Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Go to the Azores!

Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores, is a four and a half hour direct flight from Boston. And yet, so few Americans actually go. This is really a shame. And in the following, I propose a list of reasons why anyone who likes the following should consider going to the Azores.

You are fascinated with volcanoes and their effect upon the landscape including the following:

- Desolate volcanic landscapes resulting from recent destructive eruptions -

- Bubbling steam pools emanating pungent sulfuric smells, but strangely enough, delicious mineral water -- Giant calderas resulting from cataclysmic eruptions from thousands of years ago -

-Hot springs fed warm water waterfalls, perfect for swimming -

-Delicious desserts, aptly named "chocolate volcanoes" -

You love animals, in particular:

- Funny ducks -
- Sperm Whales -- Bottle-nosed Dolphins -

- Curious Cows -

- Cows who enjoy living on the edge -

You receive a thrill from terrifying road signs:

Hydrangeas are your favorite type of flower:

You hold a warm place in your heart for old Portuguese forts and castles -

You would love to spend an afternoon relaxing on a beautiful black sand beach:

You enjoy feeling sea-worthy by looking at sailboats and lighthouses:

You enjoy quaint small towns with character:

You dream about exploring lava rock caves, created from the force of water and used by 16th century pirates to hide their loot.

You just love seeing aesthetically pleasing places. In fact, you crave beauty:

If any of these statements applied to you, then I strongly consider going to the Azores.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What can be said of the Azores?

Of course, many things can be said of the Azores. I promise to do so once I upload my 400 pictures of the trip to my computer.

Until then, you will just have to wait.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

We're In the Club!

David and I have joined the club of hybrid ownership. Today, we purchased a Saturn VUE hybrid. I think it is really pretty. David, on the other hand, is not a fan of the color. He doesn't like blue (because he thinks it looks like BYU or Utah State colors, and he wants everyone to know that he is a Utah fan).

We had the complete car dealership experience. We ran an errand during our test drive (just like Kramer did). We got donuts (they didn't run out, like they did for poor George Costanza). I even begged David to take me to lunch at Arby's (so I could say, "I had the roast beef"). Sigh. I think I will forever think of car buying like that one Seinfeld episode at the Saab dealership.

We then enjoyed the XM radio on our drive as well as the many other features. I have never had a car with leather seats, after all. Think of the poor cows who gave their lives so that we may save a few bucks on gas.

Note: you cannot see it completely, because of my poor photography skills, but we were listening to the Moody Blues "Timothy Leary."

Friday, June 06, 2008

Let's think about Zimbabwe

So this is absolutely unacceptable. Mugabe not only has once again effectively banned Morgan Tsvangirai's opposition party in the weeks leading up to the presidential election, but he has also banned foreign aid groups from delivering much needed food aid to Zimbabwe's empoverished people. Why has he done this? Well, in effect, he wants ONLY the Zibabwean government (meaning, his government) to have the power of providing food sustenence for the people. In other words, he is trying to use food as a weapon of control. In fact, the linked article points out that food is only being handed out to supporters of his party, and that in order for people who support the opposition candidate to be able to get food, they must hand in their identifications that allow them to vote.

How incredibly shocking this is. And how incredibly disconcerting it is that Thabo Mbeki sits idly by and doesn't do or say anything about this crisis. I know it is far too much to expect that Western leaders will do very much (except make speeches with denunciations)...

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

I love Legal Research

How else can you explain why I was so excited to find the Full-Text Court decision (from Malawi) involving the case of Madonna's adoption:

In Re: Adoption of Children Act (Cap.26:01); In Re: David Banda (Adoption Cause No.2 of 2006) [2008] MWHC 3 (28 May 2008)

The South African Legal Information Institute website is great for legal research in countries in Southern and Eastern Africa.

I Made These...

Yes, I have finally entered the relatively net-saavy world. I actually created a website and also an operation using JavaScript for my computer class. Yes, I know. I am now officially the next Bill Gates.

Do you want to see these works of beauty? Well, I have good news, while enjoying my very first website, you can learn about poetry and public transportation. That's right. If you have ever been riding a bus or train somewhere and seen a poem and thought to yourself, what is that? Now, you can get some answers. Here is my Poetry and Public Transportation website.

Now for the Javascript page. If you enjoyed playing MadLibs as a kid, then you might enjoy my JavaScript Madlibs. The pictures at the top of the page give you a hint as to what the story is about. (Note: this application works better if you have Firefox than if you are using Internet Explorer as your Browser, in which case the story might not pop up).

Have fun. And be kind.