greenish girl

“The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.” — Andre Malraux
April 21, 2010, 6:00 pm
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So, this is going to be a random entry.  I keep a fairly fluid list of ideas for future blogs in my head, and today* I actually tried to sit down and at least start entries for most of those ideas.  I could take the easy way out and choose one of them, but what the heck? Why not just cover all of them?

*Actually, in the continuing theme of randomness, I started this a few months ago, so “today” is (was?) actually sometime in February.  How weird.

1.  How cute is this shirt?  Love.  So much.  Even though it’s $26.50 and that’s kind of a ridiculous price for a shirt, even an awesome vegetarian/dinosaur one.

2.  This solar charger for mp3 players, cell phones, etc.  is so darn nifty.  First of all, it looks intriguingly futuristic, if you’re into that kind of thing.  Secondly, it seems to charge most standard-type gadgets.  Thirdly, and I quote from their description, its production “has been made ‘carbon neutral’ through tree plantings in protected forests.”  I haven’t actually tried this, nor do I know anyone personally who has, but the reviews seem positive… If you try/have tried it, let me know!

3.  In a similar vein, here’s an iPhone/iPod touch case that has solar panels on the back that can charge your phone while you use it.  It’s finally available and about $80, which is a lot for a case, but worth it in my opinion if it works.  And if you’re outside enough for the solar charging to be helpful.  I predict that tech-savvy hikers/outdoorsy people will love this the most.  (Again, haven’t tried it, so don’t blame me if it fails.)

4.  Finally, to get ready for Earth Day tomorrow (hooray!  any fun plans?), here’s a fun carbon footprint calculator that I’ve spent far too much time playing around with.  It’s by far the best footprint calculator that I’ve found online, plus it’s really fun to use.  The sad part for me is always seeing how many planets’ resources would be needed if everyone lived like you.  The only way I’ve succeeded in getting less than 1 planet is if I fudge my answers a lot, including pretending that I live in Australia, or something.  Any way you answer it is fun, though, so enjoy.

“You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” — Bonnie Prudden
February 20, 2010, 2:49 pm
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So, this quote from Bonnie Prudden – who, according to Wikipedia, was a rock climber – relates to this entry on a few different levels that I’m proud of.  First off: yeah, I didn’t stick with the every weekend blogging idea.  New idea, how about I blog when I feel like it/have time to/have something to write about?  Yes, I like that idea much better.  So that’s what I’ll be doing.  You may not hear from me for weeks on end and then get a few entries all at once, much like oh, I don’t know, most blogs in the entire world.  Not that I’m bitter about the time that it took me to realize that I could just blog when I felt like it (hint: it took a while…).  But I’m okay with that.  Actually, I’m more excited about blogging now that I don’t have to feel guilty about forgetting for months.  Oops.

Anyway, this quote also works on another level, because this entry is really about the coolest clock I’ve ever seen.  Disclaimer: I don’t actually own this, so I can’t verify for how well it works.  Still, if it does work, it’s amazingly cool.  And I kind of want one, even though I already have a clock.  So, I guess it wouldn’t be that green to order 10,000 of them right now for myself and everyone I know. Drat.

So, this clock.  Apparently, it runs on water and lemon juice. . . here’s their explanation: “Just fill the tank with natural tap water … add a splash of natural lemon juice … and you’re set for 6 to 8 weeks of accurate timekeeping before refreshing.”  Interesting.  Unfortunately, there aren’t any product reviews yet, so I can’t tell if it actually works.  Anyone intrigued enough to shell out $16 for a potentially awesome clock that you will never, ever need electricity or batteries for?  Let me know if you try it!