March 27th, 2009


Earth Hour

Earth Hour is one of those beautiful little protests that [a] asks very little of any one person, yet [b] makes a substantial difference when a whole bunch of people are involved and [c] shows how much more of a difference could be made if we were all just a bit more aware. You can get more information here, but the idea is simple: Tomorrow, March 28, at 8:30 p.m. (local time), shut off every nonessential light and electrical appliance in the house for an hour. That's it.

Here's a quick (less than a minute) CBC-TV interview with Ron Elliott, one of the coordinators in Ontario (and, not coincidentally, a friend of huskiebear's). If you're on-board, leave the guy a friendly comment. :)

How many electrical devices do you have plugged in at the moment? It's kinda scary when you think about it. I've got the bedside radio, the CPAP, the cell-phone charger, the fridge and the stove and two phone stations (obviously logistically a little tough to unplug), the microwave oven, another radio in the kitchen, three lamps, two nite-lights, and, oh yeah, the computer system (CPU, monitor, speakers, DSL modem, wireless hub, USB multi-port, and one of the external hard drives, with the microphone and printer ready to be plugged in as needed). If I want to watch a movie, I hit the power strip to turn on the TV, the DVD player, and the speakers. And that's not counting the washer and dryer, the space heater (which I only plug in if it gets too chilly), the fans that will be going more-or-less constantly once it starts to get warm in late spring, and the furnace and A/C.

ETA: Thanks to lola_mccrary for the bit about local time.

Dan Seals Passes Away

Sad news. Danny Weyland Seals, better known as "England Dan" of "England Dan and Jon Ford Coley" (and, yes, he is the brother of Jim Seals of Seals & Crofts), has passed away at the age of 61. You know him from the song "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight", but after they split up he had a pretty darn successful solo career in country music.

What are your favorite soft-rock songs? You know you've got a million of 'em.

Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows

The National Film Board of Canada has a whole lot of free streaming video at their site. They've just released the 1998 documentary, Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows, about the life and career of Bret "The Hitman" Hart, and especially about the controversy that unfolded in front of the camera, the fabled 1997 Montreal screwjob involving Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon.

Even if you're not a wrestling fan, it's a compelling piece of film. If you are a wrestling fan, it's required viewing.

Any kewl indie video we need to see? Link 'em up.