Sleepy Sunday reading: Ask a Shiite

Sundays were obviously made for reading. Just like Fridays were made for beer and Wednesdays for humping. If you have 15 minutes to spare, and you know you do, then read on…

Consider for a moment how our media these days portrays Muslims, Islam or anything remotely middle-eastern. If you think on it for a minute I’m sure you can rally up all the usual stereotypes we’ve loved over the past 6 years. The classic Koran misquotes of, “kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” and so on. There’s an exhaustive list of them and they have completely permeated our culture.  Continue reading “Sleepy Sunday reading: Ask a Shiite”

300 foot club

My apologies for the absence of updates lately. I’m doing some business travel and not getting around to updating too often. Maybe I’ll compile some green reviews of the cities I visit or something. If I do, Orlando isn’t going to score highly.

Anyways, while I’m out and about I need someone to read Richard Preston’s new book, The Wild Trees and let me know if I should bother. I think it sounds really interesting, but you just never know. If nothing else it was a totally unexpected topic for a book.

The deep redwood canopy is a vertical Eden filled hanging gardens of ferns, reefs of lichens, small animals, and all sorts of plants, including thickets of huckleberry bushes and small trees actually growing on the branches of giant redwoods. There are massive redwood limb systems fused into flying buttresses and carved into “fire caves.” Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs harbor animal and plant life unknown to science. Humans move through the deep canopy suspended on ropes, far out of sight of the ground, knowing that the price of a small mistake may be a plunge to one’s death.

– shawn

[source: richard preston]

Voldemort hugs trees

Following up on my previous mention of Raincoast books use of recycled paper here, Scholastic had this to say regarding their paper policies:

Scholastic has been using various types of recycled-content paper for more than seventeen years, whenever it is feasible. In fact, we purchased 72,326,000 pounds of recycled paper in 2004.

In keeping with Scholastic’s long history of environmentally-responsible paper purchasing, no old growth forests were used to create the paper for the Harry Potter series. All of the mills that supplied paper for the Harry Potter series belong to the American Forest and Paper Association and, therefore, must adhere to strict guidelines, including restrictions on logging and tree harvesting. We are confident that all of our paper suppliers are conducting their business in an ecologically-responsible manner.

We appreciate your interest in our company. Scholastic shares your concern about the environment, and will continue to source papers containing reclaimed fibers for a variety of our products.

I still don’t intend to read the Harry Potter books, but the rest of you can seemingly do so with little or no worries. No hard facts in their response such as what % their reclaimed paper is of their overall consumption.

– shawn

Voldemort is a lumberjack and Jesus hates him

It’s almost that magical season again. The time of year when the minority group of Americans that can read scoop up the latest Harry Potter novel. I’m not really much of a fan myself, but the popularity of the series makes it a cultural staple. Here are some interesting aspects of the Harry Potter books you may not know.  Continue reading “Voldemort is a lumberjack and Jesus hates him”

Now hiring waffle waiters!

I am of the less than optimistic opinion that most people are ignorant. Not stupid, which implies they are incapable of knowledge, but willfully ignorant. I am also of the opinion that this willful ignorance by the majority is the primary cause of most the world’s issues. It is tough to find an example of an issue that wouldn’t have occurred or be easily corrected in an informed and intelligent society.  Continue reading “Now hiring waffle waiters!”