Sunday, January 11, 2009

Waltz with Bashir

Looks interesting:

According to the web site it is based on actual events...
(Usually that means only the facts have been changed)
One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images …

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Please Drink Your Rocket Fuel Responsibly

I feel so much better now that the EPA is on top of this...

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a second look at its decision not to limit the amount of a toxic rocket fuel ingredient allowed in drinking water.

Late last year, the agency proposed not setting a drinking water standard for perchlorate, which has been found in at least 395 sites in 35 states at levels high enough to interfere with thyroid function and pose developmental problems in humans.
At the time, the EPA said setting a standard would do little to reduce risks to public health.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

A bit of History

First post and all, so I think I'll go with something that interest me, History. Oregon is a remarkably boring place historically, compared to some of the places I've lived. Not a lot seems to have happened here. At least nothing that left a noticeable mark on the people or the land. I really enjoy road trips and hiking and in doing some of both, it seems there is little to discover, explore or find.

Oregon: The land of recycling. Even our History doesn't leave a mark.
(Where archaeologists go to retire)

Bayocean Oregon
The town that's no longer there.

Bayocean was to become the Atlantic City of the West in the dreams of the town’s founder and first promoter, T.B. Potter in 1906. Bad health forced Potter, a real estate promoter from Kansas City, to leave Oregon before the town officially opened and the task of promoting and building the Resort Community was passed on to Potter’s son, Thomas Irving Potter. The first lot was sold in 1907 to Francis Mitchell, a 37-year old druggist who opened a grocery store. By 1914, 600 lots had been sold to house 2000 inhabitants.
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