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Greening the paper trail
Written by Dave Burdick on 05/05/06   
Corporations interested in sustainability just previewed something called the Environmental Paper Assessment Tool,{mosimage} which is supposed to help identify the environmental pros and cialis prices at the pharmacy cons of using paper from different sources.
The tool is being promoted by Metafore, a non-profit that describes itself thusly:
"Metafore seeks out business and other civil society leaders who recognize the connection between business prosperity and forest integrity. Together, we collaborate to create innovative market-based approaches that support thriving forests and communities." 
The mystery tool's makers admit that it's not the best it can be yet, but it's encouraging that big names like Bank of America are involved in the testing process.

I mean, banks use a lot of paper.

Not in relation to my account in particular, but I would imagine that if you had money or frequently made deposits, there would be a lot of paper.

I would imagine.
Anyway, here's a story about the tool in the Salem Statesman-Journal.  
And here's the PDF description of the tool on Metafore's site. 

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Urban bees make more honey
Written by Dave Burdick on 05/05/06   
London's got a big ol' population of beekeepers, and the hobby is on the rise. In addition to keeping people in touch with {mosimage}nature while surrounded by an urban envorinment, beekeeping produces delightful local honey.

Furthermore, from the Independent online:
"Surprisingly, smoggy urban streets are said to buy online prescription cialis provide a purer honey than rolling fields."

"Huh?" you're saying. Read on:

"'The countryside seems green and clean, but the the best site cheap levitra crops are often covered in pesticides,' explains James Hammill, a former actor turned owner of The Hive Honey Shop in south London, which stocks honey produced at the Hammills' 40 hives across London and southern England. 'Bees in cities produce more honey. We get 40 to 50 jars per hive every season in our country apiaries; in the city, we get more like 150 jars.'"

Crazy and delicious.
A greener military?
Welcome to the military's first hybrid -- the Heavy Expanded Mobility Technical Truck (HEMTT). This electric hybrid is proving to increase gas mileage by about 20% from its former 3-4 miles to the gallon.{mosimage}
The hybrid version took the roaring engine down to the purr of viagra soft a sedan, but costs of the upgrade are still unknown. The generator can produce up to 300 kilowatts of power -- enough to power 50 homes for an indefinite amount of time. 
The vehicle is from Oshkosh Truck, who has made nearly 20,000 HEMTTs, with around 2,500 in use in Iraq.  
[Via Mercury News . For more information, visit Oshkosh Truck .]  

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Bush admin: maybe global warming exists, buuuut...
Written by Dave Burdick on 04/05/06   
Things just aren't going well for Bushies these days. Low approval ratings, the Texas Rangers probably aren't going to purchase of viagra be able to sign Roger Clemens and where can i purchase levitra now -- can you believe it? -- scientists who are totally doing science on canada generic cialis the government's dime are claiming that global warming is a thing.

Like a real thing.


The New York Times' Andrew C. Revkin checked out the government-commissioned report , released two days ago, and said this:

"The report's authors all agreed that their review of the data showed that the atmosphere was, in fact, warming in ways that generally meshed with computer simulations. The study said that the only factor that could explain the measured warming of Earth's average temperature over the buy viagra online and get prescription last 50 years was the buildup heat-trapping gases, which are mainly emitted by burning coal and oil."

That's a big Hallibummer for the White House, but they stayed cheery by pointing out that this report was just the first of 21 on the subject, so they're not convinced yet.

You know how 4 out of the best site viagra 100 mg 5 dentists recommend whatever the hell? I'll bet the fifth dentist is going to be a very happy, very rich man before all of this is over.

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Sliming riots: not just a great name for a H.S. punk band
Written by Dave Burdick on 04/05/06   
Okay, so EcoGeek points go to the geek who has the best reason that this is not a good idea (because I'm yet again skewing more "geek" than "eco"):
The Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, is developing{mosimage} a riot-control weapon that shoots slime at unruly crowds so they slip and fall over.
"Riot police or troops would wear a back pack with three cylinders – one containing compressed air, another filled with plain water and a third containing a supply of very dry, finely ground, polyacrylamide powder. A nozzle, resembling a shower head, would blasts two separate jets, containing the click here purchase female viagra water and the polymer powder, in the general direction of an ugly crowd.

"As the two jets mix in the air, after clearing the nozzle, they create a slimy mixture that covers the ground and causes everyone in the area to fall down. Even vehicles should be unable to get a grip on the goo, the patent says. And because the gel is non-toxic, it should cause no permanent harm, besides a few bruised bottoms, that is."

Slime? Really? I don't care how non-toxic something is, shooting slime all over the place has to be bad for something. I'm just not smart enough to know what it is. And that's my excuse for posting this at EcoGeek. Also, it's very funny.
Sometimes I miss "You Can Do That On Television ."
Automated Intersections
Written by Hank Green on 03/05/06   

{mosimage}How much gas is wasted at stop lights? How much of our lives? How much of our happiness is lost as we wait, inhaling fumes, blocked in on all sides by equally dissatisfied drivers. We don't really have stats on any of that, but we do know that 3.6 billion hours and 5 billion gallons of gas are wasted every year waiting in traffic.

