Thursday, May 22, 2008

"He Wants Us to Move the Island"

I hated Season 3 of Lost on ABC. Every episode consisted of someone being brutally beaten, blood everywhere. I don't know how Ben and Sawyer haven't been concussed into total vegetative states at this point.

But this season is thrilling, with it's flash-forwards and flash-backwards, and some of it's strongest epidsodes ever. I was blown away by Episode 7, "Ji-Yeon", when Sun has her baby and Jin is rushing around trying to buy a panda. At the end we realize a flashback has been entwined around a flash-forward, I loved it!

And what about "The Economist", Episode 3, with Sayid in a flash-forward hunting a man for Ben in Berlin. The twists and turns were perfect. Great writing!

This is the first season I've started visiting the various forums about Lost. Check out this site -

I hope the writers don't go for the easy out with time travel. I prefer the notion that the island is actually a sentient being, but not in a gooey Gaia sense.

Look at a tree. It doesn't have sentience in the fashion that humans can understand...if we all had ESP, what would a tree tell you. But they aren't just inert organisms either. The NYT did a story about young birch trees in Alaska that produce a resin disgusting to snow hares, giving the young birch trees a chance to grow. That's pretty nifty, trees fighting back.

Maybe the island is sentient and fighting back, able to shift dimensions, a wormhole-quantuam-pyhsics kind of thing. Much better than overdone time travel.

I'm so going to hate it when this season is over.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Library book, bike, condom, clothesline: What do they have in common?


It sounds like a weird riddle: What do a bicycle, clothesline, library book, "real" tomato, ceiling fan, microchip and condom all have in common?

My friend and former competitor Eric Sorenson answers the question in a new book he wrote along with the staff of the Sightline Institute entitled "Seven Wonders For a Cool Planet: Everyday Things to Help Solve Global Warming."

The basic idea is that while we have some huge challenges, particuarly related to climate change, we also have some pretty effective technology to deal with those problems. So it's really about transportation, population, energy efficiency, renewable energy, our food supply, resource conservation (the library book) and the information economy. (May 2, 2008)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Those Damn Patrons

Russell Library in Middletown, CT is looking for a substitue librarian.

Details include the following:

Work subject to interruptions, noise, and exposure to computer screens. May need to lift and move light to medium weights. Must be able to hear clearly (correctable to within normal limits) to record telephone information, and to see (vision correctable to 20/20) to complete documents. Frequent interaction with patrons may cause stress. (my highlight)

What kind of patrons?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Truck Nutz

The Florida State Legislature is trying to ban these little adornments a-dangling down there. Maybe TruckNutz should open a shop in Kinshasa,Congo.

The Dreaded Penis Snatchers

I was wondering what the hell happened to me this morning.

Penis theft panic hits city..

By Joe Bavier
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.
Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.

Maybe they should ban Harry Potter from our libraries if the evil bastards are running around doing this.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Why Do Women...

Time for the gals...only 65,800,000 hits on Google.

Why do women live longer than men? (I'm going to ease my way past that one.)

Why do women have to be perfect? (Huh?)

Why do women wear bras? (Yeah, how come? It's annoying. If I was president I'd ban them.)

Why do women get plastered at fancy dress parties? (And why haven't I been invited, damn!)

Why do women like cads? (I don't know, but I know a great fancy dress party, sweetie pie.)

Why do women read romance? (Because they keep going to fancy parties with cads?)

Why do women fake orgasm? (I dunno, never happened to me.)

Why do women like gay men? (They dress better?)

Why do women's clothes button from the left, while men's button from the right? (I hate that, especially in the dark after a fancy dress party, it's confusing.)

Thank you Google, I feel a little smarter now.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Be Googling

I love Google. I like to type in random stuff and see what happens.

This time I typed...Why do men...and hit enter.

77,600,000 hits.

The number one topic seems to be, Why do men cheat?, followed closely by, Why do men fall asleep after sex? Hmm. Cheating sounds like hard work.

Next up, Why do men have nipples?, followed by , Why do men like boobs so much? Possibly because we have such little nipples.

One of my favorites...Why do men fart more than women? I think we have more fun making loud noises.

Why do men fight? Why do men like prostitutes? Why do men die younger? Why do men bareback? (I'm not sure what that means, and I'm sure I don't want to know) Why do men lose weight faster? Why are men smarter than woman? (OK, I made that up) Why do men go bald? Why do old men have breasts? (WHAT?) Why do men do what they do?

Only 77,599,985 hit to go...and here is my favorite..Why do men BBQ? Because we can!