Happy New Year! Goodbye 2016…

Being at the very last end of this spinning ball of time zones (though a tiny bit ahead of Hawaii…), I know I’m usually “late” on such global things compared to many of the folks out there. I’m trying to be a bit more “timely” this time (though I’ve already missed Australia and New Zealand… hope you guys got the party started right!)

With that, it’s time to say goodby to 2016 (and in some ways ‘good riddance’…) and hello to 2017.

Last year had a lot of interesting twists and turns, and hopefully 2017 will be a bit more sane. We’re free of the Democratic Party Yoke in Washington DC for at least a couple of years. Just have to worry about the ‘firelighters’ and ‘bomb throwers’ on their side disrupting things; and about what new ‘insta-grievance-group’ Soros will push on the world now that BLM and Occupy have been a bit of duds.

Only 3 more weeks of Obama Tantrums and Punchbowl Pissing to go, then he can fulfill his destiny as Sidewalk Supervisor and ankle biting yapper…

We’ve lost a lot of name actors this year. It’s not been a good year for Hollywood. I will only note that we lost both Princess Leia (and her mom Debbie Reynolds) and R2D2… TCM Turner Classic Movies runs a memorial spot each year showing the Names that have moved on that year. I recommend it, even if saddening.

“Climate Science” data fudgers suffered a big setback. Australia has given many ‘walking papers’ and Trump is set to do the same in the USA. Britain is headed for the door in the EU, so might also catch clue enough to dump their insane energy policies. (If the political winds are not enough, the sudden turn to cold and icy will likely drive the point home…)

The sun took A Big Nap, and now the atmospheric height has shortened as the mix of UV vs Visible vs IR has shifted to the red end (about 10% less UV) and though TSI has stayed near steady, the distribution of where the energy goes is ‘way different’ between UV (Stratosphere and deep ocean) and IR (prompt evaporation of water surfaces, rapid convection to space radiating levels over land). This squashing has also spread out the Polar Vortex, sending deep chills and snow into land masses from Central to Southern to Siberian Asia, parts of the EU, and nearly down to Texas in North America. Reports are that South America and New Zealand / Australia are having odd cold excursions too. A few more years of that and the nutbars pushing the Global Warming nonsense might just realize how foolish they look…

Only 20 more years of it until a bit of warming returns…

On a more positive note:

For Christmas I was given a set of Whisky Stones. These are 2 cm or so cubes of what looks like basalt. Placed in the freezer, they are used instead of ice cubes to cool the glass of ‘water of life’; thus avoiding dilution. Tested once, and pleasantly different from either “neat” or “on the rocks” (which, in this context, is an odd expression as it means ‘on the ice’ when the alternative is actual rock…)

So I’ll be giving them a slightly more extended trial, starting at about 9 PM Pacific, with the helpf of a bit of Speyburn 10 year Highland Single Malt. A very nice drop of which not nearly enough survived the first test of the ‘whisky stones’ ;-)

May 2017 continue the political trends set in motion in 2016, and may “climate science” learn how to do actual science and avoid “political science” as the winds of change get stronger.


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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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28 Responses to Happy New Year! Goodbye 2016…

  1. H.R. says:

    Wishing all who read and comment here a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

    And best wishes for the New Year for our… what did we decide we all were?… curmudgeonly(?) host. May he always stay young enough to never have to yell, “Get OFF My Lawn!!” :o)

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, if you saw my lawn, you’d no there was no risk of that! Aside from the fact it is “only what survives in California with minimal water” over the last 40? years, so a rich mix of species, only a few of them ‘lawn grass’ (but including some dicondra I sprinkled on about 30 years back…) there’s the way the half dozen squirrels from the neighbors trees like to plant sunflower seeds (and others) in it… (I put out the sunflowers for their dining enjoyment ;-)

    So mostly I peer from the window and watch the local {dogs | cats | kids} try to catch the squirrels who never seem to care… as they never get caught… Great fun!

  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    Happy New Years to all (8 hours from now in my time zone). We have a hard cold snap forecast for the middle of the country the next few days, so busy making sure I have adequate antifreeze in the van, and other than that just chillin here.

