Saturday, April 30, 2011

Your Choice

Many of you may be familiar with Al Gore's book "Our Choice". It's a sequel to his book and movie, An Inconvenient Truth. Where the Inconvenient Truth lays out the science and reality of anthroprogenic climate change, Our Choice lays out the solutions.

The book has been out for more than a year now, but the new app for it has just been released. Yes, I know that folks like to ridicule poor old Al (he's actually pretty rich) for claiming to have invented the internet and for being the basis for a Love Story. But the real truth, inconvenient or otherwise, is that he actually did have as much to do with creating the internet as any politician.

"In 1988 Al Gore sponsored the National High Performance Computer Act which created a national computing plan and began connecting other Universities and Libraries to the existing ARPANET network.

Then, Al Gore began to craft the High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991 (commonly referred to as "The Gore Bill") after hearing the 1988 report toward a National Research Network submitted to Congress by a group chaired by UCLA professor of computer science, Leonard Kleinrock, one of the central creators of the ARPANET (the predecessor of the Internet). The bill was passed on December 9, 1991 and led to the National Information Infrastructure (NII) which Gore referred to as the "information superhighway."

And yep, he and his room mate really were part of the inspiration for Eric Segal's book,

"Those reports were half-true, Mr. Segal said: The character of the preppy Harvard hockey player Oliver Barrett 4th was modeled on both Mr. Gore and his college roommate, the actor Tommy Lee Jones." Half true when it comes to having your life used by an author is plain old true in my book.

I bring these up because no matter where you are, it seems that members of the Al Gore hate club love to hoist these canards upon their brethren. And soon, they will have another thing to hate him for.

Because you see, this new app, and the way it conveys information is apparently pretty amazing. Mr. Gore (with the help of some really smart brainiacs) has invented a new form of reading and delivering information and entertainment. He has brought us the next generation digital book.

Here's a demonstration from the guys who did it.

As soon as my partner gets home, we're going to try it. (it's her Ipad)

As Mark Sumner at Kos says, "In its content, Our Choice lays out exactly what it promises: the decisions we are facing right now that will determine the quality of our lives, our children's lives, and the lives of darn near everything that calls Earth home."

As the South East US is blown away by F5 storms and West Texas burns from lack of rain, we need to keep our focus.

Our home

is our planet.

And we are all family.

Its Your Choice.

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