I’m in Flint, Michigan for the week, and for a post about it I wanted to find some interesting Flint statistics; so I google flint statistics and the first hit is Flint Crime Statistics and Crime Data. Wanting to compare Flint’s crime rate with Moncton, the town I live in, I google moncton statistics and the first hit is hockey statistics.
Today my wife and I forgot it was our 5th wedding anniversary; my mom reminded us. So my mom bought take-out Chinese food for us, and then took care of the kids while Dawn and I went for a motorcycle ride in the dusk. It was nice. The photo is of my mom and my kids.
NOVA, the classic PBS science television series, has made some of their programs available online, including the excellent The Elegant Universe series:
One of the most ambitious and exciting theories ever proposed—one that may be the long-sought “theory of everything,” which eluded even Einstein—gets a masterful, lavishly computer-animated explanation from bestselling author-physicist Brian Greene, when NOVA presents a three-part series on the nuts, bolts, and sometimes outright nuttiness of string theory.
I remember watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series in 1980, fascinated by his telling of this mythical-like place that was real. I bought the DVDs of it last year and fell asleep trying to watch it.
I noticed a small puddle of water near my kitchen table today. I have kids, so nothing new; I just wiped it up. A few minutes later as I walked over the same spot I felt something wet drop on my head. “Fuck”, I thought, not wanting to look up at the ceiling; but I did. A water stain was forming around the light fixture and water was slowly leaking down from there and dripping on the floor. Fuck.
I got the flashlight and climbed into the attic, and yup, parts of the roof were wet. I felt under the insulation and found spots where a lot of water had gathered on top of the plastic that covered the ceiling. I soaked up what I could with a towel, put a big ass bucket underneath the wettest spot, then scanned around other sections of the roof. I discovered some water was trickling down my furnace’s chumney as well. Fuck.
I’m already in debt up to my eyeballs. I can’t afford this shit. Stupid houses.
Stop The Net isn’t about the internet. It’s a campaign by the World Wildlife Fund – Canada to raise the awareness of bycatch:
Bycatch is a term for marine creatures that are accidentally caught in fishing gear intended for other species. Mostly unused and thrown back dead, bycatch amounts to 30 million tonnes of ocean waste per year. That’s 25% of all fish caught in the world.
I became aware of their campaign through their startling commercial – the girl’s expression makes the commercial.
Update (Oct. 11): Sedition sent me information about Seafood Watch, a program developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California (I had to look it up):
Some of the key problems that help us evaluate whether a fishery is sustainable include the level of bycatch observed, the fishing methods and their impact, if it is farmed—how it is farmed, and how well the fishery or aquaculture operation is managed. With nearly 75% of the world’s fisheries either fully fished or overfished, these issues are more important than ever.