Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Satellite monitoring of ocean waves

Monitoring Ocean Waves From Space, from Wired.
This is what doing all those Fourier Transforms can get you.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014


God bless whoever taught Edwin Edwards how to use Twitter.

Dumbo Octopus

The Dumbo Octopus, captured by NOAA's Okeanos mission in the Gulf of Mexico.  Towards the end, it also makes its arms into corkscrews.  Why?  We have absolutely no idea because, before a month ago, nobody had ever seen them do that.  They also studied Asphalt Volcanoes and Chemosynthetic Bacteria feeding on seeps on the same mission.

Octopi are pretty smart.  This one unscrews the lid of the jar from the inside to escape:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Louisiana Oil Production

A couple charts I put together.  Note that all numbers are "C+C" (crude + condensate).  Also, today, oil closed at $100.28/barrel (WTI / NYMEX).

Fig.1- Land-based oil production in Louisiana (1945-2013).  Source.  
Cumulative Production: 12,060,534,213 Barrels
Value at today's price: $1,209,430,370,879.64  

Fig.2- Coastal Oil Production (1956-2013). Source.  
Cumulative Production: 1,583,567,654 Barrels
Value at today's price: $158,800,164,343.12

Fig.3- Gulf of Mexico (OCS / Federal Waters) Oil Production (1947-2013).  Source.
Cumulative Production: 18,598,496,642
Value at today's price: $1,865,057,243,259.76

If anyone wants to go ahead and use these graphics, go right ahead.  I'd love to see it spread out there.