Chris Schults

Web Developer for PCC Natural Markets

Step It Up Seattle

Local and federal leaders step it up

As reported by (video), more than 1,000 people took part in Step It Up Seattle, which began at Occidental Park in downtown Seattle and ended in Myrtle Edwards Park where a rally and solutions fair commenced. Many Grist staff members were present, and took pictures and chatted with local Grist readers. My job was to record brief audio interviews with some of the participants. Early in the week, we plan to share these photos and recordings with you. For now, here is just a taste of the day's events, the unedited audio recordings (Windows Media) of the rally's speakers: KC Golden, Policy Director for Climate Solutions -- Listen (7:22) Jiji Jally, Marshall Islands representative -- Listen (4:36) Jay Inslee, U.S. Congressman; Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle; Ron Sims, King County Executive -- Listen (26:00) Dave Freiboth, MLK Jr. County Labor Council; Emily Duncanson, Western Washington University student and founder of Kyoto in the classroom; Rev. Lisa Domke -- Listen (13:22) More to come. Update [2007-4-16 17:13:1 by Chris Schults]: Check out today's podcast to hear from some of the Seattle marchers. Update [2007-4-20 12:44:12 by Chris Schults]: Check out Grist's audio slideshow.

Global warming floods London ...

In Second Life

How did Grist miss this one last week, as reported by National Geographic News? Tokyo, Amsterdam, and the entire Mediterranean island of Ibiza were inundated with floodwaters today due to rising sea levels brought on by global warming. Oh:

If there is a mine at the bottom of the ocean, and no one is there to see it, does it still have an

Wired reports on undersea mining plans

Speaking of mining and threats to marine life, Wired is reporting that there is the potential for a huge undersea gold rush and very few environmental groups seem concerned:

A green superhero?

And I’m not talking about the Green Lantern or Green Arrow

By all rights, being the science-fiction-loving computer geek that I am, I should be a comics fan. But I'm not, and need not be to know that Captain America is ... [spoiler alert!] ... dead. As The New York Times reports: Captain America, a Marvel Entertainment superhero, is fatally shot by a sniper in the 25th issue of his eponymous comic, which arrived in stores yesterday. The assassination ends the sentinel of liberty's fight for right, which began in 1941. And that fight for liberty was most recently told in Civil War, which my friend Matt (an actual comics fan) writes about on his blog:

The 2007 Global Warming Globie Award winners

Did your pick win?

With over 20,000 people participating, the votes have been cast for the 2007 Global Warming Globie Awards. And the winners are: Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (Best Performance by a State or Local Official) US-CAP (Best Performance in the Corporate World) An Inconvenient Truth (Best Film, Documentary, or Website Focusing on Global Warming) ExxonMobil (Worst Performance by a Corporation or Corporate Official) Senator James Inhofe (Most Egregious Contribution to Public Ignorance and Denial) Check out the site for more details and honorable mentions.

Big Picture TV revamped

Goes Web 2.0

Big Picture TV, whose tagline is "talking heads, talking sense," has relaunched its website with a significantly improved design and a nicely implemented tag system (coming soon to a Grist page near you!). They've migrated to Flash-based videos that can be browsed by category, tag or both, as well as speaker. And as I originally wrote, their speaker list is quite impressive. I'm still not a fan of the talking head video approach (I need more visual stimuli), but their new site is clean and well organized. Check it out.

Do you pod here often?

Speaking of incremental improvements, Grist will be launching a weekly podcast shortly. Before we officially roll it out to the entire Grist audience, I'm hoping you Gristmillians could take a listen and provide some feedback. Specifically, we'd like to make sure that the RSS feed is working, the podcasts are downloading and playing fine, and the sound quality is good. If you're an iTunes user, click here to find our weekly podcast in the iTunes store. If you'd prefer to use another RSS reader or podcatcher, use this: Please email feedback to me at podcasts [at] grist [dot] org. Thanks, and enjoy!

Very short stories

33 writers. 5 designers. 6-word science fiction

I was reading the November issue of Wired this morning on the bus and read this clever series of 6-word science fiction stories. I thought you'd enjoy these:

It begins

Read the last item of today's Daily Grist. Then read this post (by me) a while back. I'm just saying.