Mailbag: Correction Edition and More
I realize that a busy time-traveling robot such as yourself has little opportunity to reflect on children’s literature, but I simply wanted to note that while the story of the boy who put his finger in the dike is in the book Hans Brinker, it is not Hans who does it.
Rather, the story is presented as a legend that is being read by an English boy. Subsequent versions of the legend have dubbed the amateur civil engineer Peter of Haarlem.
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Ok, aside from the good Professor citing Wikipedia, I understand his point and stand corrected – thanks for the note. Since the post, GorT has received a bunch of emails that essentially boil down to violent agreement that this is very much the case: when faced with inefficiency or change in the government, those that are part of either the inefficient unit or that need changing (not in a diaper sort of way) are the people tasked with doing so. I’m not sure that the (very popular term in the 80s and 90s) “Change Management Consultants” can help here.
It’s been a while since we’ve posted about Climate Change topics and as I was going through the data feeds, castle mailbox, and the other means of getting information into the castle, I came across the following:
I think this has more promise of being proven accurate than any of the CO2 theories. The chart shows a rather strong correlation. More can be found here.
While individual events don’t correspond to a broad trend, it is worth noting that the spring months have broken records in various parts of the globe (unlike those who like to point to warmest months in regions of the U.S.). And these records are for the coldest months. The biggest snows in the month of May in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin happened early this month. For the first time in Arkansas recorded weather history, snow fell in the month of May and over 5″ fell in parts of Missouri. If one were to look at a region, here is the temperature anomalies for the DC area for March of this year:
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.