Midweek Mayhem!

Hello Good Afternoon!

And welcome to a rather late Midweek Mayhem. I’ve been as busy as a trout this week at work hence neglecting my blogging duties, so aplologies for that.

Of course, the BIG news this week, is that it’s one of our pal’s birthdays. To mark the occasion, I’ve come up with a little song:

He sings
He dances
He minces
He prances
He hasn’t been to Greenland
But his name’s TB Queensland!


Thank you. Happy Birthday TB!

In other important news, last night I successfully made a chocolate sponge cake in a mug! It took all of three minutes, and drenched with some thickened cream it was the perfect post-dinner snack!

In the words of Ross Sharp “I share wif youse…”

To make a cake in a coffee mug you will need four tablespoons of all-purpose flour, four tablespoons of granulated white sugar, two tablespoons of unsweetened baking cocoa, one large egg, three tablespoons of milk, three tablespoons of vegetable oil, and one-eighth of a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Begin by mixing the dry ingredients in the microwave-safe mug. Next, thoroughly blend in the egg with the other ingredients in the mug until it they are well-mixed. Lastly, pour in the remaining liquid ingredients into the mug and combine the mixture thoroughly. Set the microwave on three minutes, and watch your chocolate cake rise well above the top of the rim as it is heated. After three minutes, pierce the chocolate sponge cake with a toothpick to check for doneness. If the toothpick comes up clean, the microwave chocolate cake is ready to eat. Otherwise, put it back in the microwave at thirty-second increments until this quick and tasty treat is done.

Smother it with cream, ice-cream, custard, or anything that you’ve got in the fridge that’s runny and sweet.

Don’t forget to visit Food Trail for more tantatilising tasty treats!

Fielding on Wong’s Written Reply

OK, Tony suggested that some people might be getting bored of the story we’ve been following this week (Malcolm’s Email Spiral of Death!), and I can see why. It’s been going on for five days and we’ve yet to see anything but bad news for one side. Kind of bad for pro-Coalition morale which lowers the cut & thrust of political debate we love so much around here.

He made a good suggestion that we look at Fielding’s Written Reply to Wong’s Written Reply to Fielding’s questions. (I wanted to go on with more “replies” but couldn’t think of any!) Actually, as Tony points out, it’s Fielding’s Scientists’ reply to Wong’s Written Reply to Fieldings questions. Note it is in “DOC” format, but for those of you without Microsoft Office – feel free to download & install a free equivalent, OpenOffice.

Given that we’ve had the CPRS legislation delayed until after the Winter break, this is topical and of interest to alot of people hereabouts. I have yet to finish reading it myself, but there are a few things that stick out for me already:

  1. They claim there has been no warming since 1998 – this has been rebutted here and is a classic case of cherry picking the data (given 1998 has been the hottest year in recent record, that is, an outlier)
  2. They claim the infamous hockey-stick graph was debunked without mentioning the fact that it was corrected (with similar results) and that many other studies have shown similar conclusions (without being “debunked”). Information here for those interested.

There are probably others in there that people more forensic than I can dig out, but I get the feeling that the scientists were chosen for the fact that they already had their minds made up (and were hence a cover for Fielding’s decision to reject the legislation). I may be very wrong, but that is my initial impression.

Let the debate begin!