Absence

My problem is often that i get too sucked into reading and my theory is that reading is really the lazy man’s writing. I get the New Yorker every week and have to make sure I’m on top of it so they don’t pile up. Add National Geographic monthly, occassional BC Magazines, Audubon magazines and scientific papers I bring home from work, regular web site and newspaper perusings, and the typical full length book and book of poems that I usually have working, and I don’t have time to exersize, cook, or watch the Netflix selections that have landed at my feet. I need to wean myself down to six hours of sleep a night. Or I should just start blogging exclusively about what I read.

So right now I am reading Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet, called by some the Modern Australian Classic. I’m not sure what differentiates it from earlier Australian classics (call me ignorant but I really couldn’t name a single Aussie author prior to being introduced to Winton) but I’ll say I really do like it. The story is about two working-class families who move into a house in Perth circa the end of WWII, each other’s respective dysfunctionalities serving to treat the various ailments including but not limited to gambling addictions, mental illness, deteriorating relationships, poverty and the reckless search for the unknown that the characters struggle with. My favorite part is that the mysterious house on Cloud Street ”...behaves.”

On the internet I somehow was steered toward this absolutely mind-blowing article from an issue of Wired published in 2000, only to realize it wasn’t so mind-blowing. Interesting, yes, but the experiments (which involved dumping iron into the oceans to create phytoplankton blooms and initiate CO^2 sinks to combat global warming and increase primary productivity in dead zones) were full of bad science and virtually nothing has come of them. The heartbreaking part in the long run was the tone of the article, which made me think it was largely propoganda for the school of “global warming: if we can’t beat it, at least we can create ‘A world utterly free of greenhouse guilt.’” Boo.

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This is an article that was posted on Jul 18, 11:38 PM.

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  1. jake Jul 27, 05:14 PM

    I totally forgot to comment on this back when you posted it. And I don’t have a lot of pertinent things to say. Just some ramblings, I seem to be good at those…

    * Thanks for pointing out the propaganda in that article. I saw it (and didn’t quite get to read it) a little while before you enlightened me to it. Sean, the other guy Brian and I lived with and actually talked to, hates how so many studies fall apart scientifically. It’s sad that no one can “fail” and has to fudge things, and then how the media goes crazy over the initial study and misses the contradicting evidence that follows.

    * I just attempted to add you as a friend in Netflix.

    * And last, I have the same problem with reading, I intentionally let a couple magazine subscriptions run out and I still get too much material each month. Along with the ever-expanding internet, I haven’t been able to read a proper book recently. It’s starting to be ridiculous.
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