As a reminder that Valentine's Day is coming up soon, I give you this poem (feel free to steal it) composed using our Romance Kit, which of course both makes an excellent gift and is a useful tool for creating Awwww-inspiring doggerel like this.
This afternoon I went cross country skiing with Will Steger! We have some mutual friends, and one of them (thanks, Michelle) invited me to join him and her for a jaunt around beautiful O'Brien State Park. I normally don't ski when it's this cold (it was about ten degrees and windy), but you don't get an opportunity like this every day. And you don't complain about the cold around a guy who's spent much of his adult life camping in the arctic. Notice how he's not only taken off his jacket, but has got his sweater unzipped to the waist. On his hands he was wearing only thin glove liners.
If you've got any doubt that global climate change is real, check out some of Will's writings. Over the last 45 years he's borne witness to alarmingly rapid arctic melting, documenting what he's seen in his quiet, gentle, matter-of-fact manner. He told me that one of the main things he's trying to do is stop all the fighting over the matter; it's happening, so what are we going to do about it?
Update, January 25th: The New York Times just did an interesting piece on what seems to be happening with our climate/weather.
There are a bunch of historical photos hung in the lobby of our office building, and until this morning I never took a really close look at this one. I knew that this place housed a lumber wholesaler and casket manufacturer, but I didn't realize they made them from "guaranteed decay-resistant redwood." As someone who worked for a summer in Sequoia National Park and lived among these mind-blowingly awesome (and nearly eradicated) trees, I find this incredibly moronic. I can see why people used redwood to build decks and outdoor furniture and stuff, but caskets? Cut down thousand-year-old trees just to bury them in the ground? Jesus, sometimes humans drive me nuts.
I've loved this guy for a long time, even before he had a show on the now defunct Air America. Now I savor every one of his podcasts, sometimes listening to the good ones twice. He's just a smart, troubled, honest, funny guy, and it's nice to see him finally starting to get his due. Congratulations, Marc!
Check this out; it's a graphic novel that the author, Daniel Lieske, created with the iPad in mind as a viewing medium (I haven't got one; it works fine on any old computer). Just a beautiful new use of the computer/internet: