Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Grand Canyon Skywalk: Not a Hoax

I was skeptical when a friend first sent me this picture. It has all the earmarks of an Internet hoax. But with a little web searching, I found that there really is a glass walkway being built over the edge of the Grand Canyon. The glass-bottomed Skywalk is being built by the Hualapai Tribe, and it is now scheduled to open in January 2006. It will project 70 feet from the rim of the canyon, and allow visitors to look straight down over 4000 feet.

For more information visit www.destinationgrandcanyon.com/pressrelease.html

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Talking Turkey

For the past few years I've been hearing about organic, free-range turkeys. People who've tried them swear they are better tasting. Now there's another reason to "go organic."

Most turkeys are fed a steady diet of antibiotics to keep them healthy and promote growth. But of course, there are still bacteria present in the turkeys and in their environment. Due to poor sanitation in the poultry industry, some of these bacteria may remain in/on the turkey.

Here's the big problem: due to the long-term exposure to the antibiotics, the bacteria in the turkey is extremely resistant. So if you get sick from bacteria in the turkey, you won't respond to conventional treatments. This is becoming a major problem, to the extent that some large food companies (including McDonalds) are now requiring their suppliers to reduce or eliminate the use of antibiotics in poultry.

If you want to avoid antibiotics in your holiday bird, look for a UDSDA Certified Organic turkey. For more information, visit www.environmentaldefense.org/article.cfm?contentid=4131

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

You Are a Freedom Rocker!

You're stuck in the 70s - for better or worse
Crazy hair, pot soaked clothes, and tons of groupies
Your kind showed the world how to rock
Is that freedom rock?... Well turn it up man!

OK - this is El Cotoro's result from one of those online test thingies. I don't even know what to call these things, but you've probably seen them... "What's your Martian name?" - "What kind of boss are you?" - "Could you pass 8th grade English?"

Well, follow the link above and you'll find a BUNCH of these things. Don't blame El Cotoro if you waste half your day!

(PS - let me know... what movie genre would you be?)

Monday, November 07, 2005

Connect with the Arts

There are over 100,000 art groups, galleries, guilds, schools and museums in the United States and Canada. Most of us can name only a few, even in our own communities.

ArtChain is an ambitious attempt to "connect people with the arts" in their communities and on their travels by providing a comprehensive, searchable directory of arts organizations. Presently there are only a few hundred entries in the ArtChain directory. Some areas are well covered, while others are sparse. There is not a single art museum listed in the state of Indiana, for example.

But the project seems worthwhile, and it's easy (and free) to add a listing. Visit ArtChain.com and check it out. And if you belong to an arts organization of any sort, add it to this growing directory.