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Mar 3, 2006

I have an alarm that has a pretty annoying sound to wake up to. But I cannot imagine that it competes at all with waking up to being slapped in the face with a wet flipper.

Osbourne is dressed as one of the greatest trainers ever, no not Yoda, but Mickey from Rocky. Interestingly enough Burgess Meredith that played Mickey, also played none other than The Penguin from the original Batman TV series back in the 60’s. Oooooh.

If Osbourne were to quote one of Mickey’s lines it would have been “You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!” So yeah, next week we’re getting Wally in shape.

Goodbye Antarctica Ice Sheets

Eh, we talk about global warming and ice disapearing all the time around here. But right now there seems to be a media frenzy on it, maybe Antarctica felt left out with the talks of Greenland melting… but probably moreso from recent data from NASA.

It is a big deal though, see, ice shelves melting and breaking away is one thing, they are out on the sea and do not really effect the sea level. Pieces as big as Rhode Island breaking off in the ocean were a first warning though. Ice sheets on the other hand, that’s the gigantic amounts of ice sitting on land, that melting away into the ocean will have a massive impact globally. Those sheets of ice don’t replace themselves since the air in Antarctica is so dry and it gets little to know rainfall/snowfall.

I’m still busy trying to finish up a project over the weekend as I mentioned yesterday and can’t go into it too much, but I’ll link you to some of the news feeds I got coming in.

NASA Mission Detects Significant Antarctic Ice Mass Loss – NASA
Antarctica Ice Sheet Is Melting Rapidly – Washington Post
Antarctica Losing Ice To Oceans – BBC News
Scientists Find Antarctica Ice Shrank Significantly – Yahoo News

I found this quote from someone in the BBC article entertaining… “This is a completely new way of measuring the ice sheet mass balance, and so it’s extremely exciting.” That’s like being excited about finding a new way to watch cancer spread through your system. I kid, it was just a real scientist thing to say.

Also there is this latest on political talks about global warming at CNN.

And I’ll leave you with that and get back to work here. I’m going to have to consider adding green to the comic for when Antarctica becomes a tropical region.

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  1. Nick says:

    Boot camp!

  2. Alexander says:

    Nice one, good work Tyler 😉

  3. Kevin says:

    All you need to add is Jenny Jones and some juvenile penquins and you got yourself a show.

  4. me says:

    His dream…haha

  5. Lee says:

    In panels 2 and 4 Osbourne is slapping Wally’s face, but in panel 5 he’s standing way over there…

  6. Lee says:

    PS Nice rainbow despite the limited palette!

  7. Sten says:

    I had a dream where I was running on a bright shiny rainbow once……it was great……until I fell through it and was falling to my doom…..Wally looks so cute when he is growling

  8. namatad says:

    the nasa article is great
    I like HOW they are doing the study
    whole continent versus small area on the coast

    but, if we look at global warming as a historical thing
    look back from say, 100-200 years in the future
    what will we have to say
    “x million people died, but less than WW2 or Iraq war”
    “y species dies out, but compared to what happened in the americas or australia after humanity arrived, it was not noticeable”

    there is so much talk over a short term issue which we can not stop

  9. Ashley says:

    heh heh, wally sure aint ready, lol. 😉

  10. Matt D says:

    The rainbow scene reminds me of that Futurama episode (i believe it was the last) where Fry could play some kind of flute that generated images.

  11. Alexander says:

    Just for information – people dying bad thing, peopel living – worse.

  12. Sev says:

    I like that the rainbow still adheres to the tripartite color scheme.

  13. antarticus says:

    Can’t… wait… till… monday… *dies*

  14. Sev says:

    *pounds on Antarcticus’ chest*

    Live. . . damn you! LIVE!


  15. Matt D says:

    Wooohoooo March of The Penguins won the Oscar for best documentary

  16. antarticus says:


  17. Carl says:

    I wonder what Wally is dreaming about…

  18. bobo says:

    Carl Says:

    March 6th, 2006 at 4:41 pm
    I wonder what Wally is dreaming about

    good question?

  19. Carl says:

    Thanks Bobo

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