Beaufort County computer recycle events set        
BEAUFORT, S.C (OS) — The next Beaufort County Public Works Department Solid Waste and Recycling Office free electronics recycling events for county residents will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations on Dec. 5: Beaufort County Public Works, 9 Benton Field Road, Bluffton Beaufort County Public Works, 140 Shanklin Road, […]
          UNI Plastic Bag Exchange        

The Office of Sustainability and Rod Library will host a plastic bag exchange in the east lobby of Rod Library.  Faculty, staff and students can exchange five or more plastic bags for a UNI reusable bag. Limit of one reusable bag per person. All plastic bags turned in will be recycled.

Special Events
Rod Library
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 -
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Enter Your Email: 
Eric O'Brien
(319) 273-7207
          Checklist / Tips Sebelum Tunang : E-Day Part 1        

** LAST UPDATE : 21/9/2016
(click here to updated post)

Hi korang

Debar-debar pulak kite nak hapdet entry kali ni. Wahhhhh gittew! Update kali ni lebih kepada checklist, senang sikit kalau nak check balik to-do, budget ke, senarai-senarai butik yang nak diterjah ke.. so, entry kali ni akan sentiasa diupdate time-to-time. Ala.. boleh recycle je post ni kalau hari nak kawen nanti.. wakakakak!

Sejujurnya, budget is my utmost priority. Memang nak minimize sehabis boleh sebab saving wanie nanti nak spend banyak untuk persediaan rumah baru nanti. Huwaa... rumah lagi, nak kawen lagi... seb baik keta tak meragam sampai nak kena tukar pakai Subaru XV STI pun cantik jugak.. eh~~?? Tunang-tunang ni pun, sebab permintaan dari pihak keluarga. Nak kawen pun sebab dah kena bising, dorang cakap nak tunggu sampai kertu keeewww.. hahahah~ kalau nak ikut tak ready, memang sampai sudah tak pernah nye ready kan. Hahaha.. ok dah merepek meraban.

1.  Cincin tunang (budget 1k ke bawah je sudah), time nikah nanti dah taknak cincin. So sebentuk ni dah cukup. Nikah nanti mungkin gelang je kut.
//cincin ada diamond mana ada 1k.. dah survey.. hahahah.. lepas discuss dengan Teddy, budget cincin dalam below RM 1800 . uwaaa... gelang tak beli lagi.... 
8/8 - hahahah budget mender? ke lauutttt lepas pergi tengok kat Habib Ampang. rambang mata dari pergi usha-usha Wah Chan.. dah tengok-tengok, so weekend ni insyallah pergi pulak dan beli terus.. hehehe

2.  Hantaran (idea) - Budget below RM 400
** Kemeja
** Chocolate and cookies
** Kek / caramel pudding
** Buah-buahan
** Perfume
** Belt
** Cupcakes
** Potpouri
** Pulut kuning
** Sejadah
** Telekung

3.  Makeup (to survey)
** Shu Eumura (approx RM 80 - blog)
** MAC (RM 190-265 ) - check this link
** MUA
** makeup dari bridal boutique
** beli makeup sendiri

4.  Baju (budget below RM 400)
** (mahal ni.. hahahaha, tapi nak cuci mata boleh lah)
** Ampang Park 
** SACC Mall & Plaza Alam Central
8/8 : ok, baju dah confirm dan alhamdulillah, RM 260 je

5.  Pelamin and photographer (to be determine later, macam not necessary je)
//photographer mama dah talk dengan kawan dia, murah ya amat! kawan mama cakap sebab dah kenal bagi RM 50-100 je dah, siap dengan gambar edit nanti.. alahai.. tak tergamak nak bagi murah sangat, RM 150 ok kut... sebab request softcopy je nanti..

6.  Food (budget RM 400-500)
** nasi
** lauk pauk
** agar-agar
** air
//untuk tunang, mama cakap dia dah jumpa kawan dia, budget dalam RM7/head. So, mungkin ambik untuk 50-70 tetamu. so still dalam budget below RM 500

7.  Goodies bag (time tunang kena bagi ke eh? tapi list down idea juga lah)
** potpouri
** kuih/kek span atau kek buah + air mineral/kotak
** candies
** yassin + tasbih
** nuts/honey/cookies in cute jar
** pudding (buat sendiri pun ok jugak)

Goodies link for idea :
*** ( boleh walk in ke P6, Block C, GM Klang Wholesale City, Jalan Kasuarina 1, Klang )

          By: Sarah E.        
Thanks for stopping by! You're right, reusable cups are certainly better than disposable or even recyclable compostable cups. We do the best we can, I think. :)
          Comment on Say Yes to the Dress by Becky        
Dear Carly, I appreciate so much your desire and willingness to donate a wedding gown to the Women’s Recycle Center. Your dress will help them to come even closer to the goal of self-sufficiency. You will not find them on the web as they do not have computers or have many people who can speak English in this impoverished country. There are a few Heaven’s Family ministry directors who make this trip yearly and we will bring the gowns with us and hand deliver them. Our beloved contact, Simeon Muhunga, has been working tirelessly to help over 100 abused women for several years. It is a dream he has had for a long time and it is very slowly coming to pass, and many thanks to you and others, who have a heart of compassion for them. The way to get the gowns to us is to mail them to: Heaven’s Family P.O. Box 12854, Pittsburgh, PA 15241 May the Lord richly bless you for your compassion upon the women in DR Congo and their families. Becky Servant
          Comment on Say Yes to the Dress by Carly        
Hi there! I was wondering how I should go about donating my wedding dress? I would love to donate it to the Ladies Recycling Centre, however, having Googled that, I can find nothing to lead me on the right track?
          With an emphasis on culture, a new kind of nature trail emerges along Chicago’s south lakefront        
Environment & Conservation

North of the Margaret Burroughs Beach, a Caracol-inspired gathering space with a Mesoamerican hop scotch game is be part of a new trail in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. This is one of five sites installed in by teams of artists and community-based organizations whose designs are inspired both by local ecology, as well as the heritage of communities adjacent to the south lakefront.

Moving along the trail, just past the 31st Harbor, an intertwined monarch butterfly sculpture crowns a hill, this design will be circled with common milkweed. West of Lake Shore Drive on 31st Street, south on the trail, a Scholar's rock sits in a grove of mature oak trees; have a seat and imagine the sounds of traffic as waves from an ocean, urban nature at its best. Crossing 39th street/Oakwood, on the west side of Lake Shore Drive, designed for growth every year, sculpted willow branches take organic shapes. The woodchip trail continues, a fallen tree hugs a bird sculpture born from the Sankofa symbol, a soulful reflection on nature.

The Gathering Spaces, part of the Roots & Routes Initiative, were curated by a volunteer committee comprised of arts professionals and community leaders. 

Caracol Opening

Caracol, Burnham Wildlife Corridor, Roots & Routes, Habitat Restoration, Pilsen, Contratiempo, Chicago, Lakefront
Photo by John Weinstein, © The Field Museum

1. Caracol

Lead artists:  Georgina Valverde, Diana Solis, Jose Terrazas

Non-profit partner:  contratiempo (Pilsen) – preserves and highlights the cultural identity and contributions of the Spanish-speaking

Latino population in the United States.

Description:  Drawing on rich connections from the natural world and cultural symbolism, Caracol (“snail” and “shell” in Spanish) represents the immigrant's desire to belong while maintaining the core of memory and identity. Snails perform a critical role in the food chain, breaking down plant matter and aiding in the nutrification of the soil. Likewise, immigrants economic and cultural contributions enrich and revitalize the host society. Caracol´spiral-shaped structure suggests ongoing movement from the core to a widening exterior—from the familiar to the unknown.  The installation includes a table that can function as a work or picnic table, and as a painting surface for a series of murals featuring the interplay of language and images, a stage, and a hopscotch game that uses Mesoamerican numbers.


La Ronda Parakata

Gathering Spaces, Burnham Wildlife Corridor, Chicago, Festivals, Summer, Spring, Latino art, African-American art, monarch butterfly, sankofa, bronzeville, pilsen, chinatown, scholars rock, La Ronda Parakata
Photo by John Weinstein, © The Field Museum

2. La Ronda Parakata

Lead artists:  Hector DuarteAlfonso “Piloto” Nieves

Non-profit partner:  Casa Michoacán (Pilsen) – promotes cultural, social, and sporting activities between the Mexican and immigrant Michoacán community, with a transnational vision.

Description:  This project is a circular sculpture inspired by the magic symbolism of the butterfly, harmony with nature, and migration.  It is demarcated by a delicate sculptural ring or “ronda” of interlocking butterfly forms. The center of the space features native plants and cement blocks that are being repurposed as rustic seating.


Set in Stone

Gathering Spaces, Burnham Wildlife Corridor, Chicago, Festivals, Summer, Spring, Latino art, African-American art, monarch butterfly, sankofa, bronzeville, pilsen, chinatown, scholars rock, Set in Stone
Photo by John Weinstein, © The Field Museum

3. Set in Stone

Lead artists:  Andy Bellomo, Anna Murphy

Non-profit partner:  Chinese-American Museum of Chicago (Chinatown) -- promotes the culture and history of Chinese-Americans in the Midwest through exhibitions, education and research.

Description:  This project is an interpretation of a traditional Chinese “scholar’s rock” by sculpting, molding and fabricating a sculpture that emulates the magnificence felt through viewing these rocks. The scholar’s rock sculpture is placed at the center of a tranquil rock garden with hand-carved log benches for viewing/contemplation.


Sounding Bronzeville

Gathering Spaces, Burnham Wildlife Corridor, Chicago, Festivals, Summer, Spring, Latino art, African-American art, monarch butterfly, sankofa, bronzeville, pilsen, chinatown, scholars rock, Sounding Bronzeville
Photo by John Weinstein, © The Field Museum

4. Sounding Bronzeville

Lead artists:  Fo Wilson, Norman Teague

Non-profit partner:  Bronzeville Community Development Partnership (Bronzeville) -- focuses on information technology, heritage tourism, hospitality workforce development and training, preservation and sustainability in Bronzeville.

Description:  This site includes several organic, amorphous sculptural forms that rise from the ground in different heights and shapes, covered with native plant material. Some of these forms serve as seating, and some have “sound ports” or “nesting ports.” These openings allow for visibility through the forms as well as opportunities for specific audial experiences between people. This piece commemorates and remembers the strength and resilience of thousands of African-Americans who made the journey from the South seeking better opportunities North with 100 years of the Great Migration.

Architects: Monica Chadha and Mike Newman; Landscape Architects Nilay Mistry and Nathan Wright; Willow Furniture Maker and Consultant Dave Chapman


Sankofa for the Earth

Gathering Spaces, Burnham Wildlife Corridor, Chicago, Festivals, Summer, Spring, Latino art, African-American art, monarch butterfly, sankofa, bronzeville, pilsen, chinatown, scholars rock, Sankofa for the Earth
Photo by John Weinstein, © The Field Museum

5. Sankofa for the Earth

Lead artists:  Arlene Turner Crawford, Dorian Sylvain, Raymond A. Thomas

Non-profit partner:  South Side Community Art Center (Bronzeville) -- preserves, conserves and promotes the legacy and future of African American art and artists, while educating the community on the value of art and culture.

Description:  This project features a “Sankofa” bird made from mixed-media and recycled materials. In Africa, a bird looking backwards over its tail represents the Sankofa symbol, which means “go back and fetch it.” It is an understanding that our past(s) holds important information to move us forward in life. There is a mosaic on the exterior of the bird and mural on the interior representing Bronzeville history. QR codes are integrated into the mural design to allow visitors with smartphones, to access sites with information about the images included in the mural, as well as, information on Bronzeville, the Chicago Park District and the Field Museum.


How to get to the Gathering Spaces: 

Gathering Spaces Map

          Handmade Silver Wax Seal Jewelry Initial + Gemstone Necklace, BIRTHSTONE Gift, Bridal . Bridesmaids Gifts . New Moms . Your Daily Jewels by YourDailyJewels        

88.00 USD

Handmade Silver Wax Seal Jewelry Initial + wire-wrapped Gemstone Necklace (photos 2-5)

<<<Photo #1 shows a custom bridal package with extra pearls and gemstone adornment at the clasps. Ask me about customizing, affordable options.>>>

1/2"-5/8" , or 12mm-18mm

This is my best selling package-initial necklace! This necklace has been purchased many times over, for new moms with their children's birthstones; hoards of bridesmaids, mothers-in-laws, sweet 16's, and more.

It can be customized to your liking with your choice of gemstone, or bundle of gemstones, double initials, etc. Contact me through Etsy's "convo" system about multiple gemstones.

THIS LISTING~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

--YOUR CHOSEN INITIAL in the elegant and timeless, cursive typeface. The reverse side of the pendant has a pretty, faint pattern of a climbing vine

--A 9mm - 11mm moss amethyst is included. The gemstone is securely wirewrapped in oxidized, recycled sterling wire for continuity of the aged look. Contact me for other gemstones, for ideas look here:

--CHAIN: Both are suspended from a 17" recycled sterling chain that closes securely with a 'C-spring' clasp.


Just one customer's feedback:

"Absolute perfection for my maid of honor"
This is feedback from one of the many happy customers who have ordered this pretty necklace.

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          scallop bunting by myfavouritedress        


because i prefer curves, there are 16 reversible (and seamed) scallops measuring 3.5" x 5.5", made from all vintage and recycled scraps with handmade bias, and 12" ties. total length of approx 125"

perfect for celebrations or just brightening up a room, and because all seams are properly finished, the banner can be washed and used over and over again.
each set is different, but if you would like a custom order (with specific fabrics or sizes), please contact me. i'd love to make something especially for you.

please note :: this listing is for the actual scallops that are shown in the last 3 photos

          Throwaway culture: The truth about recycling        
We take it for granted that recycling is the best way to dispose of waste. But is that just greenwash? New Scientist sorts through the trash so that you can make up your mind
          11 x 17 20 Pack 1/4 inch falconboard        

Hexacomb Falconboard is the only graphic display board made from reusable, renewable and 100% recyclable kraft paper honeycomb material. An extension of our signature Hexacomb honeycomb line of custom and quality products, Falconboard offers designer...[Read More]
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          lunaria / tvvin_pinez_m4all        

lunaria ~ all is dream (sounds of the dawn, 2016)

Second tape release at Sounds of The Dawn brings to the world a new masterpiece in the new age genre - an it's only a debut album, recorded by Daniel - a member of our blog's team. Listening to this tape is an immersion into the state of heightened sensitivity, when everything becomes brighter and clearer. It may sound as a cliche when it comes to ambient new age music, but I'm too assured in the fact that actually any music can do that if it has sincerity. There are nothing supernatural about the impact which music can do on our minds and we don't need scientific proofs for that - just an open-minded listening, which leaves analysis and criticism beyond the perception. Blissful tones of this music is a soft contradiction to the modern pop-music with its aggressive production. One may call it escapism, but then one should ask himself - where are you escaping when listening to radio hits? What is real? Which reality is true and everlasting, and which is just temporary construct of humanity's greed? Nature is all around us, but we mostly ignore it, building our own realities, first concrete and metal, then virtual... But when I go with this though further, while bathing in the crystal clear melodies and chimes of Lunaria, I realise that answer is already here - literally. On the tape cover. It says "all is dream" and duality of the meaning of the word "dream" makes the answer even clearer. There is no escapism. Global civilization, the Humankind, even Cyberspace - everything is Nature, part of our planet's evolutionary process. And this whole process is just a part of universal dream. Who dreams it? We all do, and by doing that we can make all kinds of things... And we do them, many different things, not always pleasant - saying "what the difference?". But when someone makes music like this, when someone listens to it and it makes one's dream a bit brighter and lucid - I can be only happy. And it makes a difference.

listen ~ buy tape ~ buy cd

tvvin_pinez_m4all ~ 植物波 [ p l a n t w a v e ] (adhesive sounds, 2016)

Colorful, growing plants are the key to livening up any interior décor. 

During the course of last year or two vaporwave has become much more structured genre, than it was at the beginning. To tell the truth, it was more like a joke, than a "real music" and some people still think that way. But even superficial acquaintance with everything vapowave-themed on Bandcamp brings so many sub-genres and variations, that no joke can have. Being 100% product of postmodernism, this music recycles long-forgotten tunes, giving them another perspective in the massive retromania, which overfilled music market nowadays. And by doing that, vaporwave shifts the perception towards images and situations that actually never existed. If you old enough to remember early 90s, you can feel the similarity in atmosphere and aesthetics, but there are still too many differences, which makes vaporwave-induced nostalgia no more than a postmodernist trick. And it tells a lot about the way we remember, think and perceive. Take this tape - typical, I'd even say classical vapowave album full of slowed disco tunes, ambient passages and late 80s new age reminiscences - but still none of these things in sum. It reminds me making collages of old magazines - you can put together some random parts from your mom's old knitting magazine, modern National Geographic and some last year's newspaper. Of course, you get some new picture, but what is more important - this picture transcends time, it brings everything in present moment, making it joyful. So what's the difference between music for plants, recorded by 80's new age artists and this tape? Only time - which is just an instrument for the artist, a way to make perspective, to give us a hint on our own head interior. Do you have any living plants there? I bet they'll love this tape, because it sounds damn chill and relaxing.

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          12 Ways to Recycle Your Content (Infographic)        
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          SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2013        

Hey everyone!

Comic Con is coming up this week!   I will have a table there in the Small Press area.  Table P10 to be more precise.   Check the map below.
Look, I made it easy for you to just find my table and avoid all the other comic con nonsense. 

I will have all my prints, books, and zines i normally do plus I'll also have a few preview copies of the Vidiots book that I had specially printed up.    I've included some pictures (see below) if you're at the con you should stop by and take a look at the book.

I'll also have a new print run of the 123 Creatures and the Future Peeps zines.  I printed them out in color at 1984 printing on recycled printing with soy based inks.  I think they turned out really sweet 




          New director appointed for the O.C. Waste and Recycling Department        
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          Rubaeus CANdle        

Rubaeus is Founders’ way of celebrating the joys of summer year-round. And for those times when drinking one doesn’t quite fit your schedule, we’ve partnered with a specialty candle maker to help us enjoy the fragrance of Rubaeus in another way. Poured into a recycled can, these candles are ideal for at home use to...

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          Collaborative Creative Placemaking        
Inspired by the great work by the Better Block Foundation on their new Wikiblock: a toolkit for Creating Better Blocks, we at the Urban Design Studio and City Collaborative are working to catalog the tactical urbanism tools we have used from recycled materials and new more »
          Drugs Contamination In Tap Drinking Water        
We have a tendency in our society to take our drinking water for granted and assume that water contamination will be taken care of by our local authorities. We need to change the way we think in this regard because budgets for water treatment are drying up and the use of recycled water is now […]

          All That Glitters...        
It is my personal belief, that deep down inside every woman, there lies a secretly burning passion for all things that sparkle. After all, isn't that  why diamonds are a girl's best friend? I believe that deep down within even the most tomboyish of girls, there is a secret lust for things that twinkle, things that shimmer, things that sparkle, shine, glitter and gleam. No? Okay, just me then...

But seriously, ever since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with glitter. I recall this one time, when one of my oldest friends (that means you, Leah Rossi!) and I sat in my bathroom, when we were about ten or eleven years old, collecting together all the glitter in my house that we could find. We collected up hair glitter, sparkly body spray, glittery mascara, glitter nail polish, glittery talc, shimmer face powder, you name it (remember all that 90's/early 00's stuff?)

We sampled each of the products, spraying them and puffing them and squeezing them and what have you over the bath, so that it wouldn't go all over the floor, and analysing the different types of glitter. We decided to categorize the different types, to see which was the best. There was glitter with huge shiny bits in it, glitter in tiny particles that gave more of a subtle, shimmery effect...I can still smell the glitter spray now, heady and gluey and with that note of excitement and anticipation on it- it was the spray I put on whenever I was going to a school disco or a year six birthday party or to one of my parents' big new year's eve bashes. I think we thought we were glitter scientists or something. Leah, if you are reading this, you probably don't even recall this weird random memory, but you know what I'm like for having a freakishly good memory when it comes to this stuff! It reminds me of a time even further back, when Leah and I decided to paint all the china ornaments in my room with my gold glittery nail varnish, and the times we used to make 'gems' out of lumps of wet toilet paper left to dry and coloured in with felt-tipped pens and painted with the same glittery nail polish (now I know you remember that!)

Well, weather or not anyone else shares this particular magpie tendency of mine (and Leah's!) to want to squeal with delight at the sight of glitter, that's what's got me all girlishly excited about my latest look. I'm calling it 'all that glitters' (another Sex and the City Reference, for any of those equally geekily obsessed fans among you). It all started with the outfit that I put together on one of my previous posts, the one with the pink sequined top and the leopard print heels (which I have now bought, and can't WAIT to wear out!) I loved the way the sequins on the top looked like those pink edible cake sparkles you can buy, and the way they winked and flashed and twinkled like stars in the light with my every tiny movement...

I also adored the soft pale pink of it, and the combination of the sparkles and the girlish pastel hue. So, when I came across this GORGEOUS little vintage gem on my travels in Greenwich a few days later, I simply couldn't get it out of my head.

                                          (here is is, pictured with the pink Topshop top)

I was browsing the rails in The Vintage Emporium, to see if there was anything that caught my eye, when I glimpsed it, twinkling softly in the dusty light. It was a pale, mint green, sixties style top, which also happened to be sparkly (insert inward screams of delight). I held it up to myself in the mirror and noticed that it went perfectly with my skin tone and hair colour (don't you just LOVE making those discoveries?) but then quickly told myself that I didn't need yet ANOTHER little sparkly top. I moved on to the next shop, The Beehive, which is a total treasure trove of affordable vintage pieces (not to mention owned by the most lovely, friendly, beautiful lady whom I spent a good long while chatting to about all things fashion) and ended up buying an eighties-tastic jumper, featuring a similar colour of green (which I have been living in all week- thanks Beehive!)

That weekend, I simply couldn't make myself forget the darling little mint green top. It danced tantalizingly in front of my eyes inside my head, calling to me in a sound like crystals twinkling and clinking together (I know I'm getting totally carried away now, but I really did love the top). So, today I went back to The Vintage Emporium and bought it. Did I mention that it was only £15?? Total bargain, I know!

