Lemur Tell you Something

Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) holding twins ...Image via Wikipedia

What’s your favorite animal?

Cincinnati Zoo – check.
Ft. Worth, TX Zoo – check.
Zoo Atlanta – check.

Busch Gardens, Tampa – check.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – check.

Zoos are really keeping up with the times. The Cincinnati Zoo has installed a series of solar panel roofs for the the parking lot. They look like the structures found at gas stations that protect you from the raid when you are filling your tank.

Wouldn’t it be cool if “they” installed the same panels at the gas stations?

Geonosian Solarsailer. From StarWars.com

Here’s your sci-fi: Have you seen Count Dooku’s ship? Solar sails. 

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Water water every where

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At our house, we drink a lot of water. We drink it filtered from the refrigerator dispenser. You press a cup up against a lever that releases chilled and filtered drinking water into your glass.  It’s lovely. We wanted more.

We change the filter in our refrigerator on schedule, but having the option at the tap appeals to us.  Ms. SF Daddy installed a PUR water filter a the kitchen sink a few weeks ago. After a couple of weeks, the thing started to completely fall apart.

It started out slow. Instead of a clean circular jet of water pouring down into sink we had a spray shooting down like the spokes of a twisted umbrella.

“We’ll just have to take this back and get a new one.”

We lived with it for about a week before the filter part litterally exploded on me. Water shot up at my face and  hit the ceiling.

I do not claim to be useful with a wrench by any means, but soon after that–I had to let my kids get sprayed a couple of times–I took the whole thing off and found a big gaping whole in the metal mesh that aerates the water. It looked like it was rusting.

I found the original hardware for the faucet and it’s all back to normal.

In the United States, “normal” means I could drink the water straight from the tap. Sure, it’s full of fluoride and chlorine, but it’s quite drinkable. I’m told the chlorine keeps it from giving you gunk from the pipes. See: http://environment.about.com/od/earthtalkcolumns/a/chlorine.htm
The fluoride (See: http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/fluoride_water.html) is good for you teeth.

(Insert debate about these chemicals here if we want to start missing the point.)

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Excellent. Isn’t that great? Even though I have a few stumbles with a few pieces of plastic we picked up at The Home Depot, we don’t have it that bad. I don’t have to walk miles with a  vessel of contaminated water everyday to ration out to my cooking, cleaning and drinking.

This post was inspired by Blog Action Day. I hope you get a chance to read more about the state of Water in the world.  http://blogactionday.change.org/

Do you enjoy clean, drinkable water from your tap?

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Blog Action Day 2010 Prep

U.S. Army Sergeant Kornelia Rachwal gives a yo...Image via Wikipedia

Blog Action Day 2010  October 15th

I’m preparing an entry for Blog Action day. Have you heard about it? My kids try so hard to conserve water they rarely flush and have to be sent to the shower. Do we take our access to water for granted? In the US, we absolutely do. This year the Blog Action day theme is water. I bet we’ll learn a lot.

This week I learned that there are people in the United States that don’t have access to other basic services we take for granted.


A fire rescue team let a man’s house burn to the ground because he failed to pay his fire service fee. They had abundant water to available to wet down the perimeter to protect his neighbors from the flames. The neighbors were all paid up.


Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

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