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Villabolo

A suggestion,

The image of the Earth should not be split in two but whole and I would place the support and donate link on the bottom so it doesn't convey the thought that it's the first thing you want to get people's attention.

Off topic but out of curiosity, which languages do you translate?

Neven

The image of the Earth should not be split in two but whole

I think that's a browser issue. FF and Chrome look fine, but Internet Explorer (which sucks BTW) has the split because that part of the image is actually uploaded by Paypal, whereas the others are uploaded by the blog software. I don't know how to change it to make the Earth complete in IE.

and I would place the support and donate link on the bottom so it doesn't convey the thought that it's the first thing you want to get people's attention.

I've tried different orders, but I thought this one looked best. Greenland posed some trouble with "Support & Donate" which made it hard to read. As soon as it has completely melted I will put "Support & Donate" back at the bottom of the list. ;-)

Off topic but out of curiosity, which languages do you translate?

Mostly from English, French, German, Italian and Croatian to Dutch and English. And I mostly subtitle TV programmes and movies and stuff like that.

Glenn Tamblyn

Neven

Don't fall into the trap of thinking that what you do here isn't 'doing something useful in the real world'. I applaud what you are planning wrt your new home etc and getting away from the keyboard, but what you do here is actually more useful. Knowledge and education are the most useful thing any of us can do. Because by that we can influence many other people to 'do something useful'. We aren't just debating, we are advocating.

It is a trap that many people who want to do something about a cause they believe in can fall into. The desire to do 'something' personally leads them to become so immersed in their personal actions that they become silent as a voice for the cause because they are so enmeshed in the actions they are taking. Who achieves more? Someone who takes action?. Or someone who convinces 1000 other people to take action?

One thing we have observed over at SkepticalScience is that there has been an increase in traffic to the site from schools. Teachers are using SkS as a teaching resource. In a narrower domain, you are doing the same thing here.

Villabolo

Some other suggestions.

You might want to use a Southern Hemisphere image for other links right under you current NH image (Let's not forget Antarctica :-) )

You may also want to put a link to Skeptical Science basic arguments link for any Newbie non-professional that might land here after a google search. Of course, such persons will be put off by the technical nature of this site and tune out right away but if they could see a link to basic level arguments then they may want to delve deeper into the subject.

The direct link to SKS argument list is http://skepticalscience.com/argument.php

Neven

Thanks, Glenn. I will of course try and do both. Once there is enough awareness that the Arctic sea ice is disappearing and that it's not good news for human societies, I will probably switch to something else.

Villabolo, I am forgetting about Antarctica for now. That's a good one about SkS, I'll keep it in mind. At one point I will also put in links to the Best of this Blog or some such.

Andy Lee Robinson

Nice job Neven, love the arrow!
Only thing I'd suggest is to make the text "Arctic Sea Ice Graphs" more readable - I spent ages looking for it!
Perhaps use a drop shadow or darker outer-glow as used in subtitles?

Lillybrown

Dear amazing Nevan, with regards to " doing something useful in the real world". Are ya daft laddy?
Do you not have a counter on your pages, or see that dozens of sites from all over the world are linking to your site for truthful information? Can you not hear the collective sign of relief from your followers, knowing there is someplace to get the truth about the most important subject every human has ever needed to know.
And you must see that this site has evolved to become a beacon of light in a vast sea of dark lies.

You and your site are extremely important as mankind begins to awaken to the biggest challenge we have ever faced. Please don't turn out the light.

OldLeatherneck

Quoting Lillybrown:

Dear amazing Nevan, with regards to " doing something useful in the real world". Are ya daft laddy?.........

...........You and your site are extremely important as mankind begins to awaken to the biggest challenge we have ever faced. Please don't turn out the light.

Neven,

I've noticed that you haven't opened a thread on the Forum regarding donations. I'd like to think you've just been too busy, however, I think it's more likely that your just too humble to ask.

Would you be offended if someone opened a thread on your behalf?

Neven

Thanks, Lilly, I certainly hope that this is the effect the blog is having. A doubling of traffic every melting season so far is a positive sign. If the melting of Arctic sea ice truly is a big problem for human society (and I believe it is), as many people as possible should know about it. I also have ideas about where to take it after the collective conclusion that there really is a (host of) problem(s), which I describe in the Climate Disclaimer, but that's more part of the stuff I'm trying to achieve in (my) real life, because I want to try and know as much as I can what I'm talking about.

But I'm also trying to have fun, despite all the scheisse.

Only thing I'd suggest is to make the text "Arctic Sea Ice Graphs" more readable - I spent ages looking for it!

Luckily you only had to find it once. :-P

I will improve things once I have recovered my graphic design strength.

Neven
Would you be offended if someone opened a thread on your behalf?

I wouldn't be offended, but it really is okay like this. I'm doing the donation thing because I have a crazy time ahead of me (with house building and garden) and I don't want to burn out. That's all.

Espen Olsen

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Freewayblogger.blogspot.com

Few of us ever get to know if what we do for the planet or the species is really useful in the long run, but just the possibility that it might be should be enough. For now, anyway.

As an old prog rock fan I appreciate the Bowie reference. Lately I've been using Eno on the freeways with the words "Save the Humans."

http://www.freewayblogger.blogspot.com/2013/05/save-humans-los-angeles.html

It's quite an arresting image, and a fantastic, even prophetic album if you consider side one as "before science" and side two as "after".

Perake

The page "Arctic Sea Ice Graphs" was always nice but now is even better. However, the link on the bottom right frame is annoying, it takes you to a page from 2011. I suggest changing it to http://www.aari.ru/odata/_d0015.php?lang=1 which always points to the latest graph.

[Thanks, Perake! Changed now. N.]

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