After Centuries of Keeping Water Out, The Dutch Now Letting It In

 Global Warming

For centuries the low-lying Netherlands has fought to reclaim land from water by creating polders, tracts of low land reclaimed from the sea. Now, with flood risk increasing thanks to climate change, it is giving the land back.

Essentially they’re sacrificing low populated areas of farmed land that will buy more time for the highly populated regions elsewhere when the rivers flood. Spock said it best as he was dying in the engine room, having sacrificed his life during ‘Wrath of Khan’:

The good of the many outweighs the good of the few, or the one

Lets hope the gov’t knows what their doing as they implement what they’re calling operation “Room for the river”.

Terra Daily has the scoop.

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IM IN UR MANGER KILLING UR SAVIOR

Graham posted a comment on GN the other day and I followed him back to his site using the trail of breadcrumbs which led me here: http://criticalanklebites.com/

It’s there that I found a video that truly made my day. It’s irreverent and it’s RPG geeks playing the part of the 3 wisemen in a nativity scene, here’s a snippet:

Geek/Wiseman1: This is turning out to be a very historically inaccurate nativity scene you guys.

Geek/Wiseman2: I think we threw historical accuracy out the window when you brought that iron broadsword to a bronze age campaign setting.

Thanks for finding that Graham.

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Stumble of the Day

Omega Man…er I Am Legend

I Am Legend

Since I’m taking the last 2.5 weeks of the year off from work I figured I’d take the wife out to see some movies this holiday. The things is though that I generally don’t go to the theaters, this month is the first time in 2+ years I ventured into the Cinema.

The movie of choice today? I Am Legend.

It stars Will Smith as the last man on the planet that has suffered an apocalypse killing most of the human population and converted the rest into blood thirsty mutants that only come out at night.

Sound familiar? It did to me the first time I saw the trailer on TV weeks ago. 25 years ago there was Omega Man (1971) starring Charlton Heston, I remember seeing it in the ’80′s.

When I looked up ‘Omega Man’ this evening I learned that it was based on a novel called ‘I am legend’ by Richard Matheson in 1954. It’s essentially a vampire thriller and one man’s efforts to overcome huge obstacles and loneliness.

And that’s not all, it appears that Will Smith’s take on the book is actually the third movie based on it. Seven years before Omega Man, forty three years before Will Smith’s version, there was The Last Man on Earth (1964) starring Vincent Price.

So there you have it, 3 movies based on the book in the last 43 years. Must be a great book, eh? The amazon reviews are pretty good, but I’m still not going to take a chance on a 50+ year old vampire thriller when there’s perfectly good sci-fi and fantasy out there waiting for me to pick up :)

So, what did I think about the movie today?

On a 5 Pocket Protector scale, I’d give it:

3.5 pocket protectors

3.5 is based on the action, the surreal scenes of an abandoned New York City and decent acting by Will Smith. The theater experience wasn’t bad either.

Entertainment

Whew! 1000 Posts, That Was Easy!

Geeknews 1000

I’m looking for help to get GN to 2000 posts in 2008. Interested in taking a shot at posting your own content here? I’ll give you the keys and you can take her around the block, kick the tires and see if you’d like to ride shotgun with me next year.

Also, to celebrate 1000 posts, I have a couple of really old school geeky gifts I’ll send to the first two folks that comment below.

- Andy

Announcement

Scientists Develop Genetically Modified Fearless Mouse

Fearless Mouse

Scientist tweaks ‘fear gene’ in mouse. Mouse wins stare down with cat. Next step, scientists fix the whole public speaking thing? (crossing fingers)

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