It goes perfectly with the other stuff I bought to go with the pink Topshop top, so that's two outfits I have yet to wear out! In addition to this, I also decided I needed a cream fur coat to complete the outfit, and found this beauty on ebay, which I won (yay!) and which was delivered today:

Don't you just love it!? It's real rabbit fur and sooo luxuriously soft and snuggly. I would just like to point out, that although I would never condone the purchase of new fur, this coat is vintage and therefore second hand. Hence, wearing it is actually a form of recycling, and if no one wore it, it would only be rotting away in some landfill somewhere, polluting the planet. ANYWAY.

The pretty ice cream shades of the tops and the coat got me thinking about Tavi's fantastic Valley of the Dolls posts that I've recently read. If you want to check it out, go to:
For anyone who doesn't already know this-Tavi is amazing. Her blog was one of the main things that inspired me to start this. But getting back to my main point, her post was inspired by the 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls, which was turned into a film in 1967. I have yet to actually see the film (it's on my list of fashionable things to watch, along with The Taxi Driver, which apparently is the film to channel for the current on-trend seventies vibe) but I've seen pictures from it, and am loving the pretty, innocent but plastic doll-like look that's going on. The look is all about pastels, candy colours, pretty-girl makeup and a kind of creepy doll-like perfection. Think of the candy-coloured houses in Edward Scissorhands (Tavi also references this in her post- I give her full credit for it- although I've always loved that image anyway!)

To complete the all-that-glitters-meets-Valley-of-the-Dolls-look that I'm loving right now, I also bought two gorgeous Barry M lipsticks, one in an amazingly bright, shocking, almost fluorescent pink, and one in a beautiful pale chalky coral. I love the totally matte texture of the lipsticks combined with the intense, opaque quality of the colours. I have searched high and low for a reeeaally bright pink lipstick with a totally matte finish, and this is the first one I've found. Thanks Barry M!

I am planning on wearing this look with fun, unexpected twists like leopard print (cue my new heels!), garishly bright lipstick and flashy, gold vintage jewelery to give it a trashy/fun/glam edge. And of course, extra long, doll-like lashes. Pictures of me wearing the outfits will follow (I want you to see them with the full benefit of my two hours of pampering, hair and makeup that I will do when I actually wear them out!)

Here are some pictures that I feel capture the girly/glam vibe of the all that glitters look with it's Valley of the Dolls feel...enjoy!
 My magpie collection of sparkly tops! From left: vintage from ebay, vintage from ebay, vintage from Rokit, vintage from a shop in Whitechapel, vintage from The Vintage Emporium Greenwich, and Topshop.

 My pretty ice cream shaded tops go perfectly with my gold vintage bag from Rokit which I have actually worn to death!
(clockwise from top) bracelet: Topshop, cuff: Topshop, earrings: from a charity shop in Hunstanton, earrings: also from charity shop in Hunstanton, ring: Topshop, necklace: vintage from Greenwich Market (only 99p!)

My Barry M lipsticks, Topshop glitter, Benefit eyeshadow and Mac eyeshadow. Tutti-fruitti shades like this were seen all over the SS11 catwalks!

                                  I <3 Dolly Mixtures! xxx

  Glitter is a girl's best friend...
                                                 The Valley of the Dolls Look
Hope you enjoyed the post, and please feel free to leave any comments! Have a sparkly day...

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          Clean Kali: All eyes now on govt        
The water of East Kali is heavily polluted. It would hopefully change with the NGT taking notice of it.
The polluted Kali river. (Image source: Neer Foundation)

Rampura, situated in Bulandshahr district in western Uttar Pradesh, is one of the 1,200 villages on the banks of the 300-km long East Kali, a tributary of the Ganges. The river is named after goddess Kali who, according to the Hindu mythology, is fierce and fights evil by ingesting it.

Till the 1980s, the river was a symbol of purity. Things have changed now with the river turning into a nullah brimming with industrial effluents. “We used to drink its waters when young. Today, it's so toxic that forget drinking, I dread touching it,” says Devendra Kumar Sharma, a resident of Panwadi, a village in Meerut district. The river’s toxic water now symbolises death and not life.

Foul flows in streams

As per a study by Neer Foundation, a Meerut-based non-profit working on environmental issues, as the river is polluted, the groundwater of the area which gets replenished by the river too has turned into a receptacle for toxic waste. Unsuspecting people, however, continued to draw water through the handpumps till recent studies rang an alarm bell.

The study conducted in 2015-16 reveals that in Rampura, the groundwater recorded a total dissolved solids of 1760 mg/litre, way above the permissible standard of a maximum of 500 mg/litre for drinking purposes. Soil stratum was harmed as iron and lead contamination spread from river water to aquifers (underground reservoirs that hold groundwater) that are recharged by it.

A study by Neer Foundation reveals that the pollution load in the river is unmanageable. (Image source: Neer Foundation)

Lead is recognised as highly toxic, and damages the nervous system in humans while iron is therapeutic in low doses but lethal when present in excessive quantities.“This toxic water gets distributed and is used for drinking and irrigation purposes in rural areas. This has a severe health impact on us and our animals. The outfall of water from nullahs to the river must stop,” says Satish Kumar, a farmer from Jalalpur village in Meerut district.

The water from handpumps has shown iron concentration measuring up to 0.35 parts per million, which is enough to cause water to turn reddish brown in colour. Lead concentration too was high at  0.5 parts per million in Rampura. According to Indian standard drinking water specification 1991, the highest desirable limit of lead in drinking water is 0.05 parts per million. “The possibility of geogenic contamination i.e., naturally occurring contaminants in the water, too cannot be ruled out. The Central Ground Water Authority is studying these aspects,” says Atulesh Yadav, regional officer, Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board, Meerut.

Rampura is one of the several villages of the eight districts of western Uttar Pradesh where people’s lives at one time depended on the river water for everything--from drinking to irrigation. The village that once boasted of lush green guava orchards has no original water left in its river. The prime villains in this regretful story are the ceaseless discharge of industrial wastewater and municipal sewage into the river.

“The three main cities of Meerut, Hapur and Bulandshahr through which the East Kali passes have several sugar mills, allied alcohol manufacturing distilleries, paper industries, dairies, tanneries and textile mills that discharge their effluents into the river,” says Raman Kant, director of Neer Foundation. The effluents from the sugar and paper mills are highly toxic and these two industries are enlisted among the 17 most toxic waste releasing industries by the standards provided under the Environment Protection Rules, 1986.

The pollution load in the river is unmanageable and it can barely assimilate the pollutants. Dilution with freshwater isn't a viable treatment option any longer. In most villages--right from Antawada in Muzaffarpur where the river originates, to Kannauj, its confluence with the Ganga--the water, laced with industrial toxins, is lifted from both the river and under the ground for irrigation. “Water flows from the underground caverns in the forest adjacent to our village forming a river that used to collect rainwater. Once a life-giving force, the river is dry at its origin and gets polluted by industrial effluents a few kilometers downstream,” says Bilam Singh, a farmer from Antawada. “The effect of this on our food is mostly unknown. It is possible that some of the most toxic chemicals like cancer-causing dioxins and organochlorines released by factories are present in the water that is irrigating the farms,” says Raman Kant.

Water flows from the underground caverns in the forest at the origin of the river. (Image source: Neer Foundation)

In 2001, Neer Foundation tested the water quality in government accredited laboratories which showed the presence of persistent organic pollutants or PoPs in the two samples near Saini village, downstream of Nanglamal sugar factory. PoPs are known for their impacts on human health and the environment as they are resistant to environmental degradation. “Farmers knew of the contamination but continued to irrigate from the river,” adds Raman Kant.

“It is only on the river’s downstream stretch as it crosses the city of Aligarh that its pollution level declines as freshwater is added to it from the upper Ganga canal. Besides this, industrial wastes are not added in the river’s stretch between Aligarh and Kannauj,” says Raman Kant.

The green court takes note

Many civil society groups have raised the issue of river clean-up. Come monsoon and stretches of the effluent-laden river turn red as it passes through industrial sites. An otherwise seasonal river has now turned into a perennial one, thanks to the discharge of industrial and municipal wastewater into it. For years, this has been a concern as villagers were left with no option but to drink this contaminated water. The union environment ministry had in 2012 directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to monitor the quality of the river water and the major wastewater outfalls. “The Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board too does regular monitoring of the river waters,” says Yadav.

Yet small pockets of industries are polluting the waters of the predominantly rural catchment that is largely dependent on the untreated water from the river as well as the ground. This is leading to the spread of cancer and various other life-threatening diseases. Seeing the impasse, Raman Kant put up a public interest litigation (PIL) which was heard by the principal bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, chairperson, National Green Tribunal (NGT). Neer Foundation had two demands--the Environment Protection Rules, 1986 that prescribes the standards for effluent discharge is followed and municipal authorities who are responsible for managing municipal wastes adhere to the Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2016.

“The industries not only abstract large volumes of water during their manufacturing processes reducing dilution of pollutants present within the surface water bodies but also contaminate the river by draining their effluent wastes into it,” the PIL states.

The NGT has, in an order dated May 24, 2017, asked the Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board to test the groundwater along the course of the East Kali river. The order is applicable to districts of Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Kasganj, Aligarh, Kannauj and Farrukhabad through which the river passes. The NGT has directed the authorities to test the water immediately and seal those handpumps that supply contaminated water. The PIL also says the Kali clean-up is a prerequisite to cleaning the Ganga. The green tribunal’s order has come as a temporary respite for thousands of villagers living along the river. They are nonetheless waiting for the government to establish long-term policies to resolve the crisis. This could be in the form of a comprehensive action plan for cleaning the East Kali river.

“The Supreme Court had in 2014 transferred a public interest litigation by noted environmental activist M.C. Mehta, pending since 1985, to the green tribunal. It deals with issues of the river Ganga, especially those involving discharge of domestic sewage and other sources of pollution in the Ganga. This is the larger case which is being heard on a daily basis by the tribunal. As a result, some of the prayers of the petitioner in the case of Kali river were not heard separately,” says advocate Adarsh Srivastava, one of the applicants on behalf of the petitioner.

“We hope to get an official assessment of the water quality in the riverside villages as per the present order on the East Kali river soon. However, since we have been working on the river’s revival, we look forward to the tribunal’s orders on the Ganga pollution case. The court is likely to give directions on strict measures and penalties to prevent hazardous materials and pollutants from being dumped into the rivers,” says Abhishek Tyagi, secretary of Neer Foundation.

Without this, it is hard to tell whether the issue of pollution will be resolved in the near future.

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          Centre asks states to prepare for monsoon failure        
Policy matters this week
A community well (Source: IWP Flickr photos)

Centre urges states to gear up for possible monsoon failure

The agriculture ministry has ordered all the states and union territories to prepare themselves for a possible monsoon failure and operationalise their drought mitigation strategies. For this, the states and union territories have been permitted to earmark 25 percent of funds under centrally-sponsored schemes as flexi-funds for using them for the mitigation of natural calamities. Also, the ministry has allowed the states to expand the coverage of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in order to tackle loss of production in the event of a disaster.  

Government rejects funds to Gujarat's SAUNI yojana

On technical grounds, the Central Water Commission (CWC) has rejected the request to fund the Gujarat government's Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation Yojana (SAUNI). As per the CWC, the detailed project report for the scheme lacks key details in relation to technical feasibility. Along with expressing concerns about the Gujarat government's failure to consult Narmada Control Authority (NCA) and other concerned states, the CWC has also raised questions over the water storage calculation for the project. However, after getting rejected by the Centre, the state government has decided to fund the project on its own. 

Ramgarh dam encroachment: HC notice to Rajasthan government

The Rajasthan high court has issued notice to several authorities in the state against the encroachment on the catchment areas of the Ramgarh dam in Jaipur. In 2004, the court had ordered the state authorities to demarcate the catchment area of the Ramgarh dam and declare it a no-construction zone. Further to this notice in 2012, the court ordered to remove the encroachment on the catchment areas but no action has been taken in this regard; even the demarcation of the catchment areas is yet to be done. 

Telangana to tackle its water crisis using four waters concept

Telangana Water Resources Development Corporation (TWRDC) has launched the Jal Doots programme in which 50 volunteers of various NGOs will educate farmers, members of small help groups and gram panchayats across 600 villages in the state on various recharge and water harvesting structures. The basis of the programme is the ‘four water’ concept (ground, surface, soil moisture and rainwater) that aims to conserve each drop of water. The programme will encourage farmers to build soak pits at home, farm ponds in field and adopt various conservation methods like tank renovation, silt application and drip and sprinklers for irrigation.

India ambitious to mine mineral wealth of the oceans

The Ministry of Earth Sciences has decided to embark on the ambitious Deep Sea Mission. The project, worth Rs 10,000 crore, aims to explore and mine mineral wealth beneath the ocean floor. The project is expected to begin by the year-end in 2017. According to the ministry, the project would be beneficial to the country as it will provide deep ocean energy, deep sea fishing and minerals. 

This is a roundup of important policy matters from May 8 - 14, 2017. Also, read the news this week.


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          CiPU présente sa gamme de sac à langer et sacs écologiques        

La semaine dernière, j'ai pu me rendre à la présentation CiPU (à prononcer "Ci-Pou") qui débarque en France avec des produits écologiques. La créatrice Jarrah Chou a conçue un sac à langer pour répondre dans un premier temps à ses propres besoins en devenant Maman (puis pour celui des autres).

Ce sac à langer vous permettra de "survivre" à la meilleure aventure de votre vie : devenir parent ! Il est à base de matériaux ultra-légers et imperméable avec 14 compartiments larges et accessibles. Le textile est 100% issu de bouteilles en plastiques recyclées.

Une large gamme de coloris et de formes

J'ai d'abord flashé sur les coloris : noir avec pois, rose flashy, gris, jean... Mais également sur les formes ! Les sacs à dos sont déclinés pour les parents et les enfants. Il existe 4 tailles : Baby B-bag, Baby Plus B-Bag, Mini B-Bag et B-Bag.

Enfin je dois vous parler de la poche secrète brevetée et le mieux c'est de vous montrer cela en vidéo...

          The worst product ever marketed        
SUBHEAD: Eventually we learn what's the good way to do things. Too bad that it is almost always too late.

By Ugo Bardi on 30 July 2017 for Cassandra's Legacy -


Image above: Detail of Bic advertisement celebrating the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Bic lighter.  From original article.

Greens often exaggerate in inviting people to save energy and be happier by staying in the dark and eating insects. However, it is also true that sometimes wastefulness goes a few notches higher and becomes truly a scandal. It is the case of the ordinary disposable lighter.

Bic alone produces almost a billion lighters per year and has produced some 20 billions of them in the past 30 years. The whole world production is probably of a few billion per year. A good example of a successful product, but is it a good product?

The disposable lighter is surely practical but also, if you think about it, a very bad deal. It contains some 5 cc of butane, that you pay, typically, more than $1. That means around $200 per liter, or $800/gallon.

You wouldn't be happy to pay that kind of money when you refill the tank of your car. And, being powered by a fossil fuel, butane, every time you light up one you add some CO2 to the atmosphere, some of which will stay there for tens of thousands of years.

Then, the disposable lighter doesn't contain just non-renewable fuel but plastics manufactured from fossil fuels and also polluting. Then, it contains metals such as cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, praeseodymium and more.

These metals are classified as "rare earths;" they are not so rare as the name seems to imply, but they are not so common, either. And the lighter is thrown away after use and it will never be recycled. The rare earths it contains will be lost forever.

Is all that enough to qualify disposable lighters as "the worst product ever marketed"? Well, everything can be questioned, but if you line up the characteristics of a bad product as;
  1. uses rare and non-renewable resources, 
  2. is not recycled and not supposed to be recyclable, 
  3. is manufactured on a large scale, 
  4. it has non-polluting and less expensive alternatives, there are few examples other than lighters for which you can tick all the four boxes.
I can hardly think of anything so wasteful to set something on fire, no matter whether you are a professional arsonist or simply an ordinary smoker.

After all, what was so wrong with using the old matches? Matches contain only recyclable materials: wood, paper, phosphorous, sulfur. I can't see anything that can be done with a lighter that cannot be done with a match, except that a lighter can burn steadily for a longer time.

But if your purpose is to light up a cigarette or a kitchen burner, it makes no difference. And, by all means, there is no way that a lighter would cost less than a match, at least if manufactured on a comparable scale.

So, disposable lighters are all an example of how a combination of financial factors and government regulations can push a bad product to dominate the market. It is, after all, what has happened with fossil fuels, still gathering large government subsidies, despite the damage they are doing to all of us.

In the case of lighter vs. matches, the playing field has been made unfavorable to matches from the beginning, because they have been traditionally taxed by governments (also lighters, in some cases, but not always).

Add to that the rapid expansion of the cigarette market during the past decades, with some six billion cigarettes sold worldwide every year, and growing, some large companies saw their chance.

They engaged in the large scale manufacturing of lighters and they crushed the match manufacturers, mainly small companies that couldn't match (indeed!) the financial power of large corporations.

The advertising power, too, played a big role, with the appeal of colored and fashionable items that could also be collected. And it was world domination for the disposable lighter.

Could we reverse this demonic trend? Maybe there are signs of an inversion of the tendency and, not long ago, I saw again courtesy matchboxes appearing in an Italian Hotel.

Maybe it was because finally (in 2015) the Italian government decided to abolish the tax on matches, a good idea that, unfortunately, arrived at least 50 years too late (the French Government did that in 1999).

Whatever the case, it is high time that someone realizes that some ideas, such as disposable lighters, are evil to the bone. And that the mythical "free market" cannot turn evil into good.

But maybe you think that the old matches are passé? In this case, we have technologies for getting rid of the obsolete propane lighters without having to get back to the somewhat primitive matches. For instance, we have spark lighters that use only electricity.

They are a solid state alternative to propane lighters in the same way as photovoltaic energy is a solid state alternative to fossil energy. In the picture, you see one of these super hi-tech lighters in the hands of my daughter, Donata.

Image above: Donata Bardi holds solid state spark lighter.  From original article.

So, eventually, we learn what's the good way to do things. Too bad that it is almost always too late.


          Vegan Calcium poster (English), cute characters show you plant based food chart by mikimottes        

14.00 USD

If you're vegan or vegetarian you've probably been asked "But where do you get your calcium?!" Luckily this chart is hear to help! Who needs cow milk?!
This is the English version, if you're looking for the Hebrew one, please find it here -

Get yourself or a vegan/vegetarian friend this A3 print art. Each print is signed.

Printed on 260g eco friendly recycled paper.
Listing is for print only, frame and decorations are not included.

          Vegan Protein poster (English), cute characters show you plant based food chart by mikimottes        

14.00 USD

If you're vegan or vegetarian you've probably been asked "But where do you get your protein?!" Luckily this chart is hear to help!
This is the English version, if you're looking for the Hebrew one, please find it here -

Get yourself or a vegan/vegetarian friend this A3 print art. Each print is signed.

Printed on 260g eco friendly recycled paper.
Listing is for print only, frame and decorations are not included.

          The Doodle Smoker poster print, wall art, creatures fun, Modern art - A3 size by mikimottes        

14.00 USD

The Doodle Smoker poster print, wall art, How about smoking some nice doodles?

11.7 × 16.5 inch
420 mm x 297 mm

Each print is signed!

Printed on 260g eco friendly recycled paper.
Listing is for print only, frame and decorations are not included.

••• Low shipping prices anywhere in the world! •••

          Cat Poster - If it fits, I sits. Cat drawing A3 poster. Cute cat print for Cat Lovers. by mikimottes        

14.00 USD

Cat lovers poster print, kitty wall art, cup of tea print, cute poster - an illustration for cat lovers.

11.7 × 16.5 inch
420 mm x 297 mm

Each print is signed!

Printed on 260g eco recycled paper
Listing is for print only, frame and decorations are not included.

••• Low shipping prices anywhere in the world! •••

          Vegan Protein poster (Hebrew), cute characters show you plant based food chart by mikimottes        

14.00 USD

If you're vegan or vegetarian you've probably been asked "But where do you get your protein?!" Luckily this chart is hear to help!
This is the Hebrew version, if you're looking for the Hebrew one, please find it here -

Get yourself or a vegan/vegetarian friend this A3 print art. Each print is signed.

Printed on 260g eco friendly recycled paper.
Listing is for print only, frame and decorations are not included.

          Tee Jewel: The New Voice of Nigerian Rhythm And Blues        

In an industry where the mainstream sector already serves you with non-stop entertainment, why would you even need to search for more music elsewhere? There are times when it seems the mainstream is stuffed with familiar sounds and recycled content, times like that usually come with a longing for a new musical experience; and that’s […]

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          Avkem International        

Avkem is a supplier of specialty fluxes and refractory products used primarily in the recycled aluminum market.

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          Triangle Invests in Avkem International        

$4.0 Million in Subordinated Debt Avkem International is a supplier of specialty fluxes and refractory products used primarily in the recycled aluminum market.

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          Triangle Invests in Team Waste, LLC        

$5.0 Million in Preferred Equity Team Waste provides waste collection, disposal and recycling services.

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          Team Waste, LLC        

Team Waste provides waste collection, disposal and recycling services.

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          How to Restore Deleted Files After Emptying the Recycle Bin        

Categories: How To, Software, Tools, Windows

Recycle Bin Icon One of my favorite tech tools is called Restoration. It's a stand-alone Windows based file recovery program. It allows you to restore deleted files even after they have been emptied from the recycle bin. Restoration requires no install and because of this, you can put it on your flash drive and take it with you wherever you go. In the following article I would like to show you how to use it.

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Sampai saat ini sampah merupakan masalah serius di negeri ini, terutama di kota-kota besar dengan jumlah penduduk yang melebihi batas. Dengan teknologi yang tepat, sampah yang tadinya menjadi masalah sebagai barang buangan, kotor, berbau, menimbulkan penyakit dan mencemari lingkungan dapat menjadi barang yang bisa dimanfaatkan dan memiliki nilai ekonomi tinggi.

Sampah anorganik bisa membantu mengembangkan industri daur ulang (recycling). Kertas bekas akan di daur ulang oleh industri kertas, sampah plastik dan kaca akan di daur ulang menjadi bahan baku industri, sedangkan sampah organik dapat mengembangkan industri pengolah kompos menjadi pupuk organik dan juga dapat diolah menjadi industri energi/industri bahan bangunan.

Daur ulang adalah salah satu cara yang digunakan untuk meminimalkan jumlah sampah yang ada untuk meningkatkan nilai ekonomisnya menjadi barang-barang yang berguna. Daur ulang merupakan proses untuk
mengurangi penggunaan bahan baku yang baru, mengurangi penggunaan energi, mengurangi polusi, kerusakan lahan, dan emisi gas rumah kaca jika dibandingkan dengan proses pembuatan barang baru.

