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.

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London
October 29, 2009, 7:44 pm
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Just a quick entry to fill you in on some of my green inspirations, also known as the blogs I follow, some books I like, and a few magazines that I enjoy.

Blogs:

  1. Treehugger.com (a huge collection of articles on everything green from food to cars to gifts)
  2. Ecogeek.org (written by Hank Green and others, a smaller selection of opinions on new green technologies)
  3. No Impact Man (well, he says it best in his header: “about what each of us can do to end our environmental crisis, make a better place to live for ourselves and everyone else, and hopefully come up with a happier way of life along the way.”)
  4. Greenasathistle.com (originally telling her story of making one green change every day for a year, which brings me to my next category:)

Books:

  1. Sleeping Naked is Green, the story of Greenasathistle’s green year
  2. Generation Green, aimed at teens trying to greenify their lives as they grow (that sounds weird, but I can’t think of another way to explain it)
  3. all the Moosewood cookbooks, a cookbook series from Molly Katzen’s original vegetarian restaurant
  4. More is Less, a cookbook aimed at lessening consumption and eating more naturally

Magazines:

  1. Vegetarian Times, which, quite obviously, is aimed at vegetarians and vegans and has tons of delicious recipes and eco articles
  2. E The Environmental Magazine, which I don’t actually get but I’ve seen a few times, and it seems interesting. Also, I couldn’t just list one magazine in this section!