Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Question 29

A. What was your favorite book from childhood?

2. What are your thoughts on global warming? Are we at fault? Is our planet doomed?

Z. Gum or hard candy?


At 11:33 AM , Blogger Tamara said...


A) In my youngest youth, anything by Frances Hodgson Burnett (esp A Little Princess) or Marguerite Henry. In later years of youth, anything by Louis Sachar or Lois Lowry.

2) The planet is frickin' screwed. People are STILL chopping down rainforest--how outdated should that be by now?!?!?! People SUCK. But we've probably got a few hundred generations left. Of course, we'll be building homes on top of landfills before the end...

Z) Hard candy. Seems like I can never find a trash can when the gum is getting icky, and I end up chewing it till my jaw hurts. Uck.

At 12:57 PM , Blogger Deontologist said...

A) Big Dr. Seuss fan.

2) Mixed on this. I believe that selfishness and short-term gratification has natural consequences, thus we need to live by reasoned (euphamism for "moral") decisions rather than short-term thinking.

That said, I honestly remain skeptical of the many who market "environmental science" as a result of their utopian policy dreams, public fears, financial interests of green friends, snooty elitism, or guilt-motivated hatred of selective aspects of consumerism.

When measuring something as big as a planet, a few decades of data isn't quite enough to browbeat selective potential offenders into changes which might have equally likely consequences. Now see my first paragraph.

Z. soft candy...especially chocolate. (oooh, what a free spirit I turn out to be, he he, I took the path I get to fill out the "wild & crazy" question.)

At 2:12 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

1. I loved Paddington (the bear) books.

2. We're screwing things up big time but I believe we'll stop depending so much on fossil fuels and reverse the damage.

3. Gum over hard candy.

At 2:13 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

A - almost anything - I was a voracious reader when I was younger. Probably one of the Jennings books was my favorite.

2. We're at fault but I don't think we're doomed. I think things will equal out eventually as technology gets better AND we can bring the 3rd world countries up to our level without going through their own sorts of Industrial revolutions. I am worried about China's use of oil increasing as rapidly as it is.
Z - hard candy. Gum is only good when I have stinky breath or I've just off a plane and need to equalize my ears....

At 4:16 PM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

A. How young a child? THE COUNT OF MONTE CHRISTO remains in the memory.

2. F#ck yes, we're at fault. And it's getting worse faster and faster to the point where it will soon be too late to stop it...assuming it isn't already.

And there is no will to change in this country (the worst offender by far) but more and bigger gas guzzling SUVs are being sold.

Look at the evidence of the melting of the polar ice caps if nothing else.

Yeah we're screwed. I can't say how long but it doesn't look good.

Z. hard candy

At 4:35 PM , Anonymous kingw said...

A.Green Eggs and Ham
I still think it is brilliant

2.I think global warming is real. I think the Earth is self regulating. Coincidence that most of the worlds populations are near large bodies of water. These cities are big contributors to pollution. Global warming will cause water level to rise, eliminating part of the problem. I also believe at that point we will get more cooperation concerning the problem.

Z. Not a fan of either, unless it was chocolate or caramel flavored hard candy.

At 8:40 PM , Blogger Slyeyes said...

Books: Can't remember the names of the books. But none of the books could hold a candle to the stories my Dad told about when he was growing up. I could hear those over and over and over. One was about a cabin he and his buds made out of limestone, with a limestone fireplace. When they started a fire in the fireplace, the water in the cracks of the limestone expanded and the rock started exploding. He told of the mad scramble to get out of there. We'd giggle giggle giggle and then demand "tell it again, Daddy, tell it again."

Global Warming: We have been warned and we need to pay attention.

Gum or hard candy: Hard Candy

At 11:28 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

A) Little Brown Bear Goes Fishing and The Fox With Cold Feet

2) The Earth is clearly warming. Is it due to human activity or just part of a natural climate change? That is still up for debate, and probably cannot be determined for a couple centuries, if ever. But we should act as if human consumption is the cause; do you really want to take a chance the other way?

Z) Either is OK, though I usually find myself having gum more often.

At 11:30 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

A: the Little Women series.. (there were 4 books - Little Women, Good Wives*, Little Men & Jo's Boys). I read them at about ages 8 or 9. They can still make me cry 20+ years later.

2. I think it's real, and as a society, yes it is our fault, and we need to do something to change it. If we don't wake up and change the way we look after the planet (or don't) then we're definitely screwed (and not in a good way), but probably not in our lifetimes.

Z. gum - unless it's butterscotch candy. Then definitely candy.

*yes, Good Wives. Really. I know.

At 12:01 AM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

A. I had several favorite books . . . or at least books the I remember and of which I have fond memories: (i) A Fish Out of Water, hilarious calamity ensues when a boy disregards the pet shop owner's advice and overfeeds his goldfish; (ii) The Pokie Little Puppy, a cute puppy goes bad but ultimately finds redemption after a series of hardships; (iii) Tootle, a cute steam locomotive goes bad but ultimately finds redemption after a series of hardships; and (iv) Scruffy (sp), a cute toy tug boat seeks his fortune in wide open sea only to be reunited with his owner after a series of harrowing experiences. I think the common appeal for me was the illustrations. The later three were golden books and the illustrator, in my opinion, was a genius. I got lost in the pictures more than in the stories.

