Happy Holidays, I’m angry…

December 27, 2008

I’m not really angry, more perturbed, but this literally happens every year.

Every winter when I wander through parking lots, or restaurants, or just in front of people’s houses, there are countless vehicles sitting there idling.

global-warming-photo-lester-brown-1I was at Chapters the other day (maybe Future Shop, I can’t remember), and I saw this jeep in the parking lot running, then when I was done my stuff in whatever store I was in, I came out about a half hour later, and it was still running!  Obviously this is nothing new, but what boggles me is why people live here when they’re cold all the time?  Wow, this is pure rant if nobody’s picked up on this already.

What really gets me going is when you see this kind of stuff in the summertime.  If it’s not for heat, it’s for air conditioning.  I was at a golf course when we noticed an SUV parked running with nobody in it.  It was running when I got there, so I can only assume it’s been running for over an hour.  Why you might ask?  Because the owners felt the need to keep their air conditioning on for their dog who was still inside.  That’s also a common reason for owners to leave cars running in the winter too… for the dog.  I hate to be obvious, but dogs are animals, yes?  They’re covered in fur, which usually does the trick.

20080225_tailpipe_2Anyways, say what you will, but I’m pretty confident I’m not the only one.  On that note, all that comes to mind when I see this pretty picture is some type of note I’d like to leave on the owner’s windshield.

Does anyone know where I could find such a thing?  Personally, I’d like the type of label that’s impossible to get off that you usually find on most glass things you buy (what’s up with that?), and will always leave that shatty glue that will never go away… but that’s just me.

If you don’t like the cold, live somewhere else.  Otherwise, suck it up and just drive for the 5 minutes it really takes your car to warm up.


Happy Winter Solstice!

December 22, 2008

Well as far as seasons go on this December 21st, the Earth begins it’s tilt back toward the Sun!

… But I guess that’s only true for all of us lucky enough to be in the northern hemisphere.  For everybody else, you’re heading away to your “winter”, whatever that is for you.  For us in Canada, it’s a shatload of snow, and it was -41C for the temperature here earlier this week, and my car doesn’t have a block heater, but it still muscled through!

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I kind of wish we had some type of celebration for the solstice, along with the summer solstice (which I actually did one year!).  Not like they did back in Stonehenge days I’ll bet though.  I don’t know much about Stonehenge, which maybe I’ll read up on one day, but I’m pretty sure the solstices (solsti?) and equinoxes were wicked important!  Any thoughts…?  Wow, I’m way too ‘tired’ to post… damn these holiday drinks!

P.S.  Technically it’s 12:02am on the 22nd when I finished this post… *sigh* I tried.


Look topwise…!

December 18, 2008

Some things we most definitely take for granted.

One of them is definitely the Earth’s magnetic field.  I read that a huge gap was found in the magnetic field surrounding the Earth, but has most likely repaired itself by now (not like the ozone layer).  But if you’ve noticed a lot of northern lights over the past couple days, I’m sure that’s the reason.

The Earth’s magnetic field is basically a protectic shroud around the planet and deflects ‘solar storms’ from the Sun that come our way.  If it wasn’t there, we definitely wouldn’t be here, and this planet would be cooked to a nice golden crisp… much like the deep-friend wontons I just ate.

The Earth's magnetic field deflects all the crap the Sun sends our way.

The Earth's magnetic field deflects all the crap the Sun sends our way.

One of the things that makes this planet unique is it’s large magnetic field.  If it were any smaller, it’d be pretty hot, and the planet would be bombarded with just enough radiation to make life a little less possible.

But there’s nothing new with Earth being zapped every once in a while.

I was pretty young, but in March of 1989, 6 million people in Quebec were without power for 9 hours when an intense solar storm overloaded the Hydro Quebec power grid.  Unfortunately, those types of blackouts are the only time the average person knows what forces are at work above our heads, and don’t really stop to think about why we don’t have blackouts all the time!  The magnetic field… it’s a wonderful thing!



xkcd… ha!

