Scientists have been watching Iceland recently, warning of something big. This might be it … or just the beginning! One of the largest volcanic eruptions in centuries is occurring on Iceland. The volcano Bardarbunga is producing high levels of deadly sulfur dioxide.… Read the rest
The fourth annual Theater Tampa Bay Awards ceremony was held last Monday night at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg and freeFall Theatre was basically running laps up the steps to accept awards, then backstage for a quick photo before joining the audience just long enough to be called on stage again! … Read the rest
I’ll admit I flubbed my Boehner, but I still got more than 58 right out of a hundred questions about the mythology, geology and politics of the United States of America from the so-called “Naturalization Test”. How did YOU do? Let me know in the comments.… Read the rest
Steve shares this news story from NPR about using swipes and gestures to get at your password protected stuff. Sign your name, or just make a pattern you can remember and swish – you are in! What kind of squiggle would YOU make? … Read the rest
Sharon Joy says you are invited to the Forum on Sustainability Degree at USFSP this Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 — 3:30 pm at Harbor Hall, USFSP (former DALI Museum)
Students, faculty, staff and the community will gather to discuss the formation of the Sustainability Steering Committee, whose charter is to propose a sustainability program/degree for USFSP.… Read the rest
This weekend as I kayaked past the old Salvador Dali museum grounds I saw a sculpture rising from the USF/ Poyntner Institute Park on the edge of Tampa Bay made of pastic debris found at sea, or flotsam. My friend CJ Reynolds sent this information about the project:
Artists and marine scientists are teaming up with local youth and community organizations to make a massive sculpture to call attention to marine debris and the terrible impacts on wildlife and coastal ecosystems
Most people don’t realize that trash in our streets and parks moves into storm drains and ends up in our waterways and beaches.… Read the rest
London’s iconic red telephone boxes are being transformed into free solar-powered mobile phone charging stations painted green according to this story I totally scraped from Good News Network.
The first “Solar-box” was unveiled Wednesday on Tottenham Court Road, with support and funding from the Mayor of London, as a pilot before turning more traditional phone boxes green early next year.… Read the rest
In the face of a mounting carbon crisis and the lack of action by commercial utility companies to adopt greener energy solutions, communities across the nation are opting to take hold of the power—literally!—and switch to more local, less polluting energy sources.… Read the rest
Do you feel like you are falling behind? Well 90% of Americans are indeed hearing a giant sucking sound as the money is gobbled up by those at the top. Geoff shares this chart from Daily KOS which shows that “for a long time, most of the gains from economic growth went to the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution.… Read the rest
The largest US indian tribe, the Navajo Nation, negotiated a $554 million settlement from the U.S. government.
“It’s monumental. It will never completely redress the wrongs done to prior generations, but it’s going to allow some opportunities for future generations,” said Dana Bobroff, deputy attorney general for the nation.… Read the rest
Surely you have heard about the mysterious disease that is killing off bees? There has been a lot of concern about colonies of bees simply disappearing. Now it seems the disappearances have stopped. But, the bees are still dying by the handfuls! … Read the rest
The Dramatists Guild of America, the national professional organization for composers, playwrights, and lyricists, has issued a letter to the administrators of a South Williamsport High School that cancelled the Tony Award winning musical Spamalot because of a same-sex wedding during the show.… Read the rest
Last night’s PBS documentary on the 100th Anniversary of the demise of passenger pigeons touched briefly on the idea of bringing them back from extinction by cloning their DNA. Is that playing god? In a recent National Geographic cover story on de-extinction Michael Archer, a paleontologist at the University of New South Wales says “I think we played God when we exterminated these animals.”… Read the rest
Today I direct your attention to this video that explains why it seems barristas have trouble spelling your name. Is it that they are just dumb? No. Did they mishear you? Apparently not! Well, what the heck is going on, you might wonder? … Read the rest
The Hollywood Conspiracy is revealed in “The Reptiod Legacy of Gloria S. Day,” an outtake from Cosmic Significance 2012 Episode V, The Pleasure Palace of Saturn. Starring Susan O’Gara, Ed Stevens and Mary Allan Mill with sound effects by Dave Lassa, this Pirates and Angels production is written and directed by Dewey Davis-Thompson and Elizabeth Brackman and recorded at WMNF studios in Tampa, Florida.… Read the rest
Would you like to discover a woman’s favourite fantasy? Thanks to St. Peterburg’s passion for the arts you can point your peepers, ears and even taste buds towards the Warehouse Arts District on March 14 for the Femme Fantasy Festival, an event designed to draw attention to the creative explosion going on south of Central. … Read the rest
Not to take a position on this or anything, but according to legend, Lassing Park property was gifted to the city by our first mayor with the proviso that it remain undeveloped, a beachy oasis on Tampa Bay where the dolphins literally frolic with the humans walking out on the sand bars. … Read the rest
Why use a pass phrase instead of a password? How do you really remove photos from the cloud and what can you do to keep your phone from sending everything to a hacker? With recent celebrity hacks in the news, Truthloader has a new video with the latest ways to keep your privates private
Good News reports that some fish species are making “a dramatic turnaround … after just 14 years of federal fishery management to restore these economically important fisheries in California, Oregon and Washington.”
“This is one of the great success stories about ecological and economic recovery of a commercially important fishery,” said Margaret Spring at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.… Read the rest
You have heard uptalk? Of course you have! Associated with teenage girls, guys do it too – an upward inflection at the end of a sentence, turning a declarative into an interrogative. It may seem timid or uncertain as if asking for confirmation or approval. … Read the rest
Amazing news from Europe shows how renewable energy really can help us combat climate change and pollution. Think Progress reported that Germany gets a third of its power from wind and solar and Great Britain gets over 20 percent. At this rate, says the article, Europe will not have to build any new traditional power plants, and can allow the old ones to simply retire and close down. … Read the rest
My heart aches for the roadkill littering Florida highways as wildlife desperately attempts to move from one shrinking habitat to another. Like a mutated disease of nature, humans multiply exponentially, pushing out all other wildlife as we appropriate ever-larger shares of Mother Earth’s bounty.… Read the rest
Geoff shares this op ed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times:
If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents.
Instead, we’ve reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent — not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly.… Read the rest
We all love big cats, but few of us love them like Kevin Richardson aka The Lion Whisperer. In celebration of World Lion Day, August 10, I share this video about one man who is also loved back by lions.