Tonka Truck

November 18, 2009

Leaf Pickup

November 4, 2009


Big Yellow Leaf Cleaner

I guess the boy in me still loves big yellow machines.

There are not many things that can enhance the moment when I’m out on the lake in a canoe. Polarized sunglasses unobtrusively do just that. A big sky with fluffy white clouds are made more perfect with the clarity and extra saturation the polarizer provides.

The added bonus is that I can scout out scenes that will look great when I add a circular polarizing filter to my camera/lens.

Alas, I was cameraless so word pictures will have to do for this post.

I was listening to an episode of The Vinyl Cafe in which Stuart McLean claimed that in cottage country there are two seasons; water on and water off. This last weekend officially marked Water On season.

Water Flow from Faucet

Buckets on Picnic Table

Local Warming

January 8, 2008

The TED conference videos often touch on important world issues. In this video Yossi Vardi talks about how you can Help Fight Local Warming. Local warming potentially impacts half the population of the world. This video may make you cry. Make sure you are seated when viewing :-)

The Goracle and Creation

December 10, 2007

Paul Krugman comes to Al Gore’s defense over the Creation of the Internet.

To this day people repeat the lie that Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet. Chris Matthews did it just a couple of weeks ago.

Al Gore, he’s the one who said he created the Internet.

Meanwhile, the reality is that Gore played a crucial role in the Internet’s creation

Yeah yeah. I don’t think there is any doubt that Gore chose the wrong words but I don’t think its a “lie” to say that he said he created the Internet.

But it will emerge from my dialogue with the American people. I’ve traveled to every part of this country during the last six years. During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

Just because he didn’t mean it doesn’t mean he didn’t say it and it certainly doesn’t mean its not funny. It was hilarious then and it still makes me laugh today.  I’m sure George W. Bush didn’t mean to say his “Bushisms” either but that doesn’t take away from the hours of fun you can have with them.

Venezuelans defeat proposal for sweeping constitutional changes that would have made Hugo Chavez El Supremo.

The defeat slows Mr. Chávez’s socialist-inspired transformation of the country. Venezuela, once a staunch ally of the United States, has become a leading opponent of the Bush administration’s policies in the developing world. It has also taken the most profound leftward turn of any large Latin American nation in decades.

The referendum followed several weeks of street protests and frenetic campaigning over the amendments to the Constitution proposed by Mr. Chávez and his supporters. It caps a year of bold moves by the president, who forged a single Socialist party among his followers, forced a television network critical of the government off the public airwaves, and nationalized oil, telephone and electricity companies.

Those against the amendments won 51 to 49 percent. 49 percent voted to hand over complete control to Chavez. I’m not sure this is a result to be celebrated.