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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. 


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

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.
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.
Re: Simple explanation for disparity of size - deiseach - May. 10th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC) - Expand
Mimmoths! - deiseach - May. 10th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
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?
May. 7th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
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.
May. 7th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Have you considered submitting this to <a href="http://photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com</a>?
May. 7th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: PSD?
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.


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.

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.

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


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?
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.

Re: How one weighs evidence - m_francis - May. 9th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: How one weighs evidence - jjbrannon - May. 10th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: How one weighs evidence - jjbrannon - May. 10th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: How one weighs evidence - m_francis - May. 10th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC) - Expand
Magne tak skalde hol - jjbrannon - May. 10th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC) - Expand
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
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.
Re: I was greatly amused; now, musing about music - (Anonymous) - May. 11th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Yesterday - jjbrannon - May. 13th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Yesterday - m_francis - May. 13th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Yesterday - jjbrannon - May. 13th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
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.
May. 13th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's good.
May. 12th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Another possibility is that these pictures are fake but accurate.
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