Friday, January 21, 2005

Global warming. Good or bad? Discuss.

Today is cold. It's one of those days where, if you didn't need to go outside, you most certainly wouldn't. It's the kind of day when part of you, the part deep down inside that's responsible for selfish thoughts, wonders if global warming is necessarily such a bad thing. Sure, some ice caps may melt somewhere in a couple of generations. But that's a problem for future generations. I'm freakin' cold NOW. Now throw some more hairspray on the styrofoam fire.

One down, one to go for grad school applications. Granted, once you write the first one, you more or less just need to make subtle changes to finish the second one. There's just a lot of details to remember. Enclose 3 resumes, single sided. Make sure your transcripts are inside a signed, sealed envelope. Have your references mail the letters directly to the school. Kill a drifter to prove your loyalty. It never seems to end.

I debated taking this afternoon to go around town and organize donations for the benefit dinner, but then the voice mentioned in para 1 suggested that I would rather stay indoors, eat pizza, smoke a cigar, and play Kill Switch on my XBox. It was right, of course. Dammit.

One of the nice things about having a massive, incomplete project looming over your head is that procrastination is once again a viable activity. If you have nothing to do, you're not procrastinating. You're just not doing anything. And that's sad. Procrastinating, on the other hand, is a guilty pleasure of the first order, and has a siren song like few others. Think about it. Watch TV when you should be studying, and you get a bit of a guilty rush. Watch TV when you've got nothing better to do, and you kind of feel like a loser. I do, at least.

I'm looking forward to going to the cottage on Saturday, but I feel a knot of irreparable loss now that the barbeque is out of commission. I started to think about this, and am consindering making lasagna. I haven't made one... well, ever. But I've assisted in their creation before. How hard could it be?


At 10:59 a.m., Blogger Eve said...

Global warming is speeding up the hydrological cycle at higher latitudes, meaning more rain in Europe, meaning colder in Europe. So global warming is actually making some places colder. Which blows.

At 11:13 a.m., Blogger Ryan said...

Hmmm... interesting. 'Global warming' is a bit of a misnomer then, isn't it? What about Canada? Is it cooling down here, as well? (I know, my concern for Europe is touching.)

At 5:42 p.m., Blogger JTL said...

Global warming -- some call it "global climate change" because some places (e.g. northern Europe) may end up getting colder -- is bad, way bad. Actually, the UK and similar places that get nicely warmed by the jet stream may end up getting screwed-over more than anyone else; an increase of fresh water (i.e. from melting icecaps) in the Atlantic will upset the "halocline," altering the flow of the jet stream and leaving Ireland as frozen as Labrador, as Dublin's about the same latitude as Goose Bay.

(Friends of mine in Toronto are doing this stuff for their PhD's... I tend to hang out with eggheads.)

At 9:01 p.m., Blogger Captain Erin 2000 said...

Did no one else see The Day After Tomorrow? Global warming makes it cold.

Basically I'm saying the same thing as Eve, but making it sound less intelligent & credible by citing hollywood instead of facts.

At 9:31 a.m., Blogger Ryan said...

Interesting. Clearly, we should get on the "emissions sequestering" bandwagon as soon as possible. Incidentally, as I know how well sarcasm can show up on the Internet, I never seriously considered global warming to be a positive development.


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