April 6th, 2008

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The Holocene Extinction: dodos, quaggas, passenger pigeons, frogs, bees, coral, bats

The Holocene is the ongoing part of the Quaternary Era, ie, the last 10-12 thousand years up to NOW. It appears that we humans are causing more extinction than usual. We're not sure if humans should be blamed for the early Holocene extinction of the woolly mammoth, North American horses, sabertooth cats and some other megafauna. They expired when humans were organized bands of ravenous hunters. Maybe we hunted them out. Or maybe climate change got them. Hard to know. Now we are taking all the world's resources for ourselves, and "laying siege to all life on earth". It's harder to argue now that we might not be to blame.
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Grace in the Park

I signed up a couple weeks ago at the local Bikram studio, for the intro package. It's a deal at $29 for a month of unlimited classes. I have gone only twice in two weeks, and may not go again. Bikram reminds me why I enjoy a home practice so much. The 90 minute routine of 28 postures and 2 breathing exercises is completed in a very hot room. I begin dripping sweat about 1/3 of the way through the workout. The instructor is giving incessant, droning instructions, repetitive but neverending like a river. Constantly the demands come. Some of the instructions I can do, others I cannot. I sweat and keep trying. I strain and push and work at it. There is no flow other than the instructors voice which will not shut up for a moment.
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