Friday, February 29, 2008

Zou Town

The poster boys for the "Keep Missoula Weird" campaign...
Zou Town

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

My Very Exciting Magic Carpet

GREAT FALLS - A fourth-grader at Riverview Elementary has won the National Geographic planetary mnemonic contest, developing a handy way to remember the newly assigned 11 planets, including three dwarfs.

National Geographic Children's Books created the contest in response to the recent announcement by the scientific community that there are now 11 recognized planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. Ceres, Pluto and Eris are considered dwarf planets.

Maryn Smith's winning mnemonic is "My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants."

Smith's mnemonic will be published in astronomer David Aguilar's next National Geographic book, "11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System." It also will be recorded into a song by Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Lisa Loeb. Both are scheduled to be released in March.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer, THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN documents the dramatic failure of Farmer John's conventional farming operation and its resurrection into a thriving, organic Community Supported Agriculture farm. By Melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, the quintessentially American story heralds a resurrection of farming in America.
This film would win in many categories--quirky documentary, personal memoir, organic farming, overcoming adversity...I'm sure I'll see it again.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Moon Moment

The most beautiful thing about the full lunar eclipse the other night was to see so many people out standing on street corners gazing up at the sky. People streamed out of bars downtown to watch the celestial event. It's a special moment when a single event transcends everything else people are doing and briefly creates a communal experience.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Political Epithets

In my house, we watch a lot of CNN and MSNBC political analysis these days... I'll be adding to this list as the ridiculous categorization continues. Feel free to add your own:
  • non-college whites
  • beer-drinking democrats
  • downscale democrats
  • blue-collar gritty democrats
  • white ethnic women (?? What does this mean...Jews?)
  • struggling black democrats

Sunday, February 10, 2008