10 Million Down, 990 Million To Go.

(BBC NEWS)
The northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has attempted to set a world record by planting 10 million trees in a single day on Tuesday.

Officials say the plantings, aiming to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment, were a success.
In all, 10,266,736 saplings were planted at 9,320 sites across Uttar Pradesh’s 70 districts.
The authorities say they have notified Guinness World Records of their attempt and are awaiting confirmation. The record stands at 852,587 trees, planted in 6,284 locations in Tamil Nadu state in 2006.

The programme has been included in The Billion Tree Campaign being run by the United Nations Environment Programme. Banks and other institutions provided the financial help needed to procure saplings. BK Patnaik, chief conservator at the state forest department, said: “The response from the people was overwhelming and heartening.”

The leader of India’s governing Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, planted a sapling in her parliamentary constituency of Rai Bareli. Read On>>

Published in: on July 31, 2007 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

10 Million Down, 990 Million To Go.

(BBC NEWS)
The northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has attempted to set a world record by planting 10 million trees in a single day on Tuesday.

Officials say the plantings, aiming to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment, were a success.
In all, 10,266,736 saplings were planted at 9,320 sites across Uttar Pradesh’s 70 districts.
The authorities say they have notified Guinness World Records of their attempt and are awaiting confirmation. The record stands at 852,587 trees, planted in 6,284 locations in Tamil Nadu state in 2006.

The programme has been included in The Billion Tree Campaign being run by the United Nations Environment Programme. Banks and other institutions provided the financial help needed to procure saplings. BK Patnaik, chief conservator at the state forest department, said: “The response from the people was overwhelming and heartening.”

The leader of India’s governing Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, planted a sapling in her parliamentary constituency of Rai Bareli. Read On>>

Published in: on July 31, 2007 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Patton Oswalt’s New Austin Album

Patton’s on my short list of favorite comedians/writers/actors (still alive), up there with Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, and Maria Bamford.

The CD was cut here at Cap City, and the included full-show DVD somewhere else. Last time he was in town he played Emo’s with Garafalo – check his web page for his valentine to Austin (and eulogy to Houston).

Buy this album now, so that you will associate his brilliance with me and love me more.

Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 6:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Patton Oswalt’s New Austin Album

Patton’s on my short list of favorite comedians/writers/actors (still alive), up there with Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, and Maria Bamford.

The CD was cut here at Cap City, and the included full-show DVD somewhere else. Last time he was in town he played Emo’s with Garafalo – check his web page for his valentine to Austin (and eulogy to Houston).

Buy this album now, so that you will associate his brilliance with me and love me more.

Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 6:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Finally. One of Rove ‘s Chickens Comes Home to Roost.

It’s been 25 years since Turd Blossom bugged his own office, here in downtown Austin, greasily insinuating his opponents were responsible. And now:

Senate panel subpoenas White House aide Rove

Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:15PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday he had subpoenaed two more White House aides, including political adviser Karl Rove, in the probe of fired federal prosecutors. More>>

I was afraid he’d have to shoot someone in the face before someone did something about him “shooting” people in the “face.”

Please, please, please, let this be something.

Published in: on July 26, 2007 at 7:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Finally. One of Rove ‘s Chickens Comes Home to Roost.

It’s been 25 years since Turd Blossom bugged his own office, here in downtown Austin, greasily insinuating his opponents were responsible. And now:

Senate panel subpoenas White House aide Rove

Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:15PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday he had subpoenaed two more White House aides, including political adviser Karl Rove, in the probe of fired federal prosecutors. More>>

I was afraid he’d have to shoot someone in the face before someone did something about him “shooting” people in the “face.”

Please, please, please, let this be something.

Published in: on July 26, 2007 at 7:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s Wednesday. Conditions are Perfect.

Two years ago I saw these cats’ HBO special. Then I DVRed it and watched with Mom and Dad during one of their visits. Last month I peed myself a little when I heard about this.
Up to episode 6, man.

It’s what I’m into.

Also, if you misspell “hiphopoppotumus” in a Google search, the only result is a Texpatriate blog entry. So I got that going for me.

Published in: on July 24, 2007 at 7:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s Wednesday. Conditions are Perfect.

Two years ago I saw these cats’ HBO special. Then I DVRed it and watched with Mom and Dad during one of their visits. Last month I peed myself a little when I heard about this.
Up to episode 6, man.

It’s what I’m into.

Also, if you misspell “hiphopoppotumus” in a Google search, the only result is a Texpatriate blog entry. So I got that going for me.

Published in: on July 24, 2007 at 7:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

The "$100 Laptop" Ships (for 100 Euros)

The XO-1 project is something I’ve been very excitedly talking about for five years, with responses from “wouldn’t that be nice” to rolled eyes. The “One Laptop Per Child” nonprofit org (extremely cool-looking website) was created by MIT faculty to provide schools in developing countries with cheap, rugged, full-feature computers. There are very few moving parts, and they use free, open source software, starting with a Linux operating system.

The cost is actually $176, but will drop disproportionately to production (the price will also obey Moore’s Law). Ten years ago I bought me a very loud, very heavy 2-gigabyte hard drive for $250. Today, a 2G memory stick that you can lose in your pocket costs 20 bucks.
Here’s a picture of kids in Thailand using the XO-1 to take web shots of what looks like animal poop on a leaf. Proof positive that it’s contributing to the lives of children, I tell you what.

Published in: on July 23, 2007 at 6:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

The "$100 Laptop" Ships (for 100 Euros)

The XO-1 project is something I’ve been very excitedly talking about for five years, with responses from “wouldn’t that be nice” to rolled eyes. The “One Laptop Per Child” nonprofit org (extremely cool-looking website) was created by MIT faculty to provide schools in developing countries with cheap, rugged, full-feature computers. There are very few moving parts, and they use free, open source software, starting with a Linux operating system.

The cost is actually $176, but will drop disproportionately to production (the price will also obey Moore’s Law). Ten years ago I bought me a very loud, very heavy 2-gigabyte hard drive for $250. Today, a 2G memory stick that you can lose in your pocket costs 20 bucks.
Here’s a picture of kids in Thailand using the XO-1 to take web shots of what looks like animal poop on a leaf. Proof positive that it’s contributing to the lives of children, I tell you what.

Published in: on July 23, 2007 at 6:30 pm  Leave a Comment