January 31st, 2007

Ann Vole

Writing stories needs morals, morals need evil, evil needs racism.

I was trying to come up with a story idea for my beaver and raccoon editions of my Noah's Ark Animals radio plays. I can't seem to go anywhere without knowing where I want the story to go... What is the message, the purpose, the reason the audience would be interested in learning the outcome? This seems to come from some sort of moral. I was looking at the stories I did write with ease and realized that each arc in the story had a particular evil that I was courting... That evil and the way to overcome that evil seemed to be the driving force that made the story seem to write itself. In the Bible's version of a flood, the reason was that the evil actions of humans made God want to start all over with his creation. The evils seemed to be connected to society trying to become God (Tower of Babel) or people thinking they were more god-like then other people (Son's of the gods marrying the daughters of Mankind). This elevation of mankind or of a particular type of mankind is the driving force in my stories that I wrote without hesitation because of the many evils that come from that attitude. Now I need to take some of the evils of humans and transfer them to the typical life of an animal species in a believable way. I will continue this exploration in posts labeled "the evils of..." [insert species].
Ann Vole

Evergreen trees may be bad for the environment

I was reading this article:


where they say that planting more forests in the northern latitudes may actually warm the earth more then cool it due to the dark colours absorbing more heat. This assessment seems to ignore the concept of trees losing their leaves in the winter and allowing snow cover to reflect lots of light. Also not considered are the un-treed areas that show dark earth to space instead of dead leaves (in the spring and fall). If you have ever been in a forest during the hot summer, you will notice that it is quite cool under the trees. Sure the tree tops are getting hot but the heat also radiates back into the sky instead of heating the ground. I think these scientists may be doing a poor job with this bit of research and specifically not considering what types of trees grown. Back to my beaver fixation... aspen trees, the favorite of beavers, have very light coloured leaves.

I found this article from a website of interesting things regarding the environment:


The person who posted the link in a forum has a website development company that is green-minded by designing web pages that use lots of dark colours so the computer monitors use less electricity. I also thought that it will likely help monitors to last longer (thus saving the environment of all those nasty chemicals in most monitors and embedded energy)