Hmm I haven’t posted here in a while.
I just got home from the movies, we watched “An Inconvenient Truth”. I know it was released in June or something in the US, but it just came out here last week. Just in case you don’t know, it’s a documentary about the causes and effects of global warming. Anyway, I really loved it. Al Gore did a great job narrating, or better: explaining. When it was over, everyone in the cinema (the session was sold out, by the way) applauded – that never happened before (to me, anyway). Anyone see it? What did you think?
Seeing stuff like that really gives you something to think about. We take so many things for granted. I just finished reading “A short History of nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson – which, by the way, is an excellent book – and I was amazed how unstable our life on this planet actually is. I mean, sure, every now and then there are natural disasters like floods and earth quakes and what else, and nature gives us a quick glimpse of how powerful she is, but I don’t think we actually realize how kind our planet has actually been treating us so far. For example, did you know that the biggest – and very much active, I might add – vulcano on earth sits underneath the Yellowstone National Park, and that its next eruption is long overdue? That Tokyo is build on an area where THREE tectonic plates meet, and thus is practically just waiting for its end? That an asteroid like the one that caused the dinosaurs to become extinct could hit us just like them with the force of hundreds (or was it thousands??) of nuclear bombs? And that we would have no way to prevent it even if we knew one was heading our way YEARS before? I could go on and on.
I don’t know about you, but I think this stuff is pretty amazing. And shocking, too. Just makes you realize how lucky we are to still live on this planet, and that the only reason we’re still here is because Earth has let us. Anyway, the book and the documentary are really good, I really recommend them to anyone who is interested in this kinda stuff. Hell, I even recommend them to the ones who are not, because it’s impossible to not be fascinated by this.
Now this is a cam girly post, huh?
PS: If this contains lots of mistakes, forgive me, natural science vocabulary is not exactly my strength.