I'm something of a pack rat -- keeping things eternally, or close to it. I still have, for instance, almost every program I wrote in college, plus almost everything ever since. I also have preserved links of interest from my blog reading back to ... well, not quite that long. Part of my getting back up to speed is to look through my old noted links of interest, and I'll share them out. I'm more or less arbitrarily diving them in to links of interest, and links to follow up. Everything actually fits in both categories, but a bit of a matter of emphasis between them. The items to follow up are old enough that you and I can do some searching to see how well they've held up over time. The papers are interesting and good, but many interesting and good papers turn out not to stand up without important additions or modifications over the next few years. These links are at least 3, and some over 4, years old, so there's been some time to see the evolution of thinking the the fields. Some papers' conclusions get stronger over time, some weaker. Pick a topic you're interested in and see what happened through time. I'm also noting twitter identities for the blogs/bloggers I link to. I'll post a separate note tomorrow asking for your suggestions.
Been away for a while, I now realize. A longer while than expected. So in the mean time, we've passed the winter solstice, Gregorian new year, and closest approach to the sun (perihelion), and are about to reach (January 31st) the Chinese new year. Hope all the astronomical and other dates of interest to you have been good.
In the mean time, I've been making progress on writing at work, publishing a couple notes and finally finishing a draft of another. That's a part of the quiet here -- looks like I can only put down so many words per day in writing.
Science reading has been mostly from the professional literature, which I'll take up in more detail article by article (with, I hope, proper flags for researchblogging.org). What good books on science (any realm) have you read in the past year?
I'll be trying what seems to be an unusual approach in blogs -- writing to be inclusive of students in middle school and jr. high*, as well as teachers and parents (whether for their own information or to help their children). To that end, comments will have to pass a stricter standard than I'd apply for an all-comers site. It shouldn't be onerous, just keep to the topic and use clean language.
I expect it to be fun for all, however, as you really can get quite far in understanding the world, even climate, by understanding this sort of fundamental. If I get too much less fundamental, let me know where I went astray.
* Ok, I concede that not many middle school students will get everything. Even a fair number of adults will find some parts hard to follow. Still, some middle school kids will have fun. And almost everyone will follow a number of posts just fine.
Please see the comment policy for details. And the link policy for details about that. The latter is more open than you might expect.
In my day job I work on the oceanography, meteorology, climatology, glaciology end of my science interests, but I'm interested in everything, science or not. So I've also been on stage in a production of Comedy of Errors, run an ultramarathon, and been to Epidaurus, Greece, to see a production of Euripides' Iphigenia among the Taurians
Prior to starting the current job, I was a post-doc in oceanography in the UCAR ocean modelling program, and earned my doctorate from the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago (1989). My undergraduate degree involved Applied Math, Engineering, Astrophysics, and Glaciology.
Of course I don't speak for my employer, whoever that may be.