Rants and Observations

Feb. 22, 2019

Currently, Costa Rica has much natural pollution from volcanic ash.

Then there are the swarms of unmaintained vehicles belching carcinogenic diesel fumes in great clouds. 90% of aircon filters cannot deal with this.

This is the time of year when the ashes from burning sugar cane are added to the haze.

It really makes one happy that the government is so boastful about its environmental policies and green laws.

Maybe the respiration from the hoards of tourists we attract will help filter the air.

PURA VIDA!

Jan. 23, 2019

I awoke in a cold sweat this morning. Reality seemed so much less real than the dream I was having.

There was an excruciating pain in my upper leg. 
I tossed and turned, thinking it was just another inflamed bite from a no see-um.
So, I threw back the duvet. 
A three-inch green shoot was projecting from my thigh. It hurt like hell.
As I watched, it sprouted leaves.
I seized it with both hands. 
With a great struggle, I wrenched it from my flesh.
It came out, complete with bloody, deep roots.
The gaping hole was pumping blood.

Awake now, there was no hole or plant. My wife wondered, if it was a result of my brain lingering on Save the Bonsai?

Back to sleep, I was having an erotic dream.
As happens to often with pleasant dreams, I awoke before it became really interesting. 
Dreams are like that. More is the pity.

Nov. 4, 2018


Don’t worry about being too precise. All you need is a means of recording your thoughts.
1. Think back to your infancy. Start a few piles of things that you are using. Maybe 4 or 5 diapers a day go to one pile. Clothes and textiles on another pile. Baby food jars and cleaning products on another.
2. Now, as a child there are more things for your piles, clothes, toys and maybe other things.
3. You move into adulthood. You can start a new pile for the proportion of every car you had. Your air travel can add to this pile the parts of aircraft that could be fairly apportioned to you over a life. Mine’s at least a 747. A huge tank for the gas and oil used by the planes, ships and cars you used as well as for heating and aircon, either directly by you or in your place of work or for electricity generation. You can start new piles for furnishings and all the plastic wrapping, packaging and all that. A tank for household and garden chemicals will be needed.
4. Now, if you are anything like me, imagine yourself sitting atop the highest of these piles and looking over the rest. 
5. From there, contemplate the other piles of your friends and neighbours. If you are like me, yours is likely as big as theirs. Now imagine them all being merged into huge common piles.
6. Now imagine some fields full of all the animals you consumed, not that most ever saw a field. Add fish tanks.
7. Contemplate the forests felled to make room for your property, holiday hotels and for timber used in your houses.
Finally, consider your collective huge piles merged with those of everyone in your country. From the top of your enormous mountain, you can see far. There below are the few remaining Kalahari Bush people, some remote tribes in New Guinea and the Amazon. See, they have no piles of trash at all.
We are all Guilty.
Please share this and let us try to be better in our remaining time.

Oct. 29, 2018

Maybe, and life would continue after massive global warming, just not for humanity. Watching the incredible greed, consumption and plastic waste here in the US, it looks inevitable. As a visitor, it is impossible not to participate. The whole system is designed that way.

It seems inevitable, but other changes could create an opposite effect. The explosion of the Yosemity Caldera, a comet or nuclear war could re create 'snowball earth'. Either way, our species becomes toast.

https://aeon.co/ideas/we-are-heading-for-a-new-cretaceous-not-for-a-new-normal?fbclid=IwAR1N22F1zlIXUbU51K6aXTkJ_LRorWOazx00EntGIsqv

 

Oct. 28, 2018
Barnes and Noble NY-  As Ivy was spending hours in the shops, I decided to while away the time in a huge branch of Barnes and Noble. The differences between the genres intrigued me, so I'll be looking up definitions. For example, what is the essence of a Mystery? Are the Crime shelves devoid of murder mysteries? Why is Manga separated from Graphic Novels? What is Literature, surely everything?  
 
The spaces allocated to each genre, presumably reflect either profit per square foot or popularity. Romance has about the same space allocation as Mystery. Graphic Novels have about the same allocation and Manga is additional to that. Are these books about writing or about illustration. Do they indicate a growing section of young people less able or willing to read?
 
Within categories, the lower popularity in the US of top British authors is reflected in fewer of their titles being on display. 
 
I was looking for something to read, but unwilling to pay $20 for a paperback. The scale of the store and the proliferation of authors, was such that I was overwhelmed, confused and bought nothing. Searching on line is so much easier. If only we had reliable and swift delivery in Costa Rica.
I went on to Cost Co where books including some by well known authors were on sale for $9 each. Except they carried nothing to tickle my fancy.
This is a good article on graphic novels.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/sabrina-graphic-novels-booker-prize-to-kill-a-mocking-bird-a8604136.html