Islands are cool.

I like geography.  It bugs me that I hear island clusters mentioned, and don’t know where they are or if they’re part of another nation.  So I made myself a cheat sheet, and thought it worth sharing.

  • Azores: off the coast of Portugal, their parent
  • Falklands: near Argentina, but claimed by Great Britain
  • Seychelles: off eastern coast of Africa, independent
  • Canary Islands: west of Africa, territory of Spain like Ibiza
  • Crete: big Mediterranean island belonging to Greece
  • Malta: sovereign island nation south of Sicily
  • Faroe islands: between Norway and Iceland, run by Denmark
  • Bermuda: British territory, further north and closer to USA than I would have guessed
  • Maldives: independent chain southwest of India

There are plenty more in the Caribbean of various nationalities, but those names are a bit more familiar.  Maybe I’ll catalog a chunk of that region, and Asia/Oceania are interesting.  I skipped some that seem obvious to me, like Madagascar and Sri Lanka.

Greenland is somewhat unique, being so huge and in the new world but belonging to Denmark.  There’s always the strange land grabs of Antarctica, but I doubt they’ll ever have a meaningful population.  It would make a good place for space colony experiments, though.

More tragic shrinking of wildlife habitat

An inconvenient truth, at the office

Or, common sense, the oxymoron.  

Quick: you finish your lunch and approach the office dishwasher, only to find it full and marked “clean.”  What do you do?

  • set the dish in the sink, for magical elves to wash for you
  • put it in the dishwasher anyway, and hope nobody cares
  • leave your crap on the counter
  • lick it clean and put it in the cupboard

Sorry, you fail.  None of the above are acceptable human behavior.  We all wish you were fired, forever.  Instead, there are only two responses that are not sociopathic:

  1. hand wash and dry your dish
  2. put away every clean dish in the dishwasher, then put your dish in, and finally switch the sign from “clean” to “dirty”

If #2 even occurred to you, then you win, and you must suffer with the few of us who can grasp basic social decency, as the rest of humanity makes our lives an ordeal of Buddhist proportions.

I know, first world problems.  But seriously, people.

Clearly you have personal issues. And so do I because this bothers me.

#goat sign on Flickr.#goat sign

#goat sign on Flickr.

#goat sign

The night aquatic begins. on Flickr.

The night aquatic begins.

Shorter nose than the car. (at Savoy Tavern)

#pug town. #dogstagram (at Green Beans Coffee and Tea)