Fort McMurray Evacuation Mandatory

The municipality of Fort McMurray in northeastern Alberta is now under mandatory evacuation. With a population of 60,000 people, this is the largest evacuation due to a forest fire in Alberta’s history. This is the evacuation notice:

fortmcmurrayevacuationThe entire city is at risk. Several neighbourhoods are already being affected. There are several news stories about this, such as this one, which is from Calgary’s Metro. Or this one from CBC.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have your home threatened like this. But an entire city is threatened. And Tracey, I’m glad you’re not there at the moment.

If any of you are in the area, stay safe. But you probably aren’t reading this, you’re probably evacuating.

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TV Impression – Walking With Monsters

Walking_with_Monsters_DVD_coverWalking With Monsters

Series length: 3 episodes

Genre: Documentary

This is the first of a series of TV impressions. They are not full reviews. Usually, I will do a full series impression. However, in some circumstances, I will do episode-by-episode impressions. In this case, I will be doing a series impression. So, let’s get to it!

This series was created by the BBC and shows what life was like during the Palaeozoic, the time before the dinosaurs. Coming out in 2005, the computer animation is quite good, though still looks a bit artificial. I found it to be very interesting, as we usually don’t get to see much about this time in prehistory, other than hearing about dimetrodons. It’s usually overshadowed by the Mesozoic and the dinosaurs.

The things I found fascinating about this include the environment and development of life. It had me thinking a lot about worldbuilding, in fact. The oxygen levels in the atmosphere varied vastly during this time, as did the arrangements of the continents. This resulted in totally different ecosystems developing. At one time, it’s extremely hot and humid, at others it’s very cold, and another time, it’s hot and dry. How do the animals adapt? Watching this gave me a little more insight into how to create a world with alien animals.

I recommend this series for those of you who love natural history. I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.