New global warming study predicts that many current climate zones will vanish entirely by the year 2100

Ah, the wacky and wild future…

Global climate models for the next century forecast the complete disappearance of several existing climates currently found in tropical highlands and regions near the poles, while large swaths of the tropics and subtropics may develop new climates unlike anything seen today.


Using models that translate carbon dioxide emission levels into climate change, Williams and his colleagues foresee the appearance of novel climate zones on up to 39 percent of the world’s land surface area by 2100, if current rates of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions continue. Under the same conditions, the models predict the global disappearance of up to 48 percent of current land climates. Even if emission rates slow due to mitigation strategies, the models predict both climate loss and formation, each on up to 20 percent of world land area.

Of course, the part of my brain that is writerly is going, “hmm, new whacked out micro-climates would make a really cool setting”.

The beauty of predictions this vague, however, is precisely where and what this happens is unknown

Of course, way before 2100, Britain will be completely fascist… the way they are going, anyway, with plans to assess every 11+ year old child’s criminality, monitor the “at risk”, and extend DNA databases… which even the Conservatives are complaining about!

when it starts watching tv, we'll never tell it apart

15% of its innards are human. 85% of it is sheep.

Hell, it could be President of America…

The Fountain

Saw this tonight. Recommended on the big screen if you can still swing it, as lots of it is really gorgeous to look at, and it will lose something on a tv screen.

The Fountain is Aronofsky’s most experimental movie by far. With its tangled narration, peculiar blend of tragedy, action, romance, and cosmic Mayan waffle, I can see why it divided people. On the whole I liked it, and expect I will like it more and more as time takes it further away and the annoying elements are filtered out through selective memory. While I am quite sure a coherent storyline can be constructed from the film it is beside the point, which was, so far as my experience went, a symbolic meditation on death, transformation, the healing power of narrative, and the way we construct meaning for ourselves; and in these it succeeds admirably.

With no hair Hugh Jackman looks disconcertingly like Grant Morrison.

son of TIA

We have been following the Total Information Awareness project for a while. Now, it is becoming a reality.

In Singapore.

Nearly four years after Congress pulled the plug on what critics assailed as an Orwellian scheme to spy on private citizens, Singapore is set to launch an even more ambitious incarnation of the Pentagon’s controversial Total Information Awareness program — an effort to collect and mine data across all government agencies in the hopes of pinpointing threats to national security.

Singapore’s curious mix of democracy and authoritarianism is apparently a blessing for the system designers – the same people from DARPA’s project.

Whether terrorism or epidemics, Singapore’s rapid acceptance of data mining is a breath of fresh air to the system’s designers. “Singapore is small and has this intrinsic sense of paranoia,” Peterson said.

“I think we would have been stuck in Darpa doing experimental research for another 15 years without anyone making it operational,” Snowden said. “Singapore just walked around and saw what they liked, and said, ‘The hell with it, let’s just make it operational,’ which is much more pragmatic and forward-thinking.”

And it’s bigger than ever before!

While the controversial Darpa efforts were never more than research, RAHS is set to launch with five different agencies in September. Eventually, RAHS would extend across Singapore’s entire government, a plan that makes it the most ambitious data-snooping effort in the world.

Officials from New Zealand were invited to attend a recent symposium to sell the concept…

metal is brain food

Well, not exactly.

Researchers found that, far from being a sign of delinquency and poor academic ability, many adolescent “metalheads” are extremely bright and often use the music to help them deal with the stresses and strains of being gifted social outsiders.

The article rings pretty true, at least for my experience, especially the lack of self esteem stuff which coincided with the majority of my metal fandom. (Though to be fair there was probably a higher proportion of people unlikely to excel academically in the bogan circles I frequented… the article gives a figure of about 5% using metal as catharsis in this sense)

(Cheers, Robroy!)

Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same

…is a line from the back of a book about Foucault that I photocopied and stuck on my door for a while a few years back. It seems as relevant as ever.

I am consciously engaged in a process of change. While I don’t know exactly where it will lead – part of the point is the unknowability of the outcome in advance – it feels like progress is occurring. From those who know me I require the freedom, space and understanding to experience that change, with all it entails.

So. Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same.


sleepy satisfied

The EP release seemed to go really well. A decent crowd appeared, despite thousands of people being at Summerset (which was a block away on the same day – we have the most uncanny ability to organise gigs on the worst possible dates), and there was a nice energy in the place throughout. The Dukes and the Dissentors were fun.

I think we played one of our tightest sets in ages, and possibly ever, which was nice. There was an enormous catwalk/capering area front of stage which provided ample space for bouncing around like a crazy person without having to worry about colliding with the Darrens. And neither Scott nor his kit broke noticeably for the whole set! 😉 All in all, it was fun.

Cheers to everyone who made it along. For those who didn’t, CD’s are available through, well, me. 🙂 It feels really good to have done the whole process DIY, too. Give monkeys technology and they will make cool shiny things.

I've spent the day putting CDs together

And tonight we get to sell them 🙂

this apparently is the future happening now

1. The prison comes to the mall.

The police are to set up “retail jails” on high streets and in busy shopping malls to detain yobs and other offenders for up to four hours under Home Office proposals published yesterday.

Talks are under way to open the first of these short-term holding cells in Selfridges department store on Oxford Street in London. The five purpose-built rooms would be smaller than normal cells and made of Perspex so that suspects are visible.

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The police will also gain sweeping extensions to their powers to take fingerprints and DNA samples from anyone they suspect of committing a crime. In addition, the proposals appear to lift the barriers that separate the police fingerprint and DNA databases from the new national identity register.

(via exploding aardvark)

2. Twenty-seven million slaves exist in our world today. Girls and boys, women and men of all ages are forced to toil in the rug loom sheds of Nepal, sell their bodies in the brothels of Rome, break rocks in the quarries of Pakistan, and fight wars in the jungles of Africa. (via disinfo)

3. Science hopes to change events that have already occurred

Researchers are on the verge of experiments that will finally hold retrocausality’s feet to the fire by attempting to send a signal to the past. What’s more, they need not invoke black holes, wormholes, extra dimensions or other exotic implements of time travel. It should all be doable with the help of a state-of-the-art optics workbench and the bizarre yet familiar tricks of quantum particles. If retrocausality is confirmed — and that is a huge if — it would overturn our most cherished notions about the nature of cause and effect and how the universe works.

The article is really fascinating for anyone with a physics bent or an interest such matters.

4. Angelina Jolie is joining the Council on Foreign Relations

Which is just so whacked out I don’t know what to say. (via postatomic)

5. Inkjet printers capable of printing organic microchips

6. Scientists wipe out a single specific memory from rats

(last two via kurzweilAI)

7. The UK military upgraded their Trident nuclear program to a more flexible, war-making oriented setup… in secret, before the government got around to voting on whether or not to upgrade the program at all

8. Finally, of course, the richest are richer than ever, richer than ever before in human history.

Okay. I hope y’all are keeping up with hyperreality. What else is happening?

The best thing about a cold, rainy day

is staying inside and getting to wear my alpaca wool cloak for the first time.


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