City Council Adopts Environmental Motions!

Here’s my explanation for lack of activity – noveling. 13,000+ words so far. You can track my progress here –

On to the content!

Kudos to our City Council for officially doing two environmentally friendly things – voting to do a greenhouse gas inventory, which is the first step to becoming a “Cool City,” something they have yet to agree to do, and voting to come up with a strategic plan to make more environmentally conscious decisions! You can see the agenda from this page, and the video and minutes should be coming to that page soon. Yes, yes, I know that I don’t believe in global warming, but I do believe in making environmentally conscious decisions, and if this is how the City Council is going to do it, this is how they’re going to do it.

Write letters! Emails! Show your support for the Earth!


Ron Paul for President!

For those of you who don’t know him, Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican presidential candidate. He opposes world policing, supports the US Constitution, and wants to enstate a flat tax of 0%. He recently appeared on the Tonight Show –

I encourage all of you to watch that video, and read more about Ron Paul on his website here. He may seem unpopular, but he’s raised over $2.5 million and ranks very highly in the straw polls. So what do you think?

Ladybug News

They were certainly hither-ing and thither-ing at my house last weekend. Every corner of my living room ceiling is now filled with a score or more of ladybugs, as tightly crammed as the mosh pit at a Green Day show. Dave Brooks

This article appears to be somewhat serious. They’re here. They’re there. They’re everywhere. And they’re smelly. Please tell me (in a response/comment) if you see any huge swarms of them – I haven’t seen any since Friday. And now, if you’re feeling somewhat afriad, here’s another, more humerous article on the ladybugs –

No one can recall when the killer ladybug assault began.

Invasion of the killer ladybugs :: Phil Kadner :: Daily Southtown

Plague of the Ladybugs

To all of you who live in my city, I’d like to let you know that the ladybugs are back. Or rather, they’re coming back. And they’re coming back in huge numbers. An entire wall of my school was covered in the red-and-black insects, and many had found their way inside by the end of the day. Will they stay? Will they leave? I don’t know. Insectophobes, beware! Insectophiles, rejoice!

I’ll keep you posted.

The Arboretum

I went to the Arboretum yesterday and took around two hundred and fifty pictures. Here are the best eighteen. One of my favorites is below –

I’m sorry for the low resolution – I can’t upload tons of photos at high resolution under the free account restrictions. Enjoy! Please comment, here or on my Flickr account!


Harry Potter News – Finally!

After a long break in Harry Potter related splendiferousness after the release of the 7th book and 5th movie, Rowling has finally provided us with new news relating to the series. HOWEVER, the following text DOES CONTAIN A SPOILER! PLEASE DO NOT READ IT UNLESS YOU HAVE FINISHED THE SERIES!

Here’s an excerpt from an article from the Guardian Unlimited (of course it’s in white – highlight it to see, but SPOILER ALERT!) –

The author replied: ‘My truthful answer to you…I always thought of Dumbledore as gay.’ The audience reportedly fell silent – then erupted into prolonged applause.

So there you have it. I wonder what the Potter-haters-turned-lovers will think now…

People Are Actually…Serious?

Yes. Finally, a candidate I would vote for. Sad to say, Colbert’s may only be a mock candidacy. Although, to be honest, he’s probably the most likeable candidate out there. His ratings are respectable (unlike the current president’s, who, we are constantly reminded, has a lower approval rating than herpes), and yet, he speaks to Bush’s fans in the language of truthiness, one they can understand. So if Colbert were to run, he’d actually have a pretty good chance of winning.

Sit up and pay attention to Colbert campaign

I’m beginning to consider whether or not there’s a chance that I might decide to think about even imagining if Colbert did remotely well in the primaries. He’s not a politician, he has no political experience, and no real-time qualificiation to become our president. Why would anybody vote for him? Would you? Why not?