That's "Campana-stan" or ''Land of Campana." It reflects the Weltanschauung of Michael E. Campana, President-for-Life of the Republic of Campanastan. Welcome to Campanastan - no passports or visas required!
Texas Agriculture Law Blog Don't let the name fool you - there are lots of water issues in agriculture and Tiffany Dowell of Texas A&M University does a fabulous job with this important Internet resource. Give it a read - I do every day!
The Way of Water Oregon State University Geography PhD Student, Jennifer Veilleux, records her fieldwork, research, and thoughts about transboundary water resources development in the Nile River and Mekong River basins. Particular attention is given to Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Laos' Xayaburi Dam projects.
Thirsty in Suburbia Gayle Leonard documents things from the world of water that make us smile: particularly funny, amusing and weird items on bottled water, water towers, water marketing, recycling, the art-water nexus and working.
This Day in Water History Michael J. 'Mike' McGuire, engineer extraordinaire, NAE member, and author of 'The Chlorine Revolution', blogs about historical happenings in the fields of drinking water and wastewater keyed to calendar dates.
WaSH Resources New publications, web sites and multi-media on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).
Water 50/50 From Jay Famiglietti at UC-Irvine. Fifty lectures in fifty weeks: The 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lectureship. A global lecture tour delivering the message about our changing water cycle, groundwater depletion, and the future of freshwater availability.
Water For The Ages Abby, another PNWer, writes about global water issues with passion and concern.
Watering the Desert Aptly-titled blog by CJ Brooks, a lawyer-hydrologist-geologist from Tucson, AZ.
Watershed Moments: Thoughts from the Hydrosphere From Sarah Boon - rediscovering her writing and editing roots after 13 years, primarily as an environmental scientist. Her writing centres around creative non-fiction, specifically memoir and nature writing. The landscapes of western Canada are her main inspiration.
WaterWired All things fresh water: news, comment, and analysis from hydrogeologist Michael E. Campana, Professor at Oregon State University.
Watery Foundation Tom Swihart, formerly of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, tells all about water management in the Sunshine State.
Western Water Blog The 'mystery blog' about Western USA water issues. What more can I say?
Wisdom in Water, Please... Kate Wilkins-Wells , who manages the Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 4, provides her wisdom on water issues.
xAnalytical Doug Walker's xAnalytical blog:Turning Data and Information into Knowledge
A good friend of mine makes monthly donations to the ACJ Foundation. The transfer is made automatically from his checking account to the ACJF's checking account. No problem, right?
Well, the other day he decided to change the amount of the monthly donation. Below is his description of what transpired.
I was at the bank today attempting to change my monthly donation amount to ACJF and was told I needed to provide them with the account number. I reminded them that they HAVE the number and use it every month so....Hearing this, they told me that I needed to provide them with the account number. I think Bank of America is new to banking because they could not come up with a work-around other than I needed to provide them with the account number. I decided to provide them with the account number. Any chance I could get that from y'all?
I told him I would need some kind of proof from him before I would give him my account number.
I'm sure BofA thinks it has a good reason for what they did. Beats me!
"If you trust banks with your money, why can't they trust you with their pens? Is it really necessary to chain them down?" - Unknown
Barry Blitt takes Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) to takes for holding up traffic.
Here is a link to The New Yorker'scoverage of 'Bridgegate'.
And check out this wonderful video by Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon.
