Tuesday, November 13, 2018

California is in its 7 year drought pattern

This is the standard pattern for California in-between El Ninos.

I saw this for years before the last super-El Nino.  I was in California just before it hit.  Everything was horribly dry.  No fires because everything had been burnt before.  Then came the rains for a long time.  My son had lots of rain on his trip to California.

The vegetation loves rain and sprouts up at a tremendous rate.  Then we get this standard pattern again.  Nothing to do with any 'climate change'.  This is their standard climate.  The statements 'worst fires in my lifetime' are meaningless.  It's like 'worst earthquake in my lifetime'.

So, now that the polar bears are fine, we need a new poster-child.  So naturally, we can extrapolate that soon the whole world will burn like this.  "This is the face of climate change."

Note:  Standard boiler plate on this chart, which I write new each time.  The chart is the MIMIC product which shows warm moist air that can form rain when it hits cold air.  All our moisture comes from these coloured plumes spinning off from the equatorial bands.  No nice colours, no rain.  The California fires will just have to burn out, as they have for millennia.  Sucks for all the 'nouveau riche' in the mountains.  The old guys knew to stay away.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Polar Bears Overpopulating


Let's go with the Inuit hunters on this, shall we?  Not leftie scientists who want to prop up carbon warming.  The ice is fine, polar bears are fine, and now they are hunting humans, just for the fun of it.

But we know where this is leading......  I need a nice polar bear rug.  :)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Legalize Physics in Ontario

In many places, like Montreal and the UK, basic physics is a Class One forbidden drug.  But in Ontario, we can legalize physics, not the Aristotle kind, but Galileo.  That means experimenting with sacred Aristotle assumptions. 

For our Made in Ontario Climate Solution, I have asked for for 1% of 1% of the trillion dollars gone down the drain in the name of carbon reduction.  Physics could be legal again, or at least talked about while we freeze.

It is sad for us in Ontario that billions have gone wasted.  Think of the Niagara Tunnel to Nowhere.  Think of all those solar cells up in Huntsville, under 10 feet of snow.  It is a fact that we are rounding over our little warm period.  At least, we if use a 10 year sliding window average, we are well below the carbon projections.

With that tiny bit of money, we'll engage Sudbury to do experiments in Moosonee.  We need crisp, cold air.  I propose a large hybrid drone attached to a balloon.  Lots of freekin' lasers!  On a calm evening, as often as possible, we launch it.  With the balloon, the drone goes up to 50,000 feet.  Lasers are measuring CO2 attenuation.  The balloon detaches, and the drone falls in a stable manner to 5,000 feet.  Lots of measurements.  Then the drone flies back to base. 

There are many simple experiments that can be done with this.  The drone can carry a big, reusable package.  This is much better than NASA balloons, which don't measure squat.

In fact, it will be fun to ask nasa advice.  They'll be in a difficult position.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Made in Ontario Climate Plan


Please contribute your ideas to the climate plan It would be best if you were Extreme Left Wing Totalitarian about it.  Tell Doug he has to become a vegan.

I wanted to do something, but no.

ps.  little problem with the links, ha.  very weird.

pps.  I submitted this

Please assign a small amount of money to the basic physics of Climate Change.  The concept of 'carbon warming' was put out as a conjecture, and no physics was done to measure it exactly.  It was justified by the continued rise of global temperatures, and an extrapolation was made in the computer models, based on an assumed 'carbon factor'.  For some time now, global temperatures have sagged below this line, and are flat.  The Arctic ice volume is increasing.  This factor needs to be measured directly for future planning purposes, since the old projections are invalid.  Ontario is in an unique position, being a northern area, and can easily measure a greenhouse effect using lasers and balloons.

more-- full details here.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Cold for the North

You saw how the Northern Hemisphere temps plunged.  There is no heat for us.  That hot July was just default weather, now we have our default cold weather.

ps.  Isn't that a sight for sore eyes...

ps.  My adoring fan, Penny, has asked for more explanation of the imagery.  She is also of the opinion that someone else actually reads this.  :)  The first image is a satellite compilation MIMIC of precipitable air.  You can read all the gory details, I haven't.  That means the air is carrying a lot of water vapour and it is warm.  If it hits cold air, then it will rain.  A drop of water carries 4000 times more heat energy than a drop of air.  This 'heavy' air is probably carrying a thousand times more heat than dry air.  All our weather comes from these plumes of heavy air branching out from the ocean.

If we don't get plumes, we get 'default' climate, which is a cold desert, latitude dependent.  Thus Ontario would be Mongolia, and the UK, the Gobi desert.  Super hot in July, -40 in the winter.  My son in Silicon Valley gets 25 C every day, and 15 at night.

