Saturday, March 31, 2012

What Is This Earth Hour Thing?


Earth Hour
is a 60 second interval set aside when hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history -- and it is labeled Earth Hour.

More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. And without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.

Earth Hour 2012 is set for Saturday March 31st at 8:30 P.M.


While reading the rather boastful resume for an Arizona congressional candidate, I saw: "And that's why he's earned the support of over 200 local businesses." Being the curious grammar nosy-parker that I am, I wondered whether the phrase "over 200" might be better if replaced with "more than 200." So, as always when I wonder about something, I did an Internet search for answers.

Grammar Girl has what I consider to be the most concise and common sense answer to my question.


Word For Today

tacit [ta-sit]
Understood or implied without being stated.


In The Atlantic I read: "There are so many people that could come into existence in the future if humanity survives this critical period of time---we might live for billions of years, our descendants might colonize billions of solar systems, and there could be billions and billions times more people than exist currently."

That made me think about what such a future would be like both for mankind as a whole and also for the average individual just living a life day by day on the world where that man or woman was born. Now that would make a fine Science Fiction story, would it not?

Of course such stories have already been written. The first batch of them that jump into my mind was the Foundation series, by Isaac Asimov, possibly the first author who posited a galaxy wide civilization. Well... his were the first that I read, anyway.

Another was The Weapon Shops of Isher, a novel written by A. E. van Vogt, first published in 1951.

But going beyond early science fiction, there is a comprehensive data base of articles, facts, and wild conjectures regarding extraterrestrial life with many of its possible ramifications. This website can be enormously helpful to the Science Fiction writer.

The Rise and Fall of Star Faring Civilizations in Our Own Galaxy

That website can be found HERE.


One can easily disappear from the social scene and remain missing for a great length of time upon entering this intriguing website.

No Joke!


Another Word For Today

elegiac [el-i-jahy-uhk, -ak, ih-lee-jee-ak]
used in, suitable for, or resembling an elegy.
expressing sorrow or lamentation:



Born March 31, 1948

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Born March 31, 1948



Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know.
--Bertrand Russell

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