"Governor, let me in, I want to be your friend. There’ll be no partisan division. Let me wrap your legs around your mighty rims, and relieve your stressful condition. You got Wall Street masters stuck cheek to cheek with blue-collar truckers. And, man, I really gotta take a leak; but I can’t. I’m stuck in Governor Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey, traffic jam." - Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen (to the tune of Born to Run)
"Jesus did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or the incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around doing good and being compassionate." -Karen Armstrong
“You know if the U.S. Government wanted to boost the economy there's a simple solution make Black Friday the refund date for your state and federal taxes” - Stanley Victor Paskavich
"When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking." - Elayne Boosler
"Shopping is better than sex. If you're not satisfied after shopping you can make an exchange for something you really like." - Adrienne Gusoff
"Oh for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money." - Unknown
"One of the nice things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present." -Unknown
"Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have." - Unknown
"Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money." - Unknown
“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” –Thomas Carlyle
“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” – Napoleon Hill
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” –Elbert Hubbard
“Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.” –W.H. Auden
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” –Calvin Coolidge
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” –Napoleon Hill
Coyne recently posted an open letter to Deepak Chopra. Seems that Chopra recently initiated a brief Twitter tirade against Coyne. That's interesting, because although Coyne has over 16,000 followers, he follows no one on Twitter; he learned of Chopra's effort from someone else.
What I enjoyed most about Coyne's post was this poem, set to the music of I Am Woman:
I am Deepak; hear me roar As you patronize my store, And buy up all the nostrums that I sell. You may say that I’m a crank, But just tell that to my bank, For I’m Deepak, and you can go to hell.
Oh yes, I am rich, Though it’s richness born of woo; And for those whose life’s a bitch, I will bilk them through and though. If I had to, I could sell anything; I’m a crank, But I’m a scientist— I am DEEPAK!
"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and ends up a racket." - Eric Hoffer
I have decided to expose (pun intended) myself and First-Lady-for-Life Mary Frances to ridicule and embarrassment by entering Splashdirect's contest to support World Toilet Day (19 November) by relating my funny/disgusting toilet story.
Hey, it's for a good cause - money will be donated to WaterAid.
Okay, here goes:
It was May 2009 and I was returning from a trip to Armenia. The first leg of my return was a flight from Yerevan to Vienna. As I deplaned in Vienna, I headed for the men's room. Time to avert your eyes, right? No, not yet. After performing the required functions, I washed my hands and returned to the transit lounge.
As I browsed the food offerings, books, gadgets, etc., I noticed people giving me a variety of looks. Some scowled; some grimaced; some smiled; others covered their mouths as their eyes grew wide. Others averted their eyes completely and crinkled their noses. Some even gave me a wide berth or looked down and moved away. I could not figure out what was wrong. Stained or wet pants? No. Something on my shoes? Check. Hat askew? Nahh...
This must have continued for 15 minutes or so. I soon moved to the waiting room where more looks awaited me. Finally, as I stood by myself - unusual in such a crowded room - I noticed a couple staring at me. The woman was whispering something to the man. When she stopped, he looked at her, then at me, frowned, and walked toward me. Many eyes were fixed on him. I knew he was going to say something and I figured my dilemma was about to be resolved.
But I had no idea it would be this: 'Sir, you have about two feet of toilet paper hanging out from the back of your trousers.'
"Listening to the data is important… but so is experience and intuition. After all, what is intuition at its best but large amounts of data of all kinds filtered through a human brain rather than a math model?”–Steve Lohr
"Why would the heathcare.gov website be designed in such a way by an outside contractor? Because coders often price jobs by the number of lines of code they will have to write." -Daryl Rowland, after learning that the number of lines of code in the website is around 5x that of a large bank's.
"We have denigrated the Native Americans long enough. But there are so many dickheads in DC that we have decided they deserve their own team." - Daniel 'Rich Cabeza' Snyder, owner, Washington Foreskins
When I saw this post on Daniel Collins' Facebook page I thought it was a joke; apparently not. Here is the original story from io9.com:
Chibuihem Amalaha, an award winning student at the University of Lagos,
is claiming that he's "disproved" gay marriage through science — and he used the power of magnets to do so. His "groundbreaking" work is backed by the university.
His mathematics of gay marriage is particularly illuminating. In aninterview with This Day Live he says (Note: read here if you dare).
And I thought Nigeria was known just for email scams and widows, barristers, and princes waiting to share their fortunes with others!
But wait - Amalaha is working on showing that the Second Law of Thermodynamics allows for email scams! That's sure to win him tenure from the University of Lagos and the Medal of Achievement from the Nigeria government.
Just what Nigeria needs these days to burnish its image.
