Monday, June 02, 2008

If you’ve ever wondered what responsible environmentalism would sound like set to music, this next item is just for you:

La Scala to stage opera version of Al Gore’s ’Inconvenient Truth’
By Associated Press
Thursday, May 29, 2008

MILAN, Italy - First it was the film and the book. Now the next stop for Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth" is opera.

La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera on the international multiformat hit for the 2011 season at the Milan opera house. The composer is currently artistic director of the Arena in Verona.

One wag on an opera blog wondered what vocal range carbon dioxide would have.


I don’t tend to be paranoid but the phrase “the plagues of Egypt” has passed through my head several times in the last three or four days. We had the ants, and then we were hit by bubbles.

These weren’t fun, pretty soap bubbles but eruptions all over the concrete floors that had just been recoated with sealer. Just when we thought we might be out of the woods with the floors, they looked like this:

The bubbles appeared on the bedroom Floor on Friday and on the entry and great room floors sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. To say we were depressed would be a gross understatement.

I called the concrete guys and they came over yesterday to see what could be done. One of the first things they said was that they didn’t recommend putting any more layers of sealer down. They popped bubbles open—a little circular ridge remained, sometimes with a very slightly discolored center. We decided to give scrubbing the bubbled areas with a mildly abrasive dishwashing pad a try. We got a texture that went surprisingly well with the mottled natural stone look of the original acid dye-stained concrete.

As a final experiment, we coated two small patches of the floor with one layer of the acrylic wax that’s meant to be the final dressing over the sealed concrete. It pulled everything together. We decided to give the sealer two more days to cure and on Thursday give the floors the required three layers of wax. Unless we’re hit with any more nasty surprises, Saturday is moving day!

Before the guys left, I asked them to give me an estimate on the concrete walks, steps, etc. that I want around the house. They took the measurements, calculated the cubic footage of concrete and gave me a very decent price. We’ve agreed that the work will start in late June or early July.


We bid a hearty hasta la vista to the colony of carpenter ants that had invaded the house this afternoon courtesy of our local exterminator. He located the trail from the master nest in the woods to our house and sprayed it, then he did the entire outside of the house and got up high in the trusses ovder the great room to spray the entrance to the nest they'd established there. The only wood damage he found was one very small hole they had eaten through the v-groove pine sheathing of the great room ceiling, but he said he could hear them moving around and chewing up the foam insulation before he hit them with his spray.

The combination of finding an acceptable solution to the floor problem and getting the upper hand on the ant infestation left us much happier and more relaxed than we've been in several days.


The Wit and Wisdom of George W. Bush

There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee...that says, fool me once, shame on...shame on you. Fool can't get fooled again. 9/17/2002

I will now stop for a moment and consider the carbon footprint of the average operagoer.

Ok, I'm done.
First: Inconvenient Truth Opera... I hope they do it at the Met, too, cause they have all the cool hydrolics to do the big crane/graph off too chart scene.

Second: Carpenter Ants. Hey, see this cool "TED" talk - no relations to Ted, above :) - especially around 13:00. You might even find the "boing!" statement particularly satisfying.

Mushrooms are our friend!
i would find The Current President's zany statements funny if I could stop thinking of all his dreadful doings.
About the bubbles - I had the same thing happen when I self-acidified the concrete on our front deck area... since it was outside I didn't mind so much - just a few pops and minor sanding and no one was the wiser. But I feel your less-than-perfect pain! - A.
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