Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Thursday, May 20, 2010
So why no penguins? I mean, I understand that penguins don't live in Alaska, but I just don't understand why they can't put a few in the zoo. It's a very nice zoo, with lots of cool animals and some polar bears that you can see fantastically close up. As far as I see it, there's only one reason no one would put penguins in the Alaska zoo:
That's right, I said kudzu. You might be asking "what on earth do penguins have in common with kudzu?" I will tell you.
(This section for non-southerners)
Kudzu is this crazy vine that covers everything in its path. It stops erosion, but can kill trees by blocking out sunlight and can cover entire homes if it isn't kept at bay. Someone once told me that it's high in vitamins and horses like to eat it. See below.
According to the great wikipedia, the history of kudzu in the United States goes like this:
So why not bring some cute little penguins into the Alaska zoo? Fear of infestation. Cutest infestation ever (sorry Mitch, but penguins win over koalas), but devastating nonetheless. What if Alaska has the perfect climate for penguins and a couple of them get loose from the zoo one day? It could mean the end of life as we know it.
So that (in my admittedly ridiculous reasoning) is why there are no penguins in Alaska... even in the zoo.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
So... Here is a map of Canadian mobile phone coverage. It never really occurred to me until recently that Canada is actually a different country. I mean, I know I need a passport to go there, but I wasn't thinking too much about Canada as an international destination. In my research on mobile phone usage, I discovered that not only will I be paying something like 70 cents a minute in roaming charges, but I might not have service at all. Of course this information got me to thinking-what are some of the other international things about Canada? Why do I never remember that they aren't just USA's hat?
International Not International
You need a passport to go there No illegal border crossings
They have different money No illegal drug trade
They speak English
I can drive there without
an ocean in the way
Another thing I didn't realize until I started planning this trip? I know almost nothing of Canadian geography. I could probably correctly identify more Western European cities on a map that Canadian cities. Of course, Europe is where history comes from, and I can't think of too many important things that happened in Canada other than... I'm thinking... Ok, I can't think of anything important that happened in Canada. How many Canadian provinces could you name before checking out a map? I think there are 13 of them. (Way to go with the lucky numbers Canadia)
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Little Ella Minnow (yup, that's the car's name) finally got to haul some cargo this week. We were short a truck for one of the recruitment concerts and ended up putting music stands in the element. Turns out you can get a full rack of stands in one go.