Many thanks to Karen James who has taken up my blogging slack. As readers will know she is being been brain drained home to the US which will in future benefit from her bright scientific lights. We aren't losing her to the Project but Britain generally and its science in particular will be the poorer for her taking her Maine chance.
More on Captain FitzRoy. According to Geekzone the NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospherics has just installed a whopping supercomputer to help with weather forecasting the IBM has been called FitzRoy because:
The supercomputer is called FitzRoy after Robert FitzRoy, a 19th century scientist, surveyor and hydrographer. He captained the Beagle on Charles Darwin’s famous 1831 voyage. He founded the forerunner to the UK Met Office (1854), was the second Governor of NZ from 1843 where he, among other things, insisted that the New Zealand Company pay Maori a realistic price for the land they claimed to have purchased. He was also the first person to do ‘data assimilation’ and produce a ‘weather forecast’.