They Say it’s Your Birthday. It’s my Birthday too Yeah.

Picture courtesy of NASA

So I recently as some of you know celebrated a birthday. I’m the south side of the 30’s now, but thank you for the well wishes I’m sure. A few people told me to not worry because age is just a number. To which I say is true, but a number is a unit of measurement. So what does it measure?

Rain on…Manila

MANILA – 2 week long rains led to the worst floods the capital city of the Philippines has seen in 50 years and the unfortunate deaths of nine people. Only in the past three days have the flood waters really opened up leading to school and major business closing including the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Although all of the major metropolitan Manila suffered from the rain none as much as those in Quenzo City where landslides lead to the deaths of nine family members in a shanty house. The rubble has leveled most of the make-shift housing and left hundreds to thousands more homeless to some current estimates.

20 years after fallout Mt. Pinatubo resurrects from Ashes

June 15, 1991 marked the day of the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century. The location: Mt. Pinatubo, Luzon, Philippines. Amongst the Cabusilan Mountains stands Pinatubo 1,485 m (4,872 ft) above sea-level, but before this grand act of nature it stood nearly 300 meters more at 1,745 m (5,725 ft). Pinatubo’s violence devastated the surround area shooting volcanic debris and ash some 500 m into the atmosphere. Nearly 1000 natives lost their lives sadly because of the fallout, however nearly 60,000 Aeta people were saved because of proper seismic readings, predictions and evacuation to surrounding areas including Manila.

The Value of Nature – Mallacoota

The southeastern most tip of Australia provides a wealth of history, knowledge and enjoyment. Gippsland is the area and if you check good’ol Google maps you’ll find the Mallacoota Inlet (map). Situated just south of the New South Wales and Victorian border, the Mallacoota Inlet displays stunning sights and boasts numerous fun activities but it’s importance lies in the function it serves to the environment.

Fuel for Thought: LPG

LPG v Petrol

Why can Australia effective use LPG for public consumption and the US not? (image courtesy of drive.com.au)

A right-handed turn from the left lane. Around the roundabout to turn around. Yielding to electric trams as they stop to pick up passengers. Yep, just a few of the challenges a driver will face in Melbourne, Vic. Not to mention paying on average AUS$1.37 per liter which equates to nearly US$5.20 per gallon at the current exchange rate. yikes.

But the right-sided steering column is not the only thing different between Australian and United States automobiles. How about cars that supplement their fuel usage with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)? We have school buses, heavy machinery and public worker fleets that run on it in the States, why not cars?

Hello…it’s good to be back

I knew he would do it. I just knew he would be the first one to formulate an idea and run with it as he has always done in his writing, music and any other endeavors he chooses to take on. Sure there are times when he has more pressing issues like work or family but he has always found time to devote especially when it sparks his interest. His name is Shawn C. Baker but I like to call him Bakes.

Las Vegas: Vampire?

Pre(r)amble: Ah, Las Vegas, to call the monster by the name we’ve given it. I don’t really gamble, and the spectacle of this city wore off after about my third visit, consequently I have come to the conclusion that this city is boring as hell without something to help me ‘plumb the depths’ so to speak. Maybe that’s my Hunter S. Thompson complex I wear from time to time. Anyone who reads this who is familiar with his work will no doubt see that in some respects I am ‘channeling’ or perhaps more harshly yet maybe accurately stated, ‘trying to be like him’ here. That’s fine. I believe Thompson was akin to a William S. Burroughs, a Timothy Leary or a Douglas Rushkoff – an important cultural archeologist. What’s more I truly believe there is something to his courage in taking hallucinogenic drugs and waddling full bore into the middle of the most insane city in America on a quest for the phantom of the american dream. This article will be about one of the things I have found while communing with Psilocybin in that city, and trying to later make sense of what exactly that discovery – if it is indeed a discovery – means in the context of understanding ourselves, our planet and where exactly we fit in the food chain within this strange, unpredictable Universe.

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