Material yang bisa didaur ulang terdiri dari sampah kaca, plastik, kertas, logam, tekstil, dan barang elektronik. Meskipun mirip, proses pembuatan kompos yang umumnya menggunakan sampah biomassa yang bisa didegradasi oleh alam, tidak dikategorikan sebagai proses daur ulang. Daur ulang lebih difokuskan kepada sampah yang tidak bisa didegradasi oleh alam secara alami demi pengurangan kerusakan lahan. Secara garis besar, daur ulang adalah proses pengumpulan sampah, penyortiran, pembersihan, dan pemrosesan material baru untuk proses produksi.

Salah satu usaha daur ulang adalah daur ulang pada produk berbahan kaca. Banyak cara yang digunakan oleh para pengrajin untuk memanfaatkan kaca-kaca bekas sebagai bahan dasar pembuatan kerajinan. Salah satunya adalah benda seni berupa kerajinan gelas dari bahan pecahan kaca. Selain terkesan mewah, bentuknya yang unik akan menarik para konsumen. Ini bisa menjadi peluang bisnis yang cukup menggiurkan dengan kerajinan berbahan baku pecahan kaca.

Bahan yang dibutuhkan adalah pecahan kaca atau pecahan botol bekas, toples bekas dan apa saja yang berbahan kaca. Bahan baku tersebut dibersihkan dari bahan kontaminan, dicuci hingga bersih dan dilebur dalam tungku pemanas bersuhu 1.500 derajat Celcius selama 24 jam. Setelah benar-benar meleleh, selanjutnya kaca itu dibentuk sesuai dengan keinginan. Dapat juga dipakai sebagai bahan bangunan dan jalan. Sudah ada Glassphalt, yaitu bahan pelapis jalan dengan menggunakan 30% material kaca daur ulang. Proses lainnya yang juga bisa dilakukan adalah bahan kaca yang sudah didapat dilakukan pemotongan dan dimodifikasi sesuai desain yang diinginkan misalnya dalam bentuk mainan maupun kerajinan.

Berbagai bentuk dapat di bentuk dari limbah-limbah kaca itu menjadi bentuk baru dengan nilai tambah didalamnya. Mulai vas, kap lampu, maupun bentuk baru berupa mainan, antara lain, berbentuk senjata api, kereta api, mobil, helikopter, sepeda motor, andong, becak, dan alat musik drum, gapura, lampu hias dan yang lainnya. Harga yang ditawarkan pun cukup bervariasi yaitu mulai dari Rp 20 ribu hingga Rp 15 juta tergantung ukuran dan tingkat kerumitan proses pembuatan.

          New Partner for Italy: RAEcycle        
RAEcycle, one of the two largest take-back and recycling schemes in Italy, has established itself as a partner of WEEElogic for serving customers in the Italian market.
          Our Living Room Mantel - Christmas 2010...        

I had only one objective for this years Living Room Christmas Mantel...

keep the grapevine garland that I used for my Thanksgiving Mantel up on the fireplace, and incorporate it into the design.

That's it.

For one, I like it there. I like that it gives a whole new dimension to the fireplace, on top of being natural and rustic. But my other reason (which is probably the real reason) is that it was such a pain to get up there in the first place that I need to keep it up as long as I can and make all of the effort that Owen and I put into getting it to stay in place, worth it!

Luckily, it was easy to incorporate, and I think it worked out wonderfully...

The grapevine garland was the perfect (and obvious) place to hang Christmas balls - in red and silver to match our Christmas tree on the other side of the room...

The rest of the mantle came together easily, using just a few simple items:

a recycled glass bowl to hold red glass balls and pinecones...

large lanterns to hold red candles and a bit of faux snow...

(the best faux snow I have found, in fact!)

another swag of cedar garland (see, I told you I couldn't resist!) and some twinkling lights...

a basket of cozy blankets, which are a must in our house...

my birch logs...

an inexpensive cedar wreath (just $8 - seriously!) hung with some sturdy indoor/outdoor ribbon...

and the "Christmas" sign that I made a few years back...

...was all it took to create this Christmas mantel.

The ottoman sitting in front of the fireplace came with our sectional that we purchased for the Family Room this past summer, but I'm not big on "sets" and like to break them up as much as I can. So the ottoman sits here. Unfortunately, we don't ever use this fireplace - it has a glass front that gets really, really hot and with three kids and a puppy running around, I'd rather not take the chance at someone brushing against it and getting burned.

But this way actually works out quite well. The ottoman gets used in the Living Room, in that spot, way more than I thought it would, which is great...

...but I'm thinking this just might be the perfect perch for the kids...

it's time to snap some Christmas pictures!


Happy Holidays!

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          Vanity Revamp        
Since last week was Spring Break so I went on a mission to finish my bathroom make-over, and by the time I went back to work this past Monday, it was almost finished.  The last little project I have is to figure out what pictures I want to put in my Ikea frames.

Last Saturday, my family lost Millie, our Golden Retriever that my parents got for me and my sisters 13 years ago.  To distract myself on Sunday, I kept busy painting the vanity in the bathroom black, and now that it's done I love it.

This is what it looked like before...

Unfortunately I didn't have as good a picture as I thought.  But you can see the color of the vanity on the mirrors.  It certainly wasn't bad, but it's not exactly one I was in love with.  The door pulls were shiney silver, and the vanity was starting to look like it was 10 years old.

My husband took our mirrors down first, and they got sanded with 220 grit sandpaper and cleaned.  I just sanded the finish enough to allow the paint to stick, although I may not have sanded it quite enough...stime will tell.  I painted the mirrors and the vanity with Valspar's Dark Black Kettle paint. 

He also took off the doors, and I painted the drawers and the vanity itself.  My husband offered to let me buy new door pulls, mainly because he wanted to recycle the old ones for use in his garage.  This is what the old ones looked like, along with the wood color of the vanity.

Those are now on my husband's cabinets in the garage.  After some paint and the new door pulls, this is the end result...

And the mirrors...

And the vanity as a whole...

We're loving the new vanity, and the bathroom as a whole.  It feels much more "grown up" now, and rivals the guest bath for our favorite.

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          Soroptimists going green        
A GREEN gang of local Soroptimists is holding a textile recycling collection to raise funds for good causes.
          Garfield Square Athletic Field Resurfaced, Reopened        
http://Garfield%20Square.%20Photo%20by%20Lola%20M.%20Chavez The athletic field at Garfield Square has reopened with a new look. Fencing and drainage have been updated, the field’s old turf was completely recycled, and the new turf has a natural infill made from sand and cork, according to the SF Recreation and Parks Department. Garfield Square underwent a previous renovation more than a decade ago through the City Fields Foundation, according to the department. The foundation renovated 21 athletic fields...
          Franklin Square Field Reopens After Facelift        
http://Franklin%20Square.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20Recreation%20and%20Parks San Francisco’s Franklin Square field is open again after a four-month facelift, the Recreation and Parks Department reports. The synthetic turf field was originally completed in 2003. Though turf can be played on in all weather and doesn’t need to “rest,” the field saw heavy use and after 13 years, needed renovation. The Recreation and Parks department not only removed the old turf and recycled it, but also installed new...
Fable 3 is a let down really. I disagree with the high rating many give this game it has little to no improvement over Fable 2 and is in many ways a step backwards for the series. While the story is certainly an interesting one it does not make this a great game. The NPCs in Fable are boring and recycled. With the limited amount of characters and very small size of the game (9 areas with people in them) it is sad that the developers didn't not invest a little more time in them. The dialog to make friends is even more reduced than the second game with typically a good or evil expression option. This leads to having to have to play patty cake and dance with men even if you are a guy. The lack of a menu makes it impossible to know what items you have it your possession. The game itself is very buggy with some game ending ones. I had to restart my game once because I could not leave the sanctuary. Also, the funny butler who is voiced by John Cleese will stop talking for many playthroughs a few hours in and will be unable to talk for the rest of the game. Also while running the game will sometimes slow down to the point it will stop for a few seconds before starting up again. The game implies there will be a great deal more content after you finish the main story but there are only about three or four short quests. The game overall is short and feels unfinished. It feel like the developers left out a lot of content so that they can sell you it later. A good example is the DLC dye pack. It is obvious that that some colors are left out. It is sad that they would purposefully leave out content like that so that they make a little more money. In short the game is fundamentally flawed and although the game is for the most part playable is not that great. With games featuring an in depth story like Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Origins. The Fable series feels like something that belongs on the original xbox and is becoming more and more outdated.

          Aides de la fondation Nature et Découverte        

Aides de la fondation Nature et Découverte

Description :
Depuis plus de 10 ans, la Fondation
Nature &
Découvertes soutient financièrement des
associations engagées qui agissent
quotidiennement pour la préservation de la

Pour les années 2005-2006, l'appel à projets
est le suivant, biodiversité en danger : des
constats à l'action. Ainsi, pour son troisième
appel à projets, le Comité de la Fondation a
choisi une problèmatique actuelle majeure : la
diversité biologique. Il insiste sur la nécessité
de passer rapidement à l'action compte tenu
des enjeux.

Exemples de thèmes possibles : les espaces
cultivés, la nature de proximité, les milieux
extrêmes ou isolés, les corridors
Forme de l'aide : Appels à projets
Source : Fondation
Conditions :
Critères de sélection :

1) les
projets doivent
être proposés par des associations loi 1901 ;

2) les projets doivent se dérouler
en France
métropolitaine, dns les collectivités frnçaises
d'Outre-Mer ou en Afrique francophone ; br>
Les projets concernent principalement les
espèces et leurs habitats mais pourront
toucher la biodiversité au sens large (sont
exclus le patrimoine bâti, l'astronomie, la
géologie, les énergies renouvelables et le
recyclage des déchets) ;

4) Les
correspondent impérativement à des
investissements durables (et non des projets
événementiels comme les festivals, rencontres,
classes vertes...)

La Fondation réunit deux fois par an (en juin et
en novembre) son Comité de sélection pour
décider de l'attribution des financements. br>
Nom du contact : David Sève, responsable de la Fondation et Sandrine Ferry
Téléphone : 01 39 56 73 63

          Teller PT (Moonachie) - Valley National Bank - Moonachie, NJ        
Ability to utilize technology such as Teller Scanning Equipment, Cash Recycling and Cash Dispensing machines and assist customers in the use of Coin Machines....
From Valley National Bank - Tue, 30 May 2017 23:01:11 GMT - View all Moonachie, NJ jobs
The Martha Stewart Show has wrapped, for good, after seven seasons. This doesn't mean Martha won't be on TV anymore, in fact she is currently in the midst of filming another show that will be on my favorite channel, PBS. Unfortunately there won't be any crafting in this cooking show :(
I recently recalled all the segments I've done with Martha through the years and didn't realize how many there actually were! I'm really going to miss crafting every single day.

          I Love Recycling Because        
The Think Green Recycling Challenge rolls on. Wallingford’s Waste Management route, Friday North,is in ninth place as of the end of November 2012. Hey, we have nowhere to go but up! But we do have a good chance of winning up to $10,000 for neighborhood projects as a result of monthly Recycling Challenge outreach activities. [...]

(This article originally appeared on Wallyhood, the Wallingford neighborhood blog. For more news and chatter about Wallingford, join us there.)

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          Green Your Seattle Night Out        
Hosting a Seattle Night Out party this Tuesday? Want to impress your “deep green” neighbors? Here are some suggestions to reduce waste at any event: Provide recycling bins for cans, bottles, cups, and other recyclable items. Do the same for food waste. Have a 5 gallon bucket or similar container lined with a biodegradable bag [...]

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          Recycling Challenge Results        
The results are in for the Waste Management Think Green Recycling Challenge. The last two months of the contest had neighborhoods shifting around in the rankings, including the Friday North route (Wallingford) which slipped to second place as of the end of February. As you can see by the final results, the competition was intense. [...]

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          Recycling Challenge February Update: We’re # 2 !        
The results from the Think Green Recycling Challenge for February are in, and Wallingford’s Friday North route slipped into second place. Our diversion rate lagged behind that of Friday South, represented by Rainier Beach Community Club, by a mere .06% . The last day of the entire Recycling Challenge contest was March 30, so all [...]

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          Last week of the Recycling Challenge        
It’s crunch time for ten neighborhoods competing in the Think Green Recycling Challenge. The contest ends with waste collection on Friday, March 30, your last chance to get the heavy stuff into your recycling and food waste carts and go skimpy (but of course) on garbage. Remember, Wallingford and our neighbors to the north could [...]

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          Wallingford Still (Barely) First in Recycling Challenge        
Results for the first four months of the Think Green Recycling Challenge have been released. The Friday North route – which includes Wallingford and part of the Green Lake neighborhood – is in first place, but not by much. Our .98% diversion rate is followed closely by Tuesday North with .71%. See the latest Recycling [...]

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          Wallingford Leads Recycling Challenge        
Way to Waste Not, Wallingford! The results for the second month of the Think Green Recycling Challenge have been released, and the Friday North route – Wallingford’s day of the week for garbage and recycling pickup – is in first place. The Recycling Challenge runs from October 3, 2011 through March 31, 2012. The neighborhood(s) [...]

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          Normal Garbage Pickup Schedule Friday – But No Recycling        
Lots of excitement in Wallyhood because of the missed garbage, recycling, and yard waste pickups last week. I just got off the phone talking to SPU and here is the scoop for Wallingford. Residents whose garbage pickup was missed last week can put out double this week on their normal garbage collection day, which is [...]

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          No Garbage Pickup Today        
From Seattle Public Utilities as of Saturday AM: Normal residential collections to resume on Monday, Jan. 23. Neighborhood road conditions prevent safe collection of delayed residential garbage, recycling, and food and yard waste today, Saturday. All customers who did not have their solid waste picked up during the past week may set out double amounts [...]

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          Garbage and Recycling Pickup Delayed Until Next Week        
Here’s an update on garbage collection, as of Saturday AM: No Garbage Pickup Today (Saturday). Normal residential collections to resume on Monday, Jan. 23 Neighborhood road conditions prevent safe collection of delayed residential garbage, recycling, and food and yard waste today, Saturday. All customers who did not have their solid waste picked up during the [...]

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          As 2018 approaches, Florida voters should decide whether incredible climate change should steer their votes away from the deniers ... by gimleteye        
In Miami, the hottest July on record with other signs that climate change is marching on Florida.

Yet, state voters have twice elected a Governor, Rick Scott -- who aspires to succeed Bill Nelson in the US Senate. Then, there is Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam -- who aspires to succeed Scott. Both Scott and Putnam are Republicans who demonstrated, through their voting records, that they are willing to sacrifice science and fact on the altar of political expediency. Both are strong supporters of President Donald Trump, who has literally taken an axe to climate change mitigation efforts.

We attach to this blog post the 1988 testimony of Jim Hansen, one of the most informed critics of government inaction on global warming, and decide for yourself -- 30 years later -- whether it is in fact time to elect public officials based on their commitment to care for creation like your tax dollars and job depends on it. Not to mention, our moral values and American exceptionalism.

Think about this: the state of Florida is committing billions of taxpayer dollars to "fix" the result of phosphorous and nitrogen pollution that is destroying state water resources, yet denies climate change which is compounding the impacts of algae blooms. In "Climate Change Means More Fuel For Toxic Algae Blooms", Climate Central writes that "... policymakers will need to rethink some of the ways they combat nutrient pollution and society will also have to develop technological solutions to reduce nutrient pollution, from implementing more efficient agricultural practices to potentially recycling various forms of nitrogen in sewage into animal feed, according to a commentary piece also published in Science."

Yet when it comes to nitrogen, the focus of a recent commentary in Science Magazine, the state of Florida is limping along with grossly inadequate measures to protect taxpayers and citizens.

Your elected officials are "running out the clock", counting on passing the buck to the next generation. They should be so lucky.

1988 Hansen Senate Testimony by Alan Farago on Scribd

          Charles Darwin Uni’s recycled trades hall wins award        

When Charles Darwin University’s office of information technology management and support (ITMS) moved into an old trades building on the Casuarina campus in Darwin, the staff were presented with an opportunity to re-engineer not only their work location but also their corporate culture. The re-imagined space won the George Chaloupka Award for Interior Architecture, presented […]

The post Charles Darwin Uni’s recycled trades hall wins award appeared first on Australian Design Review.

          New House Tour        
We moved into our new house in early February this year.  As it's a new build we were pretty lucky in that we didn't need to do much apart from buy furniture and unpack, so it was a fairly stress free process!  I had a week off work on moving week so was able to get all of the furniture built and about 80% of things unpacked within the first few days.  I felt like a flatpack building machine!  

We've started putting up pictures and things on the walls in the last few weeks, but won't get round to painting until end of this year/early 2018 (technically with new builds you aren't supposed to paint for a year as the walls are still drying out).  So it's white wall city for a good wee while!

I wanted to share a few house tour photos, with empty room 'before' shots so you can see how we've used the space.  I haven't included pics of our office or second spare bedroom as they are a still a bit of a work in progress, but I'll do more house blog posts in the future as we make more changes. 

kitchen - before

kitchen - in progress (recycling collection!)

kitchen - now

kitchen - dining area 
living room

living room

upstairs hallway

main bathroom

spare bedroom

spare bedroom

master bedroom - before

master bedroom - after

master bedroom - before

master bedroom - after

dressing room

Most of the furniture is from Ikea - apart from the sofa and bed which are from Next.  The decor bits like cushions and candles are from various places - but mainly Maisons Du Monde, Habitat, Primark, Matalan and H&M.  If you want to know where something specific is from though just leave me a comment! :)

          New House Wishlist        
Some good news to kick off the year - our house completion date is finally confirmed, woo hoo!  Assuming all goes to plan in the next 2 weeks with the legal bits and bobs, then we should get the keys on the 27th of Jan, with us moving in properly the week of the 13th Feb.  The countdown is well and truly on!

I feel like we've been in a bit of limbo for the last month or so, with us knowing that the move was happening *soon* but just not sure exactly when, so I've been trying not to get overly excited.  It also means that our flat is in the early stages of being packed up which is just the worst.  We're at the "looking in cupboards trying to work out what to keep and what to get rid of" stage and so our spare room is chock full of half packed boxes and bin bags full of things for recycling.  Urgh.

It doesn't help that I started buying house stuff in the Boxing Day sales so there's loads of packages of nice new things that I can't use yet which are just taunting me and begging to be unpacked.  This includes a new mattress topper, duvet and pillows from Soak & Sleep which I am DYING to start using but need to wait until we're in the new (kingsize) bed.

Most of the bits I bought in the sales were decor pieces like kitchen things, photo frames, lighting etc - although I did also order our sofa from Next, which is the only furniture I've purchased so far.  We're going for a bit of a copper, marble, white and grey theme and luckily that is really *in* at the moment so it's been pretty easy to find things!  

I've put together a wishlist of things that I've either bookmarked or already bought, so this should give you a bit of a sneak peek as to what our decor is going to look like.

Where to find everything
clock  /  baskets  /  floor lamp  /  radio

*The Cox and Cox frames were kindly sent to me (along with some copper bowls and mugs which you'll see when I do a kitchen tour post), so thanks very much to the team for being so generous - I can't wait to hang them up in the new house!

          The Best iPhone Apps Of The Week, July 31 - August 6, 2011 - AppAdvice        

BY Bryan M. Wolfe on Sat August 06th, 2011 boneheads hd cut the rope: experiments ebay instant sale emberwind Kickin’ Momma Playboy pop candy tap tap glee tweetbot Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App word ball word ball free

The Best iPhone Apps Of The Week, July 31 – August 6, 2011

The AppAdvice iPhone App Of The Week:

Cut the Rope: Experiments, $ .99, Released August 4

The Adorable Om Nom Returns In Cut The Rope: Experiments

Cut the Rope: Experiments by ZeptoLab UK Limited is finally here, fellow Nommers! The rope-cutting, candy-chomping game that you have all come to love — with the same cute Om Nom — has a new twist.

A mad scientist has apparently gotten a hold of Om Nom. He's called the Professor. Who in their right mind would abandon such an adorable little candy-loving monster? I have no idea; I would keep him for my own. Nevertheless, he was put in a box again and ended up at the scientist's laboratory.

New Releases

Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App, $ .99 & Universal, Released August 1

Wolfram Launches Sun Exposure Reference App

The Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App is now available in the App Store. The universal app tells you how long your skin can be exposed to the sun (in your location) without burning, plus other tools.

Created by Wolfram Alpha, the app is a great tool for figuring out when not to sit out in the sun. Or if you do, when you should come inside.

eBay Instant Sale, Free, Released, August 2

New eBay App Tells You What Your Old iDevice Is Worth

Ebay has released a new app for the iPhone/iPod touch. The eBay Instant Sale app provides a simple way to get cash for your old electronics or recycle them for free.

With Instant Sale, you'll receive an immediate cash offer for your laptops, phones, tablets, PDAs, cameras, and more. Once you accept the offer, you'll send your item using a free shipping label sent to you via email. Then, within five business days, you'll receive your cash via Paypal.

Emberwind™, $ .99, Released August 4

Emberwind Makes Platforming On The iPhone Cool Again

Emberwind™ by Chillingo Ltd is a port of the indie classic for Mac and PC to the iPhone. It's a graceful transition, and one that preserves the excellent platforming action of the original to the letter. The graphics are delightfully retro, and the depth involved is enough to keep the ball rolling for many hours of gameplay.

In Emberwind, players assume the persona of Kindle, a hapless gnome sentry charged with ridding Grendale of a gremlin infestation. These gremlins come from a super villain by the curious name of CandleFinger, which sets the tone of the app perfectly.

Kickin Momma, $ .99, Released August 4

Punt Your Children Into Oblivion With The Awesome Puzzle Game Kickin Momma

Kickin Momma by Hothead Games Inc. is a puzzle game for iOS that Peggle-lovers will go nuts for. Kickin Momma is a mother who literally punts her children so that they can collect gems for a new necklace that she so desperately wants.

I don't know what kind of creature she is, but I love this woman. She is definitely my kind of momma. You know — the kind without any sort of actual courtesy for her own flesh and blood at all. The kind that will sacrifice the safety of her little ones to feed her own selfish needs. I mean, come on, she drop kicks her children into oblivion for her own self-gain. What is there not to love about her? What is there not to love about the entire scenario?

Tap Tap Glee, Free, Released August 4

Tap Tap Glee Bursts Onto The App Store

Tap Tap Glee by Tapulous, Inc. is the newest offering from the Tap Tap Revenge franchise. Are you a Gleek? If so, then you cannot miss this game!

