Thursday, April 22, 2010

disneys oceans

shelter dogs

"Shelter dogs aren’t broken. They’ve simply experienced more life. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write. The ones dealt a bad hand and responded with courage. Do not pity a shelter dog. Adopt one."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

shevanel [cut a flip and take 2]

Dream of me... we can live how we want now... this world
has no boundaries. We shall never wake up. Lets kill
them all, let's torch the world. This is for us. Let's
meet them for the first time... this isn't awkward is
it? It can't be... there are no worries... all we have to
do is cut the switch... wake the fuck up... this is all
I've ever dreamed... this dream is all I've ever wanted,
cared for, I only hope things haven't changed when I
awake... life doesn't work like this... once a night my
life is "yours to create"... mold me and make me the
child of the night, with all the ambition in the
world... my hate and worries cease to be... my fucked up
little head controls me... "dream is destiny"... wake the
fuck up... I kill, I love, I end nightmares, I begin
romances, I travel through sexual situations, I only
hope to never wake... I only hope, cause the exterior
world is not making sense anymore... I tend to get
scared... wake the fuck up... no... "Whatever you do, don't
be bored. This is absolutely the most exciting time we
could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are
just starting"... make this dream reality... love you... "If
the world that we are forced to accept is false and
nothing is true, then everything is possible"... make
this dream reality...

My head will not rest on this pillow
As it's gripped in my arms tonight
Like reality too tight
If a dream could last forever
I would hold you here '
Time need not freeze
I need not fear
This world inside, is a world I have longed to find
And I, will not be afraid to loe
I will not be afraid to lose what I once deprived myself of

My teardrops ave salt-satained this pillow
As it's loosened form my weakened clutch
By the suns light; too much
There's a hope today
That I'll find a way
This dream of mine invealed to me

Sometimes I runand sometimes I crawl
Sometimes I fly and sometimes I'm gonna fall
But this dream of mine will not change
At all...

oh kfc

Thursday, April 15, 2010

name game

madison grey
lila aves
molly marie
lucy louise
caroline malia
amelia joyce

...and Gentlemen:

Family Names:
Patricia (?)


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bathocyroe fosteri

This little beauty is Bathocyroe fosteri, a lobate ctenophore found at intermediate depths in all the seas. It's very common and abundant near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and measures about two inches tall.

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clean trash

Far cleaner than conventional incinerators, this new type of plant converts local trash into heat and electricity. Dozens of filters catch pollutants, from mercury to dioxin, that would have emerged from its smokestack only a decade ago.

In that time, such plants have becomeboth the mainstay of garbage disposal and a crucial fuel source across Denmark, from wealthy exurbs like Horsholm to Copenhagen’s downtown area. Their use has not only reduced the country’s energy costs and reliance on oil and gas, but also benefited the environment, diminishing the use of landfills and cutting carbon dioxide emissions. The plants run so cleanly that many times more dioxin is now released from home fireplaces and backyard barbecues than from incineration.

With all these innovations, Denmark now regards garbage as a clean alternative fuel rather than a smelly, unsightly problem. And the incinerators, known as waste-to-energy plants, have acquired considerable cachet as communities like Horsholm vie to have them built.

Denmark now has 29 such plants, serving 98 municipalities in a country of 5.5 million people, and 10 more are planned or under construction. Across Europe, there are about 400 plants, with Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands leading the pack in expanding them and building new ones.

By contrast, no new waste-to-energy plants are being planned or built in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency says — even though the federal government and 24 states now classify waste that is burned this way for energy as a renewable fuel, in many cases eligible for subsidies. There are only 87 trash-burning power plants in the United States, a country of more than 300 million people, and almost all were built at least 15 years ago.

