Wednesday, July 25, 2007

What's up, guys? Last night was pretty quiet, once again. Eric stopped by. He's working on mixing down some stuff that he's recorded. He kind of amazes me. He manages to produce more music in his free time (while holding down a full time job) than a good number of "professional" musicians do when they're getting paid to do nothing but make music. Anyway, Eric's very prolific, and his music is good. He's not just cranking stuff out without any concern for quality- he's a really good song writer and musician who manages to pull off a number of different styles of music. I'm not just saying this stuff because he's in my band (although I genuinely feel fortunate to play in a group with such a talented person). You can check out his web site (which can be kind of tricky to load, especially if you're not running on a Mac) over here. You can check out his MySpace page over here.

Anyway, I didn't do a heck of a lot last night. I watched a show on KLRU created by Jean-Michel Cousteau that was about America's undersea ecosystems and wildlife sanctuaries. There was some pretty incredible underwater cinematography, including some really cool footage of humpback whales in sanctuary waters near Hawaii. I've been scuba diving before, but only in other countries (Mexico, Cayman Islands, Honduras), but this show really got me thinking about the undersea ecosystems that exist around the North American coastline. Cousteau's team did a good job of showing the diversity of undersea life off of the North American coastlines, from the Flower Garden coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico to the struggling reefs in the Florida Keys to the kelp forests of the west coast and the whale migration routes of Hawaii and Alaska. The show also highlighted the problem of ghost fishing, which apparently involves the loss of nonbiodegradable fishing nets by commercial fisherman. These nets can be very large, and will continue to trap and kill sea life for decades after being lost and left on the bottom of the ocean. Ghost fishing poses a big hazard not only to the fish which the fishing nets were designed to catch, but also to marine mammals, sea turtles, and other large aquatic life which get caught up in the expansive nets. There are groups who are trying to clean the nets up (at least along the U.S. coastlines), but ghost fishing is a big problem, and there are a relatively small number of people working with limited budgets to address the problem. Anyway, the video of the whales that they had on this show was really super cool.
Okay. That's it for now. Everyone make sure to use enviromentally friendly fertilizers on their lawns, because we don't want to poison the ocean!

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