So THIS happened this week…

September 27, 2014

I just don’t get it… Why do people still make decisions like this?

A mall in Guildford, BC, completely removed their physical playground for kids and replaced it wiiiith…. iPads.  I just don’t understand… With all the publicity out there, all the articles, all the journals saying that our society is getting too fat, our kids imaginations are crumbling, and our overall brain power is essentially dwindling to nothing… STILL companies do things like this; the complete opposite of every journal, every article, every news story.

What a nice camping theme.... There's a waterfall, a tent, a tree.  It's almost like you're outside!  Now keep in mind, this is the BEFORE picture...

What a nice camping theme…. There’s a waterfall, a tent, a tree. It’s almost like you’re outside! Now keep in mind, this is the BEFORE picture…

This seems like the typical playground… Kids playing, just overall ridiculously excited to be just… climbing.  I wish I could still get excited over simple things like that (even though sometimes I do), but I think it’s the fact that’s just so easy for kids to enjoy the little things, that they should be encouraged to do it!  Seeing as all the parents are sitting on the sidelines… Which, again, is typical, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that.  They’re tired.  So why the mall completely overhaul this playground…?

... And the AFTER.  No more climbing, jumping, romping... unless there's a sweet climbing/jumping/romping app on those iPads.

… And the AFTER. No more climbing, jumping, romping… unless there’s a sweet climbing/jumping/romping app on those iPads.

Liability.  We live in a world where everyone, everywhere is afraid of getting sued.  A kid’s not allowed to get a couple bumps.  A worker isn’t allowed to lift a heavy box without permission.  A coffee joint isn’t allowed to sell coffee without a warning to the drinker that the hot coffee is indeed…. hot.  Every action by a company and government, is to protect them from being sued.  And rightly so….. why?  Because there are people out there who wait like sharks for the chance TO SUE.  Because then all of their financial troubles will be over at the expense of someone else.  But they don’t care…. They slightly burned their hand with coffee, so they deserve it.

Seeing as I’m essentially leading into a subject that I’ll probably be writing about separately (and believe me, it’ll be long…), I’m going to leave it there.  However, there’s another blog written by a man who actually took his kids to this playground (before the transformation), and he wrote a pretty good post about it, more geared towards stupid parents, which I like.

Now, apparently a volcano has gone oofff in Japan….

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Stop embarrassing yourselves…

October 5, 2009

I understand the whole activist thing, and I don’t mind it at all,  but Greenpeace… really.

Yet again they attack the Tar Sands of Alberta.  Now, I’m a little torn to be completely honest.  I’m in the geology business, but I refuse to work for oil.  Not because I think it’s wrong, and the Earth is being destroyed yada yada, but because why would I want to work anywhere near the root of all current controversy?  No thanks… keep me out of Alberta.  But on the other side of the coin, in current times oil is pretty essential.  It’s too bad that it has become essential, but we’re in too deep now, and until we’re able to weasle our way of it, we’re going to have to keep using it.

Impressive...... the truck, I mean.

At least they're wearing protective gear.

Ok wait, I forgot to mention how I got to this.  The other day, 12 Greenpeace activists stormed an upgrader (a giant building where they break down oil for other uses… like say, gas for your car to drive to a Greenpeace rally).  The upgrader is located in the Alberta tar sands, and this is apparently the 4th time they’ve done this.  The first three must not have worked, because nobody cared.  Regardless, they’re protesting the ‘dirtiness’ of retrieving oil from the sands, and the energy it uses, and all the environmental implications.  Yes, it’s a dirty job… yes, it mostly revolves around giant corporations making money, and that’s a total downside to the system, and most people end up getting the shaft.  But, this will never change… again, we’re in too deep, and whether we like it or not, we rely on oil.

I hate to say it, but taking over factories, and chaining yourselves to trucks is not going to do a whole lot.  I’m glad you’re taking interest, but you’d have more chance of making a difference if you became a politician.  In fact, you’d have more chance of making a difference if you wrote a letter to a politician.  In case you’re wondering, there isn’t much of a chance… point is, aggressive activism such as Greenpeace demonstrations, do so much less than other forms of activism.

And unless these people that came from all over the world to protest, came by sailboat, or Davinci’s peddal-bird, and used bacon grease to run their trucks to storm the place, I’m calling them hipocrites.  I’m guessing they didn’t, since they’re probably vegetarians too, and don’t eat bacon.  It’s a humdinger if I ever dinged a hum…

(I’d say hummed a ding, but that just doesn’t seem right…)


A sign of the times…?

February 12, 2009

So this it a little wrong…  Two satellites got a little too close for comfort today and hit each other.

gps_satellite_6501

Well, it must have been really uncomfortable because they pulverized each other, and it probably hurt. An Iridium satellite (wicked phones) and a Russian satellite collided creating oodles and oodles of more space debris.  But I’m thinking this should kind of be a message concerning the garbage piling up, not just on Earth, but in orbit too.

Yes, I know the Russian satellite was apparently messed up and out of control, which most likely caused the crash in the first place, but regardless, for two satellites to collide in space, there’s got to be a lot of s*%$ up there.  These satellites aren’t very big… they probably average the width of a two-lane street?… incuding the sidewalk?  Although the solar panels are pretty long, so probably a little wider.  But how many of those do you have to have in space before two eventually hit each other?!  I’m betting, a lot… Have we not learned anything from Wall.E?  Not yet, I guess…


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.