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Archive for February, 2010

Global Weirding

AfSnow signter all the snow that has been dumped on the mid-Atlantic and the South in the past few weeks, it was no surprise when a climate scientist recently declared that there has been no global warming since 1995.I propose a new climate change theory: I call it “global weirding.”

That’s right. Massive outbreaks of weird weather across the globe! And what can be weirder than snow in Florida?

Frosty the Snowman makes his first trip to Florida.

How about snow in my hometown in the South Carolina Lowcountry?

A few of the trees in my backyard.

A few of the trees in my backyard.

Anthony playing in the snow

My dog Anthony playing in the snow

Or feet of snow in Washington, D.C.?

Yes, this is the White House.

Yes, this is the White House.

Ok, so maybe snow in South Carolina or D.C. isn’t as weird as snow in Florida. But the last time it actually snowed at my house, I was ten. And apparently there’s supposed to be no more snow in D.C.

If we don’t act now, children in third world countries will starve as our world quickly becomes no more than a giant spherical ice cube. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help prevent the rapid spread of global weirding.

  1. Don’t change your light bulbs! Use¬† your old energy inefficient ones. The power plants lighting your homes will produce more energy, thereby emitting more carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. Carbon monoxide contributes to the “greenhouse effect,” which leads to a warmer climate that would melt away the snow.
  2. Don’t recycle! This causes more greenhouse gases to be produced by manufacturers.
  3. Carry environmentally friendly tote bags made out of burlap! Not only will you look fashionable while alerting those around you to the problem of global weirding, but the exorbitant amount of money you spent on the bag will be in part donated to research units dedicated to finding a solution to our weird weather.

Act now! Remember, only you can prevent global weirding!


The Best Things In Life Are $19.95 Plus Tax

$19.95 plus taxDo you want to know the real reason I don’t post more on my blog? I’m a perfectionist. A lazy one. I want my blog to be shiny and cool, but–alack and alas–lack the skills necessary to create shininess and coolness.

I go to my edublogs dashboard. After playing around with different themes and looking at the widgets page, I see an interesting link in the sidebar I had not noticed before. It’s labeled “plug ins.” Hm, interesting. I click on it.

It’s a page of shiny applications! One makes snow magically fall across your pages… another, the “greet box,” gives different messages to visitors…it’s a veritable mine of shininess and coolness! And I don’t even have to use HTML! Score! I’m feeling fairly exclamatory.

I click “activate.” The following message appears: “Edublog supporters get to experience the full potential of blogging in education. Read on to find out more….” I have been thwarted. It seems the best things in life aren’t free after all. They’re $19.95 plus tax.