Why do we do it? Because there's no better solution. But not for long! If we're gonna have to live with cars, we might as well find solutions to these horrible problems. Computer scientists at the University of price of viagra in canada Texas have created a program that can control simulated cars at a six-lane intersection without traffic lights or crashes . Of course, this assumes that every car is run by an automated system and I can imagine that it would be extremely frightening to be in one of those cars.

This model is amazing, to watch a hundred rectangles headed for eminent doom before missing one another by the width of a pixel. Think of all the gasoline that could be saved! But don't think about what would happen if the system crashed.

 You can also run the mail order viagra online simulator with traffic lights, or you can design your own custom scenario (be careful though, cause I almost crashed my computer when I asked it to take control of an 18 lane highway.)



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More cell towers in Yellowstone?
Written by Dave Burdick on 03/05/06   
There's a thing here somewhere. Yellowphone. Cellowstone. I don't know. But the point is, Yellowstone National Park officials are looking at what their spokesman calls "an environmental assessment for wireless communications."

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) nabbed some documents{mosimage} via that pesky Freedom of cialis tablets vs viagra Information Act that showed that park officials had contacted a few telecommunications companies asking for ideas. No harm in asking for suggestions, I guess, but who wants cell towers in national parks?
Frankly, I'm okay if nobody can call me while I'm in the park. They should have just come with me in the first place.
And it's not as if there's no reception there now -- just spotty. The photo, by the way, is a tower that Yellowstone put up not too far from Old Faithful about five years ago.
Here's the AP story at
And here's the excitingly-titled "TELECOMS’ SECRET PLAN TO WIRE ENTIRE YELLOWSTONE PARK" press release at PEER's site. I'm getting shivers!

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Calif. EcoGeek Alert
Written by Dave Burdick on 03/05/06   
Do you live in California? Do you know what's going on in the gubernatorial race?

{mosimage}Here's your chance to figure out where (or if, I guess) the two Democratic candidates stand on environmental issues:

Tonight on KGO-TV in San Francisco, Treasurer Phil Angelides of Sacto and cialis generic best price Controller Steve Westly of Atherton, the two Dems hoping to challenge Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger this year, will meet each other in a debate focused on the environment.


7 p.m., KGO-TV tonight (Wednesday)
Re-broadcast: 4 p.m., KGO-TV Saturday

It doesn't apply to soft levitra everyone here, I know, but it's one of those things.

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E-newspapers: but what will I wrap birthday presents in?
Silly me -- I thought newspapers were just going to become obselete because everyone read them online. That might still be a bit drastic, and a daily economic paper in Europe called Les Echos is trying to strike a balance by producing the paper electronically using iLiad E-reader. {mosimage}
Readers use a tablet that weighs less than a pound. Currently e-newspapers are only available in black and white, with 16 shades of gray.
The real news is for the ad sales reps -- you can program the devices to show coffee ads in the morning and beer ads in the evening. Or if you happen to be reading your handy tablet near a Wi-Fi spot, ads may become more interactive to Mapquest you to their destination.

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Greenin' the suburbs
Written by Dave Burdick on 03/05/06   
Q: What happens when hippies grow up, become successful and move to the burbs?

Gas-powered leaf-blower bans. {mosimage}

Yep. Gas-powered leaf-blowers are bad for the environment and bad for the peaceful volume level required by subdivisions, etc., etc. A few forward-thinking and suburb-thinking cities have considered gas-powered leaf-blower bans.
Palo Alto, Calif., known for Stanford University among other things, enacted such a ban on June 13, 2005. Here's a sometimes snarkily-written FAQ on that city's ban .

And here's a site called Zero Air Pollution, Los Angeles. Guess what they want. Here's my favorite quote:

"There is no containing fugitive dust and cialis on line Particulate Matter, once it is disbursed through the air in such a violent manner by any of the blowers."

They're so down with ending leaf-blowing that they get into stuff termed "fugitive dust," which sounds like what you'd call Harrison Ford's dandruff, but it might actually be even more dangerous than that. Here's one expert's description:
"Fugitive dust is a relatively new term for an old problem. Simply put, fugitive dust is a type of nonpoint source air pollution - small airborne particles that do not originate from a specific point such as a gravel quarry or grain mill. Fugitive dust originates in small quantities over large areas. Significant sources include unpaved roads, agricultural cropland and construction sites. Most rural Missouri citizens, particularly those living near unpaved roads, are familiar with the nuisance of fugitive dust (Figure 1). Recent research indicates that there are significant health considerations involved as well."
And here's the whole document, for more than you ever wanted to cialis 10 mg learn about fugitive dust .  

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America's Book Shelf -- Netflix for the Lit Nerds
I didn't know it could get better than my first love, the public library. But I'm completely sold on America's Book Shelf , a book exchange program that was just launched on Earth Day. {mosimage}
Here's what you do:
1. As a site launch promotion, ABS is offering free year-long memberships to the first 10,000 members. You go to the Web site and list 15 books you're willing to exchange.
2. Your books are now part of the virtual library. If a little bookworm across the country is dying for your copy of viagra online sales The Little Prince, ABS sends you a postage-paid envelope to send it to him.
3. Here's the only drawback -- you don't get the book back. The person that requested your book will just keep it on his or her bookshelf until it's requested again.
ABS owner Bill Denkler says, "For every 65 books shared through, we can help save one tree from the pulp and paper mills." The company also buys wind energy and uses completely recycled office supplies. 
Now who wants my Faulkner that I never read? 

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