Monthly Archives: November 2009

Paul Nicklen Photography

So, I sometimes wonder how these climate change skeptics have any legs to stand on, considering that glaciers are literally falling every day into the damned ocean, like Madd Maxx and the Thunderdome. Remember back in the 80′s and 90′s when DuPont made the hole in the ozone layer, by itself? Well, many conservation efforts were sparked from that alone, including a national debate on everything from preserving whale environments to stopping forest fires (am I exaggerating the national outrage?). At least, that’s how it it was when I was a kid and watching Nickelodeon with Linda Ellersby. The point is that conservation of wildlife in arctic regions is now almost an afterthought, considering that the very ice that sustains these species is disappearing rapidly.

Now, I can agree with anybody who doesn’t think the cuteness of a polar bear is a reason to care about the environment, but, my ninjas, we’re talking about the safety of the entire planet now. Even if you’re a skeptic about whether global warming is man-made or fake, newsflash, YOU SHOULD STILL BE SCARED. It’s not like natural disasters are going to somehow distinguish between democrats and republicans. If you STILL disagree, let me say that there is ample evidence that the glaciers are melting. It doesn’t take a bartender to know what happens when you put a bunch of ice into a cup full of liquid. So, tell your friends to CUT THE SHIT, and let’s do something about this.

The point of this post was to highlight National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen, but, as you can see, I went on a bit of a rant. Paul grew up in an Inuit community, which probably explains why he primarily focuses on the Canadian Arctic for his subject matter. I posted this article just because it strikes me as awesome when somebody loves something so much that they dedicate their entire life to it, like a ninja to destruction and rebuilding.

Besides, it also bears to mention that Paul is a certifiable badass. He’s crashed small planes in the arctic and survived. The ninja lies out in the freakin blizzard, just for FUN. Seriously. Go read the article.

Oh yeah, he also takes cool pictures.

The Botany of Desire

I was flipping through the channels the other week- that’s a lie-my home TV is just usually on PBS- and I saw this “Botany of Desire” program. It’s based on a book by Michael Pollan (he should win an aptonym), the dude who wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma amongst other titles, which are all highly recommended reads, for those of you who need to be told to read a book now and then.

The Botany of Desire mainly deals with four plants [canibus, tulip, potato, and apple] and how they’ve domesticated humankind over their existence. Even more than that, Botany is an exploration into how animals and plants coexist, enable, and even manipulate each other on a macro scale.

Anyway, I was excited to watch this program, and not just because it passed the time on the stationary bike (or because of the orange and green nuggies in the preview). I think you’ll like it if you give it a few minutes of attention. Don’t ya just love PBS? Support them, my ninjas, please.

Click here to watch the Full Length Program