The second image is radar, modified by temperature.  Thus, they show snow as bluish.  The radar can't really tell the difference.

pps.  I had to go out in this.  The November of my childhood - a cold sog, perfect for solar and wind power to rust.  :)

There never was any warming in Antarctica

This is the RSS plot of the southern polar regions, since 1980 up to the present.  You can look at the original below, I just zoomed it up a bit.

So, all those sob stories about the Anarctic melting are ridiculous.  The glaciers are enjoying a surge, which causes a lot of ice to break up in the ocean.  I still predict another year of intense carbonista articles until they lose their audience.  The political spectrum is a circle, with trumpies and English Majors joining at the bottom.

ps.  explanation -- This is the temperature variation from an arbitrary mean.  Thus, the zero line is really some average temperature.  Then they amplify it to fill the chart.  The temperatures are taken from satellite observations, and was fully accepted by the carbonistas when it was rising.

US natural gas recognizes coming ice age

We're talking a micro ice age, a twenty year cycle, sure as clockwork.  I would be sad if we broke through to a mini ice age, 300 year cycle.

Last year the US nearly ran out of natgas.  This year it will for sure.  But this action is too late for increased supply in the NE mountains.  They are at freeze-up, when you can't frack any more with fresh water.  As well, I get the impression that the pipelines are full, that you can't get more gas to the customer.

We're okay in Canada.  Too much natgas and pipeline capacity.  But there may be diversions to the US that might put up the price a bit.  Perhaps trimpy should put on a tarrif....

ps.  I had thought that 3.0 was the price to start up Oklahoma earthquakes again.  This is way past that, but too late for the season.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Drat - Global temps do not plummet

Staying steady.  Here is my amplification.

Still propped by those micro El Ninos but still below their trend which is way below the carbon hypothesis trend.  Accounts for the Arctic ice volume increase, but I was hoping for so much more....

ps.  Ha!  Mid-latitude northern hemisphere has had a drop, but it is generally fuzzier, but I'll trumpy-take it!

pps.  global temps are cresting the sinusoid.  :)

Pacific current flows like El Nino, but no heat

This is fascinating, and I'm still waiting the global temps.  Since the Arctic ice volume is up, I expect global temps (gt) to be down. 

Although the reverse current is chugging along, there is no heat pooling by Central America.  As well, the 'official' El Nino (en) index (ONI) is showing nothing.  gt is very sensitive to these things and there have been a whole bunch of minor en's buggering up the general fall.

The large El Ninos herald a new cooling or warming cycle.  1997 was huge, and started the last twenty years of nice weather at the cottage.  2017 (20 years later) brings us the crash, and 2017 had more energy.  I'm thinking that these things start and stop the North Pacific current, like a big heart zapper.  Right now, the patient is dead.  :)

I'm going to have to send those global temps guys a note to reboot their computer.

Arctic Ice Volume Staying in the Pack

It's doing well.  As we know from the news, the barges couldn't get in to the Arctic communities because things stayed iced in.

It's starting to cut in again, and I'm expecting that it will really zoom up now.  We can now say that the 'Great Arctic Ice Disaster' is truly over.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A kinder, gentler social Internet


I'm not that optimistic.  Every social effort on the Internet has dragged people down into the gutter.  It becomes dominated by the bad actors who have an agenda, and make money from being rotten.  Nobody gets money for being postive.

Google made all it's money from the sleaziest, scammiest ads ever.  Amazon makes all its money from sleaze with their cloud service.  And we know all about Facebook.  The Internet makes the British tabloids look good.  Even Fox has had enough with Trump.  And Twitter is a bane on Civil Society.

The problem is that all the wonderful intentions of Mr. Tim need money.  I had proposed 'Canadabis Plus'  funded by the Canadian cannabis industry.  This could be great.  I would add daily draws for juice for positive people.  The extremes of left and right need not apply.

And I'm wondering about ads.  Is there an ad that is any good?  If we could rip apart ads on C+ would they pay us any money?  My experience with getting money out of Google tells me no.  

Perhaps gov't would pay, but they are severely constrained by the 'opinion of the day'.  If there is a twitter-storm about something that someone objects to, then the weaklings react.  How would Trudy react to my request for more physics on the Carbon Hypothesis?

In short, I'm asking Google, Amazon, Canadabis to give me lots of money and I'll think of something.  :)  

ps.  Ha, I am an intellectual depressive.  Doing anything like this means you have to fight stupidity.  And I can't do that.  I would need a battery of 'stupidity fighters', and I couldn't keep them together.