By now, I think everyone with an iPhone or an iPod (top 100 apps for ipod touch) Touch knows how to play the Tap Tap games. Basically, you poise your fingers over three dots. Music plays, and as the balls come down the "slides" onto the dots, you tap them. Of course, there are power ups and bonuses and different skill levels you can play. Game Center Achievements will motivate you to improve your scores.


Word Ball Free, Free, Updated August 1
(Word Ball, $ 1.99, Last Updated July 30)

Word Ball Game For iPhone Is Now Free (We Have Promo Codes)

Word Ball is a challenging iPhone/iPod touch game that is educational and fun too. The game's goal is to make you a "Word Master," by making users think on their feet when building words as quickly as possible. Now, some of our readers can get the app for absolutely free because we've got some promo codes from the developer.

Created by Continuous Integration, Inc., the app was recently updated to include a better help system and enhanced game play.

At its basic premise, Word Ball requires users to spell words using letters that float across the screen. And yes, the letters are each in a ball, hence the title of the app.

Bonkheads HD, $ 2.99 & Universal, Updated August 3

Prepare To Use Your Brawny Head To Keep Trollsville Safe In Bonkheads

Bonkheads HD by Around the Clock Games is an arcade game where a large earthquake has created a passage from the Earth's surface all the way down to Trollsville.

It's your job to make sure those strange earthly creatures like dogs, rats and snakes don't make their way down to your home. Originally released in 1996, the game is an exact copy of the original, reproduced for iOS.

Each map is made up of an unchanging environment. Critters walk in from the top left and top right. If you touch them in any way, you die. You start off with just bulldogs but successive levels introduce additional and more challenging critters.

Tweetbot – A Twitter Client with Personality, $ 2.99, Updated August 3

Tweetbot Gets An Update: Improves Notifications, Link Emailing And Spam Prevention

The popular Twitter client for iPhone, Tweetbot, has recently received an update. Now, users of the application can set a sleep time for push notifications (and choose to receive notifications only from people they follow), and the developer has improved link emailing and the way the application deals with spam.

As outlined in the app's release notes, changes made in this version of Tweetbot (1.4.3) include:

  • Added Sleep time for push
  • Option to receive push mentions only from people you follow
  • When emailing a link, the subject is now the page title if sent from a web view
  • Blocking/Reporting for Spam now deletes associated tweets from the timeline

PlayBox, $ .99, Updated August 4

PlayBox App Gets First Update & We've Got Promos

PlayBox is a new app that improves upon the YouTube app that already comes on your iPhone/iPod touch by offering additional features. To celebrate the app's first update some of our readers can get the app for absolutely free because we've got some promo codes from the developer.

Created by Aio Synergy, the $ .99 app is very simple to use, but is still powerful nonetheless. It lets you select YouTube videos directly from the app, each which can then be added to customized playlists. Then, you can begin watching these videos – one after another – automatically. This feature is not available using the existing YouTube app.

Pop Candy, Free, Updated August 5

Get Your Pop Culture Fix In App Form With Pop Candy

Pop Candy by USA TODAY is the new companion app for the Pop Candy blog written by Whitney Matheson.

If you're into pop culture and are on the Internet — which I am pretty sure it's safe to say that you are — chances are you've heard of Pop Candy. This section of the USA Today site keeps up-to-date with music, news, and even comic books.

The app gives you your own profile. If you don't have a Pop Candy account, you can sign in via Twitter or Facebook instead. Then, you can chat with other Pop Candy community members about a myriad of topics. Share whatever you want, or even nothing at all, but either way you can still read what others are posting.

The Best iPhone Apps Of The Week is published each weekend; a companion piece, The Best iPad Apps Of The Week, is published separately.

Attention developers: If you would like your app to be considered for one of our "Best Of" lists, please me know by sending me a treat @bryanmwolfe. Note: Your app must have been new or updated in the last week to make the current list.

top app ipod – Google News

          Calls for the Federal Government to implement a national framework on waste        
A waste war has erupted between New South Wales and Queensland over the transportation of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste across the border into the sunshine state. The Australian Council of Recycling and Queensland's Environment Minister says the Commonwealth needs to intervene, but the federal Environment Minister says the states and territories should not shirk their responsibilities in this area.
          Source : Handbook of Strategy and Management        

Dialectical Theory

A third family, dialectical theories, is rooted in the assumption that the organization exists in a pluralistic world of colliding events, forces, or contradictory values that compete with each other for domination and control. These oppositions may be internal to an organization because it may have several conflicting goals or interest groups competing for priority. Oppositions may also arise external to the organization as it pursues directions that collide with those of others (see Burawoy and Skocpol, 1982).

Dialectical process theories explain stability and change by reference to the relative balance of power between opposing entities. Stability is produced through struggles and accommodations that maintain the status quo between oppositions. Change occurs when these opposing values, forces, or events gain sufficient power to confront and engage the status quo. The relative power of an opposing paradigm or antithesis may mobilize to a sufficient degree to challenge the current thesis or state of affairs and set the stage for producing a synthesis. More precisely, the status quo subscribing to a thesis (A) may be challenged by an opposing entity with an antithesis (Not-A), and the resolution of the conflict produces a synthesis (which is Not Not-A). Over time, this synthesis can become the new thesis as the dialectical process recycles and continues. By its very nature, the synthesis is something created new that is discontinuous with thesis and antithesis.

Creative syntheses to dialectical conflicts are not assured. Sometimes an opposition group mobilizes sufficient power to simply overthrow and replace the status quo, just as many organizational regimes persist by maintaining sufficient power to suppress and prevent the mobilization of opposition groups. In the bargaining and conflict resolution literature, the desired creative synthesis is one that represents a win-win solution, while either the maintenance of the status quo or its replacement with an antithesis are often treated as win-lose outcomes of a conflict engagement. In terms of organizational change, maintenance of the status quo represents stability, while its replacement with either the antithesis or the synthesis represents a change, for the better or worse.

          VA - United Colours Of Trance Vol. 1 (2010)        

Artist: Various Artists
Album: United Colours Of Trance Vol. 1
Genre: Trance
Label: Beyond Logic Records
Quality: 320 kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Playing Time: 01:14:16
Total Size: 178 MB


01. Perplex Vs Michele Adamson - Keep Friends Meltdown (Indra Rmx)
02. Sygnosis - Recycle
03. White Noise - Distortion
04. Black And White - Pop Up (Onyx Rmx)
05. Sygnosis - United Colours Of Trance
06. Quantum - Bunker
07. Simon Says - 2Minds
08. Synsun - Disco Bomber
09. Botanica - Happiness
10. Audialize Vs Elektronick - Elektrolize

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          LeSean McCoy Says HE Is the NFL's Best Running Back. Whatcha Gonna Do About It?        

This is what a player in football heaven looks like. He doesn't run—he glides. He doesn't dance in the hole—he disappears. He doesn't catch the ball over his shoulder—he cradles it.

And when this practice at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York, concludes, LeSean McCoy bounds over to the crowd. In a span of five minutes, he relives the gruesome high school ankle injury that nearly ended his career before it began, greets Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor's father with a hug and a laugh and then signs a string of autographs as kids chant his name.  

It's all a far cry from the football hell he likely envisioned two years ago. When the Bills traded for McCoy and called the veteran, he didn't answer. He was devastated. The Philadelphia Eagle had never played for a team outside Pennsylvania.

Those chants from the kids pick up—Shay-dee! Shay-dee!—and it becomes clear why he's at peace now.

He's the best. He knows he's the best. He's not afraid to declare himself the best running back, even if everyone else would rather debate Le'Veon Bell vs. David Johnson vs. Ezekiel Elliott. 

"Isn't that crazy?" he says. "That's crazy, yo. I don't like that."

Because to him, there is no debate.

"I think I'm the best back in the league."

He plans on proving it, too.

If he does—if McCoy asserts himself as the best at 29 years old— he can change the perception of his position. He can make running backs great again. He can, once and for all, end the longest playoff drought in professional sports. Fans would probably spill out onto the I-90 in celebration if the Bills made the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

In Shady's world, none of this is unrealistic. He leaves no wiggle room. 

He believes he's at his peak and will stay there for another three seasons. When he gets to 33, to 34, he'll find a way to thrive in the league then, too. 

"There's nothing that I can't do," McCoy says. "I can catch the ball. I run routes. I'm a mismatch for defenses. I run the ball inside and run the ball outside. One man can't tackle me. I find a way to get it done."

He points first to the numbers. No back has had more yards than McCoy since he entered the league in 2009. He also knows that only two backs in NFL history with at least 12,000 rushing yards aren't in the Hall of Fame: Edgerrin James (who's been nominated) and Frank Gore (who's still active). McCoy is only 3,046 away. After a career-high 5.4 yards per carry in 2016, hitting 12K is a near-guarantee.

Yet McCoy's 1,267-yard, 13-touchdown season was an Instagram pic with no likes compared to GIFs of Zeke "eating" after first downs and leaping into a Salvation Army kettle after a touchdown, Bell going full Steph Curry on the NFL and Johnson eclipsing 2,000 total yards.

"Obviously, I'm not doing something that's enough," McCoy says. "But it is frustrating because I put a lot into the game. When I'm all done, I want to have a ring. I want to have a yellow jacket."

Wear a yellow jacket, like Terrell Davis, like LaDainian Tomlinson. Two more greats were enshrined last weekend.

So here's the issue: This isn't 1997, when Davis, nearly blinded by migraines, single-handedly shredded the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. It's not even 2007, when LT had his seventh straight 300-carry season. Teams very, very, very rarely build their rosters around the running back in 2017. They'd rather listen to music on Spotify than buy a CD, would fly drones instead of feeding a Tamagotchi.

Most teams have taken a cue from the New England Patriots, and why not? The Patriots dynasty began with Antowain Smith, JR Redmond and (a discarded) Corey Dillon and, a decade later, raged on with (a recycled) LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen, James White and Dion Lewis.

It's a QB's game. Priorities, league-wide, changed.

Only six running backs earn an average of at least $6.5 million per season, per Spotrac, making running back the least valued offensive position. Just don't tell Shady. His current five-year, $40 million pact made him the richest RB in the league before Devonta Freeman signed a five-year, $41.25 million extension.

Which is why he can't follow Bell's logic in holding out. McCoy loved what the Steelers offered Bell this offseason: $12 million per year, NFL Network reported, over five years.

"I would've taken it," McCoy says. "I know he talked about changing the market for running backs. That would've changed the market for running backs. Think about it. It's common sense."

McCoy knows his worth.

He also knows his No. 1 enemy right now is Father Time.

When told multiple pro scouts believe that once his speed goes, he'll go, McCoy doesn't get defensive—he agrees. Shady thinks three moves ahead, just like Bill Belichick. He's been doing everything in his power to defy convention, to keep his legs young. The 377K who follow McCoy on Instagram saw bits and pieces of how all offseason. But what everyone may not know is when he found this new gear: February 2016. Right after that brawl at a Philly nightclub that sent two off-duty cops to the hospital.

The investigation into the alleged assault never led to an official charge, but the video alone was a debilitating blow to his reputation. This was someone who had already infamously advertised a Females Only party (he later assured it was no "weird orgy thing"), warned that Chip Kelly "can't shake shit" before his Eagles reunion and then stormed off the field to chuck his helmet into the locker room after losing.

Those closest to Shady saw him morph into a workout fiend after the bar incident.

"He hunkered down and focused on being a better pro," says Bills guard Richie Incognito. "That's when you saw him working out and training and really taking that stuff seriously. He kept taking his game to a new level. It stuck with him."

Bills tight end Charles Clay saw it in McCoy's constantly asking everywhere up and down the sideline how he could be better—repeating that the world must know how "unselfish" he is.

McCoy tried new diets, ran more hills and centered all training on pure explosion. He knows his game is based on "20-, 30-yard bursts" so that's how he tailored all drills and waged his war versus the evil forces that are undefeated against running backs. Creaky joints. Stiff hips. A lost fifth gear. A younger, fresher alternative. Throw in the fact that McCoy has what he describes as a "top-three" offensive line and still possesses that sixth sense for avoiding big shots, and maybe he'll do what Shaun Alexander, Marshall Faulk and Edgerrin James could not and remain dominant at 29. 

At a position that dings, disposes and damages players for life, McCoy is in incredible shape. He couldn't believe how ravaged other running backs were when a group of players had maintenance done on their bodies at the same facility this past offseason.

"So many injuries," McCoy says. "Back issues, shoulder issues, neck, hips, this, that. … It's a marathon, not a race. I'd rather play a long career. I'm at nine. I want to reach 12-13."

Clay will take McCoy over any other back in the league because it doesn't matter where you put him. Behind a fullback or not. Shotgun. Out wide. In the slot. He'll block and genuinely care about blocking. He'll invent alleys that don't exist. And Clay can still remember when a Colts linebacker blitzed with a free shot in the 2015 season opener and McCoy, somehow, wasted him.

"There's literally nothing he can't do," Clay says. "Every single game we play, he does something. He'll make plays where everything is blocked absolutely wrong. There's free guys all over the place. And the next thing you know he's ripping off 25 yards. Stuff like that, you can't coach.

"Even in practice, he makes cuts and it's just like, 'How do your feet not hurt after doing that?' That’s God-given, man. I've told him this before. I think he is the best running back in the league. I'll stand behind that. … That dude is unbelievable. I can ramble about that dude forever."

Just don't argue with him in the locker room. He's known for shouting his point louder and louder until you're worn out and walk away. Clay and McCoy debate boxers. Incognito and McCoy have deep philosophical conversations. While Incognito jokes that his takes are rooted in "reason and truth," Shady's, he says, are rooted in "pixie dust and unicorns."

McCoy refuses to back down from an opinion he believes in.

And he runs like he debates.

"He's a scrappy battler," Incognito says. "He's a tough kid. Once Shady digs in on something, it's better just to leave it alone."

So go ahead and tell him he's the fourth- or fifth- or 10th-best. There's just that one tiny detail even McCoy will not ignore: In eight pro seasons, he's won zero playoff games. His Eagles teams never did. His Bills teams have gone 8-8 and 7-9. How valuable is McCoy if he's not even winning when it matters?

"That's embarrassing," he says. "That's something I really want to do."

With that, McCoy heads into a fieldhouse on campus, past basketball courts, to a team barber. "You're going to run for 2,000 this year!" yells the man, who later identifies himself as Travis the Barber. McCoy bites his tongue and looks around, worried that broadcasting a specific number will go viral. He tells Travis he only wants to win.

The barber doubles down.

"Listen," he says. "You're going to win and 2,000! Rushing, rushing, rushing! Two thousand rushing and 800 yards receiving. And 15 touchdowns, baby. I see it. There ain't no pressure. No pressure. Playoffs!"

McCoy nods.

"That's what I want," he says. "Playoffs."

McCoy has declared himself the No. 1 back. Now it's time to back it up.

And win.

And maybe, along the way, save the soul of his position.




Tyler Dunne covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @TyDunne.

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          Rogue tyre business ordered to clean up after fire        
A rogue tyre recycling operator, who has had two fires at his business in Brisbane's south, is handed clean-up notices.
          Long Haul Flight Skincare        

Looking flawless after a long flight? Well, it is possible! Whether you are heading home to visit your family or escaping to an exotic overseas vacation, most of us have plane travel on the books this holiday season. Flight journeys can be a real drag as it can dry out your skin, the lack of moisture or very little oxygen in enclosed or encapsulated environment in the plane’s recirculated or recycled air actually can pull water out of the top layer of your skin, which can result in dryness and inflammation. Not to forget, the stress of travel on its own can aggravate pesky skin problems. So, how can we avoid arriving at our destination with dull and dry skin? All you travelers need intense moisturizing during long air travel to give your skin the room to deal with the low humidity. 
Folks, when it comes to the seriously long haul, flights over six hours it is imperative to take care of your skin. And while you are at it, watch out for turbulence and don’t shy away from looking silly! Here’s how you can keep your flight entertaining and walk off the plane as a glowing goddess instead of a zombie! 

 In-flight beauty regimen to avoid dehydration and tight skin. The makeup has to come off before you get comfortable on that seat. Avoid wearing makeup to flight. Give your face a few good spritzes or rose water post makeup removal session, for extra layer of hydration and to be a fence between your face and the nasty recycled air. If you have puffiness or swelling in your eyes, try using ice or even a soda can on the area. Slather on a translucent sleeping or overnight face mask, soothing eye patches they hydrate the skin for hours. You can also apply a hydrating lip balm. Don’t we all love a beauty sleep on the go? For natural DIY packs, you can get sliced cucumbers and put them on your eyes. While for the skin you can apply some organic aloe vera gel, shea butter, whole milk cream or honey to keep the skin hydrated. After hydrating your skin from the outside, how about hydrating it from within? It is time to steer clear of coffee, alcohol and aerated drinks, rather energize yourself by embracing water, herbal tea, green tea, flavoured water, fresh juices or electrolyte-replenishing beverages no matter how tempting the mini-bottles of diet sodas or liquor can be. Remember to have one regular sized or half litre bottle of water per hour in flight lest you are left dehydrated. Also stay away from salt and junk food to avoid bloating. Carry along plain unsalted nuts, fruits, yogurt, kale salad to feel fresh, light and easy. Embrace anti-oxidant rich snacks to counter the radiation and keep toxins away. If possible avoid watching movies or chatting up with your neighbor instead get in some sleep to ward off jet lag, besides your skin looks best when it is rested and rejuvenated. Getting some quality sleep in a flying tin can pretty uplifting we bet! After a good sleep and slightly closer to your destination, try to mist or wipe your skin gently, it will refresh your face from the stale air and add more hydration. Don’t be scared of slathering yourself with face oil or rehydrating serum, regardless of your skin type as they work to add sheer moisture back to your skin, rebalancing the skin’s way of oil production and making it look less slick. You may focus on your cheeks, forehead, and chin, gently massaging it into your skin. Time to prep your skin and look fresh faced for the outside weather, so you should mist and wipe your face clean. Apply moisturizer and your SPF as a base and then your makeup, blend it well. Avoid Skin Ageing During Flight Travels 

Divya Mehta, of Epique gives us a few guidelines on inflight skincare.
‘The suitcase lies open. Last minute packing is just that. Last minute. You run through the checklists in your head. Whether it is for business or a much-awaited holiday, air travel has become a part of our lives. But, like most things in the modern world, flying too has its effects on mature skin. Here are 4 things to do to maintain that perfect skin for your next flight.

 1. The UV Moisturizer and serum probably don’t make the cut to fly in the front with you and are most likely packed into the check in luggage. In-flight conditions are extremely drying and your skin needs to be constantly hydrated. So make sure you include these in your handbag. Most brands now carry travel size options that are easily available. Remember to always pack a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB moisturizer, skin oil, good quality facial wipes, your favorite Serum, eye cream and a lip balm.

 2. Hydrate and Nourish your skin with a Serum
Since airplane cabins have low humidity, low pressure and are dry, the recycled air robs moisture from your epidermis (the top layer of the skin). This makes your skin look shallow, dry and tired. To help your skin, the best thing to do is to load your skin with as much hydration pre-flight as possible. Prep your skin with a serum to hydrate and nourish it before applying your UV moisturizer. This will help lock in moisture and get your skin flight ready. 

3. UV Protection is a Must
: The most important product in today’s urban conditions is a minimum SPF 30, broad spectrum UVA and UVB moisturizer. This becomes even more of a necessity as you fly at 30,000 feet above sea level. The intensity of UV rays on an airplane is twice that as found on the ground. In fact for every additional 3000 feet increase in altitude, there is a 15% increase in the amount of UV radiation. Airplane windows filter only the UVB rays but only minimally filter the more harmful UVA rays. So don’t forget to apply that UV moisturizer liberally on the face, neck as well as the sides of the neck. Another option is to apply mineral powder with SPF protection. However, a moisturizer is more effective for mature skin. 

4. Opt for an Aisle Seat: 
UV radiation is the number one cause of premature ageing, wrinkles and pigmentation. So try and opt for an aisle seat whenever possible. By sitting away from the window and avoiding the direct harsh rays of the sun, you avoid the sun’s harmful effects on mature skin. If you do find yourself on the window seat, try and keep the shade down as much as possible.’

Bon Voyage!

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          Oyster shell recycling project aims to restore lost reefs in Pumicestone Passage        
A smelly pile of empty shells buzzing with blowflies is the first step in an ambitious project to restore the lost reefs of the Pumicestone Passage in Queensland.
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cara merawat komputer 150x150 Cara Merawat Komputer Dengan BenarKadang kala sering kita melupakan ini. Komputer yang setiap hari kita pakai, tapi sangat kurang dalam perawatannya. Sehingga kadang kita merasa komputer kita lambat, padahal kita merasa spek komputer kita sudah tinggi. Nah tips cara merawat komputer dengan benar ini akan membantu anda agar komputer lebih cepat, kencang, dan tidak lemot. Baiklah langsung saja di simak ya..
  • Defrag harddisk secara berkala.
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          NHL Awards 2014/15 - meet the contenders        
The NHL's annual awards show is universally recognised as the second most exciting Vegas-related event connected to the league in recent times, ranking somewhere between a season ticket drive for a potential expansion franchise and Jarret Stoll's next pool party.

Observers had the contest for the award for "Most Inappropriate Use of Team Logos" as being too close to call between the two main contenders

Here is the usual quick rundown of the main awards (those that are voted on) and those in contention:

Hart Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged most valuable to his team
In practice, normally awarded to: A high-scoring forward, since goalies and defensemen "have their own awards", unlike high-scoring forwards

Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Looking to join a select group of Eddie Shore, Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky as four-time MVPs, which would likely precipitate an unprecedented surge in the number of Google searches by Canadian sportswriters for "What are the career plus-minus ratings of Eddie Shore, Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky?"

Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
Just like the previous goalie to win the award, managed to haul a low-scoring, Michel Therrien-coached Canadiens team to the heady heights of a second round playoff exit in six games to a southern US team.

John Tavares (New York Islanders)
The only other time an Islander won the Hart, a phenom Edmonton Oiler then won the trophy in each of the next eight seasons consecutively, which is going to put a lot of pressure on Auston Matthews if Tavares wins it next year.

Ted Lindsay Award

Voted on by: Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The most outstanding player in the NHL
In practice, normally awarded to: "Whatever means the lowest escrow"

Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars)
His scoring title has been viewed as fortuitous by some, after collecting four points in the final game of the season, including a goal and an assist in the final seconds of a game already won, but as linemate Tyler Seguin frequently tells his landlord, there's no such thing as garbage time.

Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
After successive underwhelming point-per-game, 50-goal (or pro-rated equivalent) seasons, bounced right back into the conversation as to the league's best player with a dynamic point-per-game, 50-goal season.

Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
While clearly deserving of plaudits for his own spectacular performances, Montreal's' 2010 playoff run and Team Canada's gold medal win in Sochi build a case that his teams are ultimately only successful when he faces no shots at all.

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association   
Supposed to be awarded to: The defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position
In practice, normally awarded to: Zemgus Girgensons

Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)
Showed impressive dedication to his controversial view on the merits of possession metrics by leading the Corsi-deficient Kings to yet another deep playoff run.

Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)
Occasionally pays tribute to fellow Swede and previous star player and leader of the Senators, Daniel Alfredsson, by wearing a jersey featuring his likeness.

P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)
Recognised as the jewel of Montreal's bounty of elite players obtained in the 2007 draft, ahead of Max Pacioretty and the future rights to Michael Busto.

Vezina Trophy

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs
Supposed to be awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at this position
In practice, normally awarded to: Not a Canadian

Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild)
Spent much of the 2013/14 season preparing for this awards race by being ranked several places behind Pekka Rinne and Carey Price.

Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
It is thought that nothing at all stands between Price and this award, which presumably means Chris Kreider is presenting it.

Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators)
Has an outside chance of becoming the second alumnus of Oulun Kärpät to win the Vezina, although the phrase "alumnus of Oulun Kärpät" is usually mistaken as membership of an obscure right-wing cult when seen on Tim Thomas's Facebook profile.

Andrew Ference's previously impeccable green credentials came into question when he was found incinerating a suit and several thousand copies of this photograph after the 2014 awards show

Calder Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League
In practice, normally awarded to: The player selected as the highest point-scoring forward in what might be his third year of competition in the National Hockey League after what might be no or several years of competition in another professional league

Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers)
Has much in common with the only other player drafted first overall by the Panthers, Ed Jovanovski: Born in Windsor, Ontario; Defenseman nominated for the Calder; Busy doing the same thing as the Colorado Avalanche in June of his rookie season.

Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames)
Clearly impressed more than fellow 2011 draftee of the Flames, Sven Bärtschi, evidenced by being kept around so he can be included in the package to soon be sent the other way in the blockbuster Tyler Biggs trade that Brian Burke is reportedly pushing his GM to make.

Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators)
One year after Shawn Thornton's failure, credited with finding a way to disguise intentionally squirting water at P.K. Subban from the bench to avoid being fined.

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game
In practice, normally awarded to: The forward who is considered by PHWA members to be the best defensively, based on a balanced analysis of zone-starts, Corsi %, quality of competition, usage and shot prevention while shorthanded and penalty differential, though an insignificant minority might just look at reputation and plus-minus.

Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
As well as winning the Selke in at the 2014 awards show, was voted as the official cover athlete of NHL 15, bringing an end to the supposed curse of the cover athlete, that curse being "Why the f--- is Marty Brodeur on the front of NHL 14?"

Anže Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
Regularly demonstrates exemplary two-way play, despite seemingly being almost exactly the same height as the Stanley Cup, contrary to his official listing at 6'3".

Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Respected in the hockey community for his ability at both ends of the ice and for his selfless leadership, and in the lazy meme community for his ability to not refer to LeBron James in post-championship interviews.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey
In practice, normally awarded to: The player who missed the most games through injury the season before

Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild)
Beat the odds by becoming the first person in recorded history to have failure in Edmonton not result in a lifetime front office position.

Andrew Hammond (Ottawa Senators)
Despite reeling off a remarkable point-earning streak to start his NHL career, still fell short of Patrick Lalime's near-unbreakable record of playing three playoff series against the Maple Leafs.

Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Googling "Kris Letang stroke" either returns articles about the health problems he has overcome, which help to explain his candidacy for this award, or points you in the direction of pieces of fan fiction, which usually don't.

In preparation for the following season, 2014 Masterton Trophy winner, Dominic Moore, practices carrying an inanimate object around on his left-hand side for 10 minutes a night

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
In practice, normally awarded to: The player adjudged to have had the fewest penalty minutes when the voters quickly skim down the list of top 20 scorers five minutes before the deadline to send in their ballot

Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
After winning this award every year from 2006 to 2009, famously fought Corey Perry in the 2010/11 season, with 61% of voters on declaring him the winner, the other 39% unable to vote after trying to punch Corey Perry themselves through their computer screen.

Jiří Hudler (Calgary Flames)
At one point this season, amusingly attended a Los Angeles practice at which he should not have been, an idea said to have been inspired by Dean Lombardi.

Anže Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
Followed a career low 10 PIM in the regular season by even more impressively and unexpectedly taking no penalties at all throughout the entire playoffs.

Jack Adams Award

Voted on by: Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success
In practice, normally awarded to: The coach adjudged to have coached either the most injured team or the team with the best PDO/shootout-fuelled record.

Bob Hartley (Calgary Flames)
Has a list of unique career achievements, including leading Ray Bourque to a Stanley Cup win, coaching an Atlanta Thrashers playoff game and managing to make John Tortorella slightly angry.

Peter Laviolette (Nashville Predators)
In the history of Carolina Hurricanes coaches, was sandwiched by Paul Maurice, which sounds very similar to the instruction given to Dustin Byfuglien when he gets hungry during a game.

Alain Vigneault (New York Rangers)
Apparently has a resemblance to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, though Medvedev is understood not to be willing to be closely associated with anyone with as toxic a reputation as Ulf Samuelsson.

General Manager of the Year Award

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media 
Supposed to be awarded to: The top National Hockey League General Manager
In practice, normally awarded to: The National Hockey League General Manager Most Likely To Be Fired Within A Couple Of Years As A Direct Consequence Of Short-Term Moves That Led To Being A Finalist For The Award

Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks)
Current holder of this award masterminded further improvement in the Ducks this year, primarily by engineering a blockbuster trade of the Kings for the Flames as a second round playoff opponent.

Glen Sather (New York Rangers)
Understood to be so beloved by wildly popular Rangers owner, James Dolan, that he effectively has an agreement to stay in the GM job for life or until the Rangers next have a first round draft pick, whichever is the sooner.

Steve Yzerman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Allied with some key acquisitions, managed to hold together an emerging roster despite not picking a single member of it for the Canadian Olympic team this year.


Awards post archive (a.k.a. look at all the recycled material):

NHL Awards 2013/14 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2013 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2011/12 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2010/11 - meet the contenders

          NHL Awards 2013/14 - meet the contenders        

As the saying goes: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas until yet another lockout delays the end of the season enough to make it a logistical and public relations nightmare, meaning it goes away from Vegas for a year before it comes back and maybe then stays in Vegas."

2013 saw the Balding Captain and Power Forward Traded By Alberta Team For Bag of Pucks Trophy awarded for the first time in several years

Here is the usual quick rundown of the main awards (those that are voted on) and those in contention:

Hart Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged most valuable to his team
In practice, normally awarded to: LeBron James, due to often liberal interpretation of guidance issued by the PHWA to its attentive voters

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Finally receiving some well-deserved individual recognition as something more than just an average player with points totals inflated due to being a regular linemate of Chris Kunitz.

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Sometimes compared to Mark Messier, given his combination of scoring ability and physical play, his size and his Western Canadian origins, although with the parity in today's NHL, his chances of matching #11's number of Cup wins are heavily receding.

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
After opening the season without a goal in 15 games, led the Flyers' recovery the rest of the way by hitting the back of the net 28 times, joining the back of Braden Holtby's head as something hit 28 times to turnaround the Flyers' season.

Ted Lindsay Award

Voted on by: Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The most outstanding player in the NHL
In practice, normally awarded to: The player voted for by everybody in the NHLPA except Roman Hamrlík

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
His 17-point margin of victory over Getzlaf in the scoring race was the largest since the 1998/99 season, when Jaromír Jágr beat Teemu Selänne by 20 points, predictive analysis therefore suggesting that the 2028/29 season will see a Penguin win the scoring race over a Duck by a large margin again and Jágr outscoring Selänne by 60 points.

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
If not for Rangers superstars, Pavel Brendl and Hugh Jessiman, would surely be recognised as both the most successful graduate of the Calgary Hitmen and the best power forward to come out of the stacked 2003 entry draft.

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
After a unsuccessful 2012/13 campaign, suffered an off-season golfing injury, believed to be the most apt Flyers-related accident since Kate Smith was fatally crushed by a goon dropped from the Spectrum rafters by a terrible goaltender.

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association   
Supposed to be awarded to: The defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position
In practice, normally awarded to: Nicklas Lidström

Zdeno Chára (Boston Bruins)
His booming slapshot has been officially recorded at 108.8 mph, putting it in a similar speed bracket as a David Ortiz home run ball and a character assassination written by a member of the local press following the trade of a scoring forward by the Bruins.

Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)
The Manitoban All-Star calibre player with missing front teeth and a cavalier attitude to concussions is nicknamed "Clarkey" by his Blackhawks teammates for reasons that nobody has yet divulged.

Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
After a 12-month period without addition, has a chance of joining the select list of players signed to a contract by Paul Holmgren winning something while not playing for the Los Angeles Kings.

Vezina Trophy

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs
Supposed to be awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at this position
In practice, normally awarded to: The Russian goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at owning an unsustainable high save percentage on an overachieving team

Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Already arguably the second best goaltender in Lightning history behind Cup-winner Nikolai Khabibulin, this season's exploits having put him ahead of a moth-eaten curtain, Empty Net and John Grahame.

Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins)
Although continuing to rack up impressive personal statistics, some believe he still carries the stigma of backstopping Bruins teams that have both blown a 3-0 playoff series lead and conceded two late goals within 17 seconds to lose a Stanley Cup Final elimination game, "achievements" that the goalie tandem of Andrew Raycroft and Justin Pogge have never suffered, according to the Maple Leafs' analytics department.

Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche)
Controversially acquired at the cost of a potentially high first round draft pick by the then-lowly Avalanche, so faces the pressure of having to win multiple Vezinas to match the probable Hall of Fame-level contributions the Capitals will receive over Filip Forsberg's career.

Host George Stroumboulopoulos indicates how many NHL games
in aggregate the show's celebrity guests have ever attended

Calder Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League
In practice, normally awarded to: The player selected as the highest point-scoring forward in what might be his third year of competition in the National Hockey League after what might be no or several years of competition in another professional league

Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Undrafted, diminutive scoring forward for the Lightning seemingly not penalised by voters for his intention to petulantly force a trade in 15 years' time to the team closest to his off-season home, the Seattle Coyotes.

Nathan McKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)
Achieved two extremely rare feats that even Wayne Gretzky couldn't manage in his career, by having a 13-game scoring streak as an 18-year-old and by being permitted to take a shootout attempt in a game involving Patrick Roy.

Ondřej Palát (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Led all rookies in scoring in 2014 and plus-minus over the season, as well as blocking 64 shots, thus preventing the most pucks reaching the goal by any NHLer with "Ondřej Pa" in his name.

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game
In practice, normally awarded to: The forward who is considered by PHWA members to be the best defensively, based on a balanced analysis of zone-starts, Corsi %, quality of competition, usage and shot prevention while shorthanded and penalty differential, though an insignificant minority might just look at reputation and plus-minus.

Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Famously exhibited his toughness in last year's Stanley Cup Final by playing through a punctured lung, separated shoulder and broken nose, injuries suffered when a Chicago player collided with Brad Marchand's left knee.

Anže Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
Despite being ranked the top European skater, was to be found in Sweden as the 2005 Entry Draft took place, as coincidentally was a bag containing 45 lottery balls without "Pittsburgh Penguins" written on them.

Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Has much in common with Bergeron, being a member of the Triple Gold Club, a previous Selke winner, fluent in English and French and having a name that sounds nothing like a word spelled T.O.E.W.S.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey
In practice, normally awarded to: The player who missed the most games through injury the season before

Jaromír Jágr (New Jersey Devils)
Has remarkably sustained an NHL career longer than each of the three 20-year-old players for whom he was traded by Pittsburgh on July 11 2001, a feat that probably stopped deserving being called remarkable around October 11 2001.

Manny Malhotra (Carolina Hurricanes)
Has made a successful return to the NHL after being let go by the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, a decision described by then-GM Mike Gillis as "the hardest thing I have done in this job", which led to Gillis resolving to avoid making any hard decisions relating to his roster for as long as possible from that point on.

Dominic Moore (New York Rangers)
As his Wikipedia bio states, has at times in his career had to cope with the unenviable handicap of playing with Jason Blake on a "scoring" line and with Ryan Hollweg on a line of any description.

Messrs Linden and Lecavalier proudly display their humanitarian awards for all their tireless work for organisations dealing with disadvantaged goaltending situations 

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
In practice, normally awarded to: The player adjudged to have had the fewest penalty minutes when the voters quickly skim down the list of top 20 scorers five minutes before the deadline to send in their ballot

Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks)
Evidence of a high level of gentlemanly conduct and self-control is shown by his tally of only 18 penalty minutes all year and being on the record as having listened to Jeremy Roenick for in excess of 10 minutes in one go.

Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche)
Notably only called for one penalty in 80 games played, for inadvertently playing with a broken stick, an infraction considered by his coach to be too vanilla to spoil such a record.

Martin St. Louis (New York Rangers)
Achieves the unique distinction of being a finalist for this award having once signed a contract with the genuine intention of playing for a team run by Jay Feaster.

Jack Adams Award

Voted on by: Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success
In practice, normally awarded to: The coach adjudged to have coached either the most injured team or the team with the best PDO/shootout-fuelled record.

Mike Babcock (Detroit Red Wings)
At one point during the filming of HBO's '24/7' series, kicked the camera crew out of his locker room between periods of one game, a controversial move given the camera crew formed the injury-hit Red Wings' second line at the time.

Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning)
A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, meaning he alternates between having no idea there is a hockey team near where he lives and wanting it to be contracted or moved to Quebec.

Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche)
Successful start to his professional coaching career would normally bode well for a long stay behind the bench, but his combustible personality suggests that a dramatic falling out with the vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche at some point is almost inevitable.

General Manager of the Year Award

In a departure from previous practice, in recognition of the popularity of vague schedules and the ultimate measure of success being winning two playoff rounds, the finalists will apparently be announced "later this month on a date to be determined" and will be based on voting conducted following the second round of the playoffs.  So Doug Wilson's chances have rather swiftly evaporated.


Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media 
Supposed to be awarded to: The top National Hockey League General Manager
In practice, normally awarded to: The National Hockey League General Manager Most Likely To Be Fired Within A Couple Of Years As A Direct Consequence Of Short-Term Moves That Led To Being A Finalist For The Award

Marc Bergevin (Montreal Canadiens)
Leading candidate to extend to two the streak of General Manager of the Year Award winners who willingly acquired Douglas Murray in the previous year, meaning the Best GM:Gritty Hitty Swedish Defenseman:Conference Finalists relationship still maintains a correlation coefficient of 1.0000, stat nerds.

Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings)
Beneficiary of the maxim that acquiring a former 40-goal scorer from the Columbus Blue Jackets is a guarantee of a large quantity of playoff goals roughly two out of every three times.

Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks)
Despite being a successor to Brian Burke in his role, appears to have the Ducks somewhat behind schedule in becoming entirely dysfunctional and based in Canada.


Awards post archive (a.k.a. look at all the recycled material):

NHL Awards 2013 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2011/12 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2010/11 - meet the contenders

          Wine tourism to boast tourism in South Africa in 2020.: Safari Uganda , Kenya , Rwanda        

It’s too amazing to see that many countries the have the kenya safari are pouring large amount of money in wine projects yet this is just one example of the growth that is being seen around the world in wine tourism. Wine tourism is expanding in most major wine growing regions, including France, Spain, Germany, Italy, the U.S., South Africa, and Australia.

Besides, South Africa is working towards positioning itself as one of the world's top 20 travel destinations by 2020, the local wine and tourism industry are uniting to present the country's first specialist wine tourism exhibition, Vindaba and the Kenya tour.This resulted from the backing effort of national and provincial government, and Vindaba will be showcasing the best in South African wine-related tourism when it is held in Cape Town in September 2012, targeting the local and international travel trade as well as wine, travel and lifestyle media.

Wine Tourism is known world wide that very most travellers in any Namibia safaris prefer taking wine while on there vacation holidays and also many scholars have written different books with different definitions. According to an Australian researchers Hall and Macionis. They define wine tourism as "visitation to vineyards, wineries, wine festivals, and wine shows for which grape wine tasting and/or experiencing the attributes of a grape wine region are the prime motivating factors for visitors." we have the rwanda gorilla trekking This definition is useful because it encompasses the various venues most frequently sought by wine tourists, and highlights the fact that there are different reasons visitors go to a wine region.

Also the South Africa Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk identified wine tourism as one of the fastest-growing and most lucrative sectors of the global tourism market. Get to visit the gorillas in Africa as the Vindaba, which marks a new spirit of collaboration among tourism bodies, is intended as a launching pad to position South Africa on the world map of wine tourism.

Currently, Cape Wine is considered the most successful international wine trade show in the Southern Hemisphere, the masai mara safari and has been held every alternate year since 2000 with the exception of last year, given South Africa's hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Next year's Cape Wine will be the first in four years and will thus provide an important opportunity for the industry to update its markets on new developments.Such as the It is expected that some 320 wineries will exhibit.

Although cape wine 2012 is conceived as a stand-alone event, it will be staged simultaneously at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Cape Wine also as we get ready for the masai mara tour , hosted biennially by Wosa, exhibits a wide spectrum of South Africa's wines and wine styles to the international wine trade, from buyers to importers and sommeliers in important export markets. It also attracts wine, travel and lifestyle media.

More so, both events will be staged as eco-friendly exhibitions, making use exclusively of recycled and recyclable materials. South Africa is already recognized as a world leader in eco-sustainable wine production. Now it plans to establish a similar reputation for wine tourism by marketing Vindaba as a "green" initiative.

Van Schalkwyk has identified South Africa's wine tourism as central to marketing the country as an attractive long-haul destination. Speaking at a tourism stakeholder workshop in April, he said: along with gorillas and Chimpanzees we have "Wine tourism is a vital product offering in South Africa's tourism product as it helps improve the country's competitiveness against destinations like Brazil, Australia, Kenya and Thailand.” Though Australia has a highly developed wine tourism industry, many of its wine regions are located far apart, unlike South Africa where production is concentrated mostly in the Western Cape.3 day gorilla safari tour

Not only will the two exhibitions feature many of the same producers, but there are other common links. Queen Elizabeth national park , South Africa has been steadily building a domestic and global awareness for the range and excellence of its wines and is now considered a significant wine-producing country. With provenance playing such a strategic role in wine marketing, it makes sense to advance wine-related tourism, so wine lovers are actively encouraged to visit the source of the products they enjoy.Murchison falls national park

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          Recycle/ Reuse and Make a Placemat        
We finally found some sheets with pockets deep enough that the fitted sheet would stay on the bed… only took 5 years.  🙂  That left us with several sets of sheets and while most will given to a good cause, … Continue reading
          Topography in Royal - Set of 4 handcut cards by Crafterall        

16.00 USD

Bright, vibrant, and ready for your next imaginary expedition on open water.

This set includes four unique, handcut art cards each featuring a monochromatic, five-layered papercut resembling a topographic map. Because of the layers of graduated colored cardstock, these cards feel solid in your hand, but should go through the mail with a single standard stamp.

Each card measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches (11 x 14 cm) and is completely blank inside as is so that they may be given for any occasion.

I package four art cards and four crisp, cream envelopes into a recycled paper box. As is, this set would make a great gift.

Please note that these cards are handmade and will vary slightly from the set pictured here.

Even though these cards are bright blue, the paper I used to make them is pretty “Green.” Read more about it my Shop Policies:

          TruKid Review and Giveaway!!        
As many of you know I'm on a journey...a journey for a healthier family, a cleaner country, and a less toxic lifestyle. There are SO many things out there to scare a person from even starting this journey. It is OVERWHELMING to say the least. But for me it's all about baby steps and education. My first few steps in this healthier lifestyle journey were to stop buying food with high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors. Since that time we've come a long way and are currently eating a wheat free diet (when possible, we don't worry about it too much when eating at someone's house) and buying whole foods and not really anything processed. It's been an incredible journey and I still have so much to learn but my family and I feel great and confident in our decisions.

Along with making smarter food choices we've also been making smarter home cleaning and personal hygiene choices. I even make my own deodorant! I'm on my way to being "crunchy". I confess that I used to mock people who were "crunchy" and now I want to be "crunchy". But I've got a LONG way to go. Again, it's all about baby steps. While starting my journey towards less chemically filled bath and body products for my family I came across this great company called TruKid. I bought a book bundle and with the bundle received some free sample products to try. The first item that I received from TruKid was the TruBaby sunscreen and we loved it. Shortly after I received my first item I became part of their Mom Tester Community and I received a few other products to test and give feedback on. I have LOVED everything they have sent me. Everything that TruKid makes is made with natural ingredients and essential oils. You won't find any harsh chemicals in TruKid's products. They have a couple of great pages on their website that explain all the ingredients that they use and also explain all the toxic bad chemicals that are commonly found in most products that kids (and adults) use. There's also a great page on sun protection facts which is really worth reading before summer comes!!
TruKid Super Cream - 4oz **NEW**
Super Cream
Let me tell you a little bit about some of my favorite products that I have been able to try. The first thing that I love is their Super Cream. This super moisturizing cream is amazing. I have really dry skin in the winter, sometimes my fingers crack and peel. I have tried many different lotions and creams throughout the years but have never found anything quite like this. I LOVE it. It's not greasy, there's no harsh chemicals, the light citrus scent is just right and it keeps my hands moisturized for a long time. I've sorta hijacked this from the kids and just carry it around in my purse during the winter so that my hands don't ever get past the really dry stage. I have to order more of this because my first jar is just about gone. And when the kids do want to use some of this special lotion and I am in a giving mood and allow them to have some I don't feel bad or leery about them having chemicals all over their hands.

