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“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!

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” — Carl Reiner*
December 2, 2009, 9:09 pm
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I actually had some trouble deciding on what to write about today for the next installment of Greenish Christmas.  It’s a pretty big responsibility, you know.  What if I accidentally write about something stupid and you listen to me and realize it’s really stupid and then don’t ever take my advice again?  What if I continue writing about straws and you decide to stop reading my blog?  This is serious stuff, people.  Trust me.  So, anyway, I couldn’t decide for a while.  I almost recommended a really cool product but I think I’ll wait until I have more time and give you an extra-special, Greenish Christmas Gift Guide!  But, oops, I couldn’t resist linking to the item.  Oh, well, you can just look at it twice.  It’s really cool.  Moving on.

Greenish Christmas Tip #4:

Re-usable shopping bags!  Sure, lots of people use ’em for grocery shopping, but let’s take it a step farther- I’m talking mall shopping, Christmas shopping, where people you actually know might possibly see you.  I know, some shopping bags are not attractive.  At all.  So, look for some cute ones!  They’re pretty cheap and easy to find, and while I know it seems pretty ironic that I’m encouraging you to go out and buy more plastic, it’s so much greener in the long run.  Here, go enjoy these fun bags.

This one is wicked cute and it folds into its own pouch so you can keep it in your purse and always be prepared:

These seem a little flimsier, but they’re a lot cheaper (5 for $40) and they’re still fun.

Picnic & Totes - Envirosax Botanica Reusable Shopping Bags (set of 5)

Baggu has a ton of different colors of bags, also $8 apiece.

Here’s a great site with suggestions on how to make your own bags- reduce, reuse, recycle!

And, finally, what could be more perfect than this bag, from Ecobags?  Enjoy!

* Look!  It’s snowing on my blog!  I love snow.  (I won’t be saying this in February, but right now, when I’m still waiting for that first snowstorm, I love it.)

“The last straw breaks the camel’s back.” — English Proverb*
December 1, 2009, 10:44 pm
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Greenish Christmas Tip #3: (note the color-coordinated straws…very snazzy, if I do say so myself…)

acid green bendy straws by Rakka. / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This may seem pretty fluffy and ridiculous, but I think it’s actually a good idea.  The other day (Black Friday, in fact), I went out to lunch with some friends, and I ordered a lemonade.  The lemonade was in a disposable plastic cup with a lid (I know!  I know, this is  ridiculously awful for the environment.  But you can’t do everything perfectly.)  I was reaching for a straw when I realized that I really didn’t need one at all.  Why take a plastic straw in a plastic wrapper to simply drink a beverage?  I’m perfectly capable of managing without one, especially if I’m eating at the restaraunt, sitting down, not driving or even walking around.  So, long story short, try not using a plastic straw!  It may not seem like much, but over time, you can save a lot of plastic and therefore trash from entering landfills.  On that note, happy Christmas.

*No, this was not spoken by a person named “English Proverb.”  It’s just a proverb that happens to be English.  I have no idea where it came from.  Although, come to think of it, that would be an interesting name.  But I’m pretty sure it’s not the name of the person who originally said/wrote it.  Almost definitely sure.  If it was those, well, that’s pretty cool…

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” — Dave Barry
November 30, 2009, 8:45 pm
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Just a quick blog today to keep you updated on the

Greenish Christmas Tip of the Day #2:

Shop online!

Our computers by aranarth.

I know, I know, this is far from an original suggestion, but, hey – it’s just a simple reminder of an easy green way to do your holiday shopping.  You can compare prices, search for opinions on different items, and find great deals – all without even leaving your house or even changing out of your pj’s.  You save on fuel by not driving to the store, and you can save even more fuel by having an item shipped (and gift-wrapped, if you prefer) directly to the recipient.  It might not have quite the charm of wrapping the present yourself, but it’s a good option to consider.  Until tomorrow, shop carefully and stay greenish!