Global Warming?

Whether global warming is or isn’t happening isn’t something I stress about.  It might really be happening.  It might not.  It seems we spend an awful lot of time and energy worrying about things we have very little control over.  Has man made an impact on the planet?  Sure.  Both good and bad.  But when you look at the 5 billion year history of the earth, we are but a speck in that timeline.  The dinosaurs were here for 165 million years.  We’ve been here 200,000 years.  That means the dinosaurs were here 825 times longer than we have been.  I’m guessing they made a bigger impact on this planet than we ever will.  That also means that humans have only been on this planet for .004 percent of it’s existence.  Think about that.  If my calculations are correct, that’s 20 minutes if we scaled the earth’s existence down to 1 year.  Think about anything you’ve done that lasted 20 minutes (ya, I know where your mind is going on that one).  How much of an impact did it make on the earth?  Possibly another human being was spawned because of it.  Ok, I’ll give ya that.  1 more person out of the 7 billion on this planet. The point I’m trying to make is how insignificant our time on this planet has been.  Read the Bill Bryson book “A Short History of Nearly Everything” and you’ll come to a greater appreciation for that.

So back to global warming.  Wouldn’t the earth have gone through this cycle anyway?  It’s obliterated life on the planet several times in it’s existence.  Why would our generation be any different?  We will cease to exist at some point in time and the next iteration will crawl out of the swamps.  I don’t consider this a defeatest attitude, just realistic.  We would be naive to think we’ll be around for ever.  This certainly doesn’t give us the right to abuse the planet, but then again, ultimately it probably really doesn’t matter that much.  The next species will dig up our bones and wonder what we were like and why we became extinct.

As human beings we have a tendency to not see the bigger picture and put things in perspective.  This is especially true when you are emotional invested in something.  But if we stand back and realize our insignifigance in the whole process I think we would be humbled.  Enjoy the planet, treat each other nicely, and relax and enjoy the ride.  And if it gets toasty outside, be glad we were ingenious enough to invent air-conditioning.  How cool is that???

Super Busy

I haven’t written for a while.  Been super busy at work with this new project, and home with various house projects.  I’ve also released a new version of Jiggle Balls.

I saw “Angels & Demons” a week ago.  It was pretty good (despite the sound level of the theatre being louder than a jet airplane).  I loved that they changed the ending from the book.  The ending in the book always bothered me.  Looking forward to Terminator (although terribly bummed SCC got canned on TV).  Even Land Of The Lost looks pretty cool (loved that show as a kid).

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

I Feel Like A Teenage Girl

Ok… I’m gonna admit it… I’m reading the Twilight books.  Yes, yes… I know… the target audience is teenage girls (at least I think it is), but I’m really liking the books.  I’m on book 2, New Moon, right now (almost done).  The movie comes out next week.  I like them for several reasons.  1) The woman who wrote them graduated from BYU (as did I).  2) Although it’s a story about a vampire, it’s not about vampires… it’s more of a Romeo and Juliet story… about a forbidden love.  Check them out.

A Short History Of Nearly Everything

I just got done listening to A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.  A bit long (19 hours) and a bit too heavy on geology and evolution, but I really enjoyed the cosmology and physics (especially quantum — I wish he would have spent more time on this).  After listening to the book you realize just how volatile our world is.  From killer volcanoes to meteors that could potentially strike and obliterate life on this planet.  The fact that we exist here at this time is truly a miracle, but at the same time, the fact we exist here at this time is because this is the only time in the earth’s existence where we could have existed.  Go back 100s of millions of years ago and we wouldn’t even be able to breath the atmosphere that existed.  Go forward 100s of millions of years and we’ll probably be in an ice age and no human beings will remain.

You’ll be surprise about 3/4th the way through to hear the F word.  I seemed totally out of place, but was actually quite hysterical in context.  I recommend it, if you have the time, otherwise I think just tuning into the Discovery or the History channels will suffice.  Now I’m listening to Sex Money Kiss by Gene Simmons.  I’m expecting not quite such a cerebral experience.

One note: my friggin’ iPod refused to play past the 13h:15m:17s point.  I had to split the file.