Saturday, June 10, 2006

List, list, o list

  • Working out.

  • Cleaning house.

  • Going to see An Inconvenient Truth.

  • Perhaps a podcast.

  • I'm going to break down and make an exception this one time and attempt to purchase a NIntendo DS Lite tonight at midnight at Wal-Mart. I shall be giving myself 50 lashes with my cat of nine tails laced with liberal elixir to make up for this.

  • Electroplankton. New Super Mario Bros. Kirby: Canvas Curse. Do not disturb.

    Trivia question: Who knows what play the title of this blog post is from and who says it?
  • 19 Comments:

    Blogger Jason said...

    Oh cool, I want to see An Inconvenient Truth as well.

    Ahhh...going for the Nintendo DS Lite- I heard those were hard to come by.

    Trivia: I'm gonna take a stab and say Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    3:23 PM  
    Blogger Bruce said...

    Can we have a clue or more of the quote?

    7:08 PM  
    Blogger Nick said...

    I agree with Jason that it was Hamlet and I believe it was the Ghost saying it Hamlet

    7:54 PM  
    Blogger john said...

    Sounds Shakespearean.

    8:34 PM  
    Blogger Jihadist Jerry said...

    Fatwa! on you if you is go to WalMart, yes! They is evil!

    11:28 AM  
    Blogger Ed said...

    Going to go see the Movie......sounds very cool... And as for the Walmart thing....yes, it's a necessary evil....but Target is so much more fun and classy.

    12:04 PM  
    Anonymous Nikki said...

    I saw the film. I enjoyed his use of the following Winston Churchill quote: "The era of procrastination, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences." I could not have said it better myself.

    7:40 PM  
    Blogger John said...

    Please post photos of the beating. ;-)

    2:27 AM  
    Blogger Seeker Onos said...

    Not to take away from what the film says - ecological responsiblity belongs to all of us...

    And regardless of what how the climatic story actually ends, if we poop in our beds long enough, eventually we will be stunk out of house and home.

    But Adam: What do you think of some who say that the logical outcome of this "global warning" could in fact be a period of "global cooling" (as something that would kick start a massive cold snap or possibly even an ice age)?

    Perhaps not it might not be a full-on glaciation along the lines of the Holocene ice age, but more like Younger Dryas Period (roughly 10,000 years before present) ?

    It seems that at present, our global mean temperature puts is not outside of the norm for an interglacial period.

    According to this Wikipedia article, the earth can sustain periods of exceeding global warmth that are much greater than what we have at present (the referenced event is the Eemian Interglacial, where supposedly the sea levels were 4m-8m higher than present).

    It seems that that event, about 20,000 in duration, lead into the Würm/Wisconsin glacial period that lasted about 65,000 years, imediately preceding the current interglacial we live in.

    Judging from the information shown on the Timeline of Glaciation, for at least throughout most of the Pleistocene epoch, that the "normal" climatic state of the planet tends toward the colder side.

    That being said, I think that the current state of global warming will likely lead to a "balancing" that will lead into the next glacial period.

    And if this data maps out correctly, then this world, and humanity with it... has seen far worse in terms of climatic change than what is currently happening.

    9:31 AM  
    Blogger Adam said...

    So what you are saying Seeker is that we should just "stay the course?"

    Notice that in the second article that you reference that the latest CO2 measurements are off the chart, topping out at 380ppm. Thats more than any other time in the past 650k years of CO2 cycles. Its pretty clear that this spike is in correlation with the increase in industrialization. There are cycles but its evident that humans are having a larger impact on CO2 levels than just normal background levels.

    10:27 AM  
    Blogger CLL Canuck said...

    Oooh! Color me jealous! You also should pick up Brain Age for the DS Lite as well. Enjoy!!!

    10:56 AM  
    Blogger Bruce said...

    I haven't seen the movie, nor do I even know what the movie was about, nor is the title even familiar....but maybe we should let global warming happen...let all of humanity die out and make way for the next great big species to roam the earth...maybe they will be way intelligent than the politicians and the society they cater to. Maybe life as we know it is ready to evolve. Who knows what lies ahead? People can blame this or blame that or do this or do that...but you know what there is always going to be a consequence to whatever action it takes...yes save the environment. But who knows if you do, maybe that will lead to people living longer at age 150, but stuck in bed because their bones are too brittle to move, will we then blame society for saving the environmnet? Let's start with a clean slate and evolve before humans breed the next George W. Bush...the world is too full of them as it is.

    The comments made are not necessarily the views of the person posting them...maybe they are and I am shifting the blame.

    11:08 AM  
    Blogger Jihadist Jerry said...

    I hate the Mavs. I is think they cheaters!!

    11:35 AM  
    Blogger Seeker Onos said...

    Heh... by no means am I advocating that we "stay the course".

    The CO2 output is a logical result of 6+ Billion humans (a small subset of whom are responsible for producing a disproportionately large amount of CO2 as opposed to the majority).

    Industrialized society comes to us at a point when we are hardly mature enough as an "intelligent" race to handle it in an ecologically responsible manner.

    My point was that when the "correction" that is built into the planet's ecological "immune system" kicks into full gear, (sic: insert biblical plague/geo-meteorological disaster here)

    ...it may not react in the way that some scientists are predicting that it might.

    As a side note... if each person had to suffer the pain of getting kicked in the groin for each ton of CO2 he/she was responsible for ejecting into the environment beyond what is really necessary to carry on with life... it might be a more effective way to restrain those impulses to keep up with our disposable plastic lifestyles. :)

    12:04 PM  
    Blogger Seeker Onos said...

    Oh, and as far as species go, if we do blow it and (notwithstanding my beliefs to the contrary concerning mankind's final end)...

    I vote for the dolphins as the next dominant race.

    12:07 PM  
    Blogger Bruce said...

    I'll vote for dolphins...but we all no it's going to be the cockaroach...Oh wait would that mean Bush would still be around....Oh please let it be the dolphins!

    1:13 PM  
    Blogger Kalvin said...

    I'm a little surprised that you are choosing to go to Wal*Mart. However, we all have our guilty indulgences. Hope your do not disturb time is replenishing.

    3:47 PM  
    Blogger John said...

    While it is clear to me that humans are contributing to a rise in global temperatures it is definitely not clear that they are the main factor. The earth cools, the earth warms...the species that survive adapt.

    Al Gore, in addition to inventing the internet, is a total boob. (disclaimer, I haven't seen the movie, maybe its ok, but i'm skeptical) While I'm sure he is well meaning I'm also sure that he lacks a fundamental understanding of the climate and our impact on it. He knows what he's been told, and unfortunately he surrounds himself with do-gooder environmentalists that would apparently prefer to sit in the dark and walk to work. They offer no workable options (mostly because there aren't any!) but they insist that we "ACT NOW". Me-thinks he needs to talk to some people that actual understand energy, global variations in temperature and what alternatives are viable on a truely global scale. Until he does that I think I'll pass on spending my 8 bucks on his movie.

    (hops off his soapbox)

    6:55 PM  
    Blogger Adam said...

    John, you clearly need to go see the film. He presents facts, fact that anyone can see lead to the conclusion that we are contributing a major amount of CO2 to the atmosphere. You're making assumptions about the data before you've even seen it.

    Furthermore if you see the movie you will see that gore presents solutions to the problem, solutions that we can all make happen individually.

    11:28 PM  

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