Climate change

Is the climate changing?

Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Was it caused by humans?

Regardless of the answer, think about this: If you’re going to argue humans does not cause climate change, then what?

What causes it? How do we stop it? Can we stop it?

Or are you just going to sit with your arms crossed, shrug your shoulders and hope the problems will solve themselves?

Even if there was little evidence climate change was caused by humans (there isn’t — 97% of Climate Scientists says so) I’d prefer to err on the side of caution and act even if it’s not needed rather than not acting and finding out later that I should have because it was needed.

I also hate not being in control, so I like to believe that we are causing the problems and we can fix them by changing our behavior.

The alternative would be too horrible:

We’re facing an extinction event. We don’t know what causes it. All we can do is pray and hope. But, since we didn’t cause this, God probably hates us. We’re fucked! Let’s jump off a cliff…

Although… if every climate change denier did jump off a cliff, we’d probably be halfway to solving the problems just there and then… Ok. That’s a joke. Don’t jump off a cliff!

My point of view does not mean I argue for a total ban of fossil fuels right now. That’s a ridiculous and reality-deprived standpoint. And, seriously, what real debater would think that was the answer?

But fossil fuels won’t last forever, so why not start looking for the alternatives right now anyway?

The winners of the future are… cough-Musk-cough…

Selective Humanism

Selective humanism sounds like a great idea when there is “a crisis”™ and “something drastic”™ has to be done. However, the fact that selective humanism divides people into a “we”-group and a “them”-group means that even if you belong to the “we”-group today, tomorrow you might be one of “them” and no longer be treated humanely…

Microsoft Usability Digging Bar

When working with Microsoft Software (I’ve been at it for over ten years) you get the feeling their usability statement goes something like this:

Even users with a digging bar thrust through their heads should be able to use our software… which, incidentally is also what it feels like to use our software, so we feel we kind of killed two flies with the same digging bar… hehe…


Riddle: Burning Pasta

A kettle with spaghetti is standing on top of a stove.
The spaghetti are burning at the top end.

Assuming everyone in this kitchen has behaved normally, as far as they can determine. What is the logical explanation for this?

Update: So, after staring at the silent audience for 48 hours, I blink… The wrong hotplate has been turned on, the one the pasta is leaning over when standing in the pot. After enough time the heat makes the pasta burn. In other words, don’t leave the kitchen while cooking pasta. In fact, don’t leave the kitchen while cooking. Period!