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I don't tend to watch too much about 9/11, and I limit how much of the memorial's I watch... but sometimes I get things that are... I guess good to share and positive and don't drone on or go for drama. I have not yet gone to the new memorial. I haven't actually been downtown since it was still a big empty pit, but I can see the skyline and sometimes I stop and look at the new tower and I'm happy to see something rising into the emptiness again.

Boat was how I got off the island that day. Walking to the water, there were so many people and so many lines and everything was tangled and crowded and anxious, but no one was fighting or shoving, even if many were feeling a little desparate. We had the advantage of being in midtown. We could see the smoke, and smell it, but it wasn't billowing around us. Even with where I was, I cannot imagine standing on that sea wall, or the horror of being enveloped in the dust and smoke when the Towers came down. But there was comfort in seeing the fleet of boats approaching. Even if you didn't get on this or that one, you could see how many more there were to come get us. From all the effort of churning back and forth the river didn't know which way it was going that day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOrzF7B2Kg&feature=share

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I took the little man to see "Walking With Dinosaurs" last night. It was very cool. We started with a mostly blank stage and a 'paleontologist' (not sure if he's real, or not) talking us through the evolution of the planet. It was a brief segment and then we were in the Triassic period with the evolution of the egg, Plateosaurus and the first dinosaurs. The first scene was a predator snapping a baby up from the nest as the hatchlings broke free... and then running around the stage with the baby swinging back and forth from its jaws. I imagine a few kids might have found that disconcerting, but we were talking about the food chain. Isaac asked why he was eating the baby and it was a simple answer: everyone has to eat, and it's just like Scooter (our snake) eating mice. "Oh." His eyes were riveted to the stage.

The dinosaurs were cool. And having the actor on the stage gives you a sense of scale you couldn't have otherwise.

As the story progresses, he talked about the evolution of the planet, as well. The breaking up of Pangaea and the drift of the continental plates, the evolution of plants, the first appearance of flowers and their relationship with bugs. It was all very interesting, and every once in a while one of the dinos went after our erstwhile host. Which the kids seemed to really like.

The Brachiosaurus was impressive... you don't normally sit up in the stands and have something look down at you. And toward the end we got a bit of humor in the form of a baby T-Rex who wanted very much to be as impressive as Mommy. The little roars got lots of laughs and then the paleontologist couldn't herd him off the stage. Isaac wanted to bring him home, and when he decided that having the dinosaur sleep in his room wasn't a good idea, he decided that they could both sleep on the deck.

My only disappointment was that Ornithochirus didn't fly over the audience. I mean, what the heck? If Pink Floyd can fly a bi-plane over my head for a concert, why can't the dinosaur do a pass overhead? But that's the extent of my complaint, because it was a very cool show and I highly recommend it to everyone who has the opportunity to see it.


YouTube clips: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=walking+with+dinosaurs+live


Official site: http://www.dinosaurlive.com/

egwenna: (Default)
Gave me chills. Half the time we can't live with each other, can't live with the animals, either.



Related articles:
Ban sought on wolf-hunting from aircraft
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/politics/5165206.html

NRDC: Bush Administration Takes Aim at Wolves
http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/campaigns/wildlife/save-endangered-gray-wolves.html

and I found a place I'd like to go to in the very near future:
http://www.lakotawolf.com/index.htm
It's only about an hour away.
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I'm a fan. They have a movie. One day I'll get around to buying one of the books.


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Mom pointed this out to me, I thought it was funny enough to share:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir6YU53agFc

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