aB

RT @electronicalex 20 Qs & As about #Gorgon gas project http://bit.ly/orlzb (Great backgrounder by @narelletowie, rising star)

Where the cool kids are this weekend: @seanmcarroll is live-blogging Oxford Ellis-fest on pros & cons of the #multiverse http://is.gd/3uuoT

RT @dgmacarthur RT @michaelhoffman: VENTER’S ON A BOAT. Warning: contains both explicit language and Craig Venter. http://bit.ly/FPSA5

Kim Stanley Robinson on neglect of Brit SF by Booker and establishment http://bit.ly/12oCPl Guardian.co.uk followup http://bit.ly/19kni22:38 PM Sep 19th from bit.ly

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Tweets of the week 090918
September 19, 2009, 7:49 am
Filed under: Twitter

As last week, a compilation of my outward-linking tweets. Top read: David Victor and Richard Morse on Coal http://bit.ly/4tiNRm. Top object of wow: seeing electrons http://bit.ly/2T7Vl7. Top evisceration: a tie between Germaine Greer on Stephen Bayley  http://bit.ly/6zLEd and Dominic Lawson on Alan Clark http://bit.ly/cYwSE.  Top video:  Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo (which I can’t seem to embed)

RT @guardianeco The data behind Scotland’s new carbon budget http://tinyurl.com/ov7p7h

Firm brings choppers, spy cameras to oil data game http://bit.ly/5m4T7 another market for digitalglobe

“There is no … conclusion about how much change is dangerous,” http://bit.ly/wCmZD Chinese official (correctly) sees 2C limit as arbitrary

On Demand Books Turns Google’s eBook Archive Back Into Paperbacks http://bit.ly/6OAyZ

RT @emilybell potentially very significant: Google enters display ad market: http://bit.ly/1ETx0x < display ads served to where they’ll work

Iceland moves from #hydrogen cars to batteries http://bit.ly/19w9td Germany cleaves to the invisible flame of H-faith http://bit.ly/ZQMQU

When I worked with David Lipsey (2nd item) he showed no tendency to believe rubbish. What happened? http://bit.ly/1tqksh

Gates: USAF flies 35,000 aerial refueling missions a year. Russians fly 30 http://bit.ly/g4Oo6

RT @alexwitze update from @bmahersciwriter on the girl whose dad wants genetics to answer what’s wrong with her http://bit.ly/1cQoS1 #cshpg

Heliophage: my take http://bit.ly/uwqvo on Nick Calluther’s “#NormanBorlaug’s Complicated Legacy” http://bit.ly/o5uH12:58 PM Sep 17th from web

Paranormal Activity http://bit.ly/WWwo9 < a damn effective trailer for its audience, I’d say

1 in 3 US Prius owning households also own an SUV http://bit.ly/6YvRo (via Tyler and Harper’s)

Linn Myers’s art – algorithmic, naturalistic, spooky http://bit.ly/RHrWX also http://bit.ly/6gjSH

RT @dgmacarthur @nanopore: Clive Brown, “The most honest man in sequencing” on Oxford Nanopore informatics http://tr.im/yPJN Many insights

RT @ Richard_Kadrey @PinkTentacle: Sea rescue in #tilt-shift time-lapse video – http://bit.ly/vhiWg < phenomenal

RT @MattPoacher Strange litmap of Sebald’s wanderings in Rings of Saturn: http://barbarahui.net/litmap/

Terraforming the Sahara « Heliophage post on a trillion-tree geoengineering scheme http://bit.ly/1YUawG

RT @Dereklowe Real Electrons: http://bit.ly/2T7Vl7 <Hot heavy wow – s and p orbitals as seen by microscope

RT @climateprogress http://bit.ly/1U4kxr < why US railroads don’t like climate change legislation (20% of revenues from coal haulage)

@mseckington Is it just me, or does a palpable self loathing seep through every pore of the first 6 episodes of Dollhouse?

