This is so off topic as to defy rational justification except that it affects many of the live loopers in Western Europe and the British Isles: I was talking with Luis Angulo (who is here visiting his family in San Diego from Northern Europe) and he told me that they had 3 solid weeks without seeing the sunshine in Radolfzell (by the Boden Zee). I had also heard from Andy Butler mentioning that England was having a particularly severe winter this year. Anyway, my wife found this fascinating flash demonstration of why global warming is having the effect of much colder winters for Western Europe and the British Isles. http://www.guardian.co.uk/flash/gulf_stream_climate.swf The Gulf Stream coming up from the equator actually raises the air temperature of those regions by an astonishing 18 degrees Farhenheit and 10 degrees Celsius. Researchers have discovered that the circulation of the currents have slowed a dismaying 30% over the last 12 years due to global warming trends. Maybe this can lead to a discussion of how weather effects our creativity. I've often wondered if Per Boysen, as an example, is more or less creative/prolific when there is very little sun in the winter or when there is a lot of sun in the summer. I know I write much, much more in the winter than in the summer.