February 5th, 2007

Serious Thoughts

Global warning

Now as a sequel to my last post (the article from The Guardian about companies wanting to pay scientists to argue the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) I present a link to tikiwanderer's excellent summation of the IPCC report on global warming.

It makes all the points, and lets you know where we stand, in clear easy-to-read lingo. It's also quite short and to the point.

Tiki's summation is here!
Serious Thoughts

Perception Shift - Car VS Plane from Canberra to Melbourne

I meant to put this post up a few weeks back, but now is more topical, I think.

I'm heading down to Melbourne in a few days to go to the Discworld convention.

Now I had wondered about flying down. It's quicker, easier and is less likely to knock me about. And if over time I get to a point where driving is too difficult then I'll have to look at my options. Looking at my options will include looking at the financial side and the greenhouse impact. As I just said in someone else's LJ, you want the governments to change their ways, you have to change first, and make a bit of noise about it. It's only when they see that it's a political issue that they'll act definitively.

After my recent trip to Parkes, I had a good idea of travel time, the fuel consumption of my car, what that worked out to in a dollar amount, etc. So before I look at the cost to the planet for a single trip to Melbourne, let's just look at the time and money going one way.

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Motivation Hazard

Just call me 'wheels'!

So, yesterday Sharon and I went to the National Gallery of Australia to see the Egyptian stuff from the Louvre. It was very cool. I wish I could have been allowed to take photos, but it was nice to see.

I wasn't having the best of days yesterday. Low brainspace, trouble walking early on, and it got worse. We got halfway through the exhibition and I had to go and rest. So we went to the cafe, paid a lot for a little, then went back. At this point Shaz voiced the idea that I'd had very early on, that it may be worth getting me one of the complimentary wheelchairs.Collapse )