Saturday, February 11, 2012

Jason Mraz, Al Gore's new friend

Jason Mraz is an American singer and songwriter. The music isn't quite my cup of tea but I think it's good. This YouTube video with his song (which I've heard before) has attracted 120 million viewers: that's quite something. I don't remember seeing a number over 100 million for quite some time if ever.

The musician who grew up in Quantum Mechanicsville, Virginia (a good hometown for a physics blog) is a bit of my compatriot, too: his Czech grandfather moved to the U.S. from my homeland, Austria-Hungary :-), in 1915. One could even rewrite his name as Jasoň Mráz which means Shiny Frost in Czech (I am sure that many Czech readers will remember Prince Jasoň from some fairy-tales). :-)

At any rate, Mr Mraz participated in the recent Al Gore trip to Antarctica and Eco Tretas sent me this wonderful photo (thank you!):

Salute to all the fellow warriors against the climate crisis: you should imagine thousands of the green soldiers marching in front of the glorious leaders above

You may check that the room belongs to the same interiors of the National Geographic Explorer: you may compare it with the hottie et al. photograph taken by Sam Pucci one day before he was designing his tomb in an underwear that obviously had to be replaced.

The picture appears at the bottom of Mraz's meditative text,
Did you get my message?
If you're worried that something is jumping inside your brain, don't worry: the landscape in the background image of the page above switches automatically. At any rate, this text tells us many new things we didn't know. What are they?

I will skip the story about the corked bottle with a message that our planet is in peril that Al Gore left floating on the ocean for the extraterrestrial aliens to find it in the future, return to our era with their time machine, overtake the U.S. Congress, and adopt the cap-and-trade bills. Instead, what I want to discuss is Al Gore's source of renewable energy. Jason Mraz asked his "new friend and mentor" what is his, Gore's, own source of renewable energy.

Even Mraz was surprised by the technological sophistication of the answer. It's yoga and meditation! Your humble correspondent is probably not the only person who used to think that yoga and meditation should bring peace and love to your soul. In that case, it doesn't seem to work. I would skip the sentimental comparisons of Planet Earth to Gore's ailing son; I am allergic to such irrational things.

This blue, not green planet isn't your son, Al, even though you're trying to screw it all the time! Get used to it.

I'm Yours: 120 million views

At the very end of Mraz's article, our mentor Al Gore finally tells us about the newest and smartest way to solve the climate crisis:
“We’ve got to solve it. We have to,” reaffirmed Al, delivering his message in a bottle once again. “And how do we solve the climate crisis? By continuing to solve the climate crisis.”

Over and out.
You have heard the holy word. Or a hollow word, whatever. If you want to invent a perpetual motion machine or the cold fusion reactor the Internet, keep on inventing a perpetual motion machine or the cold fusion reactor or the Internet and that's it! :-)

Very clever, Al, especially if you're being paid while you're inventing it and solving it. One can't have any doubts who is the ultimate mentor of our Earth.

Dozens or hundreds of Mráz's fans – including Ms Kratochvílka which surely sounds purely Czech – religiously say "challenge accepted" and "so inspiring, I try to do my part" in the comment section. Blessed are the poor in spirit but indeed, I do think that many of those fans are intrinsically good albeit stupid people. Do you ever face the dilemma what to think about intrinsically good people who are gullible and effectively serving some hardcore jerks?

Disclaimer: Once again, the temperature in snow-covered Pilsen is –19 °C right now and I have to go outside now – and a few times later (one of the events today is an interview for a diploma/doctoral thesis describing Czech AGW climate skeptics) – which may have influenced my "ability" to be worried about global warming by an additional short-term negative contribution. ;-)

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