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ridleyb
12 April 2008 @ 12:59 pm
 
 
ridleyb
09 April 2008 @ 11:25 am
I am a constant critic of modern day discoveries and research. I'm sorry to say that it seems like a consistent loop of hearing a blurb on the news about a dramatic breakthrough in medicine, or a soon to come improvement in our current military tactic. Unfortunately I fail to ever see these ideas culminate. Let me make a point to say I know many of these things ARE successful I'm sure, but how often? And to what extent?
It is really hard for me to grasp the fact that a lot of the work our doctors, and planners, and researchers do is often times going to only help advance those members of generations to come, and really not have any affect during my lifetime, or my children's. It's really selfish of me to have a problem with that all, and I wouldn't even really say I have a problem with it. I just wonder to what extent it is worth it. Should we not devote the time and energy we have to fixing the things we KNOW we have a high chance of fixing? But again, science over time can do fantastical things, and even if I don't get a chance to see the end of the topics I hear about, I do get to see the discovery of things someone many years ago hoped to find. Just recently a potential newborn planet was discovered.
And another example, alligator blood is suspected to possibly provide a vaccine to AIDS as well as whole array of bacteria. But when will this be tested? Is is worth our money and our resources to perhaps barely further the knowledge of that of six generations from now?


And Electricity from Rain?!
 
 
ridleyb
12 March 2008 @ 02:05 pm
    Alot of thoughts came back to me when we were assigned to read personal entries and watch videos of September 11, 2001. In a way the people who made the decision to high-jack those planes made the decision to invade every American's home. Whether we were at ground zero or not, it affected most ever person I know in some way or another.
    As I was looking around online a few days ago I ran across a video on the National Geographic website that covered how WE are invading other, innocent homes, sharks. Seriously take time to watch this video, I cried. We happened to have one advantage on September 11th that these sharks don't have now: we could effectively fight back.

With taking away these towers, they took away lots of lives.

Don't make the sharks disappear too.
 
 
ridleyb
04 March 2008 @ 07:13 pm
Well I went up to Colorado to see Justin a few weekends ago and heres what we did:




We went Offroading! We went up Bunce School road near Boulder Co, it was quite eventful with all the snow! We got stuck like crazy and only made it about 3 miles! Justin called the parks service before we went and they "would recommend snowmobiles". It ended well for all but Dave who broke a U-Joint binding int he snow....




Heres one from Yellowstone



AND we didn't end up like this guy!

 
 
ridleyb
13 February 2008 @ 10:04 am
I hope birds eat all the ants.


I click on a link, see an AMAZING story, such as one about a jet that will get you to Australia in four and a half hours, then realize it is simply a projection of something to come in the future. This is happening alot and I'm getting awfully tired of it, so I thought I'd share the annoyance with you. Really, don't you wish this was real?
While we are on the topic of jets, for those of you who have an interest in speed, take the time to watch this next video even though it does not get interesting for a few minutes, the car itself is pretty impressive:




Another futuristic fantasy?
There have been countless rumors of NASA planning for voyages to Mars in space crafts capable of carrying humans along. While the projection of NASA's upcoming budget does not cover the approximate 738 million dollar cost of such a space craft, the plans to construct it are in the making. Of course, there are a lot of things to consider before NASA can ship the human race off to Mars. For example, we are currently in the process of attempting to regulate the contamination in the atmosphere of Mars. In reality, we still do not have basic information about Mars' simple geography.

Matian Mount Olympus: 3 times taller than Mt Everest

All the colors remind me of my tie dye t-shirts. Speaking of which, Kanye West is coming to Bonnaroo?
 
 
 
ridleyb
05 February 2008 @ 09:39 pm
To be honest, prehistoric or not, the thought of a bull- sized rodent disgusts me. The following is a picture released in London on January 16, it is said to be a flesh based sculpture based on the fossil found...
This rodent is estimated to have weighed 2000 pounds!
2000 lb rodent!!

While we are on the subject of killer animals, care to watch a video about killer whales killing seals? It was upsetting, but it IS nature and I was very happy for the other two seals!

UPDATE ON SIDEBAR
A quick update on my sidebar:
Under the Yellowstone List I am adding a link to a new live webcam video feed of Old Faithful. This can be relatively useful to those like myself, who visited Yellowstone and managed to skip seeing Old Faithful ( there are many better things to see in Yellowstone). Also, a helpful hint, if it is dark in Wyoming you will not be able to see(they are two hours behind our eastern time).

BACKPACKING TIP OF THE WEEK
-- Carry all the contents of your first aid kit in a gallon size plastic bag. This will reduce the weight of your kit. However, remember to keep contents in separate little baggies to avoid ruining their sterile nature.

 
 
ridleyb
30 January 2008 @ 11:56 pm


I'd really like to get this into my sidebar, or somewhere on my profile that is not an entry. If anyone has any ideas please let me know!
 
 
ridleyb
30 January 2008 @ 11:03 am
    For the big chunk of the first part of my life i didn't travel much further west the western Tennessee. Hence my experience in the field of backpacking was, I won't use the word limited because I was HARDLY limited, but concentrated to the eastern area of the continent. As soon as I ventured into the wild west my interest was peaked immediately. Something I have yet to see but recently discovered exists is the phenomenon of sliding rocks in the Racetrack Playa. A variety of explanations have been offered, ghosts!? Well that will depend on your personal investigation of the situation I assume. Racetrack Playa resides in Death Valley. Death Valley is one of only 33 areas of dry land below sea level.

Sliding Rocks! Ghosts?
 
 
ridleyb
22 January 2008 @ 11:26 pm
Every month of every season I am dying to be SOMEWHERE on a trail, with the exception of a few summer days when the bugs are out! After spending countless hours backpacking in some of the most beautiful areas of the country I have come to learn how important it is to keep these areas as healthy as they are now. There are hundreds of people who crave the woods and the mountains and the trails the same way I do. They have the same love for sweating the walk during the day and freezing in their sleeping bags at night. Unfortunately, these people and I, as Chris Conway so elegantly put, are "loving the outdoors to death".

Because of how selfish humans naturally are, I can hardly say that we are willing to forfeit the happiness we find in the wilderness altogether in an attempt to save a little more of its pureness. Instead, we practice leave no trace backpacking, an art that attempts to lower the impact we as backpackers have on the wilderness' "pureness". Leave no trace, or low impact hiking can be practiced on many levels. Hopefully it is natural to practice basic principles of leave no trace such as burying your toilet paper. However, a fellow backpacker I have shared a few trips with went as far as to drink his wash water [the water used in washing your dishes, often consisting of warm water and relatively large particles of food] in an attempt to even further minimize what we dispose of on the trail. As much of an advocate of leave no trace as I am, I have not yet mastered this practice. In all honesty I probably never will. While low impact backpacking cannot ensure that our forests and mountains and trails stay healthy, it is the best approach backpackers have to ensuring the places they treasure are there and intact when they return to visit. Don't forget that these woods and mountains are also homes to hundreds of animals. Preserving their habitat is essential to keeping them alive. Backpackers are invading their homes. It is the backpacker's duty to be respectful.

 Please keep me clean!
Please help keep me clean!