MainlyMartian: Why Paul Davies (http://bit.ly/3BrZRd) is wrong about One-way to Mars http://bit.ly/16pfZm

RT @grahamfarmelo How free to speak are UK sci journalists? Olivia Judson wise on Singh case: http://bit.ly/x50SQ > Olivia wise full stop

Dominic Lawson on the hatefulness of Alan Clark http://bit.ly/cYwSE – a fine fury well sustained

RT @SungevitySolar @dannyksfun Awesome map of surface area required to power the world with PV panels http://ping.fm/50HWH

RT @doctorow Brits: Petition to stop plan to cut your DSL if you’re accused of c’right infringement! http://bit.ly/diss-connect PLEASE RT!

RT @Climateprogress EIA: US will be 8.5% below 2005 levels of CO2 at end 2009 — halfway to climate bill’s 2020 target. http://bit.ly/3xkilq

“I would rather have a rectal examination on live TV by a fellow with cold hands than have a Facebook page.” G. Clooney, via Thom Geier

Nick Stern: in some Chinese regions (undefined) per capita emissions larger than UK’s http://bit.ly/Z4gzk #cop15

RT @bengoldacre Book titles if they were written today: cheap lolz via boingboing http://bit.ly/18h3oo

“In the future every whale will have a web page”: turns out Gorillas are getting there first http://bit.ly/OzsvQ

RT @Maxine_Clarke Via @Benhunt If you buy a thriller this week, make it a good one. 5 alternatives to Dan Brown: http://bit.ly/1ESl3t

RT @Bash @stefness: XKCD Book – out now #xkcd http://store.xkcd.com/xkcd/... << yay!

RT @PD_Smith @NatureNews @Roobina The RS book prize goes to Richard Holmes for The Age of Wonder. £6.99 at Amazon http://bit.ly/RyEPc

Best redaction ever: Yossarian gets Gotterdammerungy with the black pen when it comes to ending the world http://bit.ly/3wGJ0p

RT @PD_Smith Previously classified interviews w/former Soviet officials http://bit.ly/NAzWu via @WillWiles <- fascinating for nuke wonks

Index on Censorship » The end of libel tourism? http://bit.ly/yJYWp

RT @BraveNewClimate More Monbiot vs Plimer: bafflegab, phoney excuses http://bit.ly/AfGxU of D’Ancona we should expect better

Germaine Greer spanks Stephen Bayley on the design of the female body http://bit.ly/6zLEd

JBat mind blown by Digital Globe http://bit.ly/5WxF8 12 yrs after he commissioned this new-way-2-see-the-world story http://bit.ly/4Q4gU

RT @criticalterrain Loving David Maisel’s new rephotography project: http://www.davidmaisel.com/... < xcellent x-rays of antiquities

@girlscientist @simonfrantz: @mzphyz sez Collins correct on @scifri. NIH total R&D grant payline >20%. In 2008, 25.6%. See http://tr.im/yF6i

Deep incisive take on the inevitability of coal and what it means, by David Victor and Richard Morse http://bit.ly/4tiNRm

12 Most Magnificent Trees http://bit.ly/PiW2k , a response to “10 Most M Trees” http://bit.ly/r9u3B. Not new, but lovely

Larry Gelbart 1928-2009 — nice set of clips at Ain’t It Cool News http://bit.ly/BrKkZ

#NormanBorlaug sites: world food prize http://bit.ly/17aZ6R agbioworld http://bit.ly/w6wTk9:22 AM Sep 13th from bit.ly

BBC News Borlaug story http://bit.ly/at0H8

RT @silentypewriter @tim_harper: Amazon recommends… Customers who bought this baseball bat also bought.. http://bit.ly/126iA



Tweets of the week 090911
September 11, 2009, 1:43 pm
Filed under: Twitter

Chris Rowan at Highly Allochthonous (and for all I know many other people) is compiling his daily tweets into a weekly blog post, as a service to readers. Not every tweet, but just the ones that link out to something which, at the time, he found tweet-worthy. I thought I’d copy him and see if it was of any interest.

A Prius uses more rare earths than any object in the world http://bit.ly/xSROO: Rare-earth Liebig’s law http://bit.ly/w05MW for #cleantech?

