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Maui Sunset
|| 1/7/2005 || 12:48 am || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

Yesterday I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets in my life. A big thank you goes to my colleague Joseph Kerski for taking the picture and sending it to me!

Tomorrow begins the teacher training conference and I am super excited about meeting the roughly 20 teachers who are going to take part in this awesome exercise. They are getting one of the best gift bags I’ve ever seen! Joseph brought 4 boxes of USGS goodies!!! Today we finished up with the lesson plan, installed all the proper programs to the computers, and drove around the island and visited some of the most beautiful sites. I took so many pictures I ran out of batteries in my camera! I still can’t get over the lushness of the mountains here! I finally saw the top the volcano on the island this afternoon. Its been hidden in the clouds since I arrived :-)

In DC news, 4,000+ miles away, our collective work paid off and we were able to get a Senator to challenge the vote. Although being in paradise is great, it would have been nice to see David Cobb and Jesse Jackson speak about the voter disenfranchisement. I still need to get debriefed from some DC friends to see how the day actually went, but I am very proud that what happened in 2001 (aka the first 5 minutes in Fahrenheit 9-11) did not take place in 2005. Next up January 20th….

Speaking of the 20th, the Inaugural Map got over 20,000 hits yesterday thanx to the Drudge Report’s partisan posting (bleh!). I ended up getting about 20 E-mails from lame republicans who thought I was in cahoots with Michael Moore! Nonetheless, I still feel that I’ve subtly put one of the best political geographical information systems on the net to date. I’ve been so busy that I have been unable to check the logs for this website to see if there has been any government agencies who have connected the dots and came to my website.

Time to go to a bar and meet a cute woman……..



sitting on the Digital Bus
|| 1/5/2005 || 4:59 pm || Comments Off on sitting on the Digital Bus || ||

I am sitting in the Digital Bus in Kihei, Maui. The weather is about 75 degrees, sunny, and off in the distance I can see the ocean and the mountains. Its so gorgeous here!



Inaugural Map on MichaelMoore.com
|| 1/3/2005 || 4:52 pm || Comments Off on Inaugural Map on MichaelMoore.com || ||

Coolness!

I just noticed that a screenshot from the Inaugural Map is now on the front page of MichaelMoore.com. And if you click on the shot, it brings you to a page where there are links to just about every organization that is doing something on January, 20th, and my map is included. It got 3,000 hits on Monday alone!

I leave for Maui tomorrow! I can’t wait!!!!



Mother Earth #4
|| 1/2/2005 || 10:15 pm || Comments Off on Mother Earth #4 || ||

I think she turned out nicely. Next up with be the Europe mandala!



Logan’s Ovaries
|| || 9:57 pm || Comments Off on Logan’s Ovaries || ||

The background is a tessellation of the Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Saudia Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey, etc) and mapped on to Mother Earth herself is Washington, DC. By spatial chance, Logan’s Circle kinda looks like Mother Earth’s ovaries :)



Ecounderstanding
|| || 9:29 pm || Comments Off on Ecounderstanding || ||

Recycling and Environmental Facts:

  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. Trash to Cash
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months. Environmental Defense Fund
  • About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is just 28%. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Over ½ million trees are saved each year by recycling paper in Boulder County. Eco-Cycle
  • There are more roads in our National Forests than the entire U.S. Interstate Highway system. National Forest Protection Alliance
  • Recycling creates 6 times as many jobs as landfilling. Colorado Recycles
  • Recycling glass instead of making it from silica sand reduces mining waste by 70%, water use by 50%, and air pollution by 20%. Environmental Defense Fund
  • Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours. Eco-Cycle
  • If we recycled all of the newspapers printed in the U.S. on a typical Sunday, we would save 550,000 trees–or about 26 million trees per year. California Department of Conservation
  • The energy saved each year by steel recycling is equal to the electrical power used by 18 million homes each year – or enough energy to last Los Angeles residents for eight years. Steel Recycling Institute
  • If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 1,000 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissues with 100% recycled ones, we could save: 373,000 trees, 1.48 million cubic feet of landfill space, and 155 million gallons of water. Seventh Generation Co.
  • The U.S. is 5% of the world’s population but uses 25% of its natural resources. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Leave it to Boulder to have one of the best recycling programs in the country!

    DC is going to single stream recycling shortly. It will render my “Recycling Room” slightly useless, but its still better than burning our trash.



    Quake Angel
    || 1/1/2005 || 5:52 pm || Comments Off on Quake Angel || ||

    From the New York Post:

    January 1, 2005 — PHUKET, Thailand – Quick-thinking 10-year-old Tilly Smith is being hailed as a hero after saving her parents and dozens of fellow vacationers from the deadly tsunami – thanks to a school geography lesson.

    There is a reason why my job is to advance geographic thought :-)

    Last night at my friend’s New Year’s Party I was supplied with this geographic tool to find the EXACT locations of the IP’s I’ve been harvesting. I think it takes WHOIS to a whole new level, a spatial one.

    Anyways, this is the warmest New Years of my life. My meme of 2005 is to advance the notion that you are actually feeling climate change.





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