Death of a blog. Tuesday, May 12 2009 

I need to organise a proper website for my webcomic soon, and when that happens I’ll probably delete this blog. I only really keep this page because some part of me believes that if I don’t have a fixed presence on the internet I won’t exist at all.

It won’t be soon though, because just when I get into a healthy routine of daily webcomic creation, suddenly things fall apart and I don’t have the luxury of time to spend on creative pastimes. But when everything is back to normal and I’ve negotiated a three day weekend from my employer, I should be putting out two comic pages a week. Hopefully.

The biggest mistake to make after watching the new Star Trek movie is to stand next to a group of trekkies at the bus stop. They can and will spend ten minutes discussing a minor change to an iconic quotation. I guess they were all semi-autistic and could only fixate on the most minor and trivial and boring feature of the entire film.


Book review kinda. Actually rant. Sunday, May 3 2009 

What most convinces me that global warming is real is that those who argue against it usually sound about as honest and trustworthy as a used car salesman.

Ian Wishart released a new book recently, Air Con, all about how global warming is a big big phony. I browsed a bit of it because I like to be reasonably well informed about important scientific matters regarding the planet Earth.

What Ian doesn’t seem to understand is that if you’re going to question the integrity of scientists, it’s a good idea to have the absolute highest integrity yourself. So if you’re going to criticise a scientist for using the word ‘probably’ in their articles, it’s a good idea to not also have used the word ‘probably’ in your own work two paragraphs previously. And if you’re going to quote statistics, put them in context – for example, don’t tell us how many scientists don’t believe in global warming if you’re not going to tell us how many scientists do. Especially if you’ve only just criticised Al Gore for manipulating statistics to suit his purpose – most likely the reader will now be sensitive to how you could also be manipulating statistics yourself.

Radical politicians should never be trusted to talk about science for exactly the same reason that compulsive liars should never be trusted to talk about science.