Dark Snow Project Chief Scientist Jason Box in Montenegro, May 2018.

Many worthwhile slides, some background noise, but valuable, arctic-focused overview, includes good discussion of sea level rise.




Most of the info is in the first 2 or 3 minutes of the video above.
Tesla, for now, seems stable and moving forward on goals.


Tesla has consistently missed its production targets since deliveries of the Model 3 began last July. The first major snag was at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, where software defects caused robots to fail, meaning that thousands of cells had to be pieced together by hand. Production has steadily improved since then, and Musk told shareholders on Tuesday that the company is on track to meet its goal of 5,000 cars a week by the end of June.

Tesla says there isn’t any single problem slowing production down now. Instead, the heavy reliance on automation and new production methods have created a galaxy of smaller problems that must each be addressed individually. Musk’s claim is that once the process is tuned, the company will set a new standard for speed, precision, and scalability in manufacturing.


Assembly Putting together the pieces of the car’s body is an area that all automakers automate to varying degrees. However even state-of-the-art factories tend to rely on people to transport parts and load them onto the machines. Car parts are packed together for storage and shipping, and picking them back up is difficult without human fingers.

This is one area that Tesla may have gone too far, too fast. In April, Musk acknowledged that he had to rip out a complex conveyor system for parts and replace it with workers. Various robots throughout the line met a similar fate or had to be reprogrammed. Even so, Tesla says the Model 3 body line is now 95 percent automated, including the transfer, loading, and welding of parts.

Quality Control Tesla says it has 47 robots deployed in scanning stations throughout the body line. They measure 1,900 points in every Model 3 to match them to design specs—with a precision of 0.15 millimeters. Torque measurements are also automatically recorded for every bolt that’s fastened. During the final test drives on the track, sound recorders measure squeaks, rattles and wind and road noise that a test driver might miss. All of this data is stored with each car’s unique Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, so service centers can trace any issue back to a root cause in the factory. The idea is that Tesla will be able to improve its cars, even after they’re in a customer’s driveway.


No Colbert in this clip, just the apex of dumbness.

Look upon this and marvel.


Steve Harris comes from many generations of farmers. There is no question that being a farmer is hard work, and the certainty provided by the wind being generated on his farm in rural North Carolina is making it a little easier. Wind energy leases on agricultural land are bringing steady revenue to farmers faced with unpredictable crop yields and an aging workforce.



Bryan Wilson lost his business during the 2008 recession but he, and the island he calls home, found a new future in offshore wind. After relying for decades on diesel generators for power, Block Island played a critical role in building the nation’s first, and only, offshore wind project. Today, Bryan is a wind technician and helping the nation’s smallest town lead the country on clean energy.


Longer feature is out, trailer here.

From the Infinity Wars soundtrack.

The movie is so dark from the get-go that when this pops on the soundtrack it’s a much needed blessed, bouncing relief.

EPA spokesman: ‘Have a great day. You’re a piece of trash.”


Shock and disappointment even among long-time aids whose careers have been damaged by association.

And who really wants a used Trump mattress?
That’s some really disgusting crazy.