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.
Geoff forwards us this request to take action before July 15 to prevent cable companies from destroying the most important invention of our time–an invention you are using to read this email–the internet.
Net neutrality has been the underlying principle of the internet since its inception.… Read the rest
Zapping a tiny zircon crystal from Australia tells researchers the Earth is 4.375 billion years old, oh, plus or minus 6 million years.
“We’ve proved that the chemical record inside these zircons is trustworthy,” said John Valley, lead study author and a geochemist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.… Read the rest
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“Duck” by Sheila Cowley — 1M, 1W — Charming story of a married couple trying to clear many years’ accumulation out of what was supposed to be a guest room in their south Tampa home.… Read the rest
Gary Garrison, Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild of America has made this announcement to our DG Members in Florida:
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For several years now we’ve been talking about how best to serve the needs of a writing community in Florida that is scattered geographically from one end of the state to another and is demographically one of the most diverse Guild member populations we have.
OMFG. This is really more than I ever imagined: great music, great dancing, total nudity and a hilarious take on modern art and sentiments. Warning! This video is full of very naked people dancing. But it is suitable for everyone, there’s nothing sexual, just buff. … Read the rest
Are they animals? Secret military signals? Or just sounds from natural phenomenon so rare we don’t even know what they are? Today I share this short but fascinating collection of 5 mysterious sounds. What do you think they are? Tell me in the comments.… Read the rest
Geoff shares this story: Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today.… Read the rest
Ever so often, usually in the vast deserts of the American Southwest, a hiker or a backpacker will run across something puzzling: a large concrete arrow, as much as seventy feet in length, sitting in the middle of nowhere.
What are these giant arrows?… Read the rest
Today we expose old floppy discs to young children and see what happens when the innocent must cope with DOS and PRINT commands. It’s been a mere 30 years but everything has changed with the internet and miniaturization. Watch this video and see if you remember the day when the mouse first came out to play.… Read the rest
Oh no kids, he is back! John Doe takes a break from practicing Illuminatus or lumos or whatever to illuminate viewers on the topic of the Harry Potter conspiracy to promote and encourage witchcraft and black magic among the youth of the world. … Read the rest
They say the Great Recession may be as bad as the Depression, so why not revive the Arts? Today Charm shares these images from The Federal Art Project (FAP) which was the visual arts arm of the Great Depression-era New Deal Works Progress Administration program in the “Untied” States.… Read the rest
How good are you at Maya math? Probably better than you think! With only 3 symbols “stone,” “stick” and “shell” the process of addition and subtraction is really quite easy and even – dare I say it – fun! Watch this quick video for an introduction to Mayan numbering and mathematics.… Read the rest
Are you worried about civil rights and the evil eyes of Big Brother? Check out The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization committed to protecting the constitutional freedoms and the integral human rights of all people. The Institute provides legal services at no charge to those whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated. … Read the rest