Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I invented traffic... sorry.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hey hey we're the Monkees

White out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith (Formerly of the band The Monkees)

Thursday, July 28, 2011


70% of statistics are either false or fabricated by the author to prove a point.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Recent studies show that 100% of body heat is lost through the head.

Wear a hat.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


"So enough of this nonsense that conservation, energy efficiency, and environmentalism are hobbies we can't afford. I can't think of anything more cowardly or un-American or less realistic than that point of view. Real patriots, real advocates of spreading democracy around the world, real entrepreneurs, live, invest, build, and think green."
Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat

Monday, April 20, 2009

Thoughts on environmentalism...I mean the "green" movement

I was in fourth grade in 1994. I was obsessed with this book call 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth. I recently saw it in a friend's classroom. I'm not sure if it sowed the seeds of my thoughts on saving the world, or my belief that I, and you, as an individual, can save the world, but it didn't hurt. So in the years that have past since those seeds have grown. They have gone through periods of dormancy, but most recently have been nurtured by the current state of affairs in this country and internationally, and by the amount of attention being focused on the environment. And maybe I was a stupid young kid, one that thought he could save the world, but the movement then compared to now seems to be night and day. Ahh the naivete of youth.

"Put litter in its place"; "Reduce - Reuse - Recycle"; these are the slogans from my youth. Captain Planet was on TV fighting for a clean planet. I mean seriously, what more could you want? Not what we currently have, I'll tell you that. Here are a few examples from my recent experiences in 2009.

U2 is scheduling a massive tour, literally. The stage set structure is 164 feet tall, has four sides each powerful enough an entire arena, and 72 subwoofers. And the whole thing will need 120 trucks to move it from city to city. 120 semis! This from a man who has teamed up with Al Gore to spread the message of global warming. Oh, but maybe we should take solace in the fact that he will be buying enough carbon credits to offset the impact.
*From this Rolling Stone article

And maybe you would like to live in one of 36 "eco-indulgent" condos in New York. Prices start at $1000 per square foot. But it does have LEED Gold Certification and there is a "sophisticated wellness center." But none of that means as much as the fact that the condos are called Village Green, and that "green" in the name will give you unlimited clout in your crew of $7 latte swilling, Prius owning, U2 blaring neo-environmental green heads.
*Village Green

What I grew up learning about in environmentalism was a constant striving toward those "r's" - you know, reduce, reuse, recycle. Let's lower our ecological impact. Let's work toward reducing our consumption of our natural resources. It was founded on the belief that the lifestyles we were living were unsustainable, that if we kept up at this pace we would cause imminent and lasting damage to our world.

According to contemporary green thought, this is not necessary. With the right amount of money I can live as green a lifestyle as I can afford. Reducing is unecessary - drive that Hummer, take out some carbon credits. Reusing is pointless now that I have biodegradeable plastics Tupperware. And recycling - hey, I think that dude down in the lobby will come sort my trash if I tip him a twenty.

Ah the naivete of youth. To have that back would be bliss.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Irony is not for the masses

Why would a "Good & Green Showhouse" have an outdoor courtyard with a gas fireplace? I was reassured by the guide in the house that it was a very efficient gas fireplace. And really, you know, when it gets chilly, wouldn't it be nice to have a nice efficient source of heat? And here I am, thinking that going green was about living within your environment's means. If it gets cold, I was thinking of putting on another layer and going into my house that is currently being heated anyway. Good thing I went through the house. I was worrying that I would have to make these sacrifices to save the world. I am so naive. The whole time, I could be comfortable outside in the fall, in Minnesota, if only I heated the air around me with a natural gas powered flame machine, my conscience being soothed by the fact that this direct-vent machine is so efficient.

Never mind the fact that I am literally heating the globe.