  4. Sandy McClintock says:

    @H.R. Happy and Prosperous New Year – this is the standard greeting in Northern Ireland ;)

    @EM “Australia has given many ‘walking papers’ and Trump is set to do the same in the USA.”
    I have not been aware of a big recent change in Australia – which government department(s) were you thinking about? (CSIRO?)
    I was interested in your summary about less UV. I think I notice less solar kWh generated on a day with sunny clear skies in 2015 and 2016 vs 2014 and 2013.
    Days with more than 37kWh (
    DD/MM/YYYY Daily_KWh
    11/11/2012 37.35
    4/12/2012 37.91
    9/01/2013 37.19
    14/01/2013 37.86
    18/10/2013 38.7
    25/10/2013 39.45
    26/10/2013 38.92
    30/10/2013 38.24
    31/10/2013 37.84
    4/11/2013 38.61
    5/11/2013 38.66
    6/11/2013 37.85
    26/11/2013 37.59
    10/12/2013 37.61
    4/01/2014 37.82
    6/01/2014 37.85
    21/02/2014 38.02
    23/02/2014 37.7
    19/09/2014 37.74
    1/10/2014 38.83
    2/10/2014 38.41
    3/10/2014 37.12
    4/10/2014 37.39
    8/10/2014 37.83
    16/10/2014 38.31
    18/10/2014 37.55
    19/10/2014 37.01
    26/10/2014 37.33
    28/10/2014 38.68
    29/10/2014 37.84
    2/11/2014 39.15
    3/11/2014 37.07
    11/11/2014 37.03
    17/11/2014 37.38
    18/11/2014 37
    25/11/2014 37.43
    26/11/2014 37
    17/01/2015 37.01
    5/03/2015 37.14
    14/10/2016 37.22
    15/10/2016 37.56
    24/10/2016 37.57
    31/10/2016 38.56
    2/11/2016 37.44
    4/11/2016 37.17
    5/11/2016 38.46
    BTW the 5 year average is 25kWh so these days are far from typical.

  5. hillbilly33 says:

    Happy New Year Chiefo to you and all your contributors, from way down under in Tasmania, Australia. Aussies celebrated in their usual enthusiastic way in the face of exposure and thwarting of a terrorist plot a few days before Christmas, to carry out attacks in Melbourne at three separate locations on New Years Eve.
    A highlight of the year was the decision of the Premier of Victoria, ‘glove puppet’ of Australia’s most powerful militant Unions, the CFMEU, to finally order some water from the huge white elephant desalination plant at Wonthaggi, one of a number round Australia which are a legacy of the Professor Tim Flannery ‘never-ending drought’ scare backed up by people of the ilk of noted CAGW ‘believer’ David Karoly. The plant promptly blew a fuse and did considerable damage when switched on.

    These links give the background and detail the latest fiasco.

    Cheers and best wishes to all. H/B

  6. I also wish all here a happy 2017 (and beyond). Thanks for sharing your thoughts and helping me make sense of things. I lurk and learn even when I don’t put in my two penn’orth.

  7. E.M.Smith says:


    I was under the impression that CISRO had been up for a housecleaning?


  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Opps… I hit the wrong link … and posted in Tips…

    So a repeat here:

    Happy New York and Orlando New Year!

    The spouse and I celebrated in that time zone as she doesn’t do Midnight well ;-)

    Welcome to 2017!

  9. Happy New Year E.M.. May we live to see many more turns of the wheel.

    Bennett Dawson
    Fairfield, VT

  10. Larry Ledwick says:

    Happy New Year E.M. to you as well from Colorado, I probably will not stay up for the “event” although I suspect my neighbors will alert me to when it happens.

  11. tom0mason says:

    May this be happy and prosperous New Year to all and your families.

  12. Graeme No.3 says:

    Happy New Year to you and all readers.

    Re the CSIRO: I thought you had got the news earlier in 2016 when the new head honcho decided to lose 320 scientists studying climate change. His rational was “since the science is settled there is no need for any more studying”. There was an outcry from the swamp as you would expect, and only a few were handed their tickets to leave. The rest are still there, doing I know not what although supposedly working on climate change mitigation.

    The CSIRO built its reputation on agricultural improvements and electronics (including radio telescopes). The last 20 years there has been some question as to what it actually does. What it doesn’t do is to provide value for money, indeed that is anathema to those ensconced who claim they should be ‘doing pure science’. They complain that they don’t get the support they should from Australia business, but most businesses these days are too busy trying to survive and a liaison department producing nothing for an extended period isn’t the first, or even the second, thing they want.

  13. Gail Combs says:

    3 more weeks and the occupier of the White House is GONE GONE GONE!!!!

    Happy New Year — The BEST EVER for DEPLORABLES!


  14. John F. Hultquist says:

    Whisky Stones

    Prior to the Japanese economy collapsing some years ago:
    From the Puget Sound area transport of goods to Alaska involved a one-way haul. Containers were shipped back empty. One barge company got permits to lift large chunks of ice from Glacier Bay that after processing became smaller chunks. Glacier ice is formed under great pressure and is harder and denser than simple frozen water.
    Some of this ice was used locally in the Seattle area but most was shipped to Japan (somewhere we have one of the bags, about 7 pounds per bag, I think). Here’s a link to 1988:
    I’ll have 2 chunks please

    Some folks do not like strong drinks, nor ice — so…
    From the South we get “Bourbon & Branch”
    … usually meaning the bourbon with clean water available from the “branch” of the river near which the distillery is built. Wiki has a branch_water page.

