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We Had So Much Fun

with the two photographs of the sea at La Jolla (where one could mark for comparison the high tide line on both photos) that we thought Our Faithful Reader would enjoy these two photos.  The first one accompanied an "open" letter by 250 scientists, mostly not "climate" scientists, denouncing those with doubts about the Sacred Simulations.  The second comes from the same photographer. 





Here, side-by-side:


There are two theories: 
1. The Last Penguin reached the ice floe first and was basking in the sun.  Later, the Last Polar Bear, swimming to Antarctica from the warming at the North Pole, climbed aboard and ate the penguin.  (That the polar bear came later can be seen from the "high noon" position of her shadow.) 
2. There are two identical ice floes, one in the north and the other in the south polar regions, floating past identical ripples in the otherwise glassy sea, while miraculously similar clouds scud through the sky.  A cloud bank on the horizon in the first shot coincidentally occupies the same location as the land mass in the second shot.  And both floes happened to be boarded by local fauna, whom the same photographer fortuitously captured on film (or digits) standing in the self-same location. 

If anyone has a more likely theory, we are open to suggestions. 

Comments

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marycatelli
May. 7th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Bosh

The first ice flow is much larger, and the ripples must be, too. See, the penguin appears to be much larger than the bear -- impossible even with a cub.
deiseach
May. 9th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Simple explanation for disparity of size
The reason that the penguin is much larger than the bear is because the penguin is obviously one of the giant, blind penguins found in the caverns beneath the city of the star-things at the Mountains of Madness by the ill-fated Pabodie Expedition in 1930.
m_francis
May. 9th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Simple explanation for disparity of size
I knew there was a logical explanation.
deiseach
May. 10th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: Simple explanation for disparity of size
I considered and then discarded the notion that the bear might be a specimen of specially-bred minature polar bears (like Shetland ponies or toy dogs), because that would just be silly :-)
marycatelli
May. 10th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Re: Simple explanation for disparity of size
You do realize that such miniature beasts are possible through natural selection? There was a race of -- er -- pygmy mammoths.
m_francis
May. 10th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Re: Simple explanation for disparity of size
Similar, perhaps, to jumbo shrimp.
jjbrannon
May. 10th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Simple explanation for disparity of size
But harder to "de-vein".

And the pygmy mammoth simply clashed with cocktail sauce.

JJB
deiseach
May. 10th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Mimmoths!
ilion7
May. 7th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
The bear is reflected in the water, while the bird in not.

Or, is it that similar to water circling the drain, water-reflections go in opposite directions north and south of the equator?
ilion7
May. 7th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
oops
No, wait. When I copied the photos into photo software, I see that the bird's head is reflected, but at a different angle than the bear.
thegameiam
May. 7th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
PSD?
Have you considered submitting this to <a href="http://photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com</a>?
thegameiam
May. 7th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: PSD?
jjbrannon
May. 9th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Tricked again!
3] Neither bear nor fowl, but Coyote about his business of pranking mankind.

4] Seattle zoo-keepers visited Sears with their charges for the annual Easter shots.

5] These are standard floe-steering license photos.

Okay, my ingenuity sputtered. I cannot honestly say which, if either, of these photos is valid, but the reflection of the bear appears wrong to my eye.

Be back.

Back.

I checked "istockphoto.com" and tracked down Jan Will's area. He admits there the bear photo is an amalgam. The penguin pic is almost two months older if one credits upload dates.

Look at the sunlight vector on the clouds and the direction of the shadows created. That vector more closely aligns with the penguin's shadow.


JJB
jjbrannon
May. 9th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: Tricked again!
Here's what bothered me about the polar bear's reflection, in case no one understood my above typically-cryptic shorthand:

If the light source appears at 2 o'clock outside the photo's frame as it seems from the cumulus clouds, the reflection can't be that bright -- it should be more a shadow.

A reflection of that clear, vivid nature would have a light source at least from 5 o'clock, emanating behind the photographer.

JJB
jjbrannon
May. 9th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Collective Noun
In re "Our Faithful Reader", there are more than one of us, you know.

:>)

JJB
m_francis
May. 9th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
You mean... You mean... Those photos aren't real? Then why was the polar bear one used with the "open" letter all those Scientists put up behind the paywall?
jjbrannon
May. 9th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
How one weighs evidence
Accepting the photograph for the open letter may have some causal relation to why those accepting it reject global-warming skepticISM.

But I have no more time to spend on this frippery -- I need to turn my attention to Up Jim River.

JJB
m_francis
May. 9th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: How one weighs evidence
By all means, do so. I must turn my attention to In the Lion's Mouth.
jjbrannon
May. 10th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Re: How one weighs evidence
Jacinta Rosario on Mars -- obviously a work of fiction. :>)

I know you received the Sturgeon and Heinlein awards, but the more I read of you, the more you put me in mind of Cordwainer Smith.

I'm wracking my brain to figure out the multilingual pun [which may not be there!] for Siggy O'Hara. Segura? Safe? As in, "We're safe"?

I caught the allusion to buccal swabs immediately and that they have no genetics. It's not an "article"; it's a "story".

Also liked how you substituted the historical swapping of astronomical data for the fictional engineering data in Mountain Dew.

It's a one in three chance, for the Seven in One.

Critics complained that much of the SF produced in the Golden & Silver Ages displayed the "The One Culture Fallacy" of planetary depiction. Can't stick that tag on you: moving through a room in one of your stories is a more multicultural experience than anything short of a Manhattan coffee-shop.

JJB
jjbrannon
May. 10th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Re: How one weighs evidence
Eeek! *Morning* Dew.

Mea culpa.

JJB
m_francis
May. 10th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Re: How one weighs evidence
jjbrannon
May. 10th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
Magne tak skalde hol
Thanks! One down, seven-thousand to go.

One difference between you and that other Irish-extraction writer James Joyce is that you can plot.

Otherwise, the footnotes for either of you two's works exceed the size of the original story's text by a factor or two.

I swear that it's the literary version of Hopi sand-painting, except you do if with miniature semi-precious stones.

Must get back to it, the hot butter on the popcorn with which I am fortifying myself must be allowed to cool in vain.



JJB
(Anonymous)
May. 10th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
I was greatly amused; now, musing about music
I just finished Up Jim River and greatly enjoyed it. Looking forward to In the Lion's Mouth.

By the way, while reading Up Jim River I was also thinking about the kind of music one might read while reading the books of the Gaelactic Periphery series. I like the multicultural mixtures of the soundtracks for the reimagined Battlestar Galactica (especially season 1) and Firefly.

Also good (or even better, because it won't call images from any TV show into your head) are the works of Dead Can Dance, an Irish-Australian duo who composed works with Gaelic, Middle Eastern, Indian, Native American and Medieval and Renaissance European influences. I like the instrumentals and non-English-language pieces the best, especially for this purpose. If curious, one might start with their live CD Into the Labyrinth or Toward the Within or maybe A Passage in Time.

-- Stevo Darkly
m_francis
May. 10th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
Re: I was greatly amused; now, musing about music
Both Outback and Béla Fleck & the Flecktones combine multiple modes of music. I'm glad you enjoyed the cultural mixing; given what was done after the Cleansing of Terra, it was inevitable.

You are the first to announce completing the book, which is good news, since it means at least one person did not throw it away unfinished.
(Anonymous)
May. 11th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: I was greatly amused; now, musing about music
Woohoo! I win!

Up Jim River was a great romp; thanks for writing it.

I will investigate Outback and Béla Fleck & the Flecktones. Thanks for mentioning them.

In trying to describe The January Dancer (especially the cultural mixing), I once described it as "a combination of Dune, Firefly and The Maltese Falcon, as told by an Irish bard in an Indian restaurant." Perhaps that's not the most apt summary, but the best I could do at the time. However, I am proud to say that a friend of mine said he was going to pick up a copy based entirely on that description.

-- Stevo Darkly
jjbrannon
May. 13th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Yesterday
I finished early Tuesday evening.

Quite good. Now I eagerly await the finale.

**A year from now!**


JJB
m_francis
May. 13th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Yesterday
Finale?
jjbrannon
May. 13th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Yesterday
"Finale?" -- MF^2

Be still my beating heart.

:>)

JJB
the_deuce
May. 12th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
It's actually one animal - one of last of its endangered kind. Known as Ursus Spheniscidae, or the "bear penguin", this now exceedingly rare bird was once renowned for its ability to ward off predators by disguising itself as a polar bear when it perceives a threat. Unfortunately, climate change and pervasive egg-hunting have devastated its natural habitat, bringing it to the brink of extinction. Here this specimen sits, on a lonely ice flow, unable to find a mate. Stop the warming before it's too late.
m_francis
May. 13th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's good.
the_deuce
May. 12th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Another possibility is that these pictures are fake but accurate.
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