Bear Gryllz (Grillz?)

I’ve had a few ranty, politicalish sorts of blog posts lately and thought it might be time for something a bit lighter. On Saturday night, I sat around watching the antics of a pug named Bear Gryllz. Could be Bear Grillz actually, I’m not sure. He looks a lot like the pug above.

It seems right somehow.

And in unrelated news, I accepted the letter of offer for my new job today! I’ve updated my about page accordingly.

Oh dear, another climate change post

I had a bit of a vehement chat with a few people at work yesterday about climate change. You see, a colleague of mine was saying that “of course the climate is changing, it changes all the time! We only just had the little ice age. The change has certainly got nothing to do with us though, and what a great big waste of money all this business is. “

Another added: “besides, it’s all based on dubious modelling anyway, there’s no actual evidence that any of this is happening. We don’t have reliable temperature records and the satellites have only been up for the last 30 years or so. What about all that time before modern temperature recording?

Al Gore got it all wrong, and there’s been a cooling trend for the past 20 years. Europe and the US have just had some of the coldest winters on record!”

Meanwhile as you can see above, Arctic sea ice is at record lows this year. 2010 looks set to be one of the hottest years on record. As of the end of May, the previous 12 months to May 2009 are the hottest globally in the past 130 years. 2009 ends Australia’s hottest decade on record. Very few scientists with credentials still disagree with the notion of anthropogenic climate change. At least one of those remaining appears to have been caught cooking the books.

It’s time to ignore the popular debate, it’s chock full of misinformation. Look at the fundamentals. Go back to the basics, and read about climate. I’m so sick of strong opinions backed by nothing but talking points!

performance bonuses – they, uh, don’t actually work?

I’m not terribly sure where I found this video, I think someone posted it on Twitter a while ago. Interesting food for thought though – is it a bit of a challenging notion that once people are paid enough to be comfortable and not be stressed about money, they don’t actually produce better work when financial reward is the motivator.

I hope nobody from work sees this and gets any bright ideas. I rather like my bonus, thanks very much. A lot of what’s here really rings true though… what do you reckon?

and with that, it ground to a shuddering halt

nextyearI found out some news yesterday! It seems that not only will it be an Aussie Christmas and New Years, but it’s also likely to be an Aussie 2010. Above is a picture of places I am likely to be found next year – note the conspicuous absence of south-east Asia.

I have mixed feelings about the whole affair to be honest. On one hand, I’ve had a certain low level of stress hanging around for the last 9 months due to the constant sensation of being unable to plan my future. So the fact I won’t be going away kind-of fixes that up. On the other hand, I’d really been looking forward to the trip and had begun to feel like even though the dates were uncertain, it’d happen eventually. Never mind!

I’m gonna take a decent kind of summer holiday, a couple of weeks off to hang around in the shimmering heat of Sydney’s El-Nino summer. Beach trips, gold coast trips, trips of enlightenment ahead. Hope you weren’t counting on being rid of me for a while 😛

it’s gonna be an aussie christmas/new years after all!

2153430914_6a441418c3Welp, today I got as official a confirmation as it’s possible to get that I’m going to be in Australia for Christmas and New Years Eve after all. I’m rather looking forward to some beachgoing, some partying and general shenanigans. The downside is that I’m going to be training a class right up until Christmas Eve which is a bit of a downer.

Still, I’m quite glad that I won’t miss what promises to be quite a hot and sunny summer, thanks to the El Nino which is likely to persist until April. Oh by the way, I got my TV-B-Gone a couple of days ago. Works a treat. Turns off most televisions I’ve tried it on within about 10 seconds. Excellent!