HEM BLOGGERS’ NEWS: Brand-new e-paper celebrating our Community

Hot on the heels of our new online newspaper, The Half-Eaten Times, which was officially launched on the 5th of April, 2015 in association with online media curator site paper.li, we have decided to start a new publication specifically promoting the content of the HEM blogging community.

Called simply “HEM Bloggers’ News, this new e-newspaper from Half-Eaten Mind and paper.li is exclusively designed to showcase and promote articles, photos, musings and much more from the great friends and compadres we have made in the WordPress community and beyond. As with our news version, HEM Bloggers’ News will come out twice daily, with links disseminated on Twitter.

Why not check it out, see what other bloggers are talking about and make some new friends. The community has given so much to the Half-Eaten Mind. Now this is one small way we are paying back the love.


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Real Scientists Keep Their Minds Open, And Learn

An excellent article but quite telling that the auto (‘denial’) response is ” There is the suspicion that, at age 85, a great scientist of the 20th century is no longer just far out, he is far gone — out of his beautiful mind.”

Because youth who have yet to experience an ocean cycle know *everything*. Dismiss your seniors at your peril. They have lived you have yet to. The UK in December 2010 was the worst in my lifetime but an old boy said it was nothing like 46’/’47 or ’62/’63.

I recently came across a 1927 local newspaper piece saying how the weather was not ‘in living memory’ was soon put down by someone who was young in the 1880s (notable cold period in the UK).

Nothing changes.

Real Science

Freeman Dyson has followed the same path as myself, going from true believer in 1979 to skeptic in 2015.

In 1953, Freeman Dyson told his graduate students at Cornell that Quantum Mechanics is well understood settled science

In 1979, Freeman Dyson was very worried about CO2

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In 1986, speaking at the University of Adelaide, Dyson said

“nobody really understands quantum mechanics.”

And in 2015 Dyson said

“CO2 is so beneficial in other ways, it would be crazy to try to reduce it”

The New York Times says Dyson is “infinitely smart”

There is the suspicion that, at age 85, a great scientist of the 20th century is no longer just far out, he is far gone — out of his beautiful mind.  But in the considered opinion of the neurologist Oliver Sacks, Dyson’s friend and fellow English expatriate, this is far from the case. “His mind is still so open and…

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Sea Ice Extent – Day 100 – 7th Highest Global Sea Ice For This Day – Antarctic 1.4 million above ‘Normal’

Global warming should have both poles melting in tandem with each other. They are not. ‘All the evidence’ would suggest it has bugger all to do with CO2 levels although some whose pay grades depend on such assumptions would still like you to think it is.

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7th Highest Global Sea Ice For This Day. 

Antarctic 1.4 million above the 1981-2010 mean. That is 23%!

Arctic higher than 2006 and 2007.


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Planet Venus – ‘A Lighthouse as Darkness Falls’


Image Giorgia Hofer (see spaceweather.com link below)

Venus has been very easy to spot in the clear evening skies of late, easy enough for my little one to spot every evening (and Jupiter which has been overhead but West). Catch it whilst you can.

Brilliant Venus in west dusk until mid-evening. Venus – brightest planet and third-brightest object in the sky after the sun and moon – climbs higher up at dusk, and stays out later after dark, than it did in March 2015.

Do not miss the sky at nightfall, around April 11. It’s your chance to see the sky’s brightest planet coupling up with the Pleiades star cluster. Bring your binoculars, if you have them to view Venus and the Pleiades taking stage in a single binocular field…

The waxing crescent moon swings close to Venus for several days, centered on April 21.

Throughout April 2015, brilliant Venus beams like a lighthouse as darkness falls! Be sure to catch Venus at dusk and early evening from temperate latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, because this world follows the sun beneath the horizon by early evening. At mid-northern latitudes, Venus stays out longer after dark, possibly until after your bedtime.

At mid-northern latitudes, this dazzling world sets about three hours aftersunset in early April. The queen planet’s visibility improves throughout April, setting about three and one-half hours after the sun by the month’s end.



How bright is Venus? Just look at the snow in this picture taken April 9th by Giorgia Hofer from a mountaintop in Belluno, Italy:

Hofer went outside after sunset to watch the ongoing conjunction between Venus and the Pleiades (note the star cluster just above Venus in Hofer’s photo) “I set up my camera on Giau Pass over Cortina d’Ampezzo,” she says. “Venus created a reflection of its light on the frozen snow ”

Among all the stars and planets in the night sky, only the Moon is brighter than Venus. Because of its intensity, Venus can do things normally reserved for the sun and Moon–such as casting shadows or making snowy reflections.

When the sun goes down tonight, step outside for your own Venus experience. Look west as the sky fades to black. The glaring Goddess of Love is only 2.5o from the Seven Sisters. It’s a nice way to end the day.