February 26, 2009

Out of date...

I've not been on the internet much lately, so I have missed lots of stuff, but tonight I sat down to blurk a few websites and noticed that Mike has been showing off the inside of my freezer again. In the same post, he linked to a very funny bit:

To Blurk does mean that you are anonymously viewing someone's blog, doesn't it? Or did that word fall by the wayside when the internet came to be so as busy as it is now? It seems like is was only a couple of years ago when I mentioned blogging to a young man who made his living working on computers. He didn't seem to know what a blog was. He knew about websites, but not blogs. Now everyone is blogging. And the hardest thing for many of us to do is to stay logged out for a while.

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February 23, 2009


Maybe there had been unsettling dreams. Or maybe it was simply simple weariness resulting from uneasy sleep that had beset her this day. She missed the sun ... she missed looking at the sky. It had been a long time since she just drew in a long breath, expelling it slowly as she reveled in the beauty of the world.

As she worked on her labor of love that afternoon, the words from a radio report about the great methane pockets about to erupt as the icepack melted filled her heart with fear. Maybe it was already too late to save the planet – Maybe the lives of her children and their children were destined to be bleak with misery.

She hoped while there was still time – those she loved stopped a while during each of their remaining days to recognize the little beauties that existed in their lives.

She hoped they gloried in the blue expanse on a sunny day - and that the smiles on the faces of those they loved filled their hearts with joy.

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February 22, 2009

What happens when the ice melts...

While waiting for an appointment the other day, a young man in the waiting room started talking about the climate crisis. He did not believe that the problem was resulting from man-made global warming. He said that he believed that the cause was due changes in the magnetic polarity that happens every so many hundreds of years.

He asked me i I thought that the earth had a molten core? I told him that that's what I assumed was at the center of the earth. I read a while ago about scientists that started drilling to reach the earth's core to see if it was possible to capture some of the energy there. The idea scared me. What if they disturbed something and cause some awful damage?

I remember reading a science fiction story called the Hab Theory about the earth undergoing a polar shift. A good review of this book is found here. As I remember the only humans that survived the shift in the Earth's polarity were those who were out in space. Eek.

Here are some Links about the Shifting Polarity Theory:

From Cosmos Magazine and from someone's Blog, from Nova, and, of course, from Wikipedia.

We do know that there is a real danger regarding the release of methane gas as the ice melts. Here is a Video about methane pockets under ice pack: And we do know that the ice packs are melting.

We also know that some scientists are drilling to the earth's core. Talk about a Big Dig!
I believe in investigative science, but this whole thing seems pretty scary to me. Have I scared you yet?

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February 12, 2009

200 Candles. A Big Day for Big Thinkers

Both Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born 200 years ago today. Both men were instrumental in changing history.

The Lincoln story has evolved into a myth of enormous proportions.

Darwin is reviled by many as a great betrayer of religion. I heard that a new Gallup poll says that only 39% of Americans believe in the theory of evolution by natural selection. I have never understood why there should be an either/or when considering how all came to be.

On the other hand, a neat bit was broadcast today on NPR about Darvin's study of earthworms. He was a man of great curiosity. I like people who are curious. Thank God for curious people.

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February 8, 2009

The Superduper Friends

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