FRIDAY SHORTS 29 Feb 08
* Think you have a fast internet? Japan launched a satellite last week that promises speeds of 1.2 Gb per second. Blazingly fast, you say? One 75 yr old woman in Sweden clocks at 40 GB per second. SuperNet: able to download HDVD movies in just two seconds! Helps to have a son in the business, but what is first possible but uncommon eventually becomes probable and ordinary. Should I live so long and civilization hold together…
* Sixty Minutes had a segment recently on Colony Collapse situation in honeybees. It’s worth watching if you want an overview on the situation from one beekeeper’s perspective–a guy that’s been in the business for years and was the first to say we had a problem. Nothing really new as far as I’ve been able to find: a fungus; a virus high on the list of suspects. But I’m betting neonicitinoid pesticides (banned in France since 1999 because of what they do to bees) may be a common denominator with both CCD and WNS in bats. Stay tuned–should we ever get to the bottom of this.
* Does it matter at all to you that the next president has a clue about the world beyond politics? If so, consider another candidate than John McCain. Let his record speak for itself. From the Sierra Club… Washington, D.C.–In the 2007 National Environmental Scorecard released today by the League of Conservation Voters, John McCain receives a score of ZERO. McCain was the only member of Congress to skip every single crucial environmental vote scored by the organization, posting a score lower than Members of Congress who were out for much of the year due to serious illnesses–and even lower than some who died during the term. By contrast, the average Member of Congress scored a 53 in 2007. McCain posts a lifetime score of only 24
* MaciVersary! Today marks one month of PC to Mac Conversion. Mostly. The Machine goes both ways, Intel Mac. Software in use is 80% MAC, weaning from PC utilities as I can. Still vacillating between notes-organizers, top runners includes Journalr (I was almost ready to commit) and now, MacJournal (included on a list my buddy Jeremiah sent along–I’ll include it in a comment in case others are looking.) Sadly, most of these programs see Safari but are blind to Firefox for clipping and such–a major factor that sends me running back to OneNote.
* A local girl, Adelee Mitchell, made it into one of those talent thingies that I hear are on the television these days. She made it to the top 50 on a show called American Idol. Wanda Combs, editor of the Floyd Press did a good piece about the experience of competing against such huge odds.
* Ah, and as I type this I am listening to Floyd’s own Rob Neukirch on Studio Virginia (WVTF), former owner of Oddfella’s Cantina, who will be playing the lead role in the Mill Mountain performance of “The Foreigner” running through March 16 in Roanoke. I hope we’ll be able to make it down mountain for that!
* Lastly….good grief I’m wound up, eh…I learned Thursday in my Earth Day committee meeting (April 19–where water will be the central topic) that there is video online of kayakers on Bottom Creek–some pretty impressive whitewater, and of significance to me because Bottom Creek merges with our Goose Creek downstream a few miles just at the Montgomery County line together to form the South Fork of the Roanoke River.