December 14, 2008

This is super random…

my friend showed me this site in the summer, and I just randomly found it again today, because I want this shirt!!

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The site’s pretty wicked… it’s basically nerdy comics (half the crap I don’t understand anyways), yet hilarious, which I guess is why they’re comics… naturally.


A movie not so recognized…?

December 14, 2008

I won’t lie, I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for cute movies.  I don’t go out and rent them, but when I see them, I like them.  So a few months ago, my friend and I went to go see a movie that was on the listing, but when we got there, it turns out it wasn’t playing until the week after… it made no sense.  So the only movie that was playing at close to the same time was WALL.E… you know the new Pixar movie about a lonely robot left on Earth while everybody else takes off….. yeah.  So I see the movie kind of knowing what it was about.  It completely caught me by surprise!!  Just like any other Disney movie, it’s basically a movie full warm and fuzzy feelings, but the reason I liked it so is because it was full of not-so-subtle messages throughout the movie about the state of our planet, and the future of humankind.

 

WALL.E the movie.  Makes you think just a little more...

WALL.E the movie. Makes you think just a little more...

The reason I’m writing about this now is because my mom watched it the other day, and she said ‘I’m surprised this movie hasn’t had much feedback’.  Basically, not many people have seen it, basically because it’s a Disney movie, I’m guessing.  Right from the mountains of garbage on Earth, to the fact that all the people who escaped into space became immensely fat because of all the luxuries they were given on board their ‘cruise ship’, are the major messages you notice in the movie, but there are a ton of other things you pick up too.  Anyways, that’s just a short post on something I think everyone should take a gander at!


Which universe are we in…?

December 14, 2008

It seems like wherever I am, I’m seeing more and more stories about space, or something happening in space.  Is it because I’m wandering through the science magazine section in Chapters?  Maybe…. but that doesn’t explain this article I found on the BBC.  Black holes are just messed… a gravity well so strong that it sucks everything down.  Even if you’re not into science, I’m sure you’ve heard SOMEthing about black holes in the news this summer, especially when the Large Hadron Collider started doing it’s thing.

A lot of the reason why people have heard of the LHC is because, rumour had it, that when turned on, it would create mini black holes as part of it’s…. work?  I don’t know how to decribe what it does right now, I will on a later post, but it’s pretty cool.  Anyways, people were scared that when it created these black holes, that the Earth would collapse in on itself.  It obviously didn’t, because we’re still here, but the experiment is young, and at the moment, broken!

Ok, back to that article, apparently the center of the galaxy is a giant black hole 4 million times larger than the Sun!  Who knew?!  Just looking at a galaxy, you kind of have to think something’s at the center.  It’s masses of material rotating in a huge disc around a myterious bulge at the center… something’s obviously going on.  Just google ‘galaxy’ in the pictures and ponder.  So this goes back to another article in Discover Magazine I read (pure coincidence) that suggests that there are multiple universes other than the one we’re living in.  Why do they suggest it?  Because our universe is magically and perfectly adapted to suit our needs.  Us meaning, life.  It talks of the tiniest change, for example if the size of an electron were ANY bigger, life wouldn’t be able to exist, or if the gravity of the Sun were any stronger, same deal.  I really suggest reading this article because it touches base with so many things, and also goes back to the giant debate between religion and science, suggesting an ‘alternative’ to a divine creator, which is actually the title of the article.

 

A simulation of the multiverse theory.

A simulation of the multiverse theory.

There are so many things that just don’t make sense, but to actually believe that some of these questions can be answered, like what a black hole really is, is pretty exciting (once you think about it).  Apparently the LHC, once they do their big experiment sometime in 2009, maybe, it will shed so much light into quantum physics, that these guys might actually figured out some answers to…. life.  Actual life answers… messed up!  But we’ll see…