Archive for January, 2008

Too much time + high altitude =

January 30th, 2008

This take-off of Hotel California from astronomers in Hawaii.

Quite a good singer, which makes this quite a bit better than the average for this kind of joke.


Coming soon to Batemans Bay

January 30th, 2008

Global warming could lead to coral reefs moving further south.

Last thing the South Coast needs is more tourists, of course. Judging from the last weekend of the year it’s already bursting at the seams.


Physics and flight

January 30th, 2008

The Russian SU-30MK can stop and hover in mid-air.

Fun toy. Probably a little pricey.


Anti-semitism made easy

January 30th, 2008

The Zionist-Conspiracy-O-Matic.

Funny. But don’t forget that some people actually believe this poison.


Counter-intuitive findings

January 30th, 2008

More medical treatment doesn’t (necessarily) make you better.

Health ‘economics’ is a very tricky area – most of the usual rules of economics go out the window when people start to have near-infinite demands for healthcare. But the underlying idea here is interesting – in the US system you can buy as much healthcare as you or your insurance company can afford. And, as you can’t judge marginal benefits of health treatments very well, this probably means you’ll buy too much. In socialised systems such as the UK there’s a far more brutal attention paid to the effectiveness of treatment, because everything they do for you is less treatment for someone else. Maybe that’s not the worst idea in the world.


Holiday!

January 29th, 2008

Bushranger Bay

Robert snorkelling

Sea Cliff bridge