In 2016 the Gray Jay won the Canadian Geographic National Bird Project. The goal of the project was to declare an official bird for Canada by the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Almost 50,000 people voted, and so the humble Gray Jay beat out nearly 450 species of birds, including old Canadian stalwarts Common Loon, Snowy Owl, Canada Goose, and Black-capped Chickadee. All that said, this comic won’t clear up a single question you might have on this awesome bird. I’ll leave it to the smarties at Canadian Geographic to tell you more.
So we’ve discovered that virtual echo chambers can occur in social media, decreasing opinion diversity, and increasing distrust and misinformation. Discouraging. What if an entire country had a physical wall around it? What if the only information you could consume came from within those walls? Terrifying.
I’m all for being prepared, although I have a rather spotty history in that department that could reasonably lead you to think otherwise. Being prepared in everyday life, and being an actual prepper, on the other hand, are two monumentally different things.
Our well has run dry several times this summer. It’s happened before, but not like this. Not with this frequency. I opened the lid to the well to have a look, and it’s 14 feet of dead air, with a pump at the bottom. Local rivers are trickles at best, dry at worst. The water table is scary low. Wells in the County that have never run dry in 30 years, are dust bowls this year, with no sign of relief in sight. Tell me agin how climate change isn’t a thing.
And now a fun comic!
There’s a lot of talk about building walls right now. I’m not a wall expert, but I have serious doubts about the practicality of a physical wall. Where one person sees a barrier, another person sees a challenge. The farm I grew up on had lots of fences to keep the sheep safe. That didn’t stop the coyotes.
The last time I looked for work, there was only me, my girlfriend and a couple cats in a smallish apartment. Now it’s me, my wife, three kids and a completely different cat in a house with a mortgage and car payments. The stakes are very different now. I won’t lie to you – job hunting is far more stressful now.
If you haven’t heard about the ill-fated mosaic-tailed rat, also known as the Bramble Cay melomys, it has the dubious honour of being the first mammalian casualty of climate change. Good job, everybody!
You could communicate with an alien race from across the known universe and still feel bored and alone. Go outside and meet people. People you can share ideas with. People who can help you build a machine to talk with an alien race from across the known universe.