Monday, February 16, 2009

The Discovery Channel

It should be a movie... Discovery Channel, The Movie. It would no-doubt be about an asteroid (lonely and misunderstood) imparting its kinetic energy into the Earth (flashy and ignorant).

Things the Discovery Channel makes me wonder about include:

How do we account for the carbon footprint of an asteroid? Is it the responsibility of the country it impacts or does the UN spread the accounting amongst numerous nations? Does the Kyoto treaty have a contingency for this?

Based on major asteroid impacts happening every hundred million years or so, can I resume a careless use of plastic? What's 3 degrees of climate change compared to a 600 degree blast wave?

If an asteroid were to strike the Earth, how much more dangerous would this make fishing for crab in Alaska?

The "Ice Road Truckers" are hauling supplies to arctic oil drilling and pumping sites. But the show before this one showed how wind turbines and electric cars meant no need for oil. So is all the oil going to be for the "Overhauled" 7-litre engines a la Foose?

Of all the shark attacks annually, what proportion of them are on Discovery Channel camera operators?

If I use a very small and efficient motor, to get somewhere I was going to walk to, am I being Green, ingenious, or lazy?

How do I get one of those jobs blowing things up???

Why is modern science in the hands of "amateur inventors", "backyard tinkerers", and "hollywood special effects artists"? What happened to the scientists?

If my dad and I get together, build stuff, and argue a lot, can we have our own show? Can we end each show by blowing something up?

If Hitler's alien technology was transfered to the United States at the end of the war, then where's my jet pack? There should be wearable jet packs by now.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Get on with it!

I took an hour today and read Johnny's Blog for the first time. A friend of many years and a blogger of many months, Johnny only sent the link to the "secret blog" last week.

I read through a few months of inspiring posts devoted to environmental responsibility and his current "career change". I'm now inspired to do more than read a blog post or two. I'm inspired to go out and improve something! To improve myself!

And really, right now, that's pretty freakin easy to do. Doing anything would be an improvement.

I still haven't been to karate. I feel so old and tired and weak that I can't motivate myself at 7pm to hop on the bus and go hurt myself. Well, it's time.

I haven't even been exercising properly at home. I should do that next. As in, right after typing this. I need to practice my kata for karate. And some stretches and exercises ought to improve the chances of going to the dojo tonight.

And when I'm done that I'm going to do a bit of reading. Starting with the mail. Open the envelopes, pay the bills, sort the rest. Then Pratchett. I've earned it and will devote an hour or more to finishing "Small Gods" before moving on to the remaining unread tomes.

Note, even when inspired to self-improvement I still don't plan time to look for work. I'm not there yet. The "moments of peace" have been few and far between. But I think I can litterally kick the blues away. The hope being that tomorrow I'll feel, better than this.