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I Am Skooter  So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
And did you get my message / On the People's Radio? I wrote it in Alberta /Across the prairie spine.
— Rheostatics, Northern Wish
December 15, 2009
The Last Penguin

A excellent New Yorker slideshow called The Last Penguin includes one of the saddest photos you’ll ever see: a single, lone survivor of one of Anterctica’s Adelie penguin colonies.

If you need another reason to fight for climate change think of The Last Penguin. It wasn’t that long ago, after all, that Tom Cruise starred in The Last Samurai.

Posted by skooter at 9:09 AM
Tags: Environmentalism, Penguins

April 23, 2009
Bionic Penguins

Say no more!

Posted by skooter at 1:08 AM
Tags: Penguins, Robotics

January 27, 2009
I Blame Myself: I've Been Driving To Work Too Much

A month of driving to work and look at the consequences. I will make up for this.

March of Penguins Turning Into Trail of Tears
By Alexis Madrigal January 26, 2009 | 5:00:02 PM

Emperor penguin colonies will face extinction if the warming trend of the last 50 years continues over the next century.

Despite dwindling concern among Americans about climate change, the warming climate continues to change life for animals, particularly at the Earth’s poles. In a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, biologists report that the penguins are in trouble.

“To avoid extinction, Emperor penguins will have to adapt, migrate or change the timing of their growth stages,” they write. “However, given the future projected increases in [greenhouse gases] and its effect on Antarctic climate, evolution or migration seem unlikely for such long-lived species at the remote southern end of the Earth.”

Posted by skooter at 4:45 AM
Tags: Extinction, Penguin

January 14, 2009
That Much Vaunted Credit Rating

For years the NPA and senior Vancouver officials couldn’t stop raving about how well run Vancouver was, and the great credit rating the city had.

I never did like Sam Sullivan.

Vancouver’s credit placed on watch due to Olympic Village project
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | 12:07 AM ET, CBC News

An independent credit rating agency has placed Vancouver on a credit watch and may even downgrade the city’s AA+ rating as a result of potential debt coming from the beleaguered Olympic Athletes Village project.

Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday issued a bulletin about the city’s finances, saying the impact on the city’s debt could be significant if it borrows money to fund the remaining construction of the village.

Posted by skooter at 1:29 PM
Tags: Olympics, Vancouver, Vancouver Olympics

August 15, 2008
Knights of the Penguin

Penguin probably makes more money than me, too.

Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo may pick up Norwegian knighthood
By John Bingham
Last Updated: 4:09PM BST 15 Aug 2008

After a decades-long military career which has seen him rise to the rank of Colonel-in-Chief, Nils Olav has learnt to take promotion in his stride.

Members of the Norwegian King’s Guard visit to the zoo to honour the distinguished bird every few years when they are in the city for the military tattoo.

Posted by skooter at 6:54 PM
Tags: Knights, Penguins

May 19, 2008
With the Canucks Out

It should come as no secret who I’m cheering for in this year’s Stanley Cup Final.penguinsLogo.jpeg

Posted by skooter at 6:53 PM
Tags: Hockey, Penguins

April 12, 2008
Penguins in the Park

Penguin in the Park

Posted by skooter at 4:15 PM
Tags: Cycling, Penguins, Stuffed Animals

October 15, 2007
Penguin Loyalty

From the New Scientist

Penguins take fishing trips with their buddies
10 October 2007

Penguins make bosom buddies and they like to team up with them when going on fishing expeditions.

Little penguins, the smallest penguin species, go on long fishing trips to feed their chicks. Like many other penguins they cross the beach in groups of five to 10 birds, as being in troops helps protect individuals from predators. The suggestion is that these groups fish cooperatively, in which case you might expect the birds to seek out good teammates rather than form groups at random.

Posted by skooter at 12:45 AM
Tags: Fishing, Penguins, Science

June 26, 2007
South America Here I Come!

My 40th birthday is going to spent in South America. I wasn’t planning on visiting Peru really, but I think I might have to now:

Paleontologists: Giant Penguins Roamed Peru

(CBS/AP) - WASHINGTON: Giant penguins roamed what is now Peru more than 40 million years ago, much earlier than scientists thought the flightless birds had spread to warmer climes.

Posted by skooter at 6:22 AM
Tags: Penguins, South America

August 13, 2006
Death of the Penguins

I am grieving.

4 penguins perish in freak Texas truck accident
Octopus unhurt, exotic fish not as lucky en route to temporary home

Aug. 9: Four penguins and dozens of exotic fish were killed when their transport truck overturned.

Updated: 12:26 a.m. PT Aug 9, 2006
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Twenty-one penguins were rescued on a hot east Texas highway on Tuesday after a truck carrying the wildlife to a temporary home south of Houston overturned, said a state trooper.

Four penguins and some exotic fish were killed in the accident, including three penguins that were hit by passing motorists, said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Richard Buchanan. “The rest of the penguins kind of stayed together in the ditch.”

Posted by skooter at 10:25 PM
Tags: Articles, Penguins

January 28, 2006
Penguins Singing

Once a male emperor penguin has completed mating, he remains by
the female’s side for the next month to determine if the act has been
successful. When he sees a single greenish-white egg emerge from
his mate’s egg pouch, he begins to sing. Scientists have characterized
his song as “ecstatic”.
- Harpers Magazine, January 2004

Posted by skooter at 6:15 PM
Tags: Penguins

January 8, 2006
Political Product Placement

From the Toronto Star. I swear I had nothing to do with it. Absolutely nothing.

See the rear left of the photo.

December 22, 2005
I read the news today, Oh Boy!

What is the world coming too? WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TOO?

Zoo: Snatched penguin may be Christmas gift

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 Posted: 2104 GMT (0504 HKT)
LONDON (AP) — A baby penguin believed to have been snatched from a British zoo as a quirky holiday gift is unlikely to survive until Christmas Day, his keeper warned Tuesday.

Toga, a 3-month-old Jackass penguin, was stolen Saturday from Amazon World on the Isle of Wight in southern England.

Just for the record, it was not me. I was in Vancouver all day.

Posted by skooter at 5:41 PM
Tags: Articles, Penguins

Penguins, Rocky Mountain Chocolates, Fourth Avenue, Vancouver

Chocolate Penguins

Posted by skooter at 6:41 AM
Tags: Penguins, Photos

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