The High-Tech Feathered Vertebrate Smog Blog
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (1992)
For example, as I was reading more coverage again today about the coming Blackberry blackout, I stumbled across a story about the global warming pigeons in San Jose, California.
Have you yet heard about the global warming pigeons? New Scientist magazine reported that these pigeons are going to be outfitted with backpacks -- yes, you read that right, backpacks -- which will include a GPS satellite tracking receiver, air pollution sensors, and a basic mobile phone (but NOT a Blackberry -- pigeons, after all, don't have thumbs).
This convergence of contraptions will then send back text messages on air quality in real time to a special pigeon "blog," which will be accessible to all of us on the Internet, and where you will be able to monitor their progress via an interactive map. (BLOGGER'S NOTE: If the smog blog pigeons happen to fly across the Pacific Ocean to mainland China, please be aware that they will likely not show up on Google Maps.)
I haven't figured out yet what the tagging phrases most apropros for these pigeons will be for the blogosphere just yet -- the pigeons have yet been released into the atmosphere -- so I'm going to play it safe and add "smog pigeons" and "heat-seeking feathered vertebrates" to my own tagging lists so that these brave creatures don't feel short-shrifted.
They are, after all, the ones flying like Icarus fearlessly into the ozone to help us find out how much longer we're all going to be able to breathe.