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Grenada Dove (Leptotila wellsi)
Found only on the small island of Grenada in the West Indies, the Grenada dove is truly fighting the fight of its life. Habitat loss has acted synergistically with introduced predators like Indian mongooses to decimate this endemic bird's populations. The birds populations may number less than a hundred and are pushed into two tiny reserves. As if that isn't bad enough, the little territory they havet may be soon to be fragmented further to allow room for a resort. While the Grenada dove is considered one of the rarest birds in the world, almost nothing is known about this species. Most of what is known is held under lock and key by the Grenada government. Our lack of information may be the bird's ultimate demise.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

grade "A" octopus

NPR assigned grades to different animals.

Great White Shark: A+

"The great whites, they're the largest predatory fish," Lentz says. "They sometimes jump out of the water. They're one of two shark species that will get airborne, which, I'm pretty sure, is because they're trying to attack airplanes. But that's awesome."

Octopus: A

"We gave the octopus an A because it would make a great superhero. They're supersmart, they can solve puzzles, they can remember things.
"They can change their bodies, so they can slip through tiny crevices," Lentz adds, "and they shoot ink. There's all sorts of cool stuff with the octopus that doesn't get talked about enough — because we're spending all our time talking about pandas."

Clam: C

The clam doesn't get a great grade, Lentz says, "but given it's a clam, that's pretty good. The more we learned about how clams exist and stuff, the more you had to hand it to them, because they just kind of sit on the bottom of the ocean, they filter plankton, they live forever — I mean, the oldest clam was over 400 years old.
"We should all calm down about complaining about our lives," he concludes. "The clam's OK with it. I mean, you wouldn't want to filter plankton for 400 years. And the clam does it."

Jellyfish: C-

The jellyfish is one of the latest entries on the blog. "You gotta give it some credit, because it's kind of gotten a lot done — without a brain," Lentz says. "It literally does not have a brain. And yet they're still chugging along. Hanging in there and killing a lot of fish. And terrorizing bathers."

Alpaca: F

"Some people really like alpacas, but they're dopey, dumb animals," Lentz says. "The reason they fail is because I blame them for the conquest of South America."
To explain, "The conquistadors show up with less than 200 men, and they have horses. And somehow they overthrow tens of thousands of Incan warriors in, like, two hours. Because the Incans, you know what animal they had? The alpaca. Not much help in a battle with conquistadors."
Lentz notes a particularly negative reaction when he failed the alpaca on the blog. "We got a lot of angry, angry, angry comments from people," he says. "Including a few threats, which I found delightful — which I don't think is the right reaction to something like that."

Monday, April 12, 2010

deepest vents

A group of scientists exploring the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean said they have found the deepest known undersea volcanic vent. The waters near the vent are so hot they could yield clues to how life started on Earth and could contain never-seen-before marine life, scientists say.

"A tremendous roar went up in the main lab as a beautiful cluster of black smokers came into camera view," the crew of the RRS James Cook wrote in their online diary of the exploration found 3.1 miles undersea. "It was an amazing feeling to know that in a world with more than six billion people, we were seeing part of our planet that no-one had ever seen before."

YouTube: Watch the underwater vehicle film the discovery

The "Black Smokers," known as superheated volcanic vents often lead to "lush colonies of deep-sea creatures" because of the scalding water and drastically different climate, according to the National Oceanographic Centre. Volcanic vents are cracks in the earth's crust that allow magma, gas, smoke and other material to escape the surface. Temperatures in these areas can reach 750 degrees Fahrenheit and heat the sea water to extreme temperatures before spewing it back into the ocean where it creates what appear to be smoke eruptions.

"The pressure three miles deep at the bottom of the Trough - 500 times normal atmospheric pressure - is equivalent to the weight of a large family car pushing down on every square inch of the creatures that live there," the NOC said.

The discovery of similar vents "has forced scientists to rewrite the rules of biology" in the past, the NOC said, and with the these superheated vents found at even larger depths, there could likely be more discoveries to come - especially since the Cayman Trough is the world's deepest undersea volcanic rift.

The crew of the RRS James hopes to explore further to identify any new sea creatures because those that can survive in extreme, unlikely places, could give clues to the beginning of life. They could also provide insight into whether other organisms, marine life, or other creatures may exist in similar climates - both on the Earth and other planets.

