Last Day of 02006

Woke up early. Made some coffee and waited for the sun to rise while working on my Tibet photos. I am going through all 1,700 photos again – this time using Apple’s Aperture software – and will put together a Tibet slideshow for 2007.
Sunday Morning Promise
Meanwhile the sun has found a hole in the cloud-cover and is lighting up the snow crystals like a Japanese animated movie fairy-tale sequence – eine Zeichentrickmärchenglitzershow.

Everything glitters as the sun-beam moves across the horizon. And then it’s over as another cloud obscures the light.

– I would like to finish my next band-recording Up Close
– I would like to record another solo guitar album – augmented with location sounds and the occasional synth texture – with a Tibet theme. Maybe a DVD with the music plus a slideshow

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve!

Ice mass snaps free from Canada’s Arctic

Ice mass snaps free from Canada’s Arctic – Yahoo! News
A giant ice shelf has snapped free from an island south of the North Pole, scientists said Thursday, citing climate change as a “major” reason for the event. The Ayles Ice Shelf — all 41 square miles of it — broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island, about 500 miles south of the North Pole in the Canadian Arctic. Scientists discovered the event by using satellite imagery. Within one hour of breaking free, the shelf had formed as a new ice island, leaving a trail of icy boulders floating in its wake.

Warwick Vincent of Laval University, who studies Arctic conditions, traveled to the newly formed ice island and couldn’t believe what he saw.
“This is a dramatic and disturbing event. It shows that we are losing remarkable features of the Canadian North that have been in place for many thousands of years,” Vincent said. “We are crossing climate thresholds, and these may signal the onset of accelerated change ahead.”

Thanks Salma

We received more than a foot of snow last night. Sadly some people are still clueless about global warming. What happens when you throw a bunch of ice-cubes into a bowl of water? The water gets colder. When 41 square miles of ice break off and melt in the ocean, what happens? Weather patterns change! It will colder before it gets warmer, allowing some folks to go on pretending that there is no Global Warming. There will be no time to gloat as we will all have to work together to turn this ship around. This global warming trend might end up accelerating faster even than the change from CDs to downloads – my Higher Octave royalty statements already show more downloads than CD sales… – how is that for a strange mental tangent…

Here it is still snowing. Quite beautiful, actually. A thick blanket of snow. Quiet. Might have to cancel tomorrow night at GIG if it doesn’t let up and melt… no way my car will make it through this much snow and I hear from others that the streets in town are treacherous.

Update: We now have received two feet of snow. Must purchase a better snow shovel. Back is hurting. But, never complain about moisture in any form when you live in a desert…

Even more snow. Record snowfall in Santa Fe. Nobody is to drive on the streets. I-25 closed from Albuquerque to Denver. You couldn’t leave Santa Fe if you wanted to…