Exxon knew of climate change in 1981 email says but it funded deniers for 27 more years

Another reason to hate Oil Companies … and American Capitalism.


By: , US environment correspondent

A newly unearthed missive from Lenny Bernstein, a climate expert with the oil firm for 30 years, shows concerns over high presence of carbon dioxide in enormous gas field in south-east Asia factored into decision not to tap it

ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.

The email from Exxon’s in-house climate expert provides evidence the company was aware of the connection between fossil fuels and climate change, and the potential for carbon-cutting regulations that could hurt its bottom line, over a generation ago – factoring that knowledge into its decision about an enormous gas field in south-east Asia. The field, off the coast of Indonesia, would have been the single largest source of global warming pollution at the time.

“Exxon first got interested in climate change in 1981 because it was seeking to develop the Natuna gas field off Indonesia,” Lenny Bernstein, a 30-year industry veteran and Exxon’s former in-house climate expert, wrote in the email. “This is an immense reserve of natural gas, but it is 70% CO2,” or carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change.

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To Make: Spoon Fork Bacon’s Black Pepper Gougère BLTs (Or: French Appetizers 101)

Posted by Teri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park | July 13, 2014

Today we’re celebrating Bastille Day, a national French holiday that celebrates the beginning of the French revolution. We’re celebrating with lots of champagne and these little Black Pepper Gougère BLTs. We love the crisp exterior and custard-like interior of these French appetizers. We incorporated black pepper to balance out the creaminess of the pastry puffs, and to also give them a small ‘bite’. Since it is a celebration, we wanted to be extra decadent and decided to stuff them with small strips of bacon, spicy arugula and fresh sliced cherry tomatoes. These bite sized BLT’s are full of flavor and the gougères create the perfect bun for the filling.

Note: Although we stuffed our gougères with a BLT filling, you can stuff these little guys with a myriad of things! These are great because all of the prep can be made ahead of time. You can bake the gougères 2 to 3 days before you need them, and just refresh them in the oven a couple hours before your event. You can also fry the bacon the night before and stick them in the oven to reheat and to re-crisp the strips, when refreshing the cheese puffs. Then when it is time for your get-together all you need to do is assemble. These quick and easy appetizers are easy to throw together, and such a crowd pleaser. If you’re looking to whip something up for an upcoming cocktail party or just for a last minute Bastille Day snack, we recommend making these insanely delicious savory bites!

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Yo dawg I heard you like tmux sessions inside your tmux sessions

Here is a quick little Tmux trick for nesting a session in a session.

First, we need to add a line to .tmux.conf, so that we have a different prefix for issuing commands to a nested Tmux:

# nested tmux, obey me
bind-key a send-prefix

Next, once we’ve used the powerful Tmuxinator to start a Tmux session, we’ll start an additional Tmux session in one of our panes, first issuing the following command in the pane where we’d like the session to occur:

$ unset TMUX

Finally, we’ll bend the nested Tmux session to our will by using the nested prefix we defined in .tmux.conf:

C-a a

Notice that we’re sort of double-doing the Tmux command. Now we can cycle through windows and panes within our nested Tmux session. HIGHFIVE!

Yo dawg I heard you like tmux sessions inside your tmux sessions was originally published on Something Different

Potential Project: Computerized DnD [table]

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This is my D&D table. What you see here represents two weeks physically building the table and two weeks programming the table and the editor. Maps are created and NPCs are placed using the editor on the laptop. The editor also controls the table wirelessly to load maps, control rotation and zoom, and move NPCs. I used Direct3D to render across the six monitors. Each player has their own mouse and cursor to control their character.


This was built before everyone had an iPhone or Android phone. Nowadays I would probably replace the mice with smartphone and tablet clients. Back then LCDs were still pretty expensive. That is why there are six 17″ monitors here. A newer version would probably use one large LCD TV or a Microsoft Surface type touch screen. The software was written to work with an arbitrary number and layout of monitors and mice.


I intentionally didn’t program dice rolling or any rules into the table because I didn’t want to detract from the pen and paper experience. There’s something about flipping through rule books and rolling dice that is important to the experience. This was really meant to replace the battle mat and miniatures we used during our games.

Pasted from <http://the-generalist.com/component/content/article/46-programming/208-computerized-dnd-table-2004.html>

Potential Project: Computerized DnD [table] was originally published on Something Different

How to Make an Awesome MMO

It’s sad to see Star Wars Galaxies (SWG) shutting down. Besides being Star Wars, there was a lot of interesting depth to the game. Here are some features I found interesting or unique about that game.

Resource Gathering

A specific resource would only exist for about a week in game before it was gone forever. There was a whole tree to the resources. For instance Metal -> Ferrous Metal -> Steel -> Specific Type of Steel -> Specific Spawn. Each specific spawn would have random stats within a range for that material. You might find a specific resource that was great for melee weapons and armor, but bad for range weapons. In some cases, a type of resource wouldn’t spawn for long periods of time. There were certain resources on Bria (the server I played on) that only spawned with decent stats very early in the game. This was well before people were prepared to mass harvest them. This put a premium on certain items until another spawn occurred. I remember a lucky grab on an amazing resource early in the game. I hand mined a few thousand of an aluminum with great stats that I never used. It turned out later that it was needed for lightsabers. The price of this resource skyrocketed once players started to unlock Jedi. It made resource gathering something more interesting than click the button repeatedly and added greatly to the crafting system.

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