Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
It seems to me there is a place in the world for "trick(s) to hide the decline"... especially when it comes to the ravages of age:
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
As for Christmas, and my birthday, which was yesterday, on which Steve Bloom wanted an update there were no gold Nikon boxes at all under the tree! Instead, yesterday I got to go to fabric town in Tokyo to buy yardage for making clothes for James!! Why has James has come over all austerity measures? You'd think he'd be feeling happy and generous what with having the most downloaded paper in GRL this week. It is a bit odd though. I wouldn't have thought that "On the observational assessment of climate model performance", was an obvious Christmas number one title. I see he has already written a post to brag about it! Tsk - and to think he's the one who teases people for checking their H-index on a weekly basis.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
The leaves were all injured by a big typhoon this year, but I gave it my best shot.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
After yesterday's brief diversion to the present, I'm diving back to San Francisco to share 3 silly pictures from San Francisco's best restaurant (says the internets).
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
The other sort of coffee (which we haven't ever seen in Japan) is "Nel" coffee, which seems to be a long-winded extension of the convenience drip coffee. We didn't have time to try this one.
And here's the stupendous preparation - see the stopclock and weighing scales?
More importantly than any of that, here below you can clearly see the effects of siphon coffee on a jetlagged James.
1. Feeling quite sleepy before drinking
2. Enjoying the flavors (sic)
3. Post-kohi buzz
Hogwash does not have the same effect...because it is hogwash.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
...it's the lens.
Recently my victims have been complaining about the size of my camera. I thought this may be because cameras are shrinking, but whatever the reason, a frightened victim does not make for good pictures. At the AGU I tried an experiment and took 3 little prime lenses along with my "enormous" DSLR camera body. Not a single one of my victims flinched, most didn't notice they were being photographed, but some of them actually smiled!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Actually it was an unusual takeoff too, which was, I suppose, the first tyre popping, and the second one was on landing. It's a pity - we had wanted to attend a fun event in Yokohama this evening - the aeroplanes normally land on time or early at Narita, and it takes 10mins to get through the airport (for a Japanese resident with no checked baggage). But today we missed our train as we had to sit on the runway for an hour (so that if we caught fire we wouldn't take the terminal with us?) and then the aeroplane was towed slowly to the gate.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Fortunately, the recyclable beer cups entirely offset the carbon emissions of everyone's travel to the AGU making it a truly environmentally friendly conference. Sarcasm aside, I think they should allow people to pull a Pielke, and give their talks by Skype.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The day was as sunny as hoped.
Meanwhile, I am getting quite concerned about the San Franciscans' want of taste. Who would paint their house a color (sic) that clashes with the sky?!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The day began with a chemistry experiment...