Toronto housing stagnant

Not much news here.  Prices 20% down from peak.  My impression is that monster houses are down 30%.  Condos flat, and prices may be down.  I think people are still holding on, but interest rates are going up, and Amazon isn't coming here.

My thoughts are that housing cannot stay flat.  It either goes up or down.  So, I am still expecting more of a drop. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Give the horses in Montreal a break


Ever see these horses going through traffic, hauling the fat tourists?  It's the same as donkeys on the Greek islands, american tourists are getting fatter and fatter.  Two seats on the airplane!

I can't stand the thought of it!  Where is Pam?

However, I have a solution - The Geofish Phoney Electric Car Company.  We'll make modern versions of antique electric cars, put in a tesla battery, 4 wheel drive, and watch it take Montreal traffic.

There it is, 0-60 in 8.4 seconds on 'Ridiculous Mode'.  Takes any degree of fatness.  Might even show Doug Ford a good time.  :)  No unemployment with sending the horsies out to pasture.

Linux - amdgpu is quite solid with 4.20 rc1

Although 4.18 was working, it took me 3 tries to boot, and I could never just restart.  This new kernel acts like the ryzen 5 is a real processor.

ps.  playing d1x-rebirth which is a Descent clone.

pps.  the kde power saver (screen off) still mucks everything.

Nasa lets slip that the Antarctic has become extremely cold again


Still, two more days for the charts, but this is interesting.

They make a ton of inferences, but they let slip that we are back to the 70's temperature-wise and the ozone holes should be back.  However, their heroic efforts to substitute chlorine with flourine has won the day.

ps.  nasa could never have the headline 'Ozone Hole Worse than Ever', yet they have a monopoly on measuring it.  We should be happy for this little slip-up by the pr department.  :)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Linux - games and x-box controller

Neat, I got back an old xbox controller from the kids.  You just plug it in and it works.  I'm trying freedink, which is an old 1997 game that has been completely rewritten in modern standards.  The effort was amazing.  All those old pc games are practically machine code.

However, I am rather slow on the fighting part, so I hope the controller helps me.  I could never do the 'two things at once' requirement of the ps3 and other units.  I always got killed in the first 5 minutes.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Severe Canadabis Shortage



You can't get any, come hell or high water.  This makes it technically impossible to grow your own under lights.  The plants should be ready in 2 months.

But, you can't buy seeds legally!  That's because the growers would be nuts to sell you seeds right now.  They need every one to grow more stuff.  As well, any plants grown for seeds have to isolated, and you have to waste space on male plants.

However, you can buy these great 'Souvenier Beads' from Crop King Seeds (look it up).  Hurry up before they sell out.  I buy them and put them on the wall for decoration.  :)

As I've said, I prefer 'Hash Plant' decorative seeds, feminized.  This gives a nice powerful oil as good as anything you can buy.  You can view my video.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Linux - when updates go wild

Once a year you might do a standard update and find it wants to remove hundreds of files that make your kde run.  I've always waited a day, but today I was in a perverse mood and said yes. 

It destroys your desktop, and when you try to do a console reinstall, it can't find anything.  This is a result of your Debian mirror going nuts when it is receiving new updates.  It takes half a day to work again.  Then you just reinstall your kde.

Better still, just ignore it for a day.  :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Unboxing of first Ontario cannabis -- 200 times the cost homegrown

I just got this, and we ordered quite late.

It's a tiny bottle, 30 ml, of about 14 mg THC and 14 CBD per ml.  I have taken 1 ml to see how it compares to my stuff.

It comes with a separate dropper you can put on.

Now live --

10 minutes after - I can feel it immediately

I'm going out for a walk with the dog.

30 minutes - dog walk successful, feeling it as though its 1:1 with my stuff.  That's $2 a ml.  One plant produces a litre of my oil, according to my video.  That's $2000 per plant.  It'll have to come in really strong now, to get the costs reasonable

hour and a half -- still running at 1:1

two hours and ten minutes - this is maximum effect and it's not much.

I declare this equivalent to my stuff.  Those who wish to pay 200 times that of growing yourself can buy it.  It does all the stuff I've written about.

ps.  I gave all my stuff away|

pps.  This has a higher ratio for cbd than mine.  Effects at 5 hours and even 6.

New Zealand deep subduction earthquake

This would produce about 1 cm/s PGV ground motion.  Anyone who had their pictures knocked off better get on piles.  A real earthquake is going to rock your world.

