Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I could have studied garbage in college?

A friend just sent me this article on strange college courses. One offered at Santa Clara University explores "The Joy of Garbage." Nice!

Santa Clara University

The Joy of Garbage is a Santa Clara University course that actually deals with real science through the lens of garbage. Students study decomposition, what makes soil rot, the chemicals that give garbage an unpleasant odor, and they also learn about sustainability when it comes to the things we throw away. Classes don’t just study household garbage either, there’s also a section on nuclear waste. And topping things off there are even field trips, with students visiting local sanitation plants and landfills.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Organic Filing System

This cartoon from a recent New Yorker magazine appeals to me.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Stuff" on OPB

This morning,"Think out Loud" on Oregon's Public Broadcast (OPB) network, there was an interesting story on "Stuff."

One woman called into to say how she has 100s of bras, because she can't find the right one.

Others posted a note on the last thing they had purchased.

Amazing what people will share.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

JibJab: Big BoxMart Animation

How have I not seen this before today?

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Two Old Toilets: Keep in Circulation or Flush Away?

Last week, after replacing the main water line, we were digging (heh) on water conservation. Gene went out and got two 1.28 gallon-per-flush toilets (less than $100 each) to replace the old ones. These suckers are designed so well -- they flush perfectly using relatively little water.

The former thrones, thrown into the carport, looked lonely. I went on Craigslist, posted them for FREE, and they were gone within two hours.

I usually promote reuse. But in this case, was I wrong to put these water-hogging toilets back into circulation?