AUDIO: An interview with Dr. David Suzuki
Prof. David Bellamy does bird impressions, trumpets like an elephant, waves his arms as if swatting gnats and screams “beam me up Scotty!” Looking like a cross between John Houston and Saint Nick, Bellamy, the UK television character and founder of the Conservation Foundation is…well… unconventional.
I talked to the hirsute professor twice over the past few years.
AUDIO: INTERVIEW WITH DR. DAVID BELLAMY
Jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium ©2005 Russell Johnson
For a moment recently, I wished I were a jellyfish. Now, a jellyfish that has washed up on a beach looks disgusting…like a discarded Ziploc bag. But the Jellies at the Outer Bay exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California have reason to be envied.
Imagine spending your life tumbling languidly in liquid suspension while thousands of admirers ooh and awwh. Not bad for a gelatinous blob without heart or brain. Jellies can, however, see, smell (so scientists say) and taste even though they would make terribly inarticulate restaurant critics. And even though the sight of one is enough to make a diver convulse in terror, most species of jellyfish, unlike many objects of beauty, are not the least bit dangerous.
In the mid `90s, sages like MIT’s Nicholas Negroponte told us to think about bits instead of atoms. Atoms were unwieldy hard goods.”stuff” like steel and rock. You needed forklifts to move them. Bits were nimble little song and dance men that two-stepped around The Internet and recombined as everything from airline bookings to Britney Spears videos.
“It is India without the hassle.”
Arthur C. Clarke
I could see what he meant about his adopted country. The people are fine featured, well educated, and it doesn’t take five of them to complete a simple task. You see poverty but it doesn’t grate at your conscience in scenes of maimed beggars. And once out of the capital city of Colombo, the world dissolves into a lush green dream. Banana and pineapple, teak forests, queues of brightly colored umbrellas bobbing through rice fields. Elephants blocking traffic.
Sri Lanka has some of the best protected wildlife preserves in the world. The first recorded one dates back to the 3rd Century B.C.