• 18Jul

    As some of you know New York had a bit of an explosion on the 18th around 6pm. I myself was down the road and I noticed tons of emergency vehicles heading up 6th. A few minutes later I did notice a weird sort of cloud formation in the sky. Then when I got up to my apartment I looked online and found a brief report about a steam pipe explosion.

    Then later in the night I found it out it was pretty serious. Looking around for more news I was able to find lots of syndicated reports but not a lot of photos. Enter Flickr. One good search and I had more to look at then I could possibly want. Gotta love the internets. I find it extremely interesting that not once did I think to turn on the tv to satisfy my demand for instant knowledge.

  • 09Jul

    Tim Marman comments

    Oh, as a concert, I think it had a lot of entertainment value.

    It’s the hypocrisy of all of this that kills me, and my complaint there is broader than this specific concert. Being environmentally friendly is the “hip” thing to do, but it’s this “do as I say not as I do” attitude that kills me.

    Gore and others preach the value of conservation, but then at the same time refuse to change their own behavior.

    Sometimes it’s about leading by example. Someone commented on my rant that they apparently DID try to do things more eco-friendly, but the fact remains that – awareness aside – these same people are setting a terrible example.

    Two examples mentioned (http://urltea.com/xue): Madonna has “a fleet of cars, including a fuel-guzzling Range Rover”, and “the
    car-loving rapper Snoop Dogg, who will play in Hamburg, appeared in a commercial for US automaker Chrysler last year”.

    Yeah, I hear you.

    It is certainly not a perfect world. It is much easier to pay a contribution (money, time, etc) to a cause than it is to live and believe it’s ideals. I have been doing a fair bit of reading about Gandhi lately and not many that I have seen in this day and age come close to that kind of devotion to a cause. Certainly Al Gore can never be held to the same yardstick but who knows, maybe someone out there will truly stick up for this cause one day soon (and  hopefully in a constructive meaningful way).

    Anyway, as a closing note, I was actually given the tickets last minute and wound up there completely by accident. If not I probably would have little to no opinion on this. Having gone and seen the bands (at least in NY) I can say that it was a great show and the overall message was very overwhelmingly eco-friendly. If even 1% of the population picks up anything from it I say it was a great success.