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A Globally Warmed Fall

One impact of global warming could be seen easily this week in the stands of trees around St. Louis. At Powder, most of the forest was badly hurt by the recent high temperatures, which ended up cutting short what should have been a colorful scene. The forest had few birds and the deer were gone as the natural pond had dried up–the first time I’ve seen that happen in six years. If we do get rain this week and these temperatures finally fall, we still might have a chance for the week following to have one good, last burst of color.

I was inspired by my outing to attempt to capture what is, in essence, a tangible view of global warming, but still produce interesting photos. I’m not sure if I’ve succeeded, you’ll have to be the judge (or not).

Once I reassured him that I rarely take pictures of people, he was quite friendly. His reaction did leave me deeply curious.

Global Warming Leaf A

global warming in New Hampshire

Global Warming Leaf One

global warming will hit Vermont hard

Global Warming Leaf Two

Global Warming Leaf Three

EPA Global Warming impacts: forests

Global Warming Leaf Four

impacts of climate change in the US

Poison Ivy makes a pretty leaf

Missouri Fall Color report

Dead Leaf

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Political

Perspective

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

I think at times this medium skews attention to that which furthers acrimonious debate than anything truly useful or important. While we focus on how far we can take the Foley thing (including David Brooks equating Foley’s actions with a character from a play), gun shots are heard along the Korean border, and North Korea prepares for a nuclear bomb test. How to explain the lack of interest? It isn’t Google, it doesn’t sell, and one won’t get acclaim for such plain writing as, “this really scares me”, but this really scares me.

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Technology

Of course EOF is an error, only morons disagree with that

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

Privacy issues, nothing: wait until you see what developers really think about their users.

Kottke has a listing of searches on Google’s new code search feature. What happens when you mix data mining and programmer’s deepest darkest secrets, locked away in comments not meant to be seen? Well, I don’t know about how useful the results, but it’s entertaining as hell. (She says after first frantically searching to see if any of her secrets are included–thank goodness for developing in scripting languages such as JavaScript and PHP, where everything is out in the open.)

Among some of the discoveries that Kottke details are usernames and passwords, and proprietary and confidential code. That’s not funny. What is funny is searching on terms such as stupid users, though to be fair, stupid programmer is also entertaining. My personal favorites are:

moron

I hate this

dumbass

I’m tired

who cares

Who designed this

Give me a break

…and that classic: piece of shit

I feel like the Google’s code search is introducing the non-tech world to a newly discovered tribe: with our own hidden language and bizarre rituals and customs.

I am called Shelley, and I’ll be your native guide.

update And Google code search is really broken, too. I guess maybe the developers were tired.