January 11th, 2012

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In which we panel the panel guy

So it looks like I'm going back on my word, mostly because a couple of people seem interested and also because it's good for my recall to try and explain stuff as I learn it, so tough titty, you get regaled with Stuff Wot Tats Lerned whether you like it or not.

Also, since this is taking over my life, I have not a lot else to talk about.

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I was a little disappointed not to be able to draw this guy out on the interactions between the evidence and the policymakers in respect of the various priorities and incentives that they face (or where climate change might sit in that priority list), and he was too smart to give me a straight answer on whether he considered the NZ government's approach to be conservative or cautious in the face of pretty compelling evidence. He did say, though, that our policymakers are pretty good when you look at it globally. Diplomatic, I thought. ;-)

Tomorrow - ICE CORES!

In other news, I'm embarrassed to admit that I bought the last of the Earth's Children books today. Yes, I carried it home under my jacket. SHAME!

Shut up, I read the first one when I was 14 and they were part of my formative years. Ayla was a role model for me as a young woman (before she became the world saving, everything-inventing porn star of the later books) and I admit I'm curious how the larger story arc will be finished. I well let you know how it works out.

[edit] Today in the tutorial the tutors started asking people to say their names when they ask a question so they could track class participation, which influences your final mark. I'm not sure how I feel about this - does your ability to speak in a group affect your knowledge of climate change issues, or are we being assessed on our communication skills? I know I'd get pinged if I put participation as an assessment parameter in a unit standard about knowledge of building law. It won't affect my mark because I'm a chatterbox but I'm a bit *gnng* about it.