Monday, October 29, 2018

UK joins the Arctic Club

This is today's Arctic temp map.  I've never seen it so 'happy' so early in the season.  Last year there was a general Pacific air flow that kept Alaska warmer. 

The Gulf Stream has fully retreated.  The UK has joined this happy 'Blue Club'.  Toronto is enjoying the last Atlantic heat, so my salad greens are still surviving under the greenhouse.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Trump reaps the bitter harvest of demonizing

That is why no politician who can beyond the end of his nose, would ever raise hate.  They have a sense of history.  Still, it would have just the same had he lost.  He would have gone on with the big rallies, and said the same stuff.  It is better that he can whip up a shooting civil war.  Then it burns out.

I'll just stay up north, and hide under the snow. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Greece Earthquake - a wonderful shallow thrust

Rounding, this was an M7 shallow thrust.  What we don't know is if it was a subduction thrust with the 'hammer' going down, or a compressive thrust going up.

The earthquake was on the big subduction zone, but in the sea.  Had this been a compressive thrust, the the ground motions would have exceeded 1 m/s PGV.  Everything falling down, if the hanging wall was on land.  As it was, some some tourists got the thrill of their lives, and life goes on.

ps.  the aftershocks show the size of the fault, and a spread probably due to the sea location and poor seismometer coverage.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Linux - amdgpu ryzen 5 now works perfectly

It's been a heck of a long time, but that's life with new things.  Now, my experimental machine is working perfectly, and I have to think of new ways to screw it up.  I'm running Debian Sid, and 4.18.

I am amazed.  I can't get Zoneminder working yet, but that's because they mucked up all the scripts again.  Nothing to do with amdgpu.

ps.  zoneminder works, but the scripts don't do everything.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Wonderful Jet Stream

There is a misconception, especially in the UK, that the jet stream is an energetic object, like the Gulf Stream.  It is not.  It is a reaction to Arctic cold meeting tropical warmth.

That's the classical representation of the jet stream, carrying energy and weather across the North.  In the UK it is the number one 'thing' that brings in weather.

If we look at the Canadian map, it is always at the boundary between Arctic and tropical air.

It is a boundary phenomenon and not a current.  They are plotting the horizontal component of a complex cylindrical vortex.  Jet planes can 'sail' this component, just like a sailboat at an angle to the wind.

The jet stream is very complex.  But it is not a constrained current, it does not carry anything.

You can see the huge convection cells of the planet.  It makes the concept of a 'greenhouse gas' a laughing stock.  Heat loss by radiation is insignificant when there is convection.  That is probably the main reason for the jet stream being a 'thing'.  If they mentioned what it really is, then the carbonistas would have an issue, and they are very powerful.

ps.  the jet steam is a shadow.  Only trumpy believes his shadow makes him do things.  :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Linux - amdgpu machine now a paper-weight

The last 4.19 did not work, and I'm now waiting for 5.0 where the vega drivers are supposed to work.  However, my trusty Debian Buster usb key could not install again, since my 4.17 no longer worked either.  This machine has become so flaky that I've stored everything on other disks, and on the cloud.

I'm now doing everything on an old Chromebox.  It does everything I need right now.  I'll wait for the 5.0 kernel.  I also have my stable machine for file storage.

News Flash -  OMG, I changed a lot of things and now it works with 4.18 and Debian Testing.  So many things!  Now I have to wait to see if it freezes.

changes - bios, installed with Debian installer, current, graphical expert install, then changed to 'testing', installed some amd things on 'apt-cache search amd'.  All working.

Gulf Stream Appendage Chopped

Ocean Temperature map 23rd Oct 2018

So, there was a prong of the Gulf Stream, and now it has been cut off.   This is a surface temperature map.  There is now a very strong current from the Arctic caused by the increasing volume of sea ice.  As the ice freezes, it takes up fresh water, and leaves cold saline water to sink.  The saline comes pouring down to the Atlantic cooling everything.

You can see that the Atlantic streamer ignores it.  At the same time, you can see the dead El Nino has not caused the Pacific trade winds to reverse.  

Monday, October 15, 2018

Taking another sabbatical

Nothing going on.  My Oklahoma earthquakes are dead.  Cannabis Day has come and gone, and we are just waiting for global temps to drop.

