My Dad celebrated Earth Day … question mark

2 liter coke bottles recycled,,Sunflowers and Spaghetti Squash

Yesterday, I received the above and below images from my dad, Pea Dub.

The email’s subject header was “For Earthday”. The email was the photos with captions he wrote, as you can see.

Earth Day is all about promoting green behavior and activities. It’s a method of treating the earth as a caregiver, or mother, instead of pretending you’re a pimp of a herd of cheap hookers under your supervision all with expensive coke habits.

To my best knowledge and this hopefully isn’t a knock but a scratch of my head, my dad’s politics don’t include the acceptance of global warming. And perhaps you don’t have to accept the threats of global warming to put your hat in the ring of green living.

But all in all, I thought this gesture of sending me these photos were encouraging and inspiring. Heck, I didn’t do diddly for Earth Day except photograph a bunch of people showing off their hair in some kind of war.

Dad is quite the green thumb, though. Growing up, he often kept a garden when he had time. He worked the ground and reaped harvests of tomatoes and other produce.

So good for Pea Dub. He’s going green. The next thing I know, he’ll be producing a documentary on saving the earth.

Let’s just keep it between you and me, that growing plants in plastic from Costco will turn your skin purple.

Costco apple containers recycled ..Beef steak Tomato and Cherry Tomato seedlings

Happy Leap Year!

Any of you readers a Leap Year baby?

Do you know anyone who is?

My memories of Leap Year growing up were largely affected by a field trip to Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill, NC. I was in elementary school, and I remember being fascinated by the experience of laying back in our seats and looking up at the stars they projected onto that big dome ceiling.

I must have had a few dollars to buy a souvenir with me, because I bought a little metal calendar in the gift shop. There were two pieces to the calendar that rotated, and depending on where you placed the dial, you could have all the days, including a leap year, for whatever year you pointed it at.

The leap year thing intrigued me, and having a remedial understanding about something as fascinating (to me) as Leap Year seemed to do a doozie in my little noggin.

And, just to be a jerk and throw a dig in toward “Intelligent” Design, wouldn’t an intelligence create a perfect system of Earth rotating around the sun? Seriously. How adding one 24-hour period to the equation actually makes up for the difference is beyond me. Surely it’s not just 24-hours off.

I can’t say that I would be awe-struck if 365 days were a perfect, unchangeable effort. I’d be impressed though. Especially if that number were biblical and perfect.

Just sayin’.

Have a great Leap Day. If you need my address to send my leap year gifts, I don’t mind giving it out again.

Honk.

Imagine the U.S. Federal Deficit … in terms of galaxies and stars

 

 

 

 

 

We science minded yahoos love to point out the magnanimity of the universe and say how dismally weird it would be for a deity to create it all, and only put life in one itty-bitty corner of it all.

Yeah, we know that believers look at the universe and say, “Look how big and awesome god is.”

Really?

 

Here’s a fun perspective chart showing just how HUGE the universe is.

Click to enlarge. Tell me how you interpret the universe after viewing it.

Perty please … 

Lee Cronin: Making Matter Come Alive – TED2011

This is reblogged from Atheist Media. The link and the video screen above will take you to their web site to watch the video. It’s a good one.

Filmed Jul 2011; Posted Sep 2011 on TED:

Before life existed on Earth, there was just matter, inorganic dead “stuff.” How improbable is it that life arose? And — could it use a different type of chemistry? Using an elegant definition of life (anything that can evolve), chemist Lee Cronin is exploring this question by attempting to create a fully inorganic cell using a “Lego kit” of inorganic molecules — no carbon — that can assemble, replicate and compete.

Just the politicians?

This graphic was pretty viral about a month or two ago. The line about the politician makes me wonder, “Why only politicians?”

Quote from Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut says, 

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’

Lawrence Krauss sings the hits

Partical physics & cosmology at the Wellcome C...
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“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”

Lawrence Krauss

Via

Space is making a lot of noise, I mean news

If a supernova explodes in space, does it make a noise?

Lately I’ve seen a few really cool stories about space.

Astronomers reported seeing a black hole swallowing a star 3.8 billion (that’s billion with a B) light years away.

There’s another story of a supernova, an exploding star, somewhere out in the galaxy 25 million (that’s million with an M) away.

And this morning I saw a cool story about a planet that is thought to be one HUGE diamond. That planet is only 4,000 light years away, so feasibly Veruca Salt could have her daddy buy it for her when technology improves ever so slightly.

Perhaps learning about the universe has affected my view of religion the most. Growing up in a Christian home, I thought the universe reflected the awesomeness of god.

That’s what we were taught.

If god created a universe so gigantic and mysterious, I thought, just think how awesome and mysterious he is for creating it!

Even from the outside looking in, I can see how great that argument seems to be. I certainly don’t blame believers for reaching for it in conversation.

Within the framework of religiosity, it makes a lot of sense.

As I learned more and more about the universe, it required that I change my mind. If the universe is a reflection of god’s greatness, grandeur and mystery, then that which represents him should be undeniably awesome.

Right?

If the universe is BILLIONS (with a B) of light years wide, and the one pin-prick, minuscule, blue planet  that god decided to put people on is Earth, than the even smaller, physical representation that survived the ages as a book should be undeniably brilliant.

There’d be no room for advocating slavery, baby killings, genocide, hell, the devil, or any other idea that weakens the idea of an all-powerful savior of humanity. You’ve heard this argument ad nausuem from the atheist camp.

On top of that, science and education would continue to point to him, instead of deconstruct him.

If you were god, wouldn’t you want that physical manifestation to surpass perfection?

I was taught that who you are in public reflects your family, your school, your church, so be on your top behavior at all times.

God has manmade immunity from exemplary behavior. Look at all the believers who point at Irene and earthquakes as god displaying his greatness to oppose “sin”. So godly murder is okay?

Somehow, god gets manmade praise for reprehensible action.

And yet, I’m the small-minded guy for not believing in him.

The other thing that gets my goat is that god would put all these mysterious intergalactic explosions and phenomenon millions light years away, and wait until late in the last century to make technology great enough to finally observe it.

Even if the earth is 10,000 years old, god — in all his mega-awesomeness — said to him (selves), “Let’s wait 9,500 years before giving those morons the technology or knowhow to start to understand this stuff. Let’s give ’em another 400 to 450 years of floundering around in ignorance. I’m going to wait even longer to introduce Hubble and other major telescopes …

“For I am GOD!!! … wait thousands of years to hear me roar!”

It’s sad.