As an aside, I also had a hardback book given to me by my grandmother about a boy going on an adventure with a dinosuar. I seem to recall they escaped from a museum, hid under a giant invisible tea cozy maybe, and returned to the museum at the end of the day. It was heavily illustrated and, if my recollection is correct, the illustrations were by Edward Gorey. I distinctly remember the shape of a square in the hatchmarks in the sky (somehting I've come to equate with Gorey). However, I can't find this book anywhere. Sound familiar to anyone?

2. Screw the Earth. I'll be done with it in a few decades. Just buy stock in sunscreen companies now.

Z. Gum, but the old, classic varieties like Clove and Teaberry. Plus Wrigleys Juicy Fruit and Fruitstripe.

At 3:51 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

from my email today...

Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot defend themselves or run away. And few destroyers of trees ever plant any; nor can planting avail much toward
restoring our grand aboriginal giants. It took more than three thousand years to make some of the oldest of the Sequoias, trees that are still standing in perfect strength and beauty, waving and singing in the mighty forests of the Sierra. - John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)

ggnitg - g'nite to you, too. sweet dreams!

At 12:46 PM , Blogger Leetie said...

The gingerbread man

I don't think there is any question that the plague of humans on Earth has had a detrimental effect, but I kind of feel that there are more acute problems than global warming. We'll doom ourselves with chemicals or a poisoned food supply before global warming really does anything. Either that, or the cephalopod overlord will come for us.

Mos' def' gum. I'm not a big fan of hard candy. I need to chew. I prefer cookies and cake over gum.

At 5:21 PM , Blogger punky said...

A. Happiness is ... with the characters from Peanuts. LOVE LOVE LOVE that book.

2. I think there are numerous factors at work with the shift in climate. I think that mother nature and planet earth have their own agenda and their own rhythm and process, about which we can only guess. But I believe that we have done our fair share of screwing things up along the way. As pollyanna as it is, I do dream of a time where we leave in harmony with our planet and treat it with respect and cherish it as we would a loved one. I'd also really love it if we treated animals with that same respect and did all we could to honor and allow them their natural habitat. We assume that we are more important and that our needs take precedence over this planet and the animals who reside on it and its natural resources. I struggle with the process by which we control animal populations and how we think nothing of killing sharks when they get too close to shore, as if they have no right to be there, it being their home and all. But that's a whole other topic.

z. Hard candy any day and twice on Sunday. I chew gum for about 10 seconds and then spit it out. Blech.

p.s. I'm too lazy to spellcheck ... so whatever.

At 6:16 PM , Anonymous Sallyacious said...

A. Tossup between The Wizard of Oz and A Little Princess.

2. I think we're up a rapidly drying creek at this point. The changes have begun, and we can't even agree that it's happening, much less institute the drastic measures that would arrest the problem.

z. Gum. Ya wanna piece?

At 6:22 PM , Anonymous Sallyacious said...

Boo A: I just read your entry. EEEE! Those are all books from my childhood too. I'd completely forgotten about them. Did you ever read The Seven Little Postmen? I think it was done by the same illustrator.

At 10:29 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

Oh, yeah! Peanuts books! How could I forget?

At 12:02 PM , Blogger MrFisher said...


A. Curious George, Dr. Suess, The Berstein Bears, DICK and HA! kidding.

2. Our Global is indeed warming, why just yesrterday while merely sitting at my desk I broke a sweat.
I don't believe it was entirely my fault, although I may have forgotten to wear ANTI-perpsirant. Any way, I think we have helped move the effects of it along much faster than had we stayed dinosaurs, but yes some day the planet is bound to be doomed, but will it be before the resurrection of Christ? Hmmmmmm. Sorry that was deeper than I intended. All Apologies.

Z.Gum while I was quitting smoking, but I'm a Jolly Rancher man by heart.


At 6:44 PM , Blogger Mad Scientist said...

1) Amelia Bedelia when I was young. Box car children when I was a little older and Danny Dunn series (he was a child scientist of course) when I was even older. At that point I graduated to young adult stories and got hooked on the HHG2G trilogy and anything by Stephen King.

2) Global warming sucks! This planet maybe doomed but it has nothing to do with global warming

3) Hard Candy

At 11:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Where the Wild Things Are.

B) The globe can take care of itself. And Human ingenuity will outpace global disasters. See Julian Simon's bet with Paul "Population Bomb" Ehrlich here

Q) Gum


At 11:47 AM , Anonymous Targetgirl said...

A) The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or what C'Bol said.

2) Our fault. Doomed. Or, what Punky said.

Z) What Leetie said. Chocolate trumps all hard candy or gum.


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