Follow the crew's journey through their diary

Scientists are fascinated by deep-sea vents because the scalding water that gushes from them nourishes lush colonies of deep-sea creatures, which has forced scientists to rewrite the rules of biology.

"We hope our discovery will yield new insights into biogeochemically important elements in one of the most extreme naturally occurring environments on our planet," says geochemist Doug Connelly of the NOC, who is the Principal Scientist of the expedition.

The discovery echoes the sentiment of NASA scientists, who weeks ago, found a shrimp-like creature 600 feet below Arctic Ice. Scientists said they had hoped the discovery of the create in extremely cold conditions could hold keys to life on some of the frozen moons in outer space.

The same hope now follows this discovery - which if nothing else was a magical moment for the scientists and crew.

"It was like wandering across the surface of another world," Geologist Bramley Murton of the National Oceanographic Centre, who piloted the HyBIS underwater vehicle, said. "The rainbow hues of the mineral spires and the fluorescent blues of the microbial mats covering them were like nothing I had ever seen before."

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double down

By Ian Chillag

Sandwich Monday on WWDBM continues. We just sat down with the already legendary KFC Double Down sandwich, which is basically a bacon sandwich with fried chicken in place of the bread.

12:39: Eva: I need a fork.
12:39: Lorna: It's spicy.
12:40: Ian: It's really a triumph of nature. When they're alive, a chicken never gets to have a pork inside of it.

Much, much, way too much more after the jump.

12:40: Peter: This is not as repulsive as I thought it would be.
12:41: Mike: I worry about the future of bread.
12:41: Eva: Yeah, this is the end of bread.
12:42: Lorna: What's the point of this?
12:42: Mike: The website says people complained they didn't have enough chicken in their chicken sandwich.
12:43: Eva: This is a big "screw you" to the people who complained.

12:45: Ian: It's hard to taste the stuff in the middle. Chicken is stronger than bread.
12:45: Mike: Chicken is stronger than everything.
12:46: Eva: Can we admit it's good?
12:46: Peter: If I was going to kill myself with eating, this wouldn't be a bad way to go.

12:46: Shantell: It's lonely without the bread. It's a lonely sandwich.
12:46: Mike: Yeah, I'm nostalgic for bread.
12:46: Ian: Do you remember the days when sandwiches were made with bread, not chicken?
12:47: Mike: Seriously, this is rewriting the rules of lunch. And of sandwiches. We're going to replace peanut butter and jelly with chicken and chicken.
12:48: Ian: Right, from now on, the word "sandwich" just means "stack of chicken."

12:51: Brian: This sandwich is an Al Qaeda plot.
12:51: Mike: This is a Last Days type of thing, right? Didn't the Romans reveal a Double Down before they fell?
12:51: Ian: I shouldn't be typing while eating this. My keyboard is really shiny.

12:53: Ian: It's funny, after the fried one, you feel like the grilled one is Healthy. But it's still cheese and bacon surrounded by chicken.
12:55: Emily: I think I just ate my dinner.
12:55: Mike: I think I just ate everyone's dinner.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010


Dolan Gieman

Van Gogh: Painted with Words

Drama-documentary presented by Alan Yentob, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role as Van Gogh.

Every word spoken by the actors in this film is sourced from the letters that Van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo, and of those around him. What emerges is a complex portrait of a sophisticated, civilised and yet tormented man.

This is Van Gogh's story in his own words.

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hoba meteorite

Hoba is in the middle of the beautiful Otjihaenene valley in Africa.

This chunk of rock is about nine feet across. It’s 60 tons of iron and nickel, is the largest intact meteorite known on this earth and was only discovered in 1920. It is reported to have landed about 80,000 years ago and at 60 tons. The close-ups clearly show how part of it burned on its way through the atmosphere – and even with all the exposure to the elements, this thing is not going to rust away any time soon.