26 August 2007

"The 11th Hour"

Leonardo DiCaprio's “The 11th Hour” is a feature length documentary concerning the environmental crises caused by human actions and their impact on the planet. The 11th Hour documents the cumulative impact of these actions upon the planet's life systems and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity.

The film was directed by sisters Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners. They state, “We made this film as call to action, especially to young people. They are the ones who have the power to reshape the future. We must begin now.”

Visit http://www.11thhouraction.com/media for additional trailers, and refer to this website as a place for people to gather and plan to effect change.

Fort Worth Star Telegram - "call-to-arms movie"

Seattle Times - "bureaucracy can be conquered and success is not impossible."

Detroit Free Press - "provides good advice and an abundance of well-considered ideas from forward thinkers of all stripes and persuasions who refuse to give up hope."

New York Times - "essential viewing."

Los Angeles Times - "a harrowing account of the planet's current condition"

13 August 2007

Persied Meteor Shower Peaking

Just in from stargazing on Mt. Ashland tonight. Very cold and clear on the no moon night, we packed in blankets, hats and gloves and sleeping bags. We saw so many shooting stars - including some really long and colorful trails across the sky!

The annual Perseid meteor shower is puting on a great show this year, peaking in mid-August with a display of dozens of shooting stars each hour. The Moon is new on August 12, which means no moonlight, dark skies and plenty of meteors.

The Moon will be out of the way, leaving dark skies for good viewing as Earth plunges through an ancient stream of comet debris. Little bits, most no larger than sand grains, will vaporize in Earth's atmosphere, creating sometimes-dramatic "shooting stars."

The meteors in this shower all appear to emanate from the constellation Perseus. The best times to watch will be late night Aug. 12 through dawn Aug. 13.

The August Perseids are among the strongest of the readily observed annual meteor showers, and at maximum activity nominally yield 90 or 100 meteors per hour.

Observing tips
To see the show, find a comfortable spot with a clear view of the northeast horizon, away from local lights. A dark rural location is best. Lie back on a blanket or lounge chair and scan the entire sky.

Later and during the overnight hours, the shooting stars will be higher in the sky as Perseus rises.

The cosmic rivers of debris have been laid down for millennia by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes through the inner solar system every 130 years. Perseid meteoroids are exceptionally fast, entering Earth's atmosphere at roughly 133,200 mph (60 kilometers per second).

02 August 2007

Anatomy of a Rose

We are beginning to explore the physics of Beauty.

Philosophers and scientists have come together to name certain universal themes.

The universe tends toward complexity.
The universe is a web of relationship.
The universe tends toward symmetry.
The universe is rhythmic.
The universe tends toward self-organizing systems.
The universe depends on feedback and response.

Thus, the universe is “free” and unpredictable.
The themes of the universe may be the elements of beauty. Certainly, they are the elements of flowers.

—Sharman Apt Russell from Anatomy of a Rose

Clouds at Sunrise

This Presence is
mysterious, like the silhouette of music,
the circumference of a dream.

Sunrise on Planet Joy is a lovely sight

If you awaken early

Today I caught them blushing

01 August 2007

Sunny Daze

Summer in Southern Oregon - think hot, think sunny, think sunflowers. I have a jungle of them this year. It must be partly due to the fact that I let the flowers go to seed, and then I let the seeds go to the birds, a lot of them fall and sprout the next year. At any rate, the more the merrier and they always make me smile the way they always face the sun. Simple pleasures - enjoy the season!