TruKid Sport Stick
Sport Stick
Another item that I was able to try is the Sport Stick. This sport stick is SUCH a huge blessing to our family. I know that sounds weird but hear me out. Micah has growing pains...a LOT. Growing pains wake him up in the middle of the night and he wants medicine. We used to give him ibuprofen pretty regularly (well, like once a week at the most) for his growing pains. I would try to just rub his legs to get the pain to go away but it didn't usually work. We kept track of when we gave him ibuprofen so that he wouldn't get it too often but I really didn't like medicating him so much. When I heard about this sport stick I thought it was too good to be true. But seriously people this stuff works. Now, when Micah (or Naomi as she has started getting leg pain too) gets growing pains in his legs and sometimes his arms we tell him to go get the "pain stick". He loves to put it on himself when he's not in too much pain. And it works. He's able to go back to sleep and the pain goes away. I LOVE not having to medicate him anymore for the growing pains that he experiences. And even when I don't always believe that Naomi really has growing pains (she cries wolf a lot) I don't feel concerned or bad about letting her use the pain stick either!! I've even used it on some of my sore muscles as well. Great product. When we run out we will buy more for sure!! So, it's a blessing because it works and we don't have to give Micah medicine for his leg pain as often as we used to anymore!!

NEW: TruKid BathBlasts
Bath Blasts
Another item we've been able to review is the bath blasts. These are little capsules that you run under the bath water that make amazing bubbles and they smell good too. No more worrying about your kids taking baths with lots of harsh chemicals in these little pods! And the kids LOVE these bubbles, they are big, last long and smell good. Totally worth it!! Here's what TruKid has to say about their bath blasts:
TruKid Bath Blasts
BathBlasts bring bubbly bursts to the tub, leaving skin clean and soft. 
Product Features: 
• Extra gentle for kids and the planet: no chemicals or fragrances and made only with fruits and vegetables 
• Natural long lasting bubbles: perfect for kids with skin sensitivities • Leaves no icky or itchy feeling behind 
• Naturally soothing: after a day of play, milk & honey calm irritated skin 
• No mess, no waste: TruKid BathBlast pockets are pre-measured and ready to use 


• All natural and non toxic 
• Eczema safe 
• Pediatrician and dermatologist tested 
• Gluten-, phthalate- and paraben free 
• PETA Certified Animal Cruelty-Free 
• Biodegradable with 100% recyclable, BPA-free Packaging 

All natural and made with fruits and vegetables, TruKid BathBlasts offer the absolute safest…and most fun way to take a bath! Swathing kids in squeaky clean, bubbly bliss, the all-natural formula leaves skin soft and refreshed with no icky feeling left behind. Formulated for kids with extra sensitive skin, BathBlasts provide incredibly safe bath care for little tykes. Ideal for busy families, BlastBlasts provide a super easy, ready-to-use system with pre-measured, single use, water-soluble pockets that offers a fun, natural color pop that dissolves almost instantly. Patent pending.
TruBaby Water& Play SPF 30+ WR/Unscented Mineral Sunscreen 2 oz TubeTruKid Sunny Days SPF30+ Water Resistant Face & Body Stick
The sunscreen that we got in our first order was great. Easy to apply. Not greasy and it worked great. To think that I wasn't putting chemicals all over my kids gave me such a peace of mind. And we went to the pool a lot last summer (can't wait to do it again this summer) so it was great to know they were covered naturally and they didn't burn all summer long! The idea is to reapply every 80 minutes to make sure you're really covered!! We also got to review the sunny days stick and the kids LOVED to use this and put their own sunscreen on their faces! It's so good to teach your kids healthy habits for their skin and body care.

I cannot wait to try more of the TruKid products. I plan on buying some of their shampoos and conditioners. It's another area we're working on. Yes, it needs to be put in the budget because while these items are not as cheap as going to the store and picking up a bottle these items are so much safer for our kids. And since my kids and their health is a top priority for me I want to do my best to help them stay healthy and that includes not dousing their sensitive skin with myriads of chemicals.

Here's something TruKid is really proud of and I can't say I blame them! So excited for them...and for us who get to use these great products!!
Award winning all natural TruKid Sunny Days SPF 30+ was chosen by thousands of parents as their favorite family-friendly sunscreen. Providing safe UVA/UVB clinically proven protection, Sunny Days is non-toxic, non-nano, and gluten-free. TruKid Sunscreens are pediatrician and dermatologist tested. With no harsh chemicals, a reef-friendly formula, and BPA-free tubes, Sunny Days is as good for the earth as it is for your kids.

You can find TruKid online in a few places. Check out their website...They're on Facebook, pinterest and twitter.
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All products mentioned were given to me free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion on the Mom Test Panel. All opinions are my own. This post does contain affiliate links. If you click on any "TruKid" link you will be taken to the website, if you purchase anything the prices will be the same but my family will receive a small percentage and we thank you for supporting us and this blog.
          Product Review: Delicious Nutritious Ready Meals        
Product Review: Delicious Nutritious Ready Meals

We’re busy and time-poor. But we still want to eat something healthy – and tasty – before we fly out the door. Despite all good intentions, at times healthy meals are NOT quick and take time to create. Time which you don’t have.

Cue – this new range of five chilled meals from Woolworths via Michelle Bridges. Are they any good? Do they really have two or more serves of vegetables and lots of protein? Are they a well-balanced meal?


This post has been sponsored by Woolworths

 Woolworths and Michelle Bridges have teamed up to create Delicious Nutritious Ready Meals, a range of chilled meals that taste great, are nutritious and can be heated in under five minutes.

The range consists of five single-serve 350g complete meals, each with a combination of protein, whole grains and vegetables. Each supplies less than 1890 kilojoules (450 Calories) but they’re not a diet meal which I like.MBDN-5Packs-in-Collage These five meals are available from the Deli aisle of all Woolworths supermarkets from the end of March. These are in addition to the frozen meals already on offer. These latest five are:

  1. Penne Beef Bolognese with Roasted Vegetables 350g
  2. Butter Chicken with Whole Grain Rice 350g
  3. Peri-Peri Style Chicken with Whole Grain Rice 350g
  4. Beef and Barley Casserole with Roasted Vegetables 350g
  5. Italian Style Chicken with Whole Grain Penne Pasta 350g

Taste: 8 out of 10

I got the enviable task of taste-testing all five and so can vouch first-hand for their top texture and nice flavour.

I have two favourites in the range - the Butter Chicken with Whole Grain Rice, and the Peri-Peri Style Chicken also with Whole Grain Rice. Here’s what I liked about the Butter Chicken meal (shown below):

MBDN Butter Chicken Closeup

  • It’s great to see vegetables mixed in with the rice. Nice. Not huge quantities but still there. I spy small chunks of carrot, corn kernels and red lentils too. Plus pumpkin served with the Chicken.
  • I liked the whole grain rice which you would not realise is brown rice - which is not wildly popular. It is yellowish in colour thanks to the turmeric sauce which ‘disguises’ it. The brown-rice-haters won’t even notice.
  • There’s ginger, garlic and chilli which add a pleasant kick of heat.
  • Best of all, it actually LOOKS like the photo on the front of the pack. There’s no bluffing here. They def want you to re-purchase.
  • Excellent texture and flavour – unlike many of the ready-meals I’ve tried in the past.

All the chilled meals have a shelf life of 30 days (kept refrigerated) which is long. Yes you can freeze them after purchase which is what I did. There are different instructions for how to microwave them from frozen and they turn out surprisingly well.

PeriPeri Frozen Before

Above: Peri-Peri Style Chicken, frozen 

PeriPeri Cooked After

Above: Peri-Peri Style Chicken, heated

 Nutrition: 18 out of 20

Here I warm to the notion of “balance”. Yes, there’s starchy carbs in each (rice, barley, pasta, legumes, veg) but it’s not huge and they are included with the protein (chicken, beef) plus half a plateful of vegetables which meets the Plate Model of what to serve – one half vegetables or salad, one quarter protein and one quarter carbs. A tick from me.

My Butter Chicken meal contains two serves of vegetables (or 162g in weight). This is pretty good and hard to achieve (believe me, I know). Note: a serve is around 75g in weight. Which means you can count these two towards the recommended total of 5 serves a day.

There are no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours.

This Butter Chicken has only 1860kJ (444 Calories). This makes for a decent intake which, along with their fibre and protein, says you won’t go hungry. For instance, if you’re on a 7500kJ or 1500 Cal diet, this meal makes up 30 per cent of your day’s intake, perfect for dinner.

All meals have a Health Star Rating of 4 out of 5. This shows they have little saturated fat, little salt or sugar and pack in more vegetables and legumes than products with 3 or lower.

Example - Butter Chicken – Nutrition Panel

Serve size: 350g

Quantity Per serve Per 100g

Energy, kJ
Energy,  (Cals)



 Protein, g  24.2 6.9
Fat, g 18.9 5.4
 Fat, saturated, g  5.6  1.6
 Carb, g  41.6  11.9
 Sugars. g  12.2  3.5
 Fibre, g 4.9  1.4
Sodium, mg 508 145


 Example - Butter Chicken - List of ingredients

This is what you’ll see in descending order on the label:


Whole Grain Rice (41%) (Cooked Brown Rice (60%), Carrot (20%), Corn (17%), Rice Bran Oil, Mustard Seed, Cumin Seed, Ground Turmeric (0.3%), Parsley), Butter Chicken Sauce (26%) (Diced Tomato (22%) (Tomato, Tomato Juice, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Mineral Salt (Calcium Chloride)), Water, Tomato Paste (13%), Onion, Cream (7%), Yoghurt, Ginger Puree, Garlic Puree (4%), Carrot, Honey, Red Lentils (3%), Soy Sauce, Red Cayenne Chilli Puree, Herbs & Spices, Canola Oil, Fish Sauce, Corn Starch, Yeast Extract), Tandoori Chicken (17%) (Chicken (90%), Water, Tandoori Paste, Tapioca Starch), Pumpkin (16%).


Key nutrients

Protein – each meal delivers anywhere from 16 to 25 grams of protein. If you want to build muscle after a workout, you should aim for 20 to 30 grams of protein. These meals fit nicely as a post-workout meal.

Vegetables – at least 2 serves of vegetables in each meal. Great.

Fibre – you’ll get lots of fibre from whole grains, legumes and vegetables.

Starchy carbs – ranging from brown rice, pearl barley and wholegrain penne, as well as legumes such as chick peas or red lentils plus vegetables such as corn, pumpkin, carrots as well as onion, red capsicum, celery, and onion.

MBDN Beef Casserole hand


Who would this product be suitable for?

Busy people who want a quick but healthy dinner but don’t have much time. I have already tested the MBND frozen dinners (which I must admit I like and are a heck of a lot better than any other frozen dinner from a supermarket) but I understand some people won’t ever venture down the frozen aisle nor buy a frozen dinner. So being in the deli chilled section near the front will attract a whole different shopper.

Convenience: 8 out of 10

Very easy. Everything is contained in the meal pack. The only thing to check is to make sure you follow the directions exactly for heating!

For instance, for my Butter Chicken meal, it’s simple to heat the two-pack meal. You simply pierce the film on both and microwave for 5 minutes. Stir well to ensure all ingredients are mixed. That’s it! On all five, the instructions for heating were clear and easy.

At $7.99 each, the retail price is very reasonable for a complete meal (often you can find them on sale for less). I buy a BBQ chicken for around $15 but still have to prepare vegetables and bread or potatoes to have with that.

 MBDN Butter Chicken Label Rear


Sustainability 8 out of 10

The outer sleeve is cardboard which can be readily recycled.
The black inner polypropylene tray can also be thrown into your recyclables bin. It is marked “PP 5” on the on the recycling scale.
Only the thin clear plastic film on top would be waste. But it’s only tiny.
Woolworths say they aim to source Australian ingredients where they can. All the meals are made here. All the beef and chicken are Australian.

Overall score 42 out of 50 or 4 Apples   Apples 4 smll




More details at Michelle Bridges' website OR Woolworths website.


The bottom line

I don’t want to hear you say again “Eating healthy takes too much time". Now there IS no excuse. I’d def buy these again and opt for one of my two faves, which were either the Butter Chicken or the Peri-Peri Style Chicken. For me, I’d probably pop a Delicious Nutritious meal into my fridge or freezer for those days when my schedule changes or you have to go out in a hurry. Dare I say it? These ARE delicious! They make a handy meal-for-one when you don’t want to cook. Nor have the time.
























Catherine Saxelby

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The Stair Barrier - BBORW-0216: The Stair Barrier Indoor-Outdoor Banister to Banister gate is designed specifically for the bottom of the stairs. The Stair Barrier keeps children off the stairs and pets contained to one level of the home. Does not require drilling or two flat surfaces to install. Adaptable to volute_curved banisters and all banister shapes. It rolls to the side when not in use or can be removed and stored. Convenient for travel and play dates. Made of high-grade weather and mildew resistant fabric, woven with Reprieve (made from recycled materials). Often times stairs are situated off the foyer of homes and the Stair Barrier welcome your guest in style. The gates have passed ASTM safety tests for gates and enclosures. Safe never looked so good Made in the USA.
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          The Studio is Finished!        

It's been quite a few weeks since I wrote about my studio mess here. Since then I have worked hard on it off and on. I told you what an odd room this is but what I didn't mention is the ledges going all the way across three walls of the room. The first wall has a ledge about a foot off the floor and about two feet wide, the second wall has a ledge that is two heights, one of about two feet and the other about one foot and about 18 inches deep, the third wall the ledge is only about 4 inches high and 6 inches deep. I am not sure what the purpose of these ledges were but they make it very difficult to place furniture in this room.

I really have a lot of plans for this room but right now I have to hold off on everything. Since two of the walls have to be rebuilt, the third wall has to have a door set into it and the fourth wall will hopefully have new windows put in it, I was told no painting right now. No anything really, since it will all change. 

So I cleaned the room thoroughly and did the best I could for now. I had two big pieces of lightweight wall covering and my bulletin board to work with so I simply covered the damaged part of the wall with those. It works great for a temporary fix. I have lots of my WIP's hanging on the board and they make a nice display and serve as a gentle reminder that I need to finish them. I also have my keyboard tucked into that corner so when I get a chance I can enjoy a bit of music.

Under the window I set up my dye area. I use the big black desk to mix all my dyes, the nice slide out tray is perfect for holding my soda ash mix. I can soak fabrics in the bin and have it tucked away safe while doing so. 

The sets of drawers next to the desk hold all my dye supplies, clamps, dye, masks etc. and the small chest of drawers holds all my dyeable fabrics. It is nice to have it all contained in one area and it gives me a lot of surface area to work with also. 

I set up this back corner as my work area. This is where I use the computer, sew, work on jewelry, etc. I was told long ago when I worked as a reweaver that if I continued bending over a desk I would do irreversible damage to my neck and back. I quickly trained myself to reweave in a recliner. It was hard at first but I caught on quick and since then it has done wonders on my neck and back pain. I was also told at the same time by my eye doctor that with the type of work I did that my eyes would also deteriorate rapidly. There is a reason there are few reweavers in the world! He suggested that I watch TV while I worked so I would look up occasionally, therefor exercising my eyes. Since then I have always worked with a TV or computer going in the background. Here I have my computer, and it is a large screen. I like having my screens away from me. It's better for eye strain and for any kind of EMT emissions. 

Since I have these strange ledges I tried to work with them. I made this one a nice shelf for all my drawers full of beads, threads and tools. I places another shelf above so I have a place to various other things, 

The bank of file cabinets in front of me is full of more tools, beads, wire, pencils. All the goodies I need to make jewelry, do graphics work and do embroidery. This is the perfect set up for me and I love it!

Here next to my red drawers is my little desk. This fits just right next to my computer so I can work with my graphics tablet. I can also add my portable drawing table to the top and have a great design area for graphics. 

I set up a nice long table here as a work table. It is right next to my sewing area so I can use it as a cutting table, lay out my pieces here as I work and also use it for other projects. Right now I am in the middle of sorting, wrapping and readying some of my trims for the shop. the folding table sitting in the back is the nice portable drawing surface that I use at my chair or on my drawing desk.

This is my sewing area. I have plenty of room here to sew and lots of storage within arms reach.
My little needle felted cottage rests among the baskets of wool.

The shelves above hold my wool for needle felting and yarns, threads and other goodies.

I put these shelves next to the sewing table and also an old kitchen table that we had no room for when we moved here. It works perfect to hold my projects I am working on now and has some nice storage area beneath for patterns and other odds and ends. The shelf next to it holds all my hand dyed velvets and cottons plus various other fabrics for ongoing projects. 

The large armoire next to this holds all the rest of my fabric and old clothes. I use a lot of old clothes in my work. I like to reuse and recycle as much as possible. Most of my fiber art incorporates these used clothing items. I rarely buy new fabrics unless it is to dye!

So this is the finished room. I know it is only temporary and I really can't wait to redo this room how I want it, with bright walls and lots of light but for now I think it will serve me very well. I already feel so much more comfortable and ready to go. All my things in order, easy to find and within reach. This is making my artist heart sing!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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          Conspiracy and the Populist Imagination        
Timothy Melley

Conspiracy theory has a long history in the political culture of the United States. But in the last decade or two, “the paranoid style in American politics,” as political historian Richard Hofstadter called it in 1963, has kicked into high gear. Major magazines and newspapers have repeatedly called attention to America’s “conspiracy mania” (Marin and Gegax) - not only the flourishing of a “new paranoid style in the American arts” (Kakutani) but also the growing sense that conspiracy is now “a dominant theme of everyday life” (Hoover). “This,” says a character in Don DeLillo’s Running Dog (1978), “is the age of conspiracy.”

While many cultural observers have proclaimed the centrality of conspiracy theory, few sensitive and interesting treatments of it exist. Recycling Hofstadter’s model of mental illness, critics have tended to view conspiracy theory as a monolithic form, one best treated with skepticism, disdain, or even government surveillance and repression. Daniel Pipes’s Conspiracy (1997), for instance, asserts that ” conspiracy theory is the fear of a nonexistent conspiracy. Conspiracy refers to an act, conspiracy theory to a perception” (21). By this absurd definition, conspiracy theories are always wrong and thus the “act” of conspiracy can only be theorized by a lunatic. In a similar if more nuanced argument, psychologists Robert Robins and Jerrold Post outline a host of reasons to be worried about expressions of “political paranoia.” To their credit, Robins and Post concede that “political paranoia is seldom a complete delusion” (50). Yet, as evidence that “paranoid” claims occasionally have merit, they point to the case of Soviet dissidents who were wrongly imprisoned as mental patients until correctly deemed sane political prisoners by a team of (presumably objective) U.S. investigators - a case that only underscores the basic opposition between “political paranoia” and dominant American political views.

Mark Fenster’s Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture is a welcome exception to this trend. Fenster treats conspiracy theory as a populist theory of power, a form whose appeal stems from its recognition of real inequities in contemporary society and its expression of “desire for a politics in which ‘the people’ can affectively and effectively engage” (62). Treatments of the “paranoid style,” Fenster argues, cannot account for conspiracy theory’s pervasive presence in contemporary cultural forms (films, novels, television shows, web sites, and even board games). Nor can they tell us why conspiracy theory has become so popular or what it reveals about political subjectivity. In place of such dismissals, Fenster suggests, we need to regard conspiracy theories as a symptom of actual political and social conditions. “Just because overarching conspiracy theories are wrong does not mean that they are not on to something,” he remarks (67). And what they are “on to,” it turns out, is a progressive and utopian vision of an inclusive political culture.

Yet Fenster is no apologist for conspiracy theorists. If conspiracy theory stems from a utopian impulse, it also contains elements that frustrate progressive political analysis. Fenster spends considerable energy unraveling the internal illogic of this discourse, its contradictory strands of utopian yearning, social critique, and political protest. While conspiracy theory articulates a critique of powerful institutions, it departs from progressive analysis by substituting a simplistic populist vision of antagnoism between “the people” and “the elites” for a truly detailed analysis of complex power structures.

One of the most curious features of this substitution - one that Fenster treats only in passing - is its conservation of intentionalism. In the conspiracy theorist’s view, things always happen because someone (or something) wills them to happen. This relentless need to understand social and political outcomes as the product of intentions suggests that conspiracy theory expresses not only certain political wishes, but also nostalgia for a liberal philosophical vision, one that emphasizes the free will of subjects in competition with a monolithic social order. Fenster’s approach to conspiracy supports this interpretation by tracing Hofstadter’s “anti-paranoid” ideology to the consensus political science and history of the Cold War era. It is precisely this ideology, with its purported rationalism and objectivity, that conspiracy theory aims to challenge through its classically liberal celebration of self-determination against the power of “society” writ large.

Fenster’s book traces this sort of celebration through a wide array of communities and discourses, from popular novels and films to forms of play, such as conspiracy “games.” While a few chapters, particularly those on right-wing militia and Christian groups, are more reportorial than analytical, and hence less interesting, most offer new primary materials and theoretical approaches. One of the best chapters treats conspiracy narrative as a form of hyperactive semiosis. Fenster argues that conspiracy narrative is motivated by a paradoxical desire both to unearth the motive cause of complex social effects and to keep that cause at arm’s length. “If satisfaction is defined as the proof and public recognition of the ‘truth’ of conspiracy and the efficacious remedy of the crisis,” he argues, “then conspiracy theory demands dissatisfaction” (89-90), since incessant interpretive activity is the theorist’s real goal. This vision of the bottomless pit of conspiratorial interpretation leads Fenster into a provocative consideration of conspiracy theory as a model of Lacanian desire, and hence an endlessly productive form of discourse. “Productive” here does not mean productive of real political change. Rather, as Fenster makes clear, conspiracy theory’s perpetual interpretive quests become a substitute for “meaningful political engagement” (80) - a problem heightened by the solitary nature of such theoretical pursuits.

No doubt, conspiracy theory does deter collective political struggle, in part because conspiracy theory stems directly from the “anti-social” values of liberal individualism. Yet, plenty of instances exist in which the conspiratorial mindset may be traced directly to direct political action (the Oklahoma City and Unabomber crimes come to mind). While Fenster does not ignore such outcomes, his analysis occasionally falters when he assumes that conspiracy theory, for all its surface variability, has a monolithic logic, a consistent set of rules, limits, and internal contradictions. While general tendencies exist, it seems important to distinguish the endless deferral of the X-Files from the “anti-conspiratorial” acts of Timothy McVeigh and the Unabomber.

This tendency toward generalized description might also have been minimized if Fenster had treated the more complex writings of postwar writers such as William S. Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Ishmael Reed, Joseph McElroy, Don DeLillo, and Thomas Pynchon. While the latter two receive occasional mention, Fenster does not seriously engage their writings. This is unfortunate, because their novels of social conditioning, conspiracy, and social control are more nuanced - and have been far more influential - than the sources on center stage here. These objections, however, should not diminish Fenster’s accomplishment. On the whole, Conspiracy Theories is a wide-ranging, impressively researched, and intelligent book, one that accounts for both the political and cultural dimensions of its subject. Readers from diverse backgrounds will appreciate its careful handling of conspiracy culture. By remaining sensitive to the aspirations behind even the wackiest of conspiracy theories, Fenster is able to provide a compelling critical analysis of this increasingly visible and important political “style.”


works cited

DeLillo, Don. Running Dog. New York: Knopf, 1978.

