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Techy Tuesday: Playing God With De-Extinction?

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.”

In 1914 Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in a zoo - like you will!
In 1914 Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in a zoo – like you will!
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Wild Friday: Cosmic Significance Outtake – Reptoid Legacy


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

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Thirsty Thursday: St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District

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

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Worldwide Wednesday: Leave Our Park the FCK Alone!

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

Techy Tuesday: Hey, you, get out of my cloud!

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

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Mother Earth Monday: Sealife Making A Comeback

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

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Worldwide Wednesday: Uptalk and Vocal Fry

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

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Wildlife Corridors vs. Roadkill Tragedies

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

Soapbox Saturday: Our Blind Spot About Guns

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

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Act Today On Net Neutrality, please!

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

See My Play About Manatees at Tampaworks 2014

Tampaworks 2014 - Play Local

Stageworks and Tucker Hall is proud to present Tampaworks 2014 – Play Local.  Sponsored by Mercury Advisors and the Simon Family.  To purchase tickets, click on the links below.

Selected Plays

“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.

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Dewey Davis-Thompson, Dramatists Guild Rep for West Florida

Gary Garrison, Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild of America has made this announcement to our DG Members in Florida:

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.

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Wild Friday: Listen to These 5 Unexplained Sounds

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

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Mother Earth Monday: We Didn’t Have the “Green Thing” in the Olden Days

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

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Wild Friday: Giant Arrows Across USA for Aliens?

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.

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Techie Tuesday: Kids React to Old Computers

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