I'm tired of writing things and we have the death of g+ where I was the last known survivor.  It was funny last night when we had the kids and the 20-something girlfriend reacted quite wildly when we said google plus was dead.  "Oh no, not Google Plus!". Took us some time to figure out she was thinking about google apps and had never heard of g+.

ps.  I think I made it a week.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

My Google Plus is Deleted

I've been in lots of 'social things' since the beginning of the internet.  They all died.  FB should die because of the garbage going on.  It is a general rule that a social room can't exist with moderation, or enforced names.  They are just doomed to flair up and die.

fb and twit have destroyed civil society, but they are successful.  I wonder if anybody could ever come up with something positive for the world.

ps.  I did start it again.

How to make Cannabis Oil

Happy Canadabis Day!

The media has declared that the time has started already, and who am I to argue?

This is my film for the special day.  It shows how to make CBD oil, or Cannabis Oil (there I finally wrote it for the search engines.

Sea Oil is the greatest thing for old people.  It takes care of all the bangs and hurts.  Don't think you can put it on top of an unhealthy lifestyle, it's not that strong.

Also, a scientific article shows that all strains are the same.  It's just a matter of luck how the percentages turn out.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Linux - Zoneminder up and running again

About a month or two ago, Zoneminder came up with a big upgrade.  This is the 'go to' security camera app for Linux.  You don't need an expensive service.  As usual, when my system upgraded, nothing worked.

This is Debian Buster, and it was busted.  However, as of today, the whole thing works again.  You just need to do a Debian install of zoneminder, and the scripts do everything.  None of those huge 'recipes' to get it to work.  It even has 'off disk' storage now.

So, I just took a cheap Chinese camera, hooked it up with Power Over Ethernet, and zoneminder found it and configured everything.  Yeah!

ps. poohey.  Running well but not writing anything.  blah.

Friday, October 12, 2018

The plans for a new Google Plus - Canadabis Plus

The best thing about g+ was its politeness, like Canadians.  Although, not real names, someone had to go through an effort to establish an internet identity, and that could be killed by googs if they were bad.  As well, you could limit things with circles, but I never used that any more.

So, we need something to eliminate obnoxious trolls and sock puppets.  Basically, death threats come from accounts that take two seconds to create, again and again.  We need some identity verification, but that could be a nom-de-plume.

Encryption may be the best way to go.  You have to create a public and private key and have it registered.  That's a big pain, and you can eliminate it being automated.  Also, you need to have used that id somewhere.

Canada could host this as a mostly canadabis forum.  They could pay for it out of revenue.  It would also be used for education, and links to treatment.  It would eventually spread to all the drugs we make legal.

ps.  Honestly, a raspi3 could host this, with all the people that would join.  :)

NASA lays in new ad-hoc explanation for Arctic ice build-up

As we said before, nasa can never go back on 'greenhouse gases' in a convective atmosphere.  Their last balloon had all the sensors pointing up.  It would have been so easy to measure the direct effect of carbon, but they'll never do it.  Mainly because they know it doesn't exist.

Arctic ice is building up after a long cycle of decline.  These major temperature cycles only affect the Northern Hemisphere.  Antarctica was never bothered by it.  So, hot on the heels of "Wavy Jet Stream", we have 'New ice causes new ice build-up'.

I love these things.

ps.  I was just thinking that the brilliant young things that designed the balloon would have said "Why don't we have sensors pointing down so we can directly observe "The Great Greenhouse Effect". And nasa would have said "Shut up or we'll kill you." 

Tiny El Nino petering out

Yeah, the ocean current map is back, but it wasn't updated for over a month.  It's probably a lot more work, since the US sites say they ran out of money to compile them.

This is showing the Pacific and the great reversal of current that is associated with an El Nino.  However, this one was very light, in terms of total energy.  That's because they rate an en on surface temperature, and not heat energy.

You can also see that the North Pacific current is still dead.  Most of the heat for Canada normally comes from that.

The Atlantic currents are now a total mess.  The heat energy was used up with 2 landfall hurricanes, plus a few ocean spinners.  The northern current that showed up when the Pacific heat collapsed is still very strong and bisects the Gulf Stream.  The UK will be cold.

The question of the month is whether the tiny en had an effect on global temps.  I think it slowed down the fall a little bit, but did not show up as a bulge.  We should expect a greater fall next month.  Arctic ice will continue to build.

The hurricane took a bite out of the Gulf temps.  That should be all the hurricanes for the season, but we can be surprised.  You can see that the Pacific temps are retreating. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

NASA gets 'old company disease'


New technology can only get built by 'purists', that is, intellectual depressives who worship physics, like me.  Right now, SpaceX is full of them.  However, all organizations and companies eventually become hostile to these people and kick them out.

