blogging the day away

July 7, 2008

All right, don’t get too excited, but this is my second blog entry in 5 or 6 days. Unreal, right? Man, I feel like all I’ve been doing with my life is writing blogs! Two in one week? It’s definitely time for a vacation or something.

    Could this be the Soul’s year?

What a game it was! What a finish! The Philadelphia Soul are hosting the division championship game for the first time ever. It should be quite the scene at the Center on Saturday. Whaddya mean you’ve never heard of the AFL? It’s football in the spring and summer. What more could you ask?

    The Tipping Point

Now, you people know by now how late I am to so many different things. Could be cultural, could be historical, political, whatever. Could also be literary. I’m finally reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Mr. Gladwell already blew my mind when I read Blink, which was a great book, and he has done it again with The Tipping Point. It’s all about how little things can make a major difference and how things like ideas and behaviors can spread just like a virus would. Like an epidemic. And why.

    Other current events

… but only the ones that center on ME. I am preparing for another round of submissions for Lilly Dances, my sort-of-picture-book-but-not-quite project. It’s more of a very short book with pictures. Actually, it has no pictures right now (I’m no artist), but it would be way better with pictures. Like a picture book would. Like a really long picture book.

but not quite.

The kids are doing fine on their summer break from school. I’m doing fine also, but I CAN tell you how many weeks until the school buses start rolling again.


Activists on a plane

February 25, 2008

Here’s the link, in case you think I’m making all this up.


Apparently, four activists associated with Greenpeace have climbed onto the top of a Boeing 777 at London’s Heathrow airport to protest the planned construction of a third runway. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Greenpeace? Isn’t that the well-known environmental group famous for promoting logical, responsible and calm discussion about environmental issues by pulling stunts like piloting their ship, named the Rainbow Warrior, dangerously close to huge Japanese whaling vessels?” Yes. That’s them. France bombed and sunk the original Rainbow Warrior just to keep Greenpeace from driving their ship around the ocean like a drunken grandma on I95, which they have continued to do in the New Rainbow Warrior. Oh, and let’s not forget that Greenpeace also spent a lot of time and money to officially name one humpback whale “Mister Splashy Pants”. Yes, I expect you’ll be needing a link for that one too. Here it is.

So it only makes sense that four people from Greenpeace would climb up to the top of a 777 to criticize the British air travel industry. Let’s quote now from, “We may have exposed a hole in security at Heathrow, but it’s not as big as the hole in (Prime Minister) Gordon Brown’s climate change policy,” said Sarah Shoraka, 30, another of the protesters, who questioned why flights between Manchester and London are necessary when the train is a viable alternative. She went on to say, “The push for a third runway is being fueled by totally unnecessary flights like this one.”

OK, so where do we start? Climbing on top of an airplane? A BIG one? No. Protesting a THIRD runway at one of the busiest airports in the world, which you would think should already have about 63 runways so airplanes didn’t have to circle around endlessly waiting to land? No, too easy. Hmmm … I’ve got it.

Aren’t airplanes kind of like public transportation? I mean, the activists want everyone to ride the train instead of flying, but what about the other alternative? That 777 probably holds 300 to 400 passengers, depending on how the interior is configured. What if all of those people decided that, instead of flying from London to Manchester, they would all drive their own cars? How would the M1 (the main road north from London) look with an extra three or four hundred cars for every cancelled flight? There are multiple flights from LHR to MAN daily. That’s a lot of congestion and a lot of vehicle exhaust pollution. In fact, I think it would make more sense for Greenpeace activists to take their protest to the highways and try to convince people to fly INSTEAD of drive. Their signs should say something like, “Why are you driving when there is a perfectly good airplane waiting for you at Heathrow?” and “Boeing 777, great public transportation!”

But I guess it’s not about making sense now, is it Mister Splashy Pants?

it’s a sad, sad situation

November 29, 2007

How long until people start to talk about how Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor would still be alive today if he had been protecting himself with a gun instead of a machete?

and it’s getting more and more absurd

Thing is, I can see their point.