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Earth hour

Earth Hour - Saturday 31 March 2007, 7:30pm-8:30pm

At 7:30 pm on March 31st, companies and individuals in Sydney will turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to show that it’s possible to take action on global warming. This simple action will send a powerful message that people care about the future of the planet. Earth Hour is the launch of a yearlong campaign to reduce Sydney’s greenhouse gas emissions by 5%.

Although this year’s Earth Hour will only happen in Sydney, it will hopefully grow into a global campaign. If you live outside of Sydney, you can show your support by turning off your lights at 7:30 pm local time. Use this opportunity to head outside, spend time talking with family and friends, have a candlelight dinner, or some other non-electric activity.

For more information, visit earthhour.org.

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March 31, 2007 at 5:05 pm 4 comments

Literature nerd

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Your Result: Literature Nerd
 

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it’s eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today’s society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works. It’s okay. I understand.

Science/Math Nerd
 
Social Nerd
 
Artistic Nerd
 
Gamer/Computer Nerd
 
Musician
 
Drama Nerd
 
Anime Nerd
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?

March 30, 2007 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Irreparable

“The want of goods is easily repaired,
but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.”

-Michel de Montaigne

March 29, 2007 at 7:13 am 8 comments

What’s really in pet food?

Visit the link to access an eye-opening report about pet food.

clipped from www.api4animals.org
Plump whole chickens, choice cuts of beef, fresh grains, and all the wholesome nutrition your dog or cat will ever need. These are the images pet food manufacturers promulgate through the media and advertising. This is what the $11 billion per year U.S. pet food industry wants consumers to believe they are buying when they purchase their products. This report explores the differences between what consumers think they are buying and what they are actually getting.

March 27, 2007 at 2:31 pm 1 comment

Monday Melee 3/26

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
“Everyone else is doing it” justification. It is routinely employed to excuse all sorts of questionable behavior: lying, cheating, negative campaigning, racism, greed, bribes, double standards, driving gas guzzlers, taking unfair advantage, doing anything it takes to win, etc. If you have to make an excuse like this for doing something, you probably shouldn’t do it. Sadly, you don’t often encounter this phrase as a reason to do something good. I’d like to hear people say: I’m behaving ethically…standing up for what I believe in…donating to charity…spending quality time with my kids…doing volunteer work…honoring my commitments…because everyone else is doing it.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
It seems to me that refusing to testify under oath is admitting that you don’t intend to tell the truth.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
My memory isn’t nearly as sharp as it used to be. Back in the day (as my son would say) I was able to effortlessly remember just about everything: phone numbers, credit card and account numbers, names, birthdays, facts and trivia, song lyrics, and so on. Now, I rely heavily on note-taking and my trusty PDA.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
“Putting his money where his environmentalist mouth is, Prince Charles is swapping gas-guzzling private planes and helicopters for commercial flights, train journeys and biodiesel cars. A longtime champion of green causes, the heir to the throne says action is needed now to avoid leaving a ruined planet to the next generation.” source: CBS News

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I don’t let the fact that I don’t know how to do something stop me; instead I view it as a good reason to learn. New technology, new ways of doing things, new theories? Bring it on.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I wish I could enable my kids to clearly see the future consequences of their actions and decisions and act accordingly. Of course, if they could do this, they wouldn’t be kids, would they?

March 26, 2007 at 7:10 am 4 comments

Brief time in the sun

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“After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.”

-Richard Dawkins

March 24, 2007 at 7:58 am 1 comment

Windows on the world

“Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, ‘Lighthouses’ as the poet said ‘erected in the sea of time.’ They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer

March 23, 2007 at 7:26 am 2 comments

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