has devolved into my perusing blogs (but accidental new ones, since I don’t have bookmarks for blogs on this computer), while David plays a submarine game where he is so sidetracked by his dog licking his forehead and beer and the Scrabble game and general conversation and a glitch in the sound card that he doesn’t even notice the enemy until it attacks him for several seconds. He’s now entering the Sea of Japan.
Amy, on the sub game: Pausing is not real life
David: When you’re drunk, it simulates soberness
Meanwhile, even on the fourth rum-n-Coke, I still spelled dalliers and quandry. And then rime, which David did not believe was real. Then I took a couple of turns for him.
David is now talking about his por-tee-doh tubes.
I have been fascinated by the Google street view today. We found our house (and the neighbor taking out his trash). It’s bizarre that someone drove around and photographed every street in town. Try it at http://maps.google.com/, typing in your address of interest. If the street is outlined in blue, you’ll be able to see photo-travels of every house along the way (and any pedestrians and cars and such who were out at the time).
And I just happened upon this depressing article, which reminded me:
an estimated 30 percent of the earth’s ice-free land is directly or indirectly involved in livestock production
livestock production generates nearly a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases — more than transportation
2.2 pounds of beef is responsible for the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the average European car every 155 miles, and burns enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days
if Americans were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent it would be as if we all switched from a standard sedan — a Camry, say — to the ultra-efficient Prius
Though some 800 million people on the planet now suffer from hunger or malnutrition, the majority of corn and soy grown in the world feeds cattle, pigs and chickens
In Iowa alone, hog factories and farms produce more than 50 million tons of excrement annually
If price spikes don’t change eating habits, perhaps the combination of deforestation, pollution, climate change, starvation, heart disease and animal cruelty will gradually encourage the simple daily act of eating more plants and fewer animals.
I shall go sleep it off now.