NOAA Announces Record Global Warming(!!!)

This week NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information announced that the 2016 global averaged surface temperature of the earth set a new record over the previous record, 2015, by a whopping .07 degrees farenheit. This sounds alarming, and it must be a very complicated job to measure “global average surface temperature”. I’m sure this made tantalizing headlines in all the usual news outlets.

Remembering my high school chemistry and physics classes (dimly), I wondered what the statistical margin of error for this data was. And I had to drill down a couple of pages into the sources to find it, but there it was. The number is plus or minus .27 degrees F over the statistical 20th century average.

Obviously that means that there could have been satistically been a huge decrease in the global temperature as surely as there could have been an equally larger increase! And I wonder if they measured “global average surface temperature” in 1900 the same way that they measured it in 2000 to arrive at that 20th century average?

The bottom line is, you can interpret the results of this data anyway you like to suit your own agenda. Lord knows the “National Centers for Environmental Information” are.

Here’s a link to their data:

Frank Lloyd Wright Quote

“Competitions are only opportunity for inexperienced youth to air precocious propensity.”

Frank Lloyd Wright in his autobiography, writing about architectural competitions.

Here Is the context in the full passage:

“The world has gained no building worth having by competition because: (1) The jury itself is necessarily a hand picked average. Some constituency must agree upon the jury. (2) Therefore the first thing this average does as a jury, when picked, is to go through all the designs and throw out the best ones and the worst ones. This is necessary in order that the average may average upon something average. (3) Therefore any architectural competition will be an average upon an average by averages in behalf of the average. (4) The net result is a building well behind the times before it is begun.

This might seem democratic if mediocrity is democratic ideal in architecture. No. Competitions are only opportunity for inexperienced youth to air precocious propensity.

Moreover, to further vitiate the competitive objective every architect entering any competition does so to win the prize. So he sensibly aims his efforts at what he conceives to be the common prejudices and predilections of the jury. Invariably the man who does this most accurately wins the competition.”

Tito Francona pulls a rabbit out of his hat!

inger in the first inning and leaves the game. (Photo: John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY S
Trevor Bauer looks at his bleeding fnger in the first inning and leaves the game.
(Photo: John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports)

Last week’s bloody drone injury to Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer’s right pinky put the Indians in a bit of a jam in their starting rotation. So manager Terry Francona did the obvious. He called up 24 year old rookie pitcher Ryan Merritt from the AAA Columbus Clippers to start in a crucial game 5 of the American League Championship Series in front of 50,000 screaming Toronto fans. Just his second start in the major leagues!

Despite looking a bit shell shocked, Merritt proceeded to mow down the Toronto Blue Jay’s best for 4 1/3 innings, putting them in position to unleash their relievers, shut out the Jays and send the Indians to the World Series for the first time since 1997.

Ryan Merritt (Screen shot from
Ryan Merritt
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Probably the best compliment I heard on Merritt’s performance was from none other than retired Boston ace and 8 time all star turned color commentator Pedro Martinez, who said on air, “I want to start my career over as this guy!”

You just can’t make this stuff up!

The Indians start the World Series next Tuesday with home field advantage against the winner of the NLCS, either the Chicago Cubs or the LA Dodgers.

Here is the coverage on

Go Tribe!

The Maunsell Sea Forts

Photo by Russss via Wikipedia

The Maunsell Sea Forts were constructed In the Thames estuary in early WWII to protect the Southeastern coast of England from Luftwaffe raids. They were named after their designer, Guy Maunsell. The technology was later used in the construction of offshore oil rigs. The forts were armored anti-aircraft gun platforms anchored to the sea bed. The forts were decommissioned in 1957, and in the mid 60’s, became home to a series of pirate radio stations until those were outlawed by England in 1967. One of the sites, Rough’s Tower, has been occupied since 1964 and is know as the “Principality of Sealand” which claims independent nation rights as it is located in international waters, although this is unrecognized. 

For more information, look here on Wikipedia. There is a current effort to restore the forts. See Project Redsand for more information.

Tee2Sea on NBC Today Show!


Congrats to my sister-in-law turned dress designer Lisa Balconi and her partner Cherie Henn for getting an appearance on the NBC Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford on August 2nd! That’s Lisa on the right in the little black dress, her latest creation. Those aren’t available yet but will be soon. Also in the picture from the left are Cherie’s daughter/model Lauren, Lisa’s partner Cherie and Kathie Lee all looking gorgeous in Lisa’s dresses. And hey, that’s Regis Philbin next to Lisa modeling the shorties! Congratulations ladies! Hope you’re ready for the wild ride you may be on now!

I also helped Lisa out a little with the art for her logo.


Here’s a link to their website:

Another Gluten Free Recipe

Here’s another wheat free and gluten free recipe that’s pretty darn good! Not low carb though!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 24
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. in a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, sugar, egg, baking soda and salt
  4. Stir in chocolate chips
  5. Form dough into golfball shaped balls and place 2" apart on prepared baking sheet
  6. Bake 18 to 20 minutes until cookies are puffed and lightly browned
  7. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes
  8. Transfer to wire rack to cool
  1. This is an easy recipe. Our oven runs hot so had to reduce baking time to avoid burning.
Adapted from Southern Living
Adapted from Southern Living
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With all the craziness going on in the world right now, there is scant media coverage of some of the really great and beautiful news events happening right now. One of those is NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. The Juno spacecraft is scheduled to reach Jupiter this July 4th at 8:35 p.m. PDT (earth received time). It is currently travelling at 60,000 miles per hr. relative to earth (June 25th), and was launched on August 5, 2011. The total mission miles travelled will be 2,106 million miles, and it will enter Jupiter’s orbit at 130,000 miles per hr. The mission’s goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. The spacecraft has a suite of instruments that will “investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter’s intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere and observe the planet’s auroras.” This mission is expected to take the highest resolution photographs of Jupiter in history.

Here is a link to NASA’s Juno Mission web pages for more information.

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