Thursday, June 19, 2008

Good Golly Miss Molly

This week Little Richard's Good Golly Miss Molly MP3 download is free on

They have eight other Free R&B Downloads from Concord Records in celebration of Black Music Month. I believe that Amazon will feature a handful of freebies each week during June.

Good golly!

My computer crashed while downloading.

Second time this week. One of those "serious error" messages comes up.

Why do computer programmers have to make things so complicated?

Before the birds awaken

Before the birds awaken, originally uploaded by lichtmaedel.


If you've got a moment to wander about you must go and see some of the landscape photography on lichtmaedel's photostream at Flickr.

Every image I found is absolutely lovely!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Open Mind Needed

Never before have I seen so many contradictions in one place as the Earthweek: Diary of a Planet column in my local paper today.

Check it out...

First mini-article this week is about
Sunspot Drought (otherwise titled Unusual Absence of Sunspots Sparks Climate Concerns). Yet this time it isn't a warning about global warming, but global cooling.

Yes, you read that right.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about with all this global warming worries, now the planet might cool down again?

Better tell Al Gore to sit down for this news.

It seems the last time there was a fifty year long sunspot drought in the 17th century there was a mini Ice Age. The article doesn't really say that less solar activity leads to less radiation which in turn leads to a cooler climate.

Imagine that .. the sun controls the Earth's climate.

Who'd have thunk?

Some solar scientists figure there is nothing to worry about and we're just seeing a late start in the sun cycle. If they're right, I'll be pleased because personally I don't want to live through a mini ice age. I moved away from Alaskan winters on purpose.

"But another solar scientist, Oleg Sorokhtin, of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, believes the solar drought is an indication that Earth will ender (I think they mean enter) a period of cooling."

And Oleg also said, "You ain't seen nothing yet ... baby."

(I made that last quote up.)

Onwards and downwards to the Icy Continent to read about
Ice Earthquakes (otherwise titled Quakes Caused By Glacial Movements Shake Up Science). "Antarctic researchers have tracked down the source of mysterious tremors that were first detected by seismographs deployed on the icy continent beginning in 2001: sudden advances of glacial rivers spilling into the ocean."

"Other researchers say such seismic signals from glacial movement have been increasing worldwide since they were discovered in 2003 due to a warming climate."

Was it 2001 or 2003 when these ice quakes were discovered?

Inquiring minds want to know.

And inquiring minds also want to know what the glacial river spilling into the ocean look like in Anarctica today considering that
this "week's coldest temperature was minus 101.9 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 74.4 degrees Celsius) at Russia's Vostok Antarctic research station."