Blue Efficiency


We are fortunate to be living in the most amazing place in our known universe, a blue planet called Earth. But this home of ours is being threatened and the most serious threat comes from none other than ourselves. Forget alien invasions, Cylons, Klingons, Kardashians and other outer space creatures. In reality we alone are the most likely makers of our doom. Once there were only a selected few that went globetrotting. The likes of Magellan, Shackelton and Captain Cook did it for us, but now individual experience seems to be everything. In our quest for the next greatest social network profile picture, we are willing to go to quite some lengths. We all have seen it. Our great virtual friends, they seem to be at all of the right places. Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids, Great Wall of China, Ipanema beach; just to name a few. But our mobile lifestyle does have its consequences. Even the tiniest of girlies, when traveling halfway around the globe, leaves behind an elephant sized trail of footprints. It’s the carbon footprints that I am talking about.

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Rare are creatures that stir our imagination in such a profound way as do the dinosaurs. Those giant ancestors of today’s birds roamed the surface of our planet for more than 160 million years. Existence lasting ages, it seems, by itself doesn’t guarantee an eternity. Just as the dinosaurs went extinct some 65 million years ago, one distant (or not so distant) moment in the future our own kind will join them in the universal conscience as the ones that were, but are not no more. However, an absurd idea of interaction between the present and the future cosmic “has-beens” was ever present motive in our society, especially since the 1993 launch of the Steven Spielberg movie Jurassic park. (more…)

The Dying Lion

One of the few things that I remember from my early childhood is an impression of a mysterious beast, a giant bronze cast lion. I can still vaguely recall a memory of that time. It was decades ago, when sometimes we took a family trip to visit our relatives. And off we went, twice across the international border between Italy and what was then called Yugoslavia. In essence it was a daytrip that required no less than four crossings of the iron curtain between the east and the west. (more…)