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Popularity Contest

So I guess my site has become popular as of late, with great read like you all (I appreciate all the comments and emails by the way), but as of late we have become popular in another way.  With spammers.  As of late spam has increased about 500%, I have some pretty fancy things running in the background to keep them out.

If one slips through, please shoot me an email     ryan112ryan [at] yahoo   {dot}com

As always if you have comments, questions,  concernes or ideas for a blog post, feel free to email me :)

-Ryan

Algae: Green Gold?

There has been allot of buzz today about Algae being used as a substitute for fossil fuels.  There has been allot of talk of this for many years but it has recently ramped up its efforts.  Exxon Mobile this year invested 600 BILLION dollars into Algae, that should tell you something about how confident they are in oil being around for the long term.  Its sickening to think what Exxon spends on its pet projects is over half of our national budget.  Here is a great video about how Algae production and use is a viable alternative.

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Localwashing

You have heard of Greenwashing, now we have Localwashing.  You just have to love how when a good idea comes out marketers just love to bastardize it!

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Reprinted: Treehugger 9/2009 Brian Merchant

We’re all plenty familiar with the advertising trend where marketers seek to portray products and services from a ‘green’ angle, regardless of their actual environmental impact. Well, perhaps such greenwashing campaigns have proved so successful (some 98% of ‘eco-labeled’ products were greenwashed last year) that marketers are following its lead to exploit another growing environmental trend–this time, it’s “localwashing.” Here are some pictures of the worst ads by big companies pretending to be local in order to cash in on conscious consumers.

Grist put together an informative/appalling/hilarious slideshow that demonstrates how big corporations–from the Venezuelan oil company Citgo to Starbucks to Lay’s–have launched marketing campaigns attempting to portray their businesses as ‘local’ to cash in on the positive trend of buying and eating local.

Hanging Bedroom

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I found this really interesting apartment white is unique in many ways, but stands out for one reason.  The Bedroom hangs…  It’s kind of odd, but I really like it.  The owners wanted to maintain the great height while having a separate bedroom.  Here is what DeZona Said about the apartment:

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This former artist studio characterized by a difference in height which shares the volume from a simple to a fake double height (3.70 m under ceiling in the main room) had been originally 1marqued by a awkward mezzanine under which one couldn’t be up and had, to get on it, to pass through a small doorway managed into a separating wall existing between the 2 volumes.

First step the plan is freed from all occurrences. The matter is to work on a 50-sqm apartment in which the variety of orientations, volumes make possible unusual, uncommon living situations.

The restraint of the demand of the client to fit out an independent bedroom has been turned into an advantage by putting this intermediary room in a central position, straddling the two floor levels, disconnected from the floor. The bedroom becomes an islet in the heart of the apartment around which you can turn, experimenting different moods: up / down, below / above, on / under and revealing unseemly uses.

The bedroom, connoted as the archetype of privacy, intimacy, becomes an object of curiosity by transgressing his symbolic value, appearing like an anomaly. Open and visible from the entry, it stands for huge inhabited furniture. Facing the dining room, it can be used as a “bumrest” or a bench.

The bedroom as a hut in the middle of the flat

Suspended right in the center of the apartment, leaving untouched the floor and the circulations around, it divides the space, reversing the perception of the atmosphere in the apartment by making private what is usually not: the living room.4

Wherever you stand below or above, it truncates the perception of the occupier’s bodies of which one only sees the legs sitting, crossing or walking around in the place.

The suspended bos is made of a metallic structure (section 40 x 40 mm) covered with wooden panels. The cube – as well as the floor, the walls and the ceiling, has been painted with a white polyurethane resin.

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Go Green By Voluntary Extinction?

I was running at a local park and started thinking about overpopulation.  Today we officially have 6.9 Billion people on this earth, however many estimate that this number is in fact short by as much as a Billion.  The issue is if we today 100% to stop how we live our wasteful lives, go green – every single one of us on this earth – there there is data out there that says it would not be enough.  So a new line of thinking has brought the ultimate solution “voluntary Human Extinction”

Reprinted: Planet Green Rachel Cernansky 9/09

Some environmentalists advocate for battling climate change by reducing waste and cutting down on carbon emissions by, say, driving or flying less, and eating less meat. Others say the best solution is for humans to wipe themselves out. Overpopulation is killing the planet, and the only way to save it from the path of environmental destruction we’ve already begun, says the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, is to eliminate our impact on it. Zero population is the goal, and a growing number of people are getting behind it. “Another ray of hope shines through the gloom,” says its website, “each time another one of us decides to not add another one of us to the burgeoning billions already squatting on this ravaged planet.”

A recent Oregon State University study found that, in terms of carbon footprint, having even one child is more significant than any amount of recycling, waste reduction, or energy efficiency a person can incorporate into their life. Based on current trends, every child in the U.S. adds about 9,441 metric tons of carbon dioxide to the average parent’s carbon footprint–in effect, increasing almost six-fold the emissions that a person will create over a lifetime. The level of impact, however, is directly related to lifespan and an individual’s level of consumption, and thus differs a great deal between nations. So that child born in the U.S., according to the study, will have an impact five times that of a child born in China.

The authors of the study make it clear they are not trying to advocate for any government-initiated population control, but while they do not take a political stance, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement uses this demonstrated impact to stand firmly behind one. It has a growing number of “volunteers,” who refuse to produce any more children and often physically eliminate their ability to do so (including Nina Paley, who had her tubes tied for the cause and will thank you for not breeding), and “supporters,” who agree that reproduction exacerbates the environmental crises we currently face but may feel that extinction, per se, is going too far.

Whatever an individual’s level of personal commitment to the cause, the bottom line for the human extinction movement, says its website, is that when all humans stop breeding, “Earth’s biosphere will be allowed to return to its former glory.” And the success of the movement, for those who are measuring, can be seen “each time one more of us volunteers to breed no more.”

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in comments below!

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