Monday, May 14, 2012

Best Library Cartoon Ever

Non-Sequiter had the best library cartoon ever on Sunday:

Non Sequiter - Public Library

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mistakes in 2012 ABA Take-Offs

The 2012 ABA Take-Off data was released in the past few weeks, and I do some number-crunching for a few committees I’m on, so I’ve been updating past reports with this year’s data. This involves combining numbers from various ABA Take-Off reports, and so I have to make sure that the list of schools is the same between different reports. They usually are, but off three reports I’ve looked at, two had what are either careless commissions or sloppy errors.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Second Hottest (Temperature-wise) Jazzfest Ever! (Even a Broken Clock is Right Twice a Day)

Today, for the fourth annual JazzFest Global Warming Update, there is fodder for the alarmists: 2012 was the second hottest JazzFest on record. To review from past years, in 2006, Professor Oliver Houck of Tulane School of Law wrote Can We Save New Orleans?, 19 Tul. Envtl L. Rev 1 (2006) (PDF), which, among the many possible effects of global warming climate change on New Orleans, included:
Here in Louisiana we will be warmer in summer (think, maybe, 103 degrees at Jazz Fest) .... Houck, 19 Tul. Envtl. L. Rev 1, at 27. (PDF)
But the source he gave for that sentence:
Envtl. Prot. Agency, Climate Change and Louisiana 3 (1997) available at http://$File/la_ impct.pdf
Said only that:
[It] is projected that by 2100, temperatures in Louisiana could increase about 3°F (with a range of 1-5°F) in spring and summer, slightly less in winter, and slightly more in fall. Envtl. Prot. Agency, Climate Change and Louisiana 2 (1997).
(Yes, its at page 2, not three like he specified, and since the site has link-rotted away, I put the report on Google Docs.)

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