Monthly Archives: May 2010

Obama’s 9/11

Much like the woman from today’s featured blog,  I’d been subconsciously ignoring the news on the Gulf because I know how angry it would make me.  Much like just reading the news in general makes me want to gouge out my eyes.

Then, later today, I was poking around on Facebook and a friend of mine had posted an op-ed about Obama’s response to the oil spill.  Underwhelming as his response might be, the author goes on to say that this is Obama’s equivalent of Bush’s 9/11; this gives him the opportunity to really make changes for the future like our dependence on fossil fuels.  Changes that people might not normally be willing to sign on to in normal times.  It will be interesting to see if Obama gets off his ass and is aggressive about this situation, like I think a lot of people what him to be.

Turning over a new leaf

The other day I mentioned a BBC article that showed time outside to be beneficial to your health.  I just ran across another article that highlights a program in Washington where inmates participate in projects such as gardening and recycling.  It goes on to explain that these prisoners are starting to feel a sense of accomplishment and ownership; that they are becoming educated about things that are important right now and can use that knowledge once they leave prison to lead a better life.

Science in practice!  I applaud programs like this and the people who think them up.  There is absolutely no downside to this, and in the end everyone benefits.  The prisoners feel pride in giving back to the community which in turn boosts their morale and decreases crime and violence in the prison.  Which would then translate to a much more educated and capable member of society when they get out.

In a way, it’s amazing how the simplest things, like spending time outside, can truly impact your life.

It’s that time again

So it turns out that the spring is break a bone time for me. Last year around this time I broke my right foot. That took a good 4 months to heal and I nearly messed up my trip. This year I’ve gone and broken my LEFT foot. The doctor has told me that this time it’ll only take a month (due to lots of glorious blood flow to that part of my foot) but I’m not that optimistic.

Unfortunately this means that I can’t go on my very first ride in June like I had hoped.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll still be able to do Waves to Wine in September but I’m not making any commitments until this stupid foot situation has worked itself out.

Lesson learned?  Be careful in the spring time, folks.

Science = duh

I wrote earlier about how science seems to be constantly coming out with studies that are proving things that we either already know or just assumed were true because they was so obvious.  To add to the growing list of  “duh,” BBC recently told us that green exercise quickly boosts mental health and that working overtime increases heart risk.

Well obviously!  Outside is where the human race began and spent most of their time.  I maintain that we are not meant to sit inside an enclosed space for 40-50 hours a week.  Which is what the second article presents: people who work too much affect the health negatively.

I have always been and always will be a work to live sort of person.  Of course I think it is crucial that we enjoy what we do and are fulfilled by it.  But there is so much more to life than your job and you should be able to experience those things.

What will the future look like?

“Humanity has fabricated the illusion that somehow we can get by without biodiversity, or that it is somehow peripheral to our contemporary world.”

The part about this article that I find most distressing, aside from the fact that we’re loosing our world, is that, on the whole, no one seems to really think it’s their responsibility to do anything.  There are all sorts of reports that come out, advisory groups that warn , and conferences that bring people together.  But all the goals and targets that are being set  clearly aren’t being met.  And I feel that there is a half-hearted effort all around to improve the situation we find ourselves in.

What would it take to create a sense of accountability for our future?  Certainly people worry about their immediate future, but things aren’t going to be as bad in 50 years as they will 100 years from now for our kids.  It just seems like we’re still encountering the “passing the buck” problem.  Oh well it doesn’t really affect me that much, and besides they’ll have better technologies in the future so they’ll be better equipped to handle it.  False.  It’s the fact that no one cared in the 50s and 60s that forced the EPA to open its doors and we’re really not that much better off now as we were then.

So what’s it going to take?

Holy news storm, batman!

Now that I’m more actively trying to maintain a blog I’m finding myself completely overwhelmed with the material out there that’s blogable. When I first set out I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough to say so I made a list of things I could write about when the goin’ got tough. But man, there aren’t enough hours in the day for all the things I want to write about now.

This “problem” is mainly due to the fact that I’ve now found myself totally inundated with news left and right. I finally signed up to Twitter and became a fan of (or now “like”) way more stuff on Facebook. So all the cool articles and bits of news I want to write/muse about are just flying at me from all directions.  I have no idea how to to sift through it all. So what ends up happening is a load of half written blogs just pile up in my draft folder. The only way I can find out of this is either become way better at reading and writing faster and/or get a smart phone so I can blog on the go.  So while the first part is somewhat manageable (I’ve been an excruciatingly slow reader all my life) the second part may cost more than I want to pay right now.  However, that new iPhone is coming out soon…

What have I gotten myself into?

So I finally registered for my first proper ride a week or so ago and I decided to do the longest one, 80 miles.  The next step down was 45 miles which I’ve already done and so I figured I would challenge myself.  I may have challenged myself a little too much…  Here’s the ride:

As you can see there are two climbs both around 2,200 feet.  The most I’ve done is 1,700 feet and that took me about an hour of stopping and starting.  So to do two huge hills effectively back to back is going to be a huge endeavor for me.  But! I have a month and would like to think that this is totally something I can do. I mean, I scaled volcanoes and dove depths all through Central America, I can totally do this!