'Appearance' becomes the dominant force.  The mere appearance of 'doing something' is sufficient.  I won't go into all the horrors of nasa, but suffice to say they are a 'force' in the world.  ROCK ON, NASA!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hurricane sucks up the last heat in the Atlantic

It's very impressive.  I had thought there would be one hurricane left and it would have to go over the Gulf of Mexico.  That's because it's the last reserve of heat energy for the season.

This is a huge hurricane, so we'll see a change in the water temps.  I'm not saying anything about 'youknowwhat' because the carbon cult has gone ballistic.  Soon there will be a dozen articles saying that hurricanes are worse, and we'll all die in forest fires.  And yet, not a penny spent on physics.

ps.  It's cute to see what our heat pulse is holding back.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

US stops ocean current maps

Sad.  I used these a lot to map the change in the major ocean currents.  I suspect it was because of me they stopped.  :)  Now, I only have the ocean surface temperature map.

During the glory days, I could watch the big El Nino form and dump all it's heat energy all over the earth.  I was watching the Gulf Stream die.  Now, we just have carbon physics, with no measurements.  Still, they can't stop global temperatures from going down, and Arctic ice volume going up.

Right now, we are boiling in heat from that hurricane.  But it will suck all the heat out of the Gulf of Mexico.  Then we'll have some good weather.  Get new windows!

ps.  https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/ocean/surface/currents/orthographic=-44.80,23.68,410

is updated after a month.  The various US ocean current sites say that they used to compile on their own time, and now they aren't.

Linux - State of amdgpu - ryzen

4.18 and 4.19 still hang with a black screen.

4.17 is much better, and it only freezes when I compile 4.18 or 19.  I can now choose screen resolutions, which is new.

This is still a regression.  Maybe 4.20 ...

ps.  I just tried 4.18.12 with a whole bunch of kernel codes and nada.

Google Plus to shut down

As the last living user of g+, I must object.  It's like they are tearing down my ghost town, where I'm the last one.  Of course, this could all be rumours, and the living dead can stumble one.  I'll keep things going in my blog.  They could shut that down, as well.  I only have 8 readers. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Arctic ice volume kicks up, global temps down

I hope you didn't invest in that North Pole resort.  None of these results are dramatic enough to convince the Carbon Cult.

ps.  Huge press today on our doom.  I am freezing at the cottage right now.  Honestly, I wish they'd put in a few pennies for the physics.

Toronto real estate continues flat-lining

In our neighbourhood, young people are buying houses at a 20% discount from peak.  This is a far better investment than condos.  I suspect this will cut the knees out of the condo market. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Storm Leslie chewing up the warm water

There it is in the Atlantic, the storm that has lasted 'forever'.  It's the 'Springfield Tire Fire' of storms.  I've never seen anything like this, but that doesn't mean much.  I could call it 'unprecedented'.  :)

The sea surface temps have a big circle of cold where the storm has been sitting.  Eventually, it will have used up all the heat energy and it will disperse.  The storm is sitting where the Gulf Stream and the cold Arctic current meet.  Storms love that.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hackers release video early

OMG, this video isn't even going to be shot until Oct 17.  They've gone beyond merely releasing the film before theatrical release.

Natgas zooms, Oklahoma earthquakes to start up again

We haven't had a high rate in OK since last year.  The natgas people are finally realizing that we are going to have a winter 'par excellence', and the storage ran out last year.  This year will be worse.

The good fracking juice for OK comes from the US North East, where they are probably fracking like mad.  Then all the trucks go to OK, because they can't go anywhere else.  However, they only have another month, and then everything freezes.  We might get an m6 in OK, but it will be close.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Palu earthquake and tsunami

It is somewhat ironic that Palu got hit so bad, since it is one of the most sheltered places from the large m9 tsunamis. 

You can see it right in the middle of all those huge subduction trenches, all of which can pop off an m9+ any old time.

What got Palu was an internal 'fault' or a large strike-slip earthquake.  You can see the N-S gash of the fault.  This is a weak zone that accumulates the strain of the whole area being pushed around.  It would not be at the top of the list for a destructive earthquake.  Palu is at the end of a bay along the fault, and had no chance.  This was a very local tsunami.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Facebook is a security breach


Honestly?  Something like this affecting 10% of their users?  But really, no evil hacker could do to those people what fb already does.  Perhaps this breach improves peoples' security?

Everybody is going to get fb scams now.  Wait!  They already do.  The hackers will find out the name of your dog, and your address.  Ha.  How about all your credit card numbers?  Everybody knows those.  Empty your bank accounts?  blah.

