Friday, March 15, 2013

2000 Posts Later . . .=:)

Eli Rabett remains; a not quite failed professorial techno-bunny, on his way to retirement, at a wanna be research university that has a lot to be proud of but has swallowed the Kool-Aid. The students remain naive but great and the administrators still vary day-to-day between homicidal and delusional. His colleagues are for the most part merely fey but not harmless. This is not to say that they are not smart, they are, but that they have a curious inability to see the holes that they for dig themselves. Prof. Rabett is thankful that they occasionally heed his pointing out the implications of the various enthusiasms that rattle around the department and school. Ms. Rabett is thankful that Prof. Rabett occasionally heeds her pointing out that he is nuts. There are no little Rabetts, so you have not heard about the doings of Jessica the Wonder Bunny. As he grows older Eli has learned that it is less important what is done, than that it be done well and consistently.

Eli has published a fair amount of research in a wide variety of engineering/physical science areas and is almost competitive. He does know most of the people who do research for a living and some of them might respect him, if they knew who he was. Some of what he knows is relevant to climate studies, although he is not a climate scientist as such, and he has commented on other blogs on climate, as well as chemistry and physics.

As someone who has floated between chemistry, physics and engineering Dr. Rabett is a mile wide and an inch deep. But he is also familiar with the lack of understanding the inch wide and mile deep folk have about most things and the curious implications of this among what are probably the brightest group of people on the earth.

So hi again, I must be going.

14 comments:

David B. Benson said...

SI units please.

This is science.

:-)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations,

MickeyMinnieMouse

Anonymous said...

Anonymouse sez: Please do not go. I love you, your website, contributers, etc. Us despairing folks need your unfailing optimism to keep us going. Please do not underestimate the amount of lurkers you might have, I was one. We cannot contribute any papers, but we are listening HARD.

Anonymous said...

Great site , Eli. Seldom does a day go by without a visit.

Toby

Michael Ashley said...

Dear Eli,

Congratulations on this milestone! Your website is always interesting and your unique style is endearing. I have learned a lot from you over the years. Keep on hopping!

Regards, Michael

Anonymous said...

"Well Done"
-- by Horatio Algeranon

Do it well
Or not at all
Give 'em hell
And stand up tall

EWI said...

A daily must read. Congratulations, Brother Rabette!

William Connolley said...

Congratulations on your birthday. I'm only 1,391.

Russell Seitz said...

many hoppy returnsof the day.

willard said...

Thanks for all the goals and the elbowings, Mr. Hockey.

Vinny Burgoo said...

So you think you're a big bunny now, eh?

http://www.spiegel.de/pics/87/0,1020,774187,00.jpg

Rattus Norvegicus said...

Vinny, that is one BIG bunny!

Vinny Burgoo said...

Rattus, it *was* one big bunny. It was one of 12 sent to North Korea to, er, seed a new source of protein that was to have banished famine forever. Nothing came of the scheme, allegedly because the big bunnies were served up at a birthday banquet for the Supreme Leader.

(Current solutions to DPRK's food shortages include 3 almost identical but independent projects run by 3 doctrinally pro-'natural', pro-localism, anti-GMO pressure groups to 'build capacity' for their sort of organic farming. Well, sort of independent. They are all funded by the European Commission. Combined budget: at least €1.3 million and probably ~€2 million.)

metzomagic said...

Way to hang in there, Eli. Other somebunnies have said it better than I could, but you have become a daily must-read for me as well over the past few years.

As the dissembling over AGW continues (even though their twists and contortions in attempts to explain the evidence away is reaching farcical levels), so must we anti-dissemblers dig in and fight back. All it takes is throwing the facts back in their face... with as much panache and wit as one can muster, of course.