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Google Earth for OS X is now officially out. ^_^ Has anyone subscribed to Google Earth Pro? Do you find it worthwhile?

Apparently, the arctic hare can reach around 64mph (103kph). ^_^;

From Grzimek ed.2 vol.16 p.484, "One of the only known instances in which a lagomorph survives by eating meat is found in an isolated population of the collared pika (O. collaris). These pikas live on nunataks, or small islands of rock in the middle of a sea of ice, protruding from the Seward Glacier in the Yukon, the world’s largest non-polar ice field. It is remarkable to find pikas in this environment, and even more so that they can survive on the few plants that also hang on in this bleak place. These pikas eat the brains from birds that die while flying overhead and fortuitously fall on the nunataks giving them their slim margin for survival."

As they say - it's a living. Just not for the birds.

While I was disappointed to see Charles Kennedy edged out of the (British) Liberal Democrats leadership, perhaps Simon Hughes would be an effective replacement, "putting an emphasis on radicalism, civil liberties, public services and the environment."

There seems to be some confusion in the past few days regarding the R1 release of the recent season of Doctor Who - it may have been postponed in the US, but might still be on course for Feb 14 in Canada. (Of course, there's always the R2 release, out now)

Ah. There appears to be a reason for this. ^_^ Outpost Gallifrey's news page notes "the US-based Sci-Fi Channel, owned by NBC Universal, has secured a deal to broadcast the 13 episodes in America starting in March, beginning on what Outpost Gallifrey believes is likely March 17 (the week after the season finales of the popular "Battlestar Galactica" and two "Stargate" shows), at 9:00pm Friday nights, and it will likely conclude at some point in mid-to-late June in time for Sci-Fi's summer premieres of those shows", and "In addition, BBC Video has moved the US release date of the DVD from February 2006 to July 4, 2006 to capitalize on the exposure from the TV broadcast." [Edit: it appears the Doctor Who webmaster at the BBC has heard the news..]

And here's (1.1MB) why it's not a good idea to look like a seal in front of a polar bear.

So, with any luck, I should be migrating DSL ISPs for the site's back-end within a week or so, assuming the two companies (well, three, including the actual DSL line provider) involved play nicely together. The old ISP's policies had gradually become more convoluted with time, so I'm shifting to one where matters are more Wiccan in philosophy. :)
Hmm. You are what you eat. I'd avoid birdbrains, myself. ;p
It'd surely be easier for the pikas to simply order Mexican. ^_^

(Presumably brain must be tasty enough for it to remain on the menu, but I'll leave that for others to determine :)

I think I'll stick with grass. ^_^
perhaps Simon Hughes would be an effective replacement

He'd be my choice, though he can be rather disorganised (one reason he did badly in his bid to be Mayor of London). I'm intrigued by Chris Huhne, though: I know almost nothing about him, but apparently he could be the most radical of the lot as far as environmental issues are concerned.
Hm! I'll have to look into Chris Huhne.. there's only so much one nation can accomplish on the global environmental front, but at least Britain could set a pioneering example, with greater adoption of wind and solar power (wave power feels fairly problematic still.. too easy for installations to have unintended consequences on local ecosystems. I'd like to find out if there've been any studies examining offshore installations, though that'd surely bump the costs up prohibitively), as well as, perhaps, the pebble bed reactors currently being developed by German and Chinese scientists. Such designs apparently are inherently immune from runaway meltdown risks, but that still leaves the issues of waste disposal. Still, given the costs of sticking with fuels like coal (both in the burning thereof, and its mining) and oil (especially considering there's not a whole lot of time left to shift fully to other fuels, global warming aside), such might be an intermediate option; fusion would be wonderful, but that could well be decades off still.

And then there's alternative fuels like vegetable oil and ethanol, which could be introduced quite readily, the former especially, for diesel engines, often with only minor work necessary (some of the piping, perhaps some retuning). There's so much that can be done, right now - yet even edging away from petra oleum still seems taboo, even for British politicians, let alone American.

Such refusals serve nobody well; witness the trends in US auto sales, where fuel efficiency is shifting sales to Japanese manufacturers. Yet for years, politicians, CEOs, and union leaders all decried any increases in EPA efficiency requirements, claiming they'd cost jobs. Now what? They'll have to adjust, with the handicap of a few years' head start by everyone else.

I admit, the idea of being energy independent is appealing anyway, not out of any political motivation, but simply independence, and personal sustainability.
wave power feels fairly problematic still

It's a shame the ecological effects of tidal power haven't been worked around yet, since given the very high tides in this country I'm sure they'd be able to provide a goodly amount of energy.
You are NOT eating my brains!

Now I've got visions of leagues of zombie pikas.. "Brraaiiins! BRAAAIIIINS!"
awww there was glass between the nice polar bear and the silly human girl. Where the sport in that?
I know! I couldn't help but feel sorry for the poor bear. How often does a meal come up and offer itself to you?

Ah well - "if it's too good to be true, it probably is" applies to ursines as well as hom.sap., it seems. ^_^
Apparently, the arctic hare can reach around 64mph

Terminal velocity?
They're generally hoping not. :)

And would they be eligible for speeding tickets? (Presumably so, if their license plate could be read by the GATSO camera)