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If Rock and Roll Were a Subway

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The Rock Lines would look like this:

You will likely get a better image at the original site.


How Do You Know

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When there is an Olympic Hockey Match in Canada? 

Simple: track water usage.  

The green line is the day before.  The blue line is the day of the Hockey Gold Medal game.  The timing is exquisite.


Fun with Charts

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The Fifteen People Who Run America

OK.  They don't. 

Of the interlocking boards of directors of Fortune 500 corporations, these fifteen people hold more active seats than anyone else - five apiece - but they hardly hold the majority of all board seats!  Still, we might call them the "most connected" board members.  If you want to start a rumor in the halls of Corporate America, whisper it to one of these folks.  You likely never heard of any of them:

  • Linda G. Alvarado, Alvarado Construction, Inc.
  • Ursula O. Fairbairn, American Express EVP
  • Rozanne L. Ridgway, Asst. Secy. of State for Europe, 1985-89
  • Jackie M. Ward, CEO of Computer Generation, 1968-2000
  • J. Steven Whisler, CEO of Phelps Dodge, 2000-07
  • Peter C. Browning, CEO of Sonoco Products, 1998-2000
  • Charles R. Lee, CEO of Verizon, 2000-02
  • Ann N. Reese, CFO of ITT, 1995-98
  • Robert L. Ryan, CFO of Medtronic, 1993-2005
  • John K. Wulff, CFO of Union Carbide, 1996-2001
  • William H. Gray, Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1979-91
  • Shirley A. Jackson, NRC Chairman, 1995-99
  • John C. Pope, President and COO of United Airlines, 1992-94
  • Leonard S. Coleman, Jr., President of MLB National League, 1994-99
  • Karen Hastie Williams, Retired Partner, Crowell & Moring
Of the fifteen:
5 are black (33%)
5 are Democrats (33%), 3 are Republicans (20%), and the rest don't say. 
7 are female; 8 are male, as close to 50/50 as you can get with 15 people. 

For more fun with America's corporate elite, go here:
Corporate Power Nexus


Odds and Ends

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How Are Those Carbon Emissions Going? 

According to the Energy Information Administration, like this:

The 1991 and 2001 dips were due to economic slowdowns.  2008 is a "flash" estimate and may be revised.  The economy may be a contributing factor there, as well.  However, the other low bars took place during periods of economic growth. 
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There's a Whole in the Bucket

There is a little bit of the Netherlands surrounded by a Belgian enclave.....

that is surrounded by a Dutch enclave in Belgium.  The border appears to be fractal.  The houses have special door plates to indicate which ones are in which country.  Above, the Netherlands is white, Belgium is red. 

The Belgian-Dutch border was established in the Maastricht Treaty of 1843, which mostly confirmed boundaries which were a few centuries old (as the separation of Belgium and the Netherlands has its origin in the religious wars of the 16th century). In the area around Baarle, it proved impossible to reach a definitive agreement. Instead, both governments opted to allocate nationality separately to each of the 5.732 parcels of land in the 50 km between border posts 214 and 215.

These parcels ‘coagulated’ into a veritable archipelago of 20-odd Belgian exclaves in and around Baarle. In turn, some of these Belgian exclaves completely surround pieces of Dutch territory. Deliciously complicating this picture is a small enclave of Baarle-Nassau situated entirely within Belgium proper – and there’s even a Belgian parcel within a Dutch parcel within a Belgian enclave, which in turn is surrounded entirely by Dutch territory


Sufficient Causes

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Cycles Riding on Trends

A very long time ago, I saw a graph that related the frequency of the sunspot cycle with the temperature of the earth.  This was just after the Global Cooling scare and just before the Global Warming scare became institutionalized with its own bureaucracy.  What I noted was that as the sun hit maximum more frequently (shorter frequency) the earth warmed up, and when it hit maximum less often in a given time frame (longer frequency) she cooled down.  The pattern matched perfectly to the pre-1940 warming, the 1940s-1970s cooling, and the post-1970s warming. 

My own personal prediction at the time was that there was likely a 30-year rhythm in place, with the sun beating faster for 30 years, then beating slower for thirty years.  "I expect temperatures to increase until around 2000," I said, "then level off and begin to drop again."  

Since then, we have discovered the Multi-decadal Oscillation. 

Having once read the fascinating book CYCLES by Dewey and Dakin, I was familiar with the idea of cycles riding on the backs of trendlines (or even of other cycles).  Most people seem to subconsciously assume a mean value of zero for a cycle.  Anyhow, here is a dude who takes an assumed linear warming trend for the end of the Little Ice Age [perhaps related to the general increase in solar activity since the Maunder Mininum, and laid on its back a 30/30 MDO.

The red dot with the green arrow pointing to it is You Are Here 2009.

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