Monthly Archives: February 2013

 From: September 1, 2010 To: December 2, 2011

ARGO.WMO-5903235I launched this ARGO Float:


Platform details:

  • Owner: Argo AUSTRALIA
  • Type: Argo
  • Name: WMO-5903235

Screen shot 2013-02-24 at 11.16.32 AM


“Acidification due to global warming could lead to oceans with similar acoustic properties to those experienced by the dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period.

According to a presentation given by acoustics researchers David G Browning and Peter M Scheifele as part of the 164th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, changes to the baseline acidity of the world’s oceans due to global warming will have a negative effect on the absorption of low frequency sounds.

The effect occurs because the main low frequency sound absorption mechanism in seawater is a pH-dependent boron reaction. As the acidity of seawater increases, the low frequency sound absorption decreases meaning that those sounds can travel further, achieving their optimal transmission value at the acidity levels seen around 110 million years ago.”

Credit: Wired Science

Something Ventured — A great documentary/movie about startups/ventures which can outgrow their founding employees (for better or worse in the case of Sandra Lerner/Cisco, & others which shall not be named) …

Something Ventured is a 2011 documentary film investigating the emergence of American venture capitalism in the mid-20th Century. Something Ventured follows the stories of the venture capitalists who worked with entrepreneurs to start and build companies like AppleIntelGenentechCiscoAtariTandem, and others. Something Ventured is a full-length independent film which includes interviews with prominent American venture capitalists and entrepreneurs of the 1960s, 70’s and 80’s as well as archival photography and footage. It is available on iTunes, Netflix, and from Zeitgeist Films.


Good luck to all my friends in DC participating in the Forward On Climate rally!

Say no to the KXL pipeline and support ‘s fight against fossil fuels and tar sands extraction!

Divest now @gofossilfree!

“Alchemy is an influential philosophical tradition whose early practitioners’ claims to profound powers were known from antiquity. The defining objectives of alchemy are varied; these include the creation of the fabled philosopher’s stone possessing powers including the capability of turning base metals into the noble metals gold or silver, as well as an elixir of life conferring youth and longevity.”-Wikipedia

…….you can’t turn iron into gold (‘yet’) without wasting a lot of energy…….

“…Throughout the centuries, alchemists tried in vain to transform common metals like iron and lead into precious ones like gold or platinum…”-NYTimes

I’m delighted to be moving to (A service of TuCows).  I’m so happy to get rid of GoDaddy, their awful customer service, and terrible corporate responsibility / reputation.

From start to finish it was barely over an hour and all i needed was Gmail!!!

I would highly recommend using for domain name or email services, it’s a great company with even better people and superb customer support.  It’s cheaper than GoDaddy to boot, what more could you ask for?

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Thanks to Jesse for recommending hover and Mike for helping me with the transfer.

I stumbled across a very interesting website, which seems to provide open access / freely available and user friendly oceanographic software, in the form of a web application, which allows one to easily access complex oceanographic data-sets from NOAA or elsewhere.  Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!

From their boiler plate:

What is Marinexplore

In an era of big data, when 90% of the oceans are still unexplored and mobile oceanic sensors are disrupting the industry, the tools and working processes for ocean exploration have changed little over the last 15 years.

Today, most public ocean data is disconnected, often archived and never used again. Professionals across offshore, marine technology & scientific community who rely on that data, are isolated from each other, while more than 80% of the exploration time today is spent on data processing.

We’re seeking to change that.