UK Weather Should Now Become Hilarious

We Canadians need to take our minds off trumpy's War on Women, and look at the poor UK.  They are about to see what it really means to have the latitude of Labrador.  For too long they have been molly-coddled by the Gulf Stream, engaging in fantasies of the world getting warmer.

We are now experiencing the 'Large Arctic Vortex' with a very cold Arctic.

We'll also be getting the 'Tight Vortex' which nasa ignored with their last balloon.  That's when we get new ozone holes, which nasa will also ignore.

Finally, you can see that the Equatorial Hot Air is shrinking to threads.

The threads should also be moving more south.

ps.  weather people are saying that cold in Canada's west is 'caused' by a persistent high pressure zone.  They stay away from what causes these.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Linux kernel amdgpu regression continues for 4.18 and 4.19

I am now up to 4.19.0 rc5 and no joy with booting it.  I use 4.17.19 now EOL and off the chart.  This works but freezes once a day.  So, it looks like both 4.18 and 4.19 will not boot with the most common configuration of amdgpu and monitor. 

NASA sends a great balloon, sensors pointed up


It had Lidar and everything.  It could have pointed down and look for the carbon effect, or measure any greenhouse effects, but it didn't.  Why flog a dead horse?  No need for physics.

What sort of greenhouse and carbon effect would they have found?  Nothing!  Anyway, this is the sort of equipment necessary to look at these sorts of things, and they have never done a speck of experimental physics on this, because to do so would doom them.

The baby El Nino that might have given us some warmth is a still birth.  The warm waters are retreating.  They only measure these things by surface temperatures, but you need the full heat energy.

ps.  Honestly, if they were looking at upper turbulence, why not look at the whole thing?  The giant convection cells causing this.  Or look at a tight polar vortex.  So much physics is not available to them because of their past.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Some UK forecasters starting to get on board

Fine, just when the Guardian isn't running any more 'commentable' global warming articles.  I wanted to gloat, but I'll be freezing as well.

I was going to say to them that last year's Beast from the East will seem like a picnic.  There is not a speck of heat left in the Atlantic.  That hurricane was the last, and it made so much press as 'caused by carbon'.  Ship in the ice salt!

ps.  the bbc is against all this, they it will nice and mild.  Interesting.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Request for Apple Heating contact info

OMG, these people won't give me their fax number or courier address under my name, because I've been after them.  They are shutting me out from legal recourse.

Link only to a post office box

It is suggested in the formal documentation to use social media to get their contact information.  Calling all apprentice hackers.  Could you use your Social Engineering skills to get their fax number and courier address?  You'll have to tell them that you want to send a birthday cake.  Or be the City and tell them you are faxing a tax overcharge.

First note:  Boiler plate on the consumer act.

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Consumer Protection Branch 77 Wellesley Street West PO Box 450 Toronto, ON M7A 2J6
elephone: 416-326-8800 Facsimile: 416-326-8665
Consumer Complaint
You are receiving this notice because a customer has a complaint about your business and believes you have contravened the Consumer Protection Act, 2002.
At this time, the Ministry of Consumer Services has not initiated a formal investigation into the complaint.
The ministry’s Consumer Protection Branch administers and enforces a number of consumer protection laws to ensure that businesses act fairly and ethically.
Our policy is that consumers who have a complaint should first seek to resolve the problem by writing to the business. A letter from your customer is attached.
• Next steps:
Our aim is to ensure that consumers and businesses have information about their rights and obligations that is clear and easy to understand. Please take a moment to consider the details of the letter. You may also wish to review your obligations under the Consumer Protection Act. Your efforts to resolve the matter may avoid the need for us to become involved.
If you have not responded to the consumer, addressing the concerns in their attached letter within three weeks, the consumer may file a formal complaint about your business. If the issue falls under the Consumer Protection Act, the ministry may help mediate a solution. If we are unable to do so or your business is found to be in breach of the act, we may take enforcement action against you or your business.
• Penalties and other options:
Where an investigation finds a violation of the law, charges may be laid. Successful prosecution may result in fines of up to $50,000 for an individual or imprisonment for not more than two years less a day, or both. A company may be liable to a fine of up to $250,000.
The act requires the ministry to post information about businesses that fail to respond to consumer complaints; actions it has taken against a business; and charges laid and convictions. This information is available to the public on Ontario’s Consumer Beware List at ontario.ca/consumerbeware. Where information relating to a charge is posted on the public record, the business is not guilty of an offence unless a court of law has so determined.
You are welcome to contact our office, toll free at 1-800-889-9768 or at (416) 326-8800 for more information about the Consumer Protection Act and your responsibility to consumers.

