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You stand on the verge of…

It’s May, and readers are no doubt beginning to make notes for the commencement wisdom they’re soon due to dispense.  Here, inspiration:  from the helpful folks at Online Universities, five graduation addresses (including JFK’s famous 1963 American University speech, pictured above) and 45 other exemplars of the rhetorical arts: “50 Incredible, Historical Speeches You Should Watch Online.”

As we clear our throats, we might recall that it was on this date in 1994 that Queen Elizabeth II of the UK and French President François Mitterrand spoke at the opening of one of “the Seven Wonders of the Modern World,” the Channel Tunnel.

Where’s Wellington when one needs him?

Catching a breath…

One knows that CO2 emissions are fouling the atmosphere, but to see it in real time is an illuminatng– and chastening– thing…  Now, thanks to David Bleja’s Breathing Earth, one can.

Breathing Earth is a real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates; one simply scrolls over a country to watch it “puff.”  Worryingly, as David observes,

Please remember that this real time simulation is just that: a simulation. Although the CO2 emission, birth rate and death rate data used in Breathing Earth comes from reputable sources, data that measures things on such a massive scale can never be 100% accurate. Please note however that the CO2 emission levels shown here are much more likely to be too low than they are to be too high.

As we recommit to reducing our carbon footprints, we (at least those of us who remember how hard it used to be to get a decent cup of coffee in London until relatively recently) might add a celebratory extra lump of sugar today, in celebration of the opening on the Channel Tunnel on this date in 1994.  The influx of Continental visitors that this occasioned– all of them anxious for an espresso or a latte– has led to a London in which (as it seems to a pedestrian) every third store-front is a Starbucks or a Cafe Nero or a Seattle’s Best…


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May 6, 2009 at 1:01 am

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