Pictures From a February Beach Clean :D

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Innovation strikes!

About 20 throws later….

 

 

 

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Why Recycle? Saving Earth One Scrap at a Time!

Why Recycle? Saving Earth One Scrap at a Time!

America might run on Dunkin’, but the oceans don’t.

Do you recycle? Reuse? What can YOU do to help make the Earth a better place? Join me as I discuss my recent beach cleaning adventures! Check out the full video here!

Please share any ideas of your own in the comments below!

SpaceX Defense – Falcon Heavy: Worth its Weight?

SpaceX Defense – Falcon Heavy: Worth its Weight?

Last week’s launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket was a historic moment for the future of space innovation – or was it? Join me as I analyze the counter-voice to Elon Musk sending his Tesla Roadster into the cosmos.

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– Our very own Thunk Tank Podcast where you can check out our real time coverage of the historic Falcon Heavy test launch

“The Guardian” article against SpaceX’s historic test launch:

A compelling article, citing man-made climate change’s role in conflicts worldwide

Unpocalypse Now

America might run on Dunkin’, but the oceans don’t.

I wish the picture above was a Photoshopped or staged image. But, sadly, it is not. Sadly, it is what you will find simply walking up too many beaches in too many parts of the world, as long as you have your eyes open.

There is no doubt. We are facing a self-made apocalypse. This seemingly dour realization has not come easily to me, but it is the undeniable conclusion based on honest research and observation. I write not about impending nuclear conflicts, but rather the much more mundane, the much more common, and much more individually avoidable: waste.

Someone’s excited to get into the trash!

There are entire dissertations to be written on a topic this broad, so I’ll instead focus on my own experience picking up trash on a warm but rainy February Sunday afternoon at my local beach in Long Island, NY. Anyone can do it. Most people probably should. And you can even bring an adorable pup with you like I did. As with most things worth doing in life, why not have fun while your at it?

Our beach does have an annual clean up, but when you consider that this well meaning event comprises only 1/365 days of the year, you start to realize as I did that such an effort is far from enough in the larger scheme of things. The other 364 days is plenty of time for plastics to degrade into the sand and then water, poisoning the world rather than simply vanishing into it. Some pieces will even become buried where they’ll continue to decay or be eventually washed out to sea.

Took less than an hour to fill this full size garbage bag 😦

Combing the beach with my happy companion, we stumbled across all manner of objects that have no place in any environment, let alone a marine one. Some were more puzzling as to how in the hell they got there, like shotgun shell casings, auto parts, and balloon carcasses. But others were simply dismaying to see, like beer cans, coffee cups, and more bottle caps than I could count. The latter most of these items are frustrating to find because they seem so easy to recycle, or even just put in the trash as an absolute worse case scenario. Yet there they lay, half-buried and already blending in with the rocks around them.

I did get thirsty, but was worried this might make me sick.

Much of the refuse seemed to collect in the dunes or among the tide lines of tangled seaweed and beach grass. Within these tufts were all manner of tinier objects, and these perhaps were the most depressing of all, such as already worn Styrofoam that crumbled when I went to pluck it out, blowing off in the wind before I could snatch the little bits out of the air.

Even smaller pieces, some as small as the tiniest pebbles or even grains of sand, were an even more disturbing sight. For these bits it was too late to really even tell them apart from what should be there.  They were now a part of the landscape.

My point isn’t to lecture here from some sort of moral high ground. I’m just as guilty as anyone else of not being the most efficient and sustainable consumer. But it seems that there’s plenty of little things that we can all do in our lives, and so if this is just a first step, then I reckon it’s a damn good one.

Well, that doesn’t belong there…

But we need to try harder as a species if we’re going to make it through this current century relatively intact, and beyond. Whatever your beliefs, the truth is irrefutable: there’s no reason for any of us – or our society – to exist, to continue. It is up to us to maintain our planet, and by extension, society. This isn’t to suggest turning your life on its head and becoming an 100% efficient woodland hippie, but learn what you can, do what you can, and share that voice with others. There are certainly others who are much more knowledgeable on these issues than I am (see here for example), and so I implore you to do the research yourself. It will certainly confirm your observations the next time you do take a stroll on the beach.

For me, I’m looking forward to me and the doggo’s next beach cleaning adventure. Again, it’s just a start, but all good things need one.

But the fact remains: too long have we ignored what we waste. It’s time to open our eyes. Let’s unpocalypse this situation.

Someone sniffs trash…

Thunk Tank Podcast: Episode 12 – Falcon Heavy Launch, SpaceX, Elon Musk

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Yup. That’s a real picture, of a real car, floating around real Earth! But do we really expect anything less from SpaceX’s founder and CEO Elon Musk? Is he really a super hero? A super villian? Or just a dude who gets awesome stuff done? Join us in our latest episode where we watch the maiden launch of SpaceX’s revolutionary Falcon Heavy rocket (the biggest since the moon rockets!).

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Updated/New Publications!

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AMERICAN DREAMERS the Novel is Here!

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Who wouldn’t want a big house in the country next to a money tree?

Four friends, one house, and a slew of obstacles to overcome as they struggle to make ends meet. This is the setting for American Dreamers, but one that is immeasurably complicated by a secret that could either breathe their dreams to life or destroy everything.

Will they be able to overcome their family drama, unhinged treasure-hunting psychics, and the  grind of daily life? Witty, suspenseful, and dramatic, American Dreamers is a story that everyday people from all walks and roads of life can relate to – a story that reveals as much about ourselves as the characters acting out the play of modern American life.

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