  15. John F. Hultquist says:

    @Larry Ledwick — regarding neighbors
    We are in a rural area so neighbors are at least 1/4 mile away. Still the parties started at 8 pm and continued into 2017. Very loud booms annoyed the dog but even she went to sleep before Midnight. We had 30 degrees and a very light snow, so unlike the July 4th parties, we did not have to worry about a wildfire.
    I think one place used a backhoe to build a large pile of brush and trees for a bonfire. Sounded like a good party but we were not invited.

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, it’s the morning after the night before and we’ve returned from mass… the parking lot was remarkably sparse… it would seem Good Catholics are also pretty good partiers ;-0

    The Speyburn 10 was best over ice for the first glass (to get the tongue in condition ;-) then over the Whisky Rocks for the second and third. (After the third it doesn’t seem to matter what it is over or what is in it 8-{}

    Now that it’s 2017, time for a whole new year worth of planning, doing, and ‘stuff’.

    But maybe after a short nap ;-)

  17. Judy F. says:

    Happy New Year to all!

    When EM mentioned squirrels I thought of a story. I’m lousy at math but have good stories.:)

    When I was 5 years old, my parents and younger sister and I went to Louisiana to visit my Mom’s family, Even as young as I was, it made a huge impression on me. I saw the Mississippi, red soil, crawfish, fireflies and met a zillion cousins. I learned some differences in cultures when we had dinner at noon and I had to be told which drinking fountain I could use. (This was in 1957 or so, so the civil rights problems were still big in the south.) I also learned that spring rain in the south came often and never cooled things off, it only made things hotter and muggier.

    One day as my folks and many aunts and uncles were sitting around the table after eating, I was standing there as only a 5 year old can, probably bored and bugging my folks. One of the uncles leaned over and handed me a salt shaker. He very gravely told me that if I went outside and put salt on a squirrel’s tail, I could tame him. We didn’t have gray squirrels where I lived, so that was very intriguing to me and squirrels are awfully cute. I swear I followed squirrels around the yard and around the trees for hours, never once getting close enough to actually salt their tails, but darn sure trying my best.

    I now realize that uncle was a genius. He kept a bored kid busy and out of trouble, with no immediate danger to child or squirrel. So, EM, give those kids in your yard a salt shaker and your fun watching them will be multiplied.

  18. Gail Combs says:

    Great story Judy
    We have ~20 ponies and were visited by some friends with kids in the 4 to 8 yr range. They wanted to ride so we went out to catch some ponies. The boys ran and ran and ran and ran chasing the ponies all over the pasture. And one by one the ponies came up to hide behind my Hubby and I.

  19. philjourdan says:

    Whisky rocks. Hmmmmm. Now that sounds like a great idea!

  20. Paul Hanlon says:

    Late to the party, but Happy New Year to all! I hope it is a good one for ye. For myself, I’m hoping the investment in time over the last few years will start to bear fruit.

  21. Steve C says:

    @Paul … Late, on only the 3rd? Nah, this is late, but none the less sincere in wishing all here an enjoyable 2017. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too interesting.

    With luck, I’ll be able to take a few minutes off and make the occasional comment again sometime soon – unfortunately, I’ve been a bit tied up in existential battles with bureaucracies lately. (Please don’t ask for details, or I may need to go off and cuddle a puppy in a Safe Room* just to get over thinking about it. Bureaucracy gets me like that. :-)

    * – Well, it allegedly works for the young.**

    ** – Just think. One day soon they’ll be running the show …

  22. Gail Combs says:

    Steve C.
    We recommend grooming ponies and untangling manes as therapy instead of cuddling puppies. But if you want to cuddle something I have at least five brand new kids (goats) in white, grey brown or black. They are nice and cuddly and don’t chew on fingers or claw.

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    @Judy F:

    Nice story!

    FWIW, I was told to salt the tail of the birds in the yard so they could not fly away…

    Something about the ’50s I guess ;-)


    Named “Chill Rocks”…

    @Steve & Paul & Gail:

    Well, we have a slammed calendar between about last week of November and now. Thanksgiving, Christmas, 5 birthdays, and more…

    I’m only just now coming up for air. (Ever try to eat 3 cakes in 2 weeks?…)

    So for me, my ‘new year’ is really only now beginning as the “holiday marathon” finally ends.


    You’ve given me an idea…

    A bar, named Safe Room, and a branded line of whisky named Safe Room Punch… so you can honestly say “I’m in the Safe Room having a glass of Safe Room Punch” 8-}

  24. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. Please make sure your wife sees my Christmas present to the two of you.

  25. E.M.Smith says:


    She already has… Liked it a lot too… probably shared it with other Special Needs teachers too by this time…

  26. Gail Combs says:

    Glad she liked it. It really shows what can be done with good teachers.

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