Hofstadter, Richard. “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays. New York: Knopf, 1965. 3-40.

Hoover, Bob. “Conspiracy Theories are Sign of the Times.” Toledo Magazine (24 March 1996): A1+.

Kakutani, Michiko. “Bound By Suspicion.” New York Times Magazine (19 January 1997): 16.

Marin, Rick and T. Trent Gegax. “Conspiracy Mania Feeds Our Growing National Paranoia.” Newsweek (30 December 1996): 64-71.

Pipes, Daniel. Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From. New York: Free Press, 1997.

Robins, Robert S. and Jerrold M. Post. Political Paranoia: The Psychopolitics of Hatred. New Haven: Yale UP, 1997.

          Jeni Cairns Gorgeous Recycled Garden        
Another worthy Gold Medal (and Best Summer Garden) winner was A Space to Connect & Grow designed by Jeni Cairns with Sophie Antonelli. There is nothing rough-hewn or amateurish about the way Jeni works with recycled industrial materials, whether it is her delicate filigree cutouts fashioned from the bases of steel drums, or a water […]
          Eco Choice 154.5cm Snowboard        
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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 04-04-2016 with DJ Girlfawkes        

Grimes- Kill V Maim - Art Angels
Matt And Kim- Hey Now - New Glow
Marcy Playground- Poppies - Marcy Playground
Elliott Smith- Son Of Sam - Figure 8
Jeff Buckley- So Real - Grace Legacy Edition
- voicebreak -
FIDLAR- West Coast - Too
Viola Beach- Like A Fool - Boys That Sing Like A Fool Single
- voicebreak -
Western Plaza- Tornado Dream - Western Plaza
HiFi Gentry- Film Noir - Film Noir
HiFi Gentry- The Tide - Film Noir
HiFi Gentry- Partners In Accidents - Film Noir
Miami Horror- Real Slow Dream Fiend Remix - Real Slow Remixes
Ra Ra Riot Rostam- Absolutely - Need Your Light
Phases- Im In Love With My Life - For Life
Sufjan Stevens- Decatur Or Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother - Illinois
Portugal The Man- Floating Time Isnt Working My Side - In The Mountain In The Cloud
Phases- Im In Love With My Life - For Life
HiFi Gentry- Maria - Film Noir
- voicebreak -
Kero Kero Bonito- Sick Beat - Bonito Recycling EP
Dilly Dally- Purple Rage - Sore
Charlotte Gainsbourg- Paradisco - Paradisco Single
Machineheart- Circles feat Vanic - In Your Dreams EP
New Order- Vanishing Point - Technique
Mike Krol- Neighborhood Watch - Turkey
YACHT- I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler - I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler
Summer Camp- Bad Love - Bad Love
- voicebreak -
The Kills- Doing It To Death - Ash Ice
Jungle- Drops - Jungle
The Brood- Free - Duty
Colleen Green- Deeper Than Love - I Want To Grow Up

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-05-2016 with 99 & Barry        

Snakefinger- The Man In The Dark Sedan - The Man In The Dark Sedan Single
Half Japanese- You And I - Perfect
The Colorblind James Experience- A Different Bob - The Colorblind James Experience
Jaes Soul- Sintona En Soul - Sensacional Soul Vol 2
Snagthong Seesai- Duang Duang Duang Luck Luck Luck - Thai Funk Zudrangma Vol 2
Lydia Lunch And Rowland S Howard- Some Velvet Morning - Some Velvet Morning
- voicebreak -
Rico- Take 5 - Roots To The Bone
Sun Ra His Arkestra- Space Chant - The Soul Vibrations Of Man Remastered 2016 feat John Gilmore Marshall Allen Eloe Omoe
The Art Ensemble Of Chicago- Illistrum - Fanfare For The Warriors
Pascal Comelade- Memories - El Primitivisme
Arrington De Dionyso- Mani Malaikat - Malaikat Dan Singa
- voicebreak -
Tackhead- War - For The Love Of Money
Amabis- Para Mulatu feat Criolo - Daora Underground Sounds Of Urban Brasil HipHop Beats Afro Dub Deluxe Edition
DJ Spooky- Duality - The Secret Song
Senyawa- Bekal Ilmu - Menjadi
Sainkho Namtchylak- Dushkan Ezim To - Like A Bird Or Spirit Not A Face
- voicebreak -
The Colorblind James Experience- Considering A Move To Memphis - The Colorblind James Experience
Brigitte Bardot- Contact - The Best Of Bardot
Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Jimmy Rushing- Evenin feat Jimmy Rushing - Brubeck Rushing feat Jimmy Rushing
The Jive Bombers- Bad Boy - Greatest RB Hits Of 1957 Vol 2
Various Artists- Ball In The Jack - Otis Fodders 365 Days Project UBUCOM
Molam Lao- Lam Khonsavane - Music From Southern Laos
Abner Jay- Woke Up This Morning - One Man Band
- voicebreak -
Animal Collective- Lying In The Grass - Painting With
DJ OliveIkue Mori- Announcement - The Turntable Sessions Volume 1
Negativland- In The Beginning - Its All In Your Head
Various Artists- Get Back Satan - Fire In MY Bones Raw RareOther Worldly Gospel
The Books- A Cold Freezin Night - The Way Out
Elizabeth Cotten- Freight Train - Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes
Co Ba Thinh- G Thu Vietnam - Longing For The Past The 78 Rpm Era In Southeast Asia
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Arnold Dreyblatt- The Adding Machine - The Adding Machine
Renaldo The Loaf- Kimbolton Gnome Song - Songs For Swinging Larvae Songs From The Surgery
Various Artists- Homecoming - Electric Gypsyland 2
Alif- Dars Min Kama Sutra A Lesson From Kama Sutra - AynamaRtama
Brooklyn Funk Essentials- Recycled - Funk Aint Ova
African Head Charge- Free Chant - Shrunken Head

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-19-2016 with Barry Roark        

Mercury Rev- Emotional Free Fall - The Light In You
Stick Figure- Fire On The Horizon - Set In Stone
Shocking Pinks- Nostalgia - Dance The Dance Electric
- voicebreak -
Sheila Chandra- Lament - The Struggle
Jacuzzi Boys- Wildflower - Happy Damage EP
Black Masala- I Love You Madly - I Love You Madly
Lettuce- He Made A Woman Out Of Me - Crush
Luna- 23 Minutes In Brussels - Penthouse
Ginger Baker- Alamout - Middle Passage
Kasey Chambers- Im Alive - Bittersweet
The Balancing Act- Who Got The Pearls - New Campfire Songs
- voicebreak -
Mark McGuire- The Undying Stars - Beyond Belief
Pretenders- Dance Take 1 Bonus Track - Get Close Expanded Remastered
Tuka- You - Life Death Time Eternal
The Chills- Warm Waveform - Silver Bullets
The Chills- Silver Bullets - Silver Bullets
- voicebreak -
Red Martian- Air - Slow Motion Samurai
Son Volt- Too Early Demo - Trace Expanded Remastered
Son Volt- Windfall 2015 Remastered - Trace Expanded Remastered
Clockdva- Beautiful Losers - Breakdown 12
David Bowie- Lazarus - Blackstar
John Cale- The Sleeper - Artificial Intelligence
Tindersticks- Frozen - The Something Rain
- voicebreak -
HeCTA- We Bitched We Bovvered And We Buildered - The Diet
Coke Weed- Dandelion - Mary Weaver
Green On Red- Lost World - Gas Food Lodging Green On Red
Eleanor Friedberger- He Didnt Mention His Mother - New View
Pell Mell- American Eagle - Flow
Ty Segall- The Magazine - Emotional Mugger
Brooklyn Funk Essentials- Recycled - Funk Aint Ova
Givers- Record High Record Low - New Kingdom

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          Wine Bottle LED Light Fixture        
Recycle some wine bottles and set a mood with this simple LED light fixture.

          George’s Marvellous Garden        
This garden based on the Roald Dahl story involved the children learning traditional skills as well as gardening and incorporated many recycled objects. The spoon water feature was really inspired and very eye catching.
          Max MQTT connections

I have a need to create a server farm that can handle 5+ million connections, 5+ million topics (one per client), process 300k messages/sec.

I tried to see what various message brokers were capable so I am currently using two RHEL EC2 instances (r3.4xlarge) to make lots of available resources. So you do not need to look it up, it has 16vCPU, 122GB RAM. I am nowhere near that limit in usage.

I am unable to pass the 600k connections limit. Since there doesn't seem to be any O/S limitation (plenty of RAM/CPU/etc.) on either the client nor the server what is limiting me?

I have edited /etc/security/limits.conf as follows:

* soft  nofile  20000000 * hard  nofile  20000000  * soft  nproc  20000000 * hard  nproc  20000000  root  soft  nofile 20000000 root  hard  nofile 20000000 

I have edited /etc/sysctl.conf as follows:

net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 1024 65535   net.ipv4.tcp_tw_reuse = 1  net.ipv4.tcp_mem = 5242880  5242880 5242880  net.ipv4.tcp_tw_recycle = 1  fs.file-max = 20000000  fs.nr_open = 20000000  net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies = 0  net.ipv4.tcp_max_syn_backlog = 10000  net.ipv4.tcp_synack_retries = 3  net.core.somaxconn=65536  net.core.netdev_max_backlog=100000  net.core.optmem_max = 20480000 

For Apollo: export APOLLO_ULIMIT=20000000

For ActiveMQ:

ACTIVEMQ_OPTS="$ACTIVEMQ_OPTS -Dorg.apache.activemq.UseDedicatedTaskRunner=false" ACTIVEMQ_OPTS_MEMORY="-Xms50G -Xmx115G" 

I created 20 additional private addresses for eth0 on the client, then assigned them: ip addr add dev eth0

I am FULLY aware of the 65k port limits which is why I did the above.

  • For ActiveMQ I got to: 574309
  • For Apollo I got to: 592891
  • For Rabbit I got to 90k but logging was awful and couldn't figure out what to do to go higher although I know its possible.
  • For Hive I got to trial limit of 1000. Awaiting a license
  • IBM wants to trade the cost of my house to use them - nah!
asked Mar 30 '15 at 23:52
Can't really tell how to increase the throughput. However, checkout . Not sure about the MQTT support, but it seems capable of extrem throughput / # clients. – Petter Nordlander Mar 31 '15 at 7:52
did you try mosquitto? ( – Aleksey Izmailov Apr 2 '15 at 8:02
Trying Hive, Apollo, Mosquito, Active, Rabbit, mosquito – redboy Apr 2 '15 at 21:58

ANSWER: While doing this I realized that I had a misspelling in my client setting within /etc/sysctl.conf file for: net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range

I am now able to connect 956,591 MQTT clients to my Apollo server in 188sec.

More info: Trying to isolate if this is an O/S connection limitation or a Broker, I decided to write a simple Client/Server.

The server:

    Socket client = null;     server = new ServerSocket(1884);     while (true) {         client = server.accept();         clients.add(client);     } 

The Client:

    while (true) {         InetAddress clientIPToBindTo = getNextClientVIP();         Socket client = new Socket(hostname, 1884, clientIPToBindTo, 0);         clients.add(client);     } 

With 21 IPs, I would expect 65535-1024*21 = 1354731 to be the boundary. In reality I am able to achieve 1231734

[root@ip ec2-user]# cat /proc/net/sockstat sockets: used 1231734 TCP: inuse 5 orphan 0 tw 0 alloc 1231307 mem 2 UDP: inuse 4 mem 1 UDPLITE: inuse 0 RAW: inuse 0 FRAG: inuse 0 memory 0 

So the socket/kernel/io stuff is worked out.

I am STILL unable to achieve this using any broker.

Again just after my client/server test this is the kernel settings.


[root@ip ec2-user]# sysctl -p net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 1024     65535 net.ipv4.tcp_tw_reuse = 1 net.ipv4.tcp_mem = 5242880      5242880 15242880 net.ipv4.tcp_tw_recycle = 1 fs.file-max = 20000000 fs.nr_open = 20000000  [root@ip ec2-user]# cat /etc/security/limits.conf * soft  nofile  2000000 * hard  nofile  2000000     root  soft  nofile 2000000 root  hard  nofile 2000000 


[root@ ec2-user]# sysctl -p net.ipv4.tcp_tw_reuse = 1 net.ipv4.tcp_mem = 5242880      5242880 5242880 net.ipv4.tcp_tw_recycle = 1 fs.file-max = 20000000 fs.nr_open = 20000000 net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies = 0 net.ipv4.tcp_max_syn_backlog = 1000000 net.ipv4.tcp_synack_retries = 3 net.core.somaxconn = 65535 net.core.netdev_max_backlog = 1000000 net.core.optmem_max = 20480000 

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          A New Example for Alpine Facilities in National Parks- The Banan Shelter Open on February         
Shengleng Trail (Holy Ridge Trail) is the trail that links Xue Mountain and Dabajian Mountain, and it is the most famous trail in Shei-Pa National Park. There are on average 3,000 people who filed application to climb this trail in recent years. In order to service climbers, Shei-Pa National Park Headquarter built two shelters alone the trail near Sumida Mountain and North Peak of Xue Mountain, and because the old Banan Shelter was worn out, the new Banan Shelter, alone with new toilet, were built next to the original shelter last year. The new Banan Shelter now holds 15 beds and was open on February, 2013. Because of the new shelter, climbers will no longer need to bring tents. With less gear required, the enhanced amenity should improve the safety of the trail.To make the new shelter more sustainable, many professionals were brought in to form a consulting group during the designing phase by Shei-Pa National Park Headquarter. These new features includes Environmental inducted Design, Water collection, storage, and usage, Clean alternative energy collection and usage, Energy efficient shelf, Low carbon footprint and recycled building material, Smart and efficient equipment. During the construction period, all material and equipment were flown in by helicopter. By doing so, not only did they minimize the influence on trials by man, but also reduced the construction time and the impact on nature due to the construction. “Because the weather changes rapidly in the mountain, it was difficult to construct the shelter. We even had to halt the construction several times due to snow. It was very tough on the workers,” said Chin Lin, director of Shei-Pa National Park Headquarter. “I appeal to climbers for cherishing this shelter, which did not come easy. During the stay, climbers should keep the shelter, restroom, and the surrounding area clean, and should also bring home what they bring up to the mountain so we can all enjoy and protect the nature.”
          The Infamous Bigfoot, Now in Jackson, CA.        
Poor Man’s Bronze Created a Bigfoot statue made of Recycled sheet metal.
          A Glass Act        
It is always good to see a first class bit of recycling.  Confronted by a couple of ruined greenhouses and a stack of  redundant Critall  windows, friends in Suffolk have fashioned a spacious and practical greenhouse from these unpromising materials.  By using the windows on their sides along the length of the building they have […]
          Millboard Decking        
I’m not generally enthusiastic about artificial materials for hard landscaping, but I am very impressed with the recycled wood-substitute made by Millboard. Not only does it look pretty well indistinguishable from genuine weathered wood, it is also non-slip and more or less maintenance free.
          Winter Wonderland Egg Carton Craft        

Make a magical winter wonderland scene with this sweet egg carton craft! All made from recyclables and lots of fun for winter crafty afternoons. Egg Carton Craft A little while back my eldest daughter had the idea to make a small world scene in an egg carton. Since then we have all made some together,...

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-18-2014 with DJ Deep Rawk        

Intelligent Hoodlum- Grand Groove - Intelligent Hoodlum Saga Of A Hoodlum
- voicebreak -
The NiteLiters- Eleanor Rigby - The Niteliters
Mongo Santamaria- Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Mongo Santamarias Greatest Hits
ARTIST UNKNOWN- Put Down - Soul Hits Vol 2
Blue Cheer- Out Of Focus - Vincebus Eruptum
- voicebreak -
Belle Epoque- Miss Broadway - Greatest Hits Original Recordings
Compilation- Nipple To The Bottle - 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection The Best Of Grace Jones
Cheri- Starstruck - 12
Thievery Corporation- David Byrne Dance On Vaseline - Abductions Reconstructions
- voicebreak -
Everything But The Girl- Shoot Me Down - Love Not Money
Georgia Anne Muldrow- West Coast Recycler - Olesi Fragments Of An Earth
Council Of Word- The Metalurgist - 12
CSS- Believe Achieve - Donkey
Blondie- Hanging On The Telephone - The Best Of Blondie
The Jam- Mr Clean - Snap
Pegboy- What To Do - Strong Reaction
Junior Reid- One Blood - One Blood
- voicebreak -
Brooke Russell- So Sweet - 12
Various Artists- 6 Underground The Perfecto Mix - Back To Mine
4 Hero Feat Jack Davey- Take My Time - 12
Res- Let Love - How I Do
Amerie- Why R U - In Love War
Ultramagnetic MCs- Ego Trippin MCs Ultra Remix - Critical Beatdown
- voicebreak -
Chapter 13- Demonz - 12
ED OG And Da Bulldogs- I Got To Have It Bonus Beats - 12
Greeds Ultimate Nemesis- Friendly Fire - GUN EP
Hard 2 Obtain- Ghetto Diamond - Ism And Blues
Brand Nubian- Dont Let It Go To Your Head - 12
The Emotions- I Like It - So I Can Love You Untouched
The Believers- Love Child - A Salute To Motown
Joe Tex- Skinny Legs And All - I Gotcha
The Fatback Band- Goin To See My Baby - Best Of Perception Today Records Compiled By DJ Spinna And BBE Soundsystem
Black Heat- Super Cool - No Time To Burn
- voicebreak -
Janelle Mone- Wondaland - The ArchAndroid
Amel Larrieux- Moment To Reflect - Ice Cream Everyday
The Long Lost- The Art Of Kissing - Woebegone EP
El Perro Del Mar- People - El Perro Del Mar
Gary Numan The Tubeway Army- Down In The Park - Replicas Redux
ThEESatisfaction- Earthseed - AwE NaturalE
- voicebreak -
Various Artists- Baby Huey The Baby Sitters Hard Times - What It Is Funky Soul Rare Grooves Disc 3
The Four Tops- Somethings Tearing At The Edges Of Time - Changing Times
KOs- Superstar Hot Music - 12

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-24-2014 with 99 & Barry        

Herman Dune And Cerberus Shoal- Sweetie - The Whys And Hows Of Herman Dune And Cerberus Shoal
M Takara 3- Rei Da Cocada - Daora Underground Sounds Of Urban Brasil HipHop Beats Afro Dub Deluxe Edition
King Coya- Villa Donde - Cumbias De Villa Donde
Heliocentrics- Nico Winter Song Heliocentrics Remix - Out There
- voicebreak -
Tinariwen- Toumast Tincha - Emmaar Deluxe Edition
The Velvet Underground- Here She Comes Now - White Light White Heat
Minutemen- History Lesson Part 2 - Double Nickels On The Dime
The Byrds- My Back Pages - Greatest Hits
Little Axe- Soul Of A Man - Bought For A Dollar Sold For A Dime Bonus Track Version
Henry Cow- Nirvana For Mice - Leg End
Polyrhythmics- Skin The Fat - Libra Stripes
Secret Chiefs 3 UR- Personae Halloween - Book Of Souls Folio A
- voicebreak -
Le Peuple De LHerbe- Heart Soul - Tilt
Mamelo Sound System- Minha Me Diz - VelhaGuarda 22
Bapi Das Baul Baul Bishwa- Divana Hoy Dil Miracle Love - Sufi Baul Madness Happiness
Les Reines Prochaines- I Hate Diets - Le Coeur En Beurre Double Gras
Die Kndel- In Die Ribisl - Verkochte Tiroler Overcooked Tyroleans
Jon Rose- Temptation - Violin Music In The Age Of Shopping
Xiu Xiu- Wild Is The Wind - Nina
John Coltrane Quartet- Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - Live At The Village Vanguard
- voicebreak -
- Its Tricky - March 4th
Kitchen The Plastic Spoons- Liberty - Killed By Deathrock Vol 1
Guerilla Toss- Diluted Fetus Circuit Tycoon - Guerilla Toss
Jonathan And Darlene Edwards- Stayin Alive - Jonathan And Darlenes Greatest Hits Vol 1
Betty Harris- Trouble With My Lover - New Orleans Funk 3
- voicebreak -
Ogi Stereodubs- Talarico - Daora Underground Sounds Of Urban Brasil HipHop Beats Afro Dub Deluxe Edition
Mike Monday- Catnip - Songs Without Words
Ikue Mori- Fatal Weaver - Class Insecta
John Zorn- Saigon Pickup - Naked City
Robotmonkeyarm- Il Brutto - Robot Senza Nome
- voicebreak -
People Like Us- Recycling Is Nothing New - Dont Think Right Its All Twice
John Lurie- The Beast - Fishing With John Original Music From The Series By John Lurie
Autor Yno- Wroclaw - Cosmopolitan Traffic
Angelo Michajlov- Saxana - Saxana
Archie Shepp- Attica Blues - Attica Blues
Junior Murvin- Workin In The Cornfield - Police Thieves Remastered
Khmer Jazz Fusion- Footprints - Khmer Jazz Fusion Recordings Merging Cambodian Musical Instruments And Forms With Western Jazz

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          Instagram Bookbinding Challenge: January / Light        

I've been participating in an online bookbinding community challenge, where each month bookmakers from around the world challenge themselves to create a book on a chosen theme for the month. The theme for January was Light. If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #areyoubookenough to find all the amazing creations of participating artists. Prepare yourself to be inspired!

For myself, I was inspired by a stack of rainbow coloured Canson Mi-Teintes artists papers I had saved for a few years, intending to make a rainbow book one day. What is light, if not the beautiful spectrum of colours before us?

Don't these torn sheets look gorgeous in this stack? I was tempted to stop there. Sometimes it's hard to use up beautiful supplies!

After cutting and folding and grouping the pages into signatures, I started on the covers. I wanted to make a softcover book with a simple stitched rainbow on the cover. I chose the cover fabric from my stash, because I'm all about using up, recycling, and making do with what you have: a black wool suiting fabric for the outside and a grey wool for the inside.

Choosing thread colours--yup, all the colours of the rainbow are there!

To make the covers a little stiffer, I used a sturdy interfacing between the layers. In this case, I found this crazy vegetable printed interfacing in my stash (not sure where I picked that up!), and started stitching my rainbow.