My letter:

Harold Asmis

Sept. 19, 2018

Apple Heating and Air Conditioning
P.O BOX 286
Station A
Toronto, ON
M6J 3P4

Dear Sir:

In the fall of 2016 I purchased a full central air conditioning system from your company.  Your staff came in person to install it, and it worked correctly at the time.

It was not used again in 2016, but in 2017 it had many problems.  I paid for annual service, and the fluid was topped up an unknown amount.  It was freezing the coils, and I had several service calls.  However, 2017 was a very cold summer and it got little use.  I did not know what was wrong at the time.

For the start of the 2018 season, the system refused to work at all.  The compressor made a grating sound, and there was no cooling.  A service man came and said he would have to call a supervisor.  The supervisor came and said there was no fluid in the system.  He spent many hours trying to identify the leak, whether it was in the compressor or the evaporator.  He could not identify the leaks, but ended up replacing the Shrader valves, just in case.

The 2018 season was very hot, and by August the unit started to freeze at 74 deg F.  I now knew that H410a cannot freeze if it is at full pressure.  By the middle of September the unit was freezing at any temperature, thus indicating it was once again out of fluid.

Since the unit leaks 4 pounds of fluid a season, I am expecting a full replacement of the entire system.  It is an environmental hazard, since h410a contributes to global warming.

I look forward to your immediate reply.  You can contact me at 1234 or email at xxx.

Yours truly,

Harold Asmis, P. Eng. (ret)

ps.  On Monday, I'll go back to the gov't and say they have no real presence.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Starting a consumer complaint

I got this response to my request about an air conditioner lemon, and I'll do it.  It will go into my book.

Dear Harold Asmis,

Thank you for writing to Consumer Protection Ontario at the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

We recommend writing a complaint letter to the business in question and sending your letter by email or by registered mail so that you have a record of when you sent it.

You can also include a notification of consumer complaint (PDF) with your complaint letter. This notification tells the business that you have started the complaint process and explains the consequences of ignoring a complaint that may fall under the Consumer Protection Act.

When you write your complaint letter:
·       Type it or make sure your handwriting is neat and easy to read
·       Explain what happened
·       Be specific about how you want to resolve the problem. For example, request for a refund, return, etc.
·       Specify the date by which you want a response (3 weeks is reasonable)
·       Keep it short and to the point
·       Be firm but polite
·       Include copies (not originals) of receipts, invoices, contracts, or other relevant documents
·       Include your signature and date
·       Keep a copy of the letter
·       Keep a record of its delivery. For example, send it by registered mail, fax or email

If a letter to the business does not resolve your issue, file a complaint with us by choosing one of the following:
·      Print and complete our complaint form (PDF), and send it by mail, email or fax to:
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Consumer Protection Branch
Consumer Services, Analytics and Partnerships Branch
Box 450

Please call us at 416-326-8800 or toll-free at 1-800-889-9768 if you have any questions. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that your issue has been resolved.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services    
Consumer Services Operations Division
PO Box 450
Toronto ON M7A 2J6

Telephone:    416-326-8800
Toll free:         1-800-889-9768
TTY:                416-229-6086          
TTY toll free:  1-877-666-6545
Fax:                416-326-8665

Email:             consumer@ontario.ca
Website:         ontario.ca/consumer

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request.

ps.  I've stopped the book until I go through this.

Public Action -- Get L'aide

Chapter 4 - Public Action

It is now clear that the next time you buy central air, you have a chance of being saddled with a lemon, as much chance as buying a Pinto in the 70's.  After the phoney warranty runs out, you have to pay for a complete replacement.

Facebook Anger

Everybody could get really upset and send death threats.  That worked for trumpypants, but I don't like it.


These are supposedly the big guys.  They seem to be going towards code for brazing, but that's not enough.  When you are feeling good on Cannabis Day, give them a note and say: "I wouldn't want to be  part of the Stone Age.  I'd rather learn Cobol and work on mainframes.'

Really, it's Depression City to enter their world.  My guy who worked a long time on my unit was depressed.  He was extra upset that they wouldn't just replace the whole thing.

Let them pick from a lower pool, like the Nuclear industry has to.  The pool where the best get to be United baggage handlers. 

Send Emails

No use.  All these guys have notes on their websites, created by the PR department:  "Send us an email and we'll have our abused female secretaries print it out, stuffed into our full inboxes, and we'll respond within a year or two"

-to be continued


Air conditioning cartel in Toronto

Lemon-aide for Air Conditioning, or 'Get l'aide'

Get L'aide, a new book trashing the air conditioning industry

Air Conditioning missed the boat -- Get L'aide