Only You Can Save Earth, From Stuff

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This Earth Day, we have a lot to worry about. With the country still gripped with a dependence on fossil fuels, the EPA being head by someone who is a climate-denier, and problems with lead in water in several towns throughout the nation (Flint’s doing better, but still has “acceptable” levels of lead in the water). ­čś«

Being an environmentalist these days is no walk in the park. There’s a lot of crap out there, miss information, lies, all from an industry that doesn’t want to change. Big oil is supposedly moving towards renewable energy. I’m not holding my breath. ­čśë I think they’d probably rather just drill baby drill till there’s nothing left!

I’ve talked about things we can do to help improve our own environment in previous Earth Day posts. I’ve also talked about the fact that I live in a home that uses solar panels and I drive an electric car. So this time I’d like to talk about what I like about nature.

If I were an animal, I’d be an inside cat. It’s tough for me to be outside during the day since the sun is out to kill me. ­čśë Being outside during the day means I have to wear sunscreen (something I liberally spray myself with, just ask Mark Mushakian). So when I do go outside, I do my best to enjoy it.

Thankfully, I don’t have to go far to enjoy nature. It’s all around my neighborhood. There’s the man-made city lake, with plenty of mallards and geese to hang with. Want to go camping? Well, there’s O’Neil Park just a few miles away. Heck, I can just walk out of my house and just a few yards to the greenbelt to get some shade and check out the local wildlife. Right now, the bunnies abound.

The sounds of birds warning of my intrusions, the rustling of the bushes as little creatures scurry away from me, and when that gentile breeze is tacked on, quite a nice experience. Now that I’m walking every day, I can enjoy nature while I get my uphill exercise.

Our environment is so important, even if you don’t believe in climate science, you still ought to respect nature and approve of protecting it. We allow too much destruction of our environment. From poisoning water systems to filling our air with toxic chemicals, politics should stop us from having clean air and water. After all, we all have to drink and breath regardless of our politics.

With that said, let’s celebrate the wonders of nature today. I encourage you to get outside and soak up the wonders of nature.┬á See what animals you can find. Attempt to identify a plant or a tree. Or just be lazy and watch some YouTube videos about nature (though get out side instead). However you decide to celebrate Earth Day today, just remember how important this planet is. It’s all we’ve got and that means we have the responsibility to keep it healthy. I’ll see you outside (wow that felt weird to type)!

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Nintendo Possibly Adding Update to Old Wii U

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http://www.polygon.com/2017/1/13/14269470/nintendo-switch-size-comparison

I’m not a freelance writer anymore, but while I was working for that tech blog last year I managed to make some really interesting contacts in the tech industry. Well, one of those contacts just let me in on a tasty little secret! I’ll let you in on it in a second.

The Nintendo Switch is looking to be Nintendo’s most successful video game console to date. It’s a 2-in-1 system allowing users to play console-quality games on a mobile system. Sony tried to do this with the PS Vita and PS4, to some varying success. However, the Nintendo Switch does not require the purchase of an extra console.

Even thought the Switch has only been out for about a month, Nintendo is allegedly coming up with something new for Wii U owners. usually a video game console lasts from about 5-8 years, but as technology improves, the lifespan of video game consoles is shrinking. Just look at how quickly PCs become obsolete.

According to one of my sources, Nintendo is working on a new upgrade for Wii U fans. supposedly, this new upgrade will allow the Wii U controller to be completely portable. Users will now be able to carry that big bulky controller around with them. No longer will the Wii U controller be chained to the console.

Sure the Wii U controller is not as portable as the Switch nor is it as light. However, just imagine all of the games you can play on Wii U where ever you want. Laugh at all those people who paid $500 plus for that hard to find Switch.

It may seem like a crazy idea, and Nintendo sure has had their share of crazy ideas, but it could turn out to be a great move by the video game company. The Nintendo Switch may continue to be in short supply for the rest of the year. With the Wii U upgrade, possibly coming out soon, you wont have to wait for the Switch to be in stock.

I think this new upgrade sounds awesome. I’m still not clear on the details, though. Is it a software upgrade? Do you have to buy some new kind of hardware to make it work? Better than Switch? Why not just come out with a Nintendo Switch U? More questions? What? Hopefully, we will find out soon. Possibly more information to follow in the coming weeks…

 

Merry Holiday People!

So, this is getting close to last minute, but I thought I should do something for the holidays. Some of us could use a happy distraction, while others have plenty to be happy for. So to those who could use some chearing up, here’s some photos I took around my neighboorhood:

Boy, I sure like the clouds in these pictures. Merry holidays everyone!