I was delighted to find a vintage spool of black linen thread in my supplies, and used it to bind my books.

I think the prism button finishes it off nicely, don't you?

I made a limited edition of four of these books, and they are now available in my PrairiePeasant Etsy shop.

          Handmade Papermaking        
I've been playing around with handmade paper lately, hoping to make some sheets nice enough to bind into some books.

It all starts with scraps of paper I save in a bin, including bits of maps. These get shredded with my paper shredder, and then soaked in water, at least overnight.

The buckets have different shades of the same colour, so it's unpredictable what colour the paper will be when finished.

Soaked paper is then run through the blender, to make pulp. Wet pulp is not very pretty, and surprisingly, maps end up a rather dull grey! I mixed this with the blue pulp and it turned out a lighter blue (see below).

The mold and deckle is slipped through the wet pulp to get some of the pulp to settle on the mesh screen.

I like recycling paper to make new paper because the results are more unpredictable, although you can buy premade cotton or abaca pulp to get started. For the above sheets and the green sheets below, I didn't process the pulp very long in the blender, so bits of paper and the odd inked letter remained in the pulp.

For the mustard yellow sheets, I processed the pulp for a longer time in the blender, resulting in a more uniform looking pulp.

I'm having fun experimenting. Stay tuned to see more paper experiments, and what I might decide to do with this paper!

          International Women's Day        
It's International Women's Day today. The theme for 2015 is "Make It Happen." Let's join all women in encouraging the recognition of women in the workplace, the safety of women in the street and in their homes, and the power of choice over their own bodies and their own lives.

I'd like to also celebrate the uniqueness and beauty in every single woman and acknowledge that we are all strange and colourful in some way or another!

          Paul Klee Recycled Envelopes        
What are the chances of finding the same fabulous art book a second time?

A few years ago, I found a once loved book on the art of Paul Klee, and recycled into envelopes. They were quite popular and sold very quickly in my Etsy shop.

This summer I found the same book at a garage sale and finally had the chance to make some more recycled envelopes with the pages.

These will bring a smile to someone's face if they are used for snail mail, and I think even the letter carrier would enjoy seeing them! They are available here.
          Shop Update        
I've been working on stocking up for fall sales, starting with more recycled game board journals.

Lots of covers have been cut

Pages have been cut and folded, with holes punched for sewing

I'm gradually working my way through these books in the queue, and finally listed the completed Candy Land journals in my PrairiePeasant Etsy shop this week:


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          Affordable Ways To Have Fun This Summer        

Summer is finally here and that means it's time for some fun in the sun. Summer activities can get expensive, though, so it's always a good idea to find cost-effective ways to enjoy the warm months. The SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express helps you spend smart, as every purchase you make helps you earn cash back. Essentially, you're further rewarding yourself with every purchase, which is the epitome of a summer win-win. Here are some affordable activities you can take part in using that extra cash.

Ride A Bike

The last time we checked, bicycling was fun, free and good for you, so pump up your tires and hit the road this summer. Hey, maybe you could even pack a picnic lunch! Exploring your city on your two-wheeler is a great and inexpensive way to stay active this summer. If you don't own a bike, buying a used or recycled one won't break the bank.

Tourist in Paris, in Notre Dame

Do A Walking Tour Of The City

Explore your city by foot. It's the best way to experience all that your hometown has to offer and the perfect way to uncover hidden gems. The best part is that many tours are free while others cost no more that $30. Pack comfortable shoes and bring a fully-charged phone to capture all the Insta-worthy moments.

Go To A Museum

Culture is important, and if you live in a city chances are you live near a few galleries and museums. Most prices for admission are reasonable but look out for summer discounted rates. One advantage of living in a city is that most museums offer various opportunities to partake in the arts; it only makes sense to do so within an air-conditioned gallery.

People sitting in a park in front of an illuminated projection screen

Watch A Movie In The Park

There's nothing like spending a warm summer night under the stars, but that date night becomes all the more romantic when it's spent with a loved one watching an outdoor movie. A quick search will reveal countless free viewings in the city.


Giving back to the community is often best accomplished by volunteering your time and energy to a local cause or non-profit. Whether you're planting trees, participating in trash cleanups, or serving meals at a shelter, giving back to the community is an easy thing to do, and it costs you nothing.

Play In A Sports League

It doesn't matter if you're talking softball, kickball, basketball, soccer, or ultimate frisbee — joining a summer sports league gets you outside with friends. Treat the team to few drinks on the patio post-win, because you're earning cash as you spend with the Amex SimplyCash Preferred Card.

Amex SimplyCash rewards are no joke — they earn you big bucks (five per cent cash back within the first six months, two per cent after that). Sign up for the SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express so you can have some extra money for those fun summer days, and, oh, those summer nights.

          Total Annihilation-Free up ram space/lessen lag (for better pathfinding, etc...)        
alright, dont mind my typos, i got a new laptop with a new keyboard and i tend to type fast without looking at the keys. Its different. But anyways, over the past 7.5 months i have been experimenting online and in skirmish with ta and it's faults, and im here to present some of the knowledge i aquired to you. Well i have windows seven now, so no need to use my old xp computer for ta, but it served good in experimenting with lag. it had over 1.5 gig ram but still was, in fact, a slow piece of shit, so i decided to experiment. (you can skip this part) well here are some of the things i did to slow lag. (i used mods and the regular install of ta btw) i actually pressed "ctrl" repeatedly and lowered lag remove tademo.ufo if found from ta directory. not needed. remove every dll file except: (if found) dplayx.dll, ddraw.dll. do not remove smackw32.dll as well or else you will make ta non-functional. this is like only if you are running ancient systems such as 95, 98, or 2000, or even a very slow version of xp for online: you can use multidump, found on download, install anywhere where you can find it, run multidump.exe now, go to ta directory. [if found] rename ccdata.ccx to ccdata.ufo rename totala1.hpi to totala1.ufo. if you have rev3.gp3 in there and it isn't found on multidump (or scanned), rename it to rev31.ufo you might want to back up these files now, open multidump, (if you closed it out), scan ta directory, extract all files. choose to pack into a monolithic archive (name it totala1.hpi) pack it up! (into ta directory) in-game this solution is really cool. in-game, ta uses RAM space to control unit pathfinding. (ex, how a unit moves around a hill) when you have a shitload of units, pathfinding gets worse. not only does this solution [im about to explain] free up ram for pathfinding, but it also reduces unit count in ta AND frees up a bit of RAM. now, when you go tech 2 and have some mohos/fusions up, either reclaim or self-destruct your tech 1 resource buildings. (tech 1 metal extractors, solars, tidal generators...) reclamation is the preferred choice because self-d'ing your units causes collateral damage to other structures. lessens up about 5-10% of lag, and in some cases, 15%. also: try to empty recycle bin delete unnecessary files from your computer (frees up RAM/Hard drive space) defrag your hard disk drive if you have to, get a new computer.
          FROM the VAULT – Refrain, reuse, recycle        
Thrifty fore folk left fascinating evidence of overseas trading preferences, restricted finances and careful reuse in hundreds of memorandums retained by the Queensland Police Museum.  In October 1929 Commissioner William Harold Ryan signed Circular Memorandum with the following direction; Officers–in-charge… Read Post
Visqueen Building Products – part of RPC bpi recycled products – has launched a new range of Ultimate Gas membranes for protection against dangerous gases and chemicals, in compliance with the latest standards for building on brownfield or contaminated land. Utilising Visqueen’s advanced barrier technology the new membranes are the result of an extensive R&D […]
Visqueen Building Products – part of RPC bpi recycled products – has launched a range of waterproofing liquid membranes that complies with all the latest changes in industry regulations while also meeting the precise needs of the company’s end-user base. Visqueen Axiom liquid waterproofing range is the result of in-depth market research and a comprehensive […]
          Why Protesting Isn't Enough        
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On Monday evening I sat and watched CNN broadcast the decision on if the officer involved in the death of Mike Brown would be indicted. Since then I've read Facebook statuses, Instagram posts, and Tweets verbally expressing rage, disappointment, sadness and just about every other emotion. I've seen powerful quotes by Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X recycled on every social media outlet. I've seen people vow to wear black on Friday in solidarity and support of the Brown family. Some have even vowed to not spend a dime on black Friday in support. Of course I can't forget about the rioting, looting, and utter destruction that I've seen in reaction to the decision to not indict. I've yet to understand how avoiding black Friday shopping or destroying any community helps to resolve or bring awareness to the issues at hand in a positive way. Candle light vigils and peaceful protests have been scheduled throughout various cities. . While watching all of this I've wondered so many things, but the first that comes to mind is if this case had not been so heavily publicized would as many people be so outraged. I've heard so many equally upsetting cases and for the most part I haven't seen the same sentiment of outrage if anything at all, however even if I put that aside the thing that most stands out to me is what are WE doing? Peaceful protests are great, but are we praying for our community. Are we involved with mentoring our youth. Are we giving back to the same area that we reside in every single day. Are we exercising our right as citizens to not only vote, but to research and understand the candidates that we are voting for? If the only thing we are doing is expressing our outrage on social media and attending a local protest or candle light vigil we are not doing nearly enough. So I'm challenging everyone including myself to get actively involved in something that can help your local community. I can promise you personally that it is life changing not just for others, but for you as well.

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          Interiors Roundup / / Baxter and Snow        
I am so excited to be sharing gorgeous interiors with you. As Rachael Taylor’s Interiors roundup editor, I will be posting every Thursday afternoon with my weekly update of all things Interiors. This week, we have some really beautiful recycled wooden wine boxed from Baxter and Snow.

I can think of sooo many different reasons why I need these amazing vintage wooden boxes in my home! They serve so many purposes and look so pretty as well as being brilliantly useful, just take a look for yourselves! And don't forget to hop over to Baxter and Snow's Facebook page here to show them some support.

Enjoy the rest of your week, Emily x

           A Dog's Life Jigsaw Puzzle 500 Piece        
 A Dog's Life Jigsaw Puzzle 500 Piece

A Dog's Life Jigsaw Puzzle 500 Piece

Gorgeous garden scene High quality 500 piece jigsaw puzzle Puzzle measures 34x49cm when complete Made from thick, durable board that is 100% recycled Beautifully painted by John Francis

           Country Companions Jigsaw Puzzle 636 Pieces        
 Country Companions Jigsaw Puzzle 636 Pieces

Country Companions Jigsaw Puzzle 636 Pieces

Lovely traditional farm scene High quality 636 piece jigsaw puzzle Puzzle size 48x68cm when complete Made from thick, durable puzzle board that is 100% recycled. Beautifully painted by artist Antony Forster

          Scavenging is illegal        
Found at LA Recycling Center, where a lot of waste pickers sell the cans, bottles and metals they collect.
          Le garage de Gustave        
Paru le 08.03.2017 - Leo Timmers -

Gustave est un infatigable bricoleur touche-à-tout. Chaque matin de bonne heure, il rejoint son garage, où défilent bientôt, les uns après les autres, tous ses amis et leurs soucis : Rico a mal au dos, Madame Royal a trop chaud, Arthur a besoin d’eau…
Mais pas de panique : Gustave a la solution à tous les problèmes ! Un vieux scooter usagé, une baignoire en morceaux ou un frigo KO et hop, notre roi du recyclage inaugure des véhicules sur mesure, pour le plus grand bonheur de ses proches !

          Cameroon student nonprofit recycles plastic bottles into boats        
Humanity has a plastic bottle addiction, purchasing one million a minute, and many bottles wind up polluting our oceans. Cameroon-based nonprofit Madiba & Nature is pioneering a creative use for all those bottles: boats. They're fabricating floating canoe-shaped crafts out of empties they collect in an effort to prompt people to think differently about how they consume and dispose of plastic bottles. Related:
          1980s Sweet Memories - 1000 Piece Puzzle        
1980s Sweet Memories - 1000 Piece Puzzle

1980s Sweet Memories - 1000 Piece Puzzle

This puzzle is a time to remember the sweets we use to eat How many more are still available How many can you see that have changed their name  High quality 100% recycle puzzle board A great gift to give to anyone or a family favourite to the pieces together around the table and remember the 1980's 

          50 Pack Blank Card Recycled 5 x 7"        
50 Pack Blank Card Recycled 5 x 7"

50 Pack Blank Card Recycled 5 x 7"

- Recycled  5 x 7" Card- Blank Card weight 300gsm- Manufactured by Papermania- These cards are perfect to decorate as soon as you take them out of the packet. - Acid and lignin free

          50 Pack Blank Card Recycled A6 105 x 148mm        
50 Pack Blank Card Recycled A6 105 x 148mm

50 Pack Blank Card Recycled A6 105 x 148mm

- Recycled A6 Card (105 x 148mm)- Blank Card weight 300gsm- Manufactured by Papermania- These cards are perfect to decorate as soon as you take them out of the packet. - Acid and lignin free

          50 Pack Blank Card Recycled Tall        
50 Pack Blank Card Recycled Tall

50 Pack Blank Card Recycled Tall

          A Busy Yard Jigsaw Puzzle 1000 Pieces        
A Busy Yard Jigsaw Puzzle 1000 Pieces

A Busy Yard Jigsaw Puzzle 1000 Pieces

Farmyard traditonal scene High quality 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle Puzzle size 48x68cm when complete Made from thick, durable puzzle board that is 100% recycled. Beautifully painted by artist Kevin Walsh

          A Trip To The Shops - 4 x 500 Piece Puzzle        
A Trip To The Shops - 4 x 500 Piece Puzzle

A Trip To The Shops - 4 x 500 Piece Puzzle

High quality 4 x 500 piece jigsaw puzzle Each puzzle measures 35x48cm when complete  Made from thick, durable puzzle board that is 100% recycled.   

          Afternoon Angling - 500 Piece Puzzle        
Afternoon Angling - 500 Piece Puzzle

Afternoon Angling - 500 Piece Puzzle

High quality 500 piece jigsaw puzzle. Puzzle size 35x48cm when complete. Made from thick, durable puzzle board that is 100% recycled. Beautifully painted by Kevin Walsh

          Airtel se recycle dans la vente des tours        

Le groupe télécom indien Bharti Airtel a annoncé en début de semaine, une opération réussie, de vente de plus de 700 tours télécoms au Burkina Faso, au groupe Eaton Towers, leader mondial de la gestion d’infrastructures télécoms. Avec plus de 9000 tours déjà vendues dans huit pays, sur les près de 14 000 que possède […]

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          17 Die At RNC Due To Massive Balloon Drop        
Sept 4, 2008 – 17 people have been confirmed dead due to tonight’s balloon drop at the 2008 Republican National Convention.  14 expired on the floor of the RNC from asphyxiation under the weight and depth of the balloons and 3 environmental activists viewing the RNC expired from heart failure at the sheer volume of non-recyclable waste that […]
          The Father Cares for Us        
Red whiskered bulbul 2 EDIT The sweet songs of what seem like a hundred birds awaken us from our sleep every day. In fact, they sing the whole day, come rain or shine. A reminder to us that God’s faithfulness is new every morning. Jesus asks us to look at the carefree lifestyle of the birds to teach us not to worry about life’s necessities. God uses these little feathered creatures to tell us that we have a caring heavenly Father who looks after our needs.
“I tell you not to worry about your life. Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food or clothing? Look at the birds in the sky! They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds?” - Matthew 6:25-26
But to be honest, in our moments of weakness, we could not help but feel anxious. We worry about our own children who live away from us. Are they safe? Are they in the company of good people? Do we have the financial capability to see them through college? We worry about our children here. What would happen if for some reasons our visa is not renewed? Who will take care of them? Do we have enough funds to provide for their needs? But then we heard the birds sing, remember God's constant care and our friends whom he uses. All our worries are gone as soon as they came. Thanks again for your love and prayers. Our appreciation could be expressed in words.

Nobody Saw It Coming

The Mae Sai municipal school English drama team composed of five of our children that represent Mae Sai a drama competition won the third place. It was an English drama competition among municipal schools in Northern Thailand. Nobody in the school thought they had a chance but the children outdid themselves and and to everybody’s amazement was able to snatched the third prize. By virtue of their win, they will represent three teams that will represent Northern Thailand in a nation wide competition in Bangkok on first of August. The municipal and school officials, recognising that the team has the potential to win the first prize, are exerting extra effort to make the drama better. They allocate more funding to replace the hand drawn backdrop with the printed tarpaulin and the recycled plastic costumes with the real dresses. Narlin has been spending sleepless nights sewing dresses. She will also accompany the children to Bangkok. Please pray for their safe travel. The children are praying for another opportunity to win. Please help them in prayer. This is another to give glory to God through the lives of our children. Cinderella Casts

We Can Call This Place Our Home

Thank you for helping us in praying for the extension of our visa. We went to Chiang Mai immigration office on the 18th of July. The process was a bit different from last year. This time, we had an interview with the immigration officer and our photo was taken while they are receiving our payment for the visa fees. It makes you wonder why they are doing that. We were given the usual provisional period of one month and by 19th of August we expect that our visa will be extended to full one year. Thank you so much for praying for us about our visa and also for helping us financially. God has allowed us to stay in Thailand for another year and now we can really now call this place our home.

When We Pray God Works

At the moment, the cost of education of our children adopted and natural, here and in the Philippines is really overwhelming. But we are grateful to the Lord that we still have enough to pay our bills, eat good food and have transportation going and to and from school. Having said that, we are grateful to God for his faithful provisions. I was reminded again by Hudson Taylor's words: "God's work, done in God's way, will never lack God's supply." I believe God's supply does not refer only to crisp dollar bills, it may refer to people touched by God to become our friends and partners in the ministry. We are greatly blessed to have you. Pray for Jared and Jillian studies. God’s provision for their studies is nothing short of a miracle. Their monthly expenses can be considered a heavy burden for parents who have regular job and income. We neither have both but we have a great God who provides for everything that they need. DSCN2777 Pray for Reuven. We are hoping that he can take and pass the test for Alternative Learning System (ALS) this year. He needs reviewer so that he can properly prepare for the test. If he passed, he will qualify for college in the Philippines. He will be going home to be with Jared and Jillian maybe in the same university. Pray for Aipang, SamChing, Dina, Yekchai, Muey and the other members of the English Drama Team. They will go to Bangkok for the competition. They will be going with other teams from their school that will compete with dance and recycling contests. Narlin and the other school staff will go with them. Please pray for safe travel and that God will give them favour to win the English drama competition. Pray for Joey as he will take care of the seven other children who will be left behind for three days. Pray for the Network for Children and Women. Some of the members opted to disassociate themselves. Khun Ngaw, one of the founding members is now back and bright prospects are now possible under his leadership. Meetings with the members makes us realise that many children still need home and they asked us if we could take more. Unfortunately, we our house and resources are just enough for the children we have at the moment. Please pray for the network that God will use this to help minister to children and women needs help. NCWA Meeting Pray for our need to build a quarter for the boys. We are seeking God’s guidance regarding this need. We believe that if it is God’s will for us to have this building, will receive confirmation and funding. Please pray about this particular need. Please continue to pray for our teaching and preaching ministry. Through this community service to the children and young people, we are able to connect with other schools. Please pray for Joey's as he is regularly been asked to share the Word to Pantamit church. English Teaching 1
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          Bobby's Beat 4 x 500 Piece Puzzle        
Bobby's Beat 4 x 500 Piece Puzzle

Bobby's Beat 4 x 500 Piece Puzzle

Bright and vibrant coloured puzzle Nostalgic times in a puzzle each picture shows a story 100% thick recycled board Use puzzle glue to keep your puzzle together can be framed and displayed

          Celebrating Earth Day        

Tomorrow, April 22, marks the 47th annual Earth Day celebration.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans across the country demonstrated in order to advocate for the importance of a healthy, sustainable environment. These demonstrations were a collaboration of bipartisan groups that were concerned with everything from oil spills to pesticide use to deforestation and resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Since then, Earth Day has become a global event with over 22,000 organizations in 192 countries participating. This makes it the largest secular event across the globe.

While this is undoubtedly impressive, especially in comparison to the amount of press and attention conservation efforts usually are afforded, it is not enough. Healthy, sustainable environments aren’t something that can be maintained through once-a-year participation. If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that. You are likely already one of the thousands of individuals or organizations who dedicate their time, money, etc., to the betterment of the natural world throughout the year, but this year we ask that you take that one step further.

One of the greatest things we can do to protect the wildlife and environments around us is to impress upon those closest to us the importance of these things throughout the year, not just on Earth Day. With that in mind, we ask that you talk to those closest to you about what they can do to support conservation here at home. Whether that’s talking to your boss about recycling at work or to your church group about signing up to be a member of Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas, reminding people about the importance of preserving our Texas sized portion of the Earth is of the utmost importance.

          Richard P. Stevens        

A number of high profile Americans have worked to improve life for Africans. Among them are Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Oprah Winfrey. Their generosity has received plenty of attention by news organizations. By contrast, Americans who are not celebrities but have undertaken humanitarian projects in Africa and elsewhere have done so with little fanfare. One example is philosopher Robert Paul Wolff. In 1990 he established University Scholarships for South African Students, a foundation which has helped over twelve hundred young Africans earn college degrees. Another example is close to home – Richard P. Stevens of New Castle, Pennsylvania. (1)

Born in June 1931, Stevens followed World War II via maps of the world which he collected. As he learned about distant places, he vowed to visit them when he was older. He listened intently to the radio as Edward R. Murrow reported from London on the war. In high school he organized a group which he called the Junior Defense Army to recycle materials for the war.

Early on, this curious and perceptive child also detected flaws in American society linked to race. He observed that there were no people of color in his church, his neighborhood, or his grade school, that his parish priest never addressed racial discrimination from the pulpit, and that a local hotel and the cafeteria of the local YMCA were off limits to blacks. He also found it odd that his parish would support missions to spread Catholicism among people of color thousands of miles away but not at home. (2) All of this prompted Stevens to set his mission in life – to help people of color near and far.

After completing a doctorate in history at Georgetown University, Stevens accepted a faculty position at Lincoln University in southeastern Pennsylvania. Lincoln is a historically black institution whose graduates include writer Langston Hughes and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He soon took the first of a series of leaves from Lincoln to teach in Africa at half his Lincoln salary. (3) In Africa he saw apartheid first hand and joined efforts to abolish it at considerable personal risk. He also met thousands of young people in his classes and during his extensive travel across the continent. He helped scores of students complete their education in Africa, secure employment, enroll in graduate programs in Europe and America, or take up permanent residence in the United States. