Category Archives: General Science


This may be a sign of life in the Venerian clouds, but not necessarily.

I do think that Venus gets far too little attention. Maybe this will spur more action in that regard.

[Wednesday-afternoon update]

This is a six-year-old article, but it’s relevant. Seeing what it looks like at the one-bar level of the atmosphere should be a high priority.


[Sunday-afternoon update]

Bob Zubrin: Let’s explore the Venerian atmosphere with solar balloons.


“Follow The Science”

…is not a strategy.

Like Joe Biden.

[Afternoon update]

Related, sort of: The alien red planet and the scientific method.

Heat Wave

Looks like the next week and a half will be one of those times we wish we had A/C in coastal California. It was warm last night (temperature has been below seventy every morning when we get up, but it was 73 this morning). Can’t really justify the expense and electricity of central air, but maybe we’ll finally be motivated to get a window or portable unit for the bedroom.

[Noon update]

People are talking about split units in comments. No way we’d spend that kind of money, particularly when we have no use for a heat pump. We just need something to keep the bedroom cool to sleep at night.

[Saturday-morning update]

Well, so far, so good. It never got below 74 in the house, but we slept well. If it gets no worse than that, we’ll be OK. The worst thing about Santa Anas is that when the wind comes from the east, we can hear the sound of the 405 freeway, which is about a mile away. Otherwise, the neighborhood is quiet, because despite being half a block from a major thoroughfare to the west, the sound is blocked by a dune that our place is at the bottom of.