During the early 20th century residents of Fort Bragg, California chose to dispose of their waste by hurling it off the cliffs above a beach. No object was too toxic or too large as household appliances, automobiles, and all matter of trash were tossed into the crashing waves below, eventually earning it the name The Dumps. In 1967 the North Coast Water Quality Board closed the area completely and initiated a series of cleanups to slowly reverse decades of pollution and environmental damage. But there was one thing too costly (or perhaps impossible) to tackle: the millions of tiny glass shards churning in the surf. Over time the unrelenting ocean waves have, in a sense, cleansed the beach, turning the sand into a sparkling, multicolored bed of smooth glass stones now known as Glass Beach. The beach is now an unofficial tourist attraction and the California State Park System has gone so far as purchasing the property and incorporating it into surrounding MacKerricher State Park.
An amazing chance encounter with a troop of wild mountain gorillas near Bwindi National Park, Uganda.
Folks, my cousin Ray Johnston (of the Ray Johnston Band) sang the national anthem at the Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder preseason game on Dec. 18, 2011. Check out the video and give Ray a shout-out.
For 16 days straight, from dawn to dusk, five highly determined Montreal-based artists (who make up the artist run collective (A’shop) worked on a graffiti mural of a Mother Nature-esque Madonna or a modern-day version of Our Lady of Grace.
the ultimate system
Fascinating article in Wired on the recent discovery of the quantum physics underlying photosynthesis, the process used by plants and bacteria “to capture light’s energy at efficiencies unapproached by human engineers.” In short, it is quantum physics that allows a plant to use the energy from sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into organic compounds (i.e. food) with almost no energy loss whatsoever. As one biologist describes it, the energy isn’t lost because it exists in multiple places at once, and always finds the shortest path to where it needs to go.
"The analogy I like is if you have three ways of driving home through rush hour traffic. On any given day, you take only one. You don’t know if the other routes would be quicker or slower. But in quantum mechanics, you can take all three of these routes simultaneously. You don’t specify where you are until you arrive, so you always choose the quickest route."
To me this proves that it is only a matter of time until we begin developing technological systems that are at least as efficient as those in nature.
My god, it’s full of stars.
here we go again
Two links that make me sad about my profession:
From Wikipedia: The “Jefferson Bible”, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth extracted textually from the Gospels in Greek, Latin, French & English as it is formally titled, was Thomas Jefferson’s effort to extract the doctrine of Jesus by removing sections of the New Testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American history has recently put the whole book online, page by page. Absolutely fascinating to read. This is the version that Christians should be reading today.