Today's Feature: MicHael
Q: Where in the World is MicHael?
A: MicHael is in Vermont.
I will assume we are playing for starters. That is all I will be assuming.
Jen is not playing this fall while she continues to work on forming her lovely family, and reforming her elder main man.....
Gayle is still trying to keep her foot and running career (and HER elder main man) intact and will not be playing (much?).
So, we need other Sludge women to check in on their interest & availability and then I assume we need to solicit a new female player...
I suppose we need the males to check in to make sure we don't need a male player (ulti-wise!).
(Expected) Start Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009
End of Season Tourney:
B leagues - November 7th & 21st
C league - November 21st &22nd
America might have talent, but it seems at least one dog has more than some people. A springy pup named Rory who can do wonders with a Frisbee has made it to the finals of "America's Got Talent."
Judge Piers Morgan said if the dog made it that far and not a piano-playing singer, it would be "the biggest scandal" in the history of the show. So, I guess it is. I wonder what Rory will buy with $1 million. That's a lot of Milkbones. Judge Sharon Osbourne, however, called Rory's performance "brilliant."
There are definite signs today that the tropical Atlantic is beginning to stir.
After a quiet June & July (and now you can include early August), we are now entering the heart of the Atlantic tropical season when we look toward the African coast or the Cape Verde Islands; sometimes called Cape Verde season.
We are finally seeing evidence of the development of several storm systems over north-central Africa and push west eventually emerging into the open waters of the Atlantic.
An environmentally-friendly flying disc is one of the concepts being considered by researchers at Delft Unversity in the Netherlands as they design an airliner for 2025 and beyond.
European engineers working on the passenger plane of the future are reaching back into Canada's aviation history and focusing on an aircraft reminiscent of a flying saucer-style design tested in the 1950s by a Toronto-area firm.
Next month, the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, one of the largest aerospace engineering schools in Europe, will launch an international project to design the passenger plane for 2025 and beyond.
Engineers are concentrating on making the futuristic aircraft the most environmentally friendly airliner that can be conceived. The research project will continue until 2011 and look at designs capable of reducing noise and greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent.
The initiative has been dubbed CleanEra, which stands for cost-effective,
low-emission and noise-efficient regional aircraft. The medium-sized plane would
be capable of carrying 125 passengers.
Although the design is not yet final, it's expected the researchers will shelve the traditional cylinder-style fuselage, outfitted with wings, in favour of a flying disc-type aircraft.
...the David Suzuki Foundation, point out that although aviation is a relatively small industry, it has a disproportionately large impact on the climate. The foundation estimates the industry accounts for four to nine per cent of the "total climate change impact of human activity."
Today's Feature: MattHew's skinny jeans
Q: Where in the World are MattHew's skinny jeans?
A: MattHew's skinny jeans are @ Union Station (Wash, DC).
In Obama Garden, Less Lead [NYT 8.13.09]
... While acknowledging that 93 p.p.m. was not a hazard, Mother Jones magazine’s Web site attributed the long-term use of sludge as a fertilizer on the White House lawn for the presence, not just of lead, but of many other undesirable substances like antibiotics and sleeping pills. Sludge comprises the solids in sewage that separate out during treatment. According to the magazine, sludge was used for at least a decade on the White House lawn, possibly until the late 1990s.
But Irvin Williams, who retired as head groundskeeper at the White House last year, after 59 years on the job, said sludge was used only once there, in 1985. ..
Paramount Pictures is putting together another adaptation of “Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of Nimh” with screenwriter Neil Burger (The Illusionist). It will be the second time the book has been brought to the screen after 1982’s The Secret of Nimh. The release by the studio didn’t indicate whether it would be live-action, animated, or a hybrid of the two.
Robert C. O’Brien’s “Rats of NIMH” won the Newbery Medal in 1972 and is about a field mouse who seeks the help of a lab rat colony to save her family. A little known fact about the first movie: lines had to be re-recorded or altered when Wham-O denied a waiver when the main character’s name was similar to their product (the Frisbee). ...
...the first lady's dreams of growing an organic vegetable garden have been dragged down by a previous resident that refuses to leave: sludge.
Various sources are reporting that Michelle Obama's "organic" garden has been besieged by icky goo in the ground. As a result, the veggies aren't quite what the first lady had in mind. According to Daily Finance, the National Park Service tested the soil in the vegetable patch and found "highly elevated levels of lead" due to sewage used as fertilizer.
...back when Bill & Hill were living it up in the White House, their gardening team used "sewage sludge for fertilizer." The fiends!
Sounds gross, but it's actually fairly common. However, it does mean that the highly touted "organic garden" will never "attain organic status." The certification process doesn't allow "the use of sludge as a fertilizer substitute." And there's another problem: If Malia and Sasha weren't into eating their veggies before, it's going to be that much harder to get 'em to eat 'em now.