Rehearsal with Michael and Jon. So many songs! The new material was rehearsed, a tentative set list was created and tomorrow we will play the set in order.
My orchids keep on blooming. I’m fine with that.
Slashdot Games Story | How Nintendo’s Mario Got His Name
In 1981, tiny Nintendo of America was getting ready to release Donkey Kong. When the company’s landlord, Mario Segale, demanded back rent, Nintendo staffers named the game’s barrel-jumping protagonist after him. Almost thirty years later, neither Nintendo — which continues to crank out Mario games — nor Segale — now a wealthy, secretive Washington State real estate developer — like to talk about how one of video games’ iconic characters got his name and Italian heritage.h
Fantastic slow-mo of the launch of Apollo 11:
(Via Daring Fireball)
What Climate Change Means for Wine Industry | Wired Science | Wired.com
All crops need favorable climates, but few are as vulnerable to temperature and other extremes as wine grapes. “There is a 15-fold difference in the price of cabernet sauvignon grapes that are grown in Napa Valley and cabernet sauvignon grapes grown in Fresno” in California’s hot Central Valley, says Kim Cahill, a consultant to the Napa Valley Vintners’ Association. “Cab grapes grown in Napa sold [in 2006] for $4,100 a ton. In Fresno the price was $260 a ton. The difference in average temperature between Napa and Fresno was 5 degrees Fahrenheit.”
Numbers like that help explain why climate change is poised to clobber the global wine industry, a multibillion-dollar business whose decline would also damage the much larger industries of food, restaurants, and tourism.
Very interesting article about grapes. I have long felt that nothing will really be done about climate change until the big corporations start seeing losses… should the flood waters come close to Disneyland, or the wine industry in Nappa fail, well, action will be taken then.
You want to buy a new bike. You don’t know which size frame would suit you best… there is an app for that:
SizeMyBike: iPhone bike fitting App
How to choose the right bicycle size?