The irony of it all is that this is better than any user generated content I've ever seen…
Archives for February 2008
Piling onto Gareth's political post from a few days ago…
I've been getting emails from Barack's campaign for a few months, and I just realized today why I haven't read most of them:
When you open it up, its actually some commentary on how the campaign is going … but in gmail, every
email they've sent looks like its nothing more than a donation
request because of the brief message body preview gmail provides. They probably didn't realize this was happening, but I can't be the only one who expected to find a PayPal donation form lying in wait within the message.
Designer 1: Did you see the Oscars last night?
Designer 2: No, how was it?
Designer 1: I didn't watch it.
They say that geological time is a very long sort of time. In fact, if geological time was a day, recorded history has only been two and a half seconds.
And given that the industrial age has only been a small fraction of recorded history, I found it pretty amazing that we've so drastically altered the Earth that scientists are considering the idea that we may have created a new geological epoch.
dominance of humans has so physically changed Earth that there is
increasingly less justification for linking pre- and
post-industrialized Earth within the same epoch,” the
researchers said in an announcement of their proposal.
The traditional name for our current epoch—soon to become the
former one, if they have their way—is the Holocene. The Holocene
has spanned the last 10,000 years and followed the Pleistocene,
commonly called the Ice Age.
researchers at the University of Leicester, U.K. and the
Geological Society of London said human impact on Earth is
showing in many ways: changed erosion patterns; major
disturbances to the carbon cycle; global warming; wholesale
changes to plant and animal life; and ocean acidification.
Although geology is mainly the study of Earth’s rocks, soil and physical structure—rather than animals and life forms as such—all these factors can ultimately influence that structure, researchers say.
Man’s alterations to Earth are “stratigraphically significant,” the group said in the announcement.
So welcome to the Anthropocene epoch. Whoops. Our Bad…
Or maybe its more like: "In Soviet Russia, Geological Epochs create new YOU!"