Browsing All posts tagged under »weather«

The Red Planet is Orange (Part 2)

May 18, 2012

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The flight to Mars should take about six months, but depending on how the planets are lined up, it could take seven or eight. When you consider how much planning will be involved, that’s a pretty cloudy estimate. It sounds a little like the response you get from a teenager who’s fleeing the house: “Where […]

Ebb and Flow

April 24, 2012

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I hate talking about the weather. And that’s a problem, because where I live, what’s happening in the atmosphere tends to form the basis for most conversation. The temperature, the lack of rainfall, the blueness of the sky, the level of frost in the ground — it’s incessant, and for me, somewhat bewildering. For one […]

Funnel Vision

April 14, 2012

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Predicting the future is a tricky business, and the results are usually less than impressive. Take, for example, all of those world’s fair exhibits that have attempted to portray life even just a couple of decades ahead. What we always get are flying cars, highways devoid of traffic jams, entire meals in a pill, and […]

More Misunderstandings (Canadian Version)

December 7, 2010

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My wife and I arrived in 1993 for our first visit to Prince Edward Island, a place that would eventually become our home. Soon after driving off the ferry and getting onto the Trans-Canada Highway, I noticed the cars coming the other way all had their headlights on. Where we came from, the only time […]

Are We All Getting Dumber, Or Is It Just Me?

October 8, 2010

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At some point in my formal education I was taught that humanity was an integral part of the evolution of the universe. Teilhard de Chardin, a French philosopher, said that through our collective consciousness, we are following a path toward what he called the Omega Point, a place of intellectual and spiritual godhood. Teilhard believed […]

Cause & Effect (Part 2)

August 9, 2010

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Animal sacrifice has long puzzled me. Somewhere and at some point in the distant past, we got the idea that if we burned a goat or a lamb, this would please the gods and they would be nicer to us. I’ve tried to come up with a logical explanation for this practice, but haven’t succeeded. […]