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Tens of thousands still in dark after massive B.C. storm

From the CBC:

Winds that peaked at 157 kilometres an hour knocked out power to a widespread area, including Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley. Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby and Victoria were the hardest-hit communities.

Some perspective: that’s stronger than anything Sarasota has experienced in the past four years, despite a half-dozen hurricanes touching down in the state.
And a note from Mom:

…. the snow is all gone now, but we had another windstorm last night, with gusts up to 90-100 km, the xmas lights in the inner harbour were taken down the first time ever because of it, and people were advised to bring in their patio furniture and garbage cans, which I put in the van…good thing; I see a few garbage cans lying around all over the place..for next week it looks like rain, so back to normal I hope 🙂

Hopefully the house is safe.. we have a couple trees close by.

Thundertastic


Image courtesy Teslamania
It’s pouring outside like it did when I got here in the summer of 2002. Only thing different is that this time, instead of being in a double-wide trailer, I’m on the top floor of my apartment building. Yeehaw! I took a bit of video for you guys to gander. Turn your volume up, and if you’ve got a subwoofer, turn it on — there’s thunder every 20 seconds or so pretty much continuously.

We Win!, An Inconvenient Truth, Serenity/Equality Now


My Ultimate Frisbee team (aka “Butch’s Team”) won its first game of the season this past Thursday night, so I’m pretty happy about that. Yesterday’s 5pm pickup game at Lakewood Ranch got lightninged-out.
Work is busy. A new schedule has been set, so the heat is back on.
Friday night I saw An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, with Cam.
The film is a passionate call to action, for everyone — particularly Americans — to reduce their CO2 emissions. Skeptics say that with the 2008 election coming up, it’s an attempt to bolster Mr. Gore’s image. It may end up having that effect, but I don’t think that was the point. This Slate article says Gore currently has “no plans” to run for re-election. Of course that doesn’t rule it out, but if you see him in this film, his passion for the topic comes across and you genuinely believe that educating the public is what he wants to be doing.
I have one minor nitpick. The film implies a casuation between rising temperatures and increasing disease. But could it be that the reason we’re seeing an increase in disease is because it wasn’t until recently that human society started recognizing diseases?
Otherwise the film is excellent, plainly explaining the complex topic of global warming and its effects through a series of clear visuals and a discussion of findings. I had no idea Al Gore was such a good speaker.
Saturday I met up with Nkosi and saw Serenity as part of a international fan-organized effort to raise money for [Serenity writer/director] Joss Whedon’s favorite charity, Equality Now.

“Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.”

Lots of fun, a good cause and I discovered a restaurant-movie-theatre hybrid in Tampa I’m going to have to keep an eye on, the Tampa Pitcher Show. Plus I won a raffle prize! I am now the proud owner of a complete set of Serenity trading cards. Not exactly sure what I’m supposed to do with them. 🙂 Oh yeah, the reason Serenity fans chose this past weekend for the charity screenings? It was Joss’ birthday. Joss responds.
Today’s photo is brought to you by the letter “C”, as in gee-I-wish-I’d-turned-the-lights-on-before-racing-outside-to-see-the-fireworks.