Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Check this out: important early archaeology in the Philippines

Some amazing dates and places.  The Butuan Boats I have seen.  The argument still rages on: Where did Magellan really land?  At least three authoritative answers are to be seen.

Just this one link for today: 
15 Most Intense Archaeological Discoveries in Philippine History

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cloud Types

This is a good link.  There are undoubtedly dozens of others.  This one looks and feels right.


Back in the day I was wont to while away the mornings at the Weather Station on Moen, Chuuk, especially during the daily baloon launches.  These launches were coordinated throughout the Pacific, in a project of tne Weather Service.  I remember seeing the word "teleconnections," referring to interactions between atmosphere and ocean.  I'm, sure El Nino came into play.  And a device in a small protective closet (like those around the weather instruments at airports---this weather station was at the Chuuk Airport) that pumped air through a cannister for later analysis to detect isotope signatures from radiation blown around the Earth from Chernobyl, as I believe I recall.

And at this weather station I found a book, among several fascinating books, published by the UK Meteorological Office, an atlas of cloud types.  This was an amazingly unique and beautiful book, bound in plastic covers---so as to be water resistant---with extremely high quality photographs, and remarkably beautiful and apt photographs of each type of cloud.  The best I have seen.  I have searched over the years, and found nothing to equal it.

The observers at the Chuuk Weather Station took cloud observations, I think, hourly. 

I am not surprized then that the Meteorological Office would have a web site of this nature.

This is one for the list of links.  Every young man or young woman, of any age, would do well to have a gander at this site.

Fe asked "what is cloud nine?"  Here's what I found out from the Wiktionary:

Popular etymology references the 1896 edition of the International Cloud Atlas which defined ten types of cloud. The book defined the ninth cloud as the cumulonimbus, which rises to 10 km (6.2 miles), the highest a cloud can be. No conclusive evidence, however, confirms this origin.
This web site, the catalog of clouds, identifies Cumulonimbus as a low level cloud.  ?????

Another page on the same site references the cloud spotting guide:

Met Office guide to cloud types and pronunciations

Source: metoffice.gov.uk

On the same site may be found a link to a pdf of Cloud Types for Observers.  Could this be a later iteration of the same book I saw in the Chuuk Observatory?

[This  post bears no connection with the film or recent novel Cloud Atlas, which, nevertheless I would like to see.]

Sunday, January 3, 2016

A Declaration of the Independence of the Mind

Written in 1919 by Romain Rolland (January 29, 1866–December 30, 1944) 

Arise! Let us free the Mind from these compromises, these humiliating alliances, this hidden subservience! The Mind is the servant of no man. We are the Mind’s servants. We have no other master. We are created to carry and to defend its light, to rally around it all men who are lost. Our role, our duty is to maintain a fixed point, to show the pole star amidst the storm of passions in the darkness. Among these passions of pride and mutual destructions, we do not single out any one, we reject them all. We commit ourselves never to serve anything but the free Truth that has no frontiers and no limits and is without prejudice against races or castes. Of course, we do not dissociate ourselves from Humanity. We toil for it — but for all humanity. We do not recognize peoples — we acknowledge the People — unique and universal — the People who suffer, who struggle, who fall and rise again, and who always advance along the rugged road that is drenched with their sweat and their blood. We recognize the People among all men who are all equally our brothers. And so that they may become, like us, ever more conscious of this brotherhood, we raise above their blind struggles the Arch of Alliance — the free Mind that is one, manifold, eternal.

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