Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Entries for month: April 2007

Meteorology is not the deal

April 12, 2007 ·

"There has been a net warming of the earth over the last century and a half, and our greenhouse gas emissions are contributing at some level. Both of these statements are almost certainly true. What of it? Recently many people have said that the earth is facing a crisis requiring urgent action. This statement has nothing to do with science. There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we've seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe... Looking back on the earth's climate history, it's apparent that there's no such thing as an optimal temperature -- a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman's forecast for next week" -- MIT meteorology professor Richard S. Lindzen, writing in Newsweek.

Tags: politics

the trees! the trees! the trees will kill us all!

April 09, 2007 ·

A study out of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory continues the trend of indicating that the imperfections of modern science really can only scratch the surface of understanding how ecology works, including the climate.  We really have no clue.  Apparently it turns out that planting trees in the Amazon might help cool the earth, but all our decades of preserving and repopulating trees above the equator have been contributing directly to increasing the over global temperature.  The full study can be read here (PDF). 

"If we really want to do something about global warming," said's Steve Milloy, "providing chainsaws to Canadians, Swedes and Russians would seem a better investment than economy-killing greenhouse gas emissions reductions."



Tags: politics

I'm sick of it

April 08, 2007 ·

"Nothing remotely similar [to the link between tobacco and cancer] has been involved in developing the hypothesis that carbon dioxide creates warming. The relevant observations are a mess: Measured global temperature has both risen and fallen for considerable periods during the past century, even as CO2 has risen steadily. The geologic record suggests the world was much cooler in the past despite CO2 concentrations higher than today's. Unlike smoking and cancer, there's no anecdotal observation for the hypothesis that CO2 causes planetary warming. It may or may not be true, but to believe it is a "scientific truth" is to make a leap of faith, not science."

Please, folks, investigate it.  This isn't a scientific journal link, but he does cover the salient points.  If you're interested in actually taking a scientific approach to this "mess" (and please do), please read through the formulas and explanations that are posed by real scientists and based on the real research.  Yes, the very research touted by the UN groups, when run through their own "accepted" formulas, don't even come close to predicting doom and gloom.

Meanwhile, none of it can possibly be positively linked to human behavior, up or down.  Focus on something you can do something about, please!


Tags: politics

Time to move on

April 06, 2007 ·

After 7 1/2 years with the same company, Global Cloud, it is finally really time to move on. I spent considerable time over the years challenging myself to make things better here, challenging myself to define new strong roles here, and hoping for changes that would both re-energize me and re-invigorate the company. A number of years ago, I started putting together my resume, and then we went through a massive strategic planning process, spending several months with a high-powered consulting company to redefine and refocus the company. Great work, great results, and a clear plan.

Which wasn't followed. I spent over a year working with other programmers to identify and start work on a new framework, since the company uses an archaic methodology for all its programming. That work was then circular filed for no clear reason, and the company continues to limp along, losing people, losing clients, and making thin-edge profits.

There is new hope, however, in the most focused product move to date, and I wish them all the very best. As for me, today is my last day, and Monday I move on to become a consultant with Cardinal Solutions Group, starting my first project for National City Mortgage. I'll be away from code and away from servers, acting as a pure project manager in the implementation phase of product updates and National enters the last 9-10 months of a 4-year project. Should be a heck of a change and a monster challenge, so I'm really looking forward to it.


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