From One Tree To 480 Million Trees, A Beautiful Feat!

I’m living in an area where greenery isn’t lacking, and so I don’t have to think much about what if there isn’t much greenery around.  Probably, somewhere there are places that have gotten so desolated, and so greenery would probably be out of reach.

In China, there are places that either desert sands would eat up greenery or the neglect of environment that would turn greenery area into a dry, desolated man-made scenery.

Would you prefer more trees and lakes and cleaner air than dry, dirty, desolated scenery?  I know I would want greenery over a desert for my daily scenery.  Unless, of course, from time to time, I want to be in awe and become a tourist, I would love to travel to a desert, but other than such a moment of spark I would love to bathe myself in greenery for sure.  After all, more trees would be able to suck out the pollutions that we are creating every day from our vehicles and whatnot.  Basically, a healthy dose of greenery each day is a healthy day for a person to live for.

Anyhow, I think China has done something amazing.  China is continuing to make progress on creating forests in the most desolated places in China.  For an example, Saihanba, North of Beijing was once a beautiful, greenery area where royal family members in Qing dynasty would use as a hunting area, but after Qing dynasty had gotten weak the place got deteriorated for letting people chopping trees down for lumber as a way of making money.  Then one day the Chinese people found out the whole place got only one tree left standing.  That was when the Chinese were mustered up to recreate the greenery for the place.

Nowadays, Saihanba got 480 million trees standing to let whoever wants to visit the place to take in a beautiful, majestic greenery scene.  From one tree to 480 million trees, I think it’s a beautiful thing!  What do you think?

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Lightroom 4 Photo Fun – Random Plants & Trees

Recently, I’d took some photo shots of random plants and trees.  As always, I’d never satisfied with original photo shots, and so I edited these within Lightroom 4.  The results are in the gallery.  Of course, just click on the sneak peek photo shot that you see within this blog post, and you’ll be taken to the gallery to see all photo shots of the random plants and trees (October 20, 2012) collection.  Enjoy!!!

Lightroom 4 Photo Fun – Random Trees In Nature (2012)

I was bored that day, iPhone in hand, and so I took a snapshot of whatever.  Whatever turned out to be bunch of trees.  Anyhow, there was one particular tree stood out in the picture.  If you take a look at it, you’ll know what I meant.  Today, I was bored again, and so I retouched whatever.  Whatever turned out to be kind of hard to retouch even though I used Adobe’s Lightroom 4 software.  Nonetheless, I think I got something to show you guys.  So, please enjoy the original and the retouched pictures of whatever right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

When Electricity Isn’t So Accessible, Literature Thrives On With Books Made Of Papers

Reading the title of an article’s “Ebooks don’t spell the end of literature,” a lightbulb lighted up in my head — a new title of a new article came to life “When Electricity Isn’t So Accessible, Literature Thrives On With Books Made Of Papers.”  OK, it does sound like I’m a hater of ebooks and ereaders, but I’m not.  I actually own an iPad 2, Kindle, and an iPhone 4 — each of these devices can allow me to read ebooks.  Unfortunately, only Kindle can allow me to read ebooks more frequently and without worrying of the situation where battery goes dead.  It’s all because Kindle uses E-ink technology which can conserve battery power better than the full colored back lid screens of iPad 2 and iPhone 4.

With that many ebook enabled devices, I think I’ve established myself as a person who does have the ability to read ebooks whenever he wants, and often I find myself adding more ebooks into my already large collection of ebooks through the means of buying ebooks from Amazon and borrowing ebooks from local libraries’ digital collections.  The point that I’m trying to make is that electronic devices such as ereaders can become useless when electricity becomes inaccessible.  It’s a simple point, but it’s often overlooked by onlookers who do not know the tormented feeling of the ones who have to face such condition.  Sure, it’s not like a life threatening situation, but it’s the truth.  Just like how Marta Hillers had described electronic devices as useless and people became cave dwellers in her book “A Woman in Berlin.”  It was her recognition of when electricity became scarce, electronic devices could be only empty shells of anything but useful.

OK, it does sound as if my argument is rather weak, because it sounds as if we need to have a World War II again and to have people experience the lack of electricity as how Marta Hillers had so we can realize the merit of not totally relying on ereaders; I disagree!  How do we know electricity will always be abundant?  I don’t think even the future that we’re imagining of when there will be free electricity in abundant amount (i.e., always available) through the usages of futuristic solar and wind technologies — guaranteeing there won’t be a day that people might become cave dwellers again — can last forever.  Who can guarantee that there will never be a breakdown in society to a point that humans become cave dwellers?

Whenever I read something that put ereaders and ebooks above traditional books (i.e., books made from trees), I have to say let not be so optimistic about such aspect.  I rather encourage people to believe in having both for a long time to come as a better approach to ensure books don’t go the way of book burnings in ancient times.  And yet, books should go the way of the dead sea scrolls.  Having both you ask?  Sure, having both means let print more traditional books and release more ebooks (in effect sell more ereaders), and to larger effect let people have more choices of choosing their reading medium.  What not to do is to promote ebooks and ereaders only society and abandon the traditional book society (i.e., books made from trees).

Lastly, I like to think that censoring ebooks (i.e., digital forms) is way easier than traditional books (i.e., books made from trees).  How?  It takes few entities and few keystrokes on keyboards to eliminate huge databases of ebooks and the data themselves.  What cool about books made from trees is that you have to burn them physically which speaks more to why it’s bad to burn books.  You can say the Hollywood effect of having real books on fire might connect to scholars more than not, in negative way of course.

Afterthought:  I do like ebooks as more trees can be saved by not printing books made of papers, but we humans can always print books made of papers ethically.  That is, we do not really have to destroy a whole forest for printing traditional books (i.e., books made from trees), because we do have a choice of printing less of the same books in term of copies; we know that a single ebook can be easily download and copy in digital forms without worrying about destroying a forest.