“Nigerian sector does not encourage scientific research so much but what God has given me I am using it effectively to touch Nigerian nation. All the scientific researches I have been doing have not yielded any encouragement to do more." - Chibuihem Amalaha
Don't be like all the others! Why mess around with regular water when you can have these capsules?
Or, if you prefer, get the handy canned version.Either way, guaranteed to be dihydrogen monoxide!
Thanks to Jay Zarnetske.
“Don't bother to argue anything on the Internet. And I mean, ANYTHING.... The most innocuous, innocent, harmless, basic topics will be misconstrued by people trying to deconstruct things down to the sub-atomic level and entirely miss the point.... Seriously. Keep peeling the onion and you get no onion.” - Vera Nazarian
Wasatch Brewery Mission: To make the best ales and lagers possible. To achieve commercial profitability, while maintaining the highest level of social responsibility. To have as much fun as we can legally get away with.
Yep, you've got that right. The Hotel America, O & O by a Chinese corporation. I tell people to look for the 'Coca-Cola' sign. Makes sense, right?
No complaints here - it's right near the fabled south end of the airport, the City Mall, and every fast-food store you can imagine (and some you can't). Fifty bucks per night for a king bed, 90-channel cable TV, A/C, free breakfast, furnishings right out of Mad Men, hot water, and flawless WiFi provided by the Chinese Army.
I am kidding about that last statement. I Googled 'China sucks' and a bunch of sites came up.
"Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men's clothes." - Chinese proverb
"Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose that our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete, and that there are no new worlds to conquer." - Sir Humphry Davy (17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) (thanks to Jerry Sehlke)
Okay, not really.Toncontín International Airport(TGU) has shed its retro bus station look for a
beautiful new terminal building. It is still one of the world's most dangerous airports: it sits in the middle of the city, has a relatively short runway by international standards, and is surrounded by mountains. Not conducive to confidence when you are landing, that's for sure!
But part of an 'annoying' hillside has been removed and the runway is longer. Plus a road that skirted one end of the runway has been closed. There used to be a stoplight there for vehicles when planes were landing or departing (see this video and related ones). Oh, by the way, the other end of the runway ends abruptly at an embankment that slopes down into the city.
I have landed there 4 or 5 times. Each time, the passengers (myself included) broke out in spontaneous applause upon hitting the runway and hearing the squeal of the brakes. A set of tires probably lasted a couple of landings.
I have heard that gringo pilots - United (former Continental flight from Houston), Delta (Atlanta), and American (Miami) fly there - like to fly high then make a steep descent, whereas the more confident Central American pilots (mainly from TACA, the El Salvador airline) will fly lower, hugging the topography. But oddly enough it was the crash of a TACA flight on 30 May 2008 that prompted the closure of the airport to international flights for a month or so and some improvements in safety.
One of my funniest (but not at the time) experiences regarding TGU occurred in the USA. My wife and I were having three undergraduate students over for dinner on the eve of our flight (the students and me) to TGU. At dinner, Mary Frances nonchalantly mentioned, 'Oh, and I'm sure Michael's told you that you're flying into the world's second most dangerous airport, hasn't he?' The looks on their faces told her that she had said the wrong thing. So much for trust...
But we made it, and flying into TGU was far safer than my driving a 4WD Toyota pickup in Tegucigalpa and southern Honduras!
"There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror." - Orson Welles
Circle of Blue Circle of Blue uses journalism, scientific research, and conversations from around the world to bring the story of the global freshwater crisis to life. Here you’ll find new water reports, news headlines, and hear from leading scientists.
Drink Water For Life The idea is simple. Drink water or other cheap beverages instead of expensive lattes, sodas, and bottled water for a set period of time. A day, a week, a month, Lent, Ramadan, Passover, or some other holiday period.
eFlowNet Newsletter From the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) this newsletter has lots of information about environmental flows and related issues.
Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Since 2002, the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) has brought together federal, state, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors to advance our understanding of the nation’s water resources and to develop tools for their sustainable management.