Friday, 28 August 2015

Hawaii Jumping On The Green Train

After my recent post about places being powered entirely by natural sources, another player has entered the game. This time it's Hawaii that have pledged to become carbon neutral in just 20 years, and powered entirely by renewable sources of power in 30.
I don't think I'd last long in Hawaii. I'd melt pretty quick.
It might sound like a long time away but I imagine it's the kind of thing that might take a while. Better to start now than be completely screwed in ten to twenty years time and realise you don't have another twenty years to spare. I didn't think about it much but energy is pretty costly in Hawaii because of the island nature of the place. They tend to have to ship fuels in which costs a lot. Right now they run on a lot of petroleum. The plan was to switch to natural gas but now the governor has decided it would be more prudent, and better in the long run, to use the money to invest in renewable energy instead.
Here's the badass signing it in. (Source)
It's kind of being seen as an experiment to see how the rest of the United States would do if they tried to switch to being purely renewable. They're even going to get some help from the US military. I for one hope it goes well and even more countries (or states) take up the challenge of becoming entirely carbon neutral.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

My Cat Is Devious But Adorable

I mentioned that last week I took my cat Kadie to the vet. There's nothing seriously wrong with her, but she does have an allergy to fleas. Which sounds like the worst thing a cat can have actually. It's why the bites on her body don't heal properly and why the fur around her tail is a bit rough. The flea collar drove them away from her neck and down to her tail. So I had to get rid of that. Who knew flea collars were actually a bad thing?
She actually did have a collar that looked just like this
Her having an allergy means that it's now my job to give her pills. Steroids to be exact. She had them daily for a week and now has them every other day. Which is good for me because giving a cat a pill is a nightmare. I thought I'd try and train her by giving her a treat after managing to get the pill down her throat. Getting a cat to eat a pill is done by holding them down, lifting their head up, prying it open, and hoping to God they don't kill you before you get the pill in. Even then they tend to spit it out. It was so bad I actually apologised to my dad for if he ever had to force feed me medicine.
She also looks like she has drug problems
It seemed to be going well actually. On Monday and Tuesday she took the pill without much of a fight. On Tuesday she even opened her mouth and let me pop it in. I thought I'd done something barely anyone had ever done before; for a brief moment I considered I may have trained my cat. Then yesterday she fought again. So she tricked me into thinking she was being compliant. Because she's evil.

Because she's a cat.

"If I fits, I sits"


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