Saturday, September 02, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
the day i die...
Wednesday October 12, 2061... I have 1,758,220,500 seconds to live and counting...
kinda weird to think about it
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Monsters of the deep: interesting occurrences
In studies it is shown that the deep sea is the largest habitat on earth.
However, just because it is the largest doesn’t mean it’s the most inhabited. It is very difficult for animals to survive in the depths of the ocean. It is incredibly cold, pitch black and provides very little oxygen for its inhabitants. The animals living in the deep also have to withstand a pressure on their systems more than 1000 times greater than the pressure placed on the inhabitants of the sea nearer to the surface - so immense it alters biochemistry.
‘Despite these obstacles to life - and the fact that even in the best-known regions, we have sampled less than 1% of the seafloor - we are now beginning to realize the deep is home to a spectacular diversity of organisms.’
In most of the research I have been able to complete the scientists all say that while we have not been able to fully discover and explore all the creatures living in the deep seas we musts be aware that there are many animals living in the sea that while we shouldn’t assume the worst, we should understand that they are potentially dangerous.
For example it was recently discovered that not only is the myth of the Giant squid real but it seems that it is ‘fundamentally different,’ from the other more understood squid, which illustrates just “how little we know about sea’s depths.” As I am still researching the giant squid I am going to hold off on giving more information.
I will also be expanding my research to cover a few other interesting things I have discovered that will require more research. Such as the varying behavior patterns between deep sea fish, sharks, squid, and even bacteria from there counterparts that live nearer to the surface.
I have also discovered and interesting piece of information that shows us that there may be some truth behind the stories that have been told for years about the glowing ocean. I’ll take a moment to provide a little background on the glowing ocean… Mariners have told many stories to scientists and other people claiming to see the ocean glow as far as the eye can see. This has been given many explanations such as the people making the claim were exaggerating and only saw disturbed plankton which emit light or bioluminescence. However, I have found and interesting article that shows that while plankton may be the cause for some of these incidents they would not fill the waters to the extent that the ocean glows for miles and miles.
The image below is a satellite images taken from space, which shows a spot in the Indian ocean glowing. Imagine how large this space must be so that it is visible from space.
“Scientists don't have a good handle what's going on. But satellite sensors have now provided the first pictures of a milky sea and given new hope to learning more about the elusive events.” If you note in the image above the space seen from space is approximately 250km or 153.34 miles in length.
While there are some possible reasons for this interesting occurrence the “circumstances under which milky seas form is almost entirely unknown," says Steven Miller, a Naval Research Laboratory scientist who led the space-based discovery. "Even the source for the light emission is under debate."
While it could be, as some Scientists suspect, bioluminescent bacteria creating the light in the ocean, as they produce a continuous glow, unlike the flashes of light produced by “‘dinoflagellate’ bioluminescent organisms that are seen more commonly lighting up ship wakes and breaking waves.” Others aren’t so certain. There is one major problem with this hypothesis. In order to create a space of light that large and visible from the skies there would have to be an extremely high concentration of the glowing bacteria, and there is no evidence of past experiences or reasons for bacteria to group together in such a large population If it is bacteria the question remains; “What could possibly support the occurrence of such a large population?"
thank you to: Mark Shrope and John Pickrell, Robert Roy Britt, and Kathleen Wren
Friday, January 06, 2006
To bean (my own private sea of daffodils)
this poem reminds me so much of you and everytime i think of you it seems to pop into my head... i miss and love you...
I wandered lonely as a cloud
Continuous as the stars that shine
The waves beside them danced; but they
For oft when on my couch I lie
~ William Wordsworth
monsters of the deep: an introduction
this will become a segment on my blog until i feel i have fully explained my research and understanding of the monsters that live deep down in the oceans and seas that cover 70% of the world's surface. by this i mean weird sea creatures that have yet to be discovered but that are probably unlike anything we have ever seen, i can't clearly say what they might be like but i know they are there.
first let me fill you in on my theory; i firmly believe that there are many many creatures or monsters are living in the ocean that have yet to be discovered. i'm not saying that they are all huge and scary beasts but i'm pretty sure that some of them are increadiably large and because most animals have to adapt to their surroundings i feel that they may have some features that we could never have dreamed of. many people believe that the story of the giant squid or octapus is just i myth. i, on the other hand, don't just believe its true i know it, but i'll explain more on that a little later.
i mean really think about it. can we honestly say that all of the creatures we are aware of in the vast ocean are the only ones that exist? can we go through life thinking if we didn’t/don’t see it than it isn’t real? do monsters of the deep exist? these questions come to mind whenever I get into the discussion of monsters of the deep, and i believe they do exist.
You may be thinking that my belief in these monsters is crazy… most people do… but based on the little bit of research that I have conducted I am only becoming more and more sure of their existence.
This first segment will include a couple of basic facts from which my idea can take flight.
fact one: this information was taken from the article "Using Unmanned Subs to Probe the Deep" published by national Geographic on August 16, 2001
“Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface, yet less than 5 percent of their underwater landscapes have been explored.”
fact two: i'm sure we can all agree that creatures like sharks, electric eels, and deadly water snakes exists
if only 5% of that large area of water has been explored and in that five percent we have creatures like sharks, electric eels, and close to 20,000 (est) different types of fish think of all the other species and creatures that could be living in the remaining 95% of the ocean that hasn't been explored...
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Rome bans 'cruel' goldfish bowls (Wed, 26 Oct 2005)
Round goldfish bowls are out and daily dog walks are in for all law-abiding citizens of Rome.
City councillors in the Italian capital voted on Tuesday to ban spherical goldfish bowls, saying it's in the best interest of the fish.
Rome's daily newspaper Il Messaggero reported that round bowls cause fish to go blind. Animal activists call the bowls cruel, while fish experts say the bowls don't provide enough oxygen.
that is a very interesting piece of news. and i think it makes my goldfish post a little more understandable.
thank you CBS news
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
words & phrases that should be banished for mis-use, over-use & general uselessness
- HUNKER DOWN – To brace oneself, in anticipation of media onslaught. Trotted out in reports about everything from politics to hurricanes (in other words overused)
- PERSON OF INTEREST – should be used within the context of legal commentary, but of course after the WAR ON TERRORISM it seems to have become another word/phrase for ARAB
- COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS – a new age term used to describe schools. apparently it has become the standard 'added value' phrase in many educational organizations mission statements. (pure stupidity)
- FIRST-TIME CALLER – long time listener. talk radio anyone?
- PASS THE SAVINGS ON TO YOU! – marketing catch phrase that lost steam a long long long time ago.
- GIT-ER-DONE – as well as any and all variations...
- DAWG - no more needs to be said
thank you Lake Superior State University