Global child mortality rate now <9m (NYT). What progress; what need http://bit.ly/179knw

RT @pickover Praying Mantis Catches a Hummingbird. http://bit.ly/NNJHB

RT @guardianeco Wind power could cut China’s emissions by 30% http://tinyurl.com/lh7gm4 That’s 640GW of kit! Source http://bit.ly/17eYZo

WSJ.com notes regional effects that make NY more vulnerable to sea level rise (+ increased storm surges) http://bit.ly/eMtaS (via @jbhathaw)

RT @kevinmarks remembering Alan Turing, an essay on ‘passing’ Turing test http://bit.ly/S2Gof (pdf) <great piece. More http://bit.ly/2LHQEd

UK ‘could face blackouts’ http://bit.ly/14OT5I says David Mackay http://www.withouthotair.com/ — rather wonderfully now g’ment adviser!

Chevron commits to Gorgon, huge #naturalgas project off Australia (with Shell and PetroChina) ft.com http://bit.ly/m4bwc

This new ocean: @revkin blogs news of the north-east passage http://bit.ly/EyHUH

Good column on problems trad economics faces with (and causes to) climate policy http://bit.ly/jltp2

RT @brianweeden America as a 100-person village: 1 person has 30% of the money, 4 people share next 20%, and the bottom 60 share 4%

Trapdoor Spider FTW http://bit.ly/2g2QZ

The vanishing Aral puddle: stunning time lapse http://bit.ly/3kHfZ8 via @Allochthonous http://bit.ly/4FsqOY

@CarlZimmer so you> @WanderingGaia Botfly fun RT @mikehopkin DO NOT watch this while eating http://bit.ly/yM9gY

Got your economic inequality right here http://bit.ly/m6O3R

2nd item down: prettiest piss ever http://bit.ly/15So82

Has anyone seen a good analysis of the Lindzen&Choi feedbacks paper in GRL? http://bit.ly/1aj6p8 (please RT)

Great Hubble pics (with some science too — and a nicely presented slideshow) http://bit.ly/4ddis

Wonderful aerial views of Vauban fortifications http://bit.ly/Gxla0 (via @pnh)

“Only bloggers, these days, give science news the reflective, balanced and unhysterical coverage it deserves” H. Gee http://bit.ly/1howYN

Mari Kasurinen Sculptures http://bit.ly/MVAUD “My little Damien Hirst”, “My little Princess Leia”, etc

Augustine nut: “no plan compatible with the FY 2010 budget profile permits human [space] exploration to continue” p10 http://bit.ly/2vbOAR

RT @petertallack @roncharles In response to smaller advances, Iain Banks decides to pick up his pace to a book a year http://u.nu/7bp63

RT @chr1sa @vanishteam: How We Caught Missing Wired Magazine Writer Evan Ratliff http://bit.ly/ig8PO #vanish (via @fmanjoo)

Berlin TV tower ‘stolen’ by Nasa http://bit.ly/8Ky8Z8:43 AM

Supermodel vows to stay naked till USAID funds reach starving children (Aid Watch) http://bit.ly/13dmpH

Good relevant post on long term drop of insolation in the arctic « Open Mind http://bit.ly/RHFgT

RT @brianweeden US Air Force is training more pilots for drones than manned planes: http://ping.fm/8syFQ <and then there’s the army…

Glaciers: sad losses or catastrophic losses? @WanderingGaia on good form http://bit.ly/5Vyvl (but what about changes in summer flow?)

So cool that @stevesilberman finds the characters to include “(caveat: Small fMRI study)” in a #neuroscience tweet http://bit.ly/yoMn2

RT @dgmacarthur @NatureRevGenet:‘Applications of next-gen sequencing’ series launches today with a review on ChIP-seq: http://tiny.cc/dpl4n1
How Sarko became a big man (it’s all relative) http://bit.ly/3bIf6y

Brad DeLong spanks Joe Klein on behalf of Krugman http://bit.ly/Mv5fp (Klein’s column seems other-than-that sound http://bit.ly/163NoB)

RT @artfagcity “Why [don’t we wake up] in direct confrontation with the entirety of past & future?” http://is.gd/2ZWm7 > @BruceS FTW

RT @PD_Smith Christoph Engel’s wonderful photos http://bit.ly/WcHYh > “Ein ungefähres Durcheinander von trügerischer Schönheit” indeed

Disagreeing with the Copenhagen #geoengineering consensus « Heliophage http://bit.ly/36cviC

Full Moon seen through Old Faithful, Yellowstone http://bit.ly/z2iL0 by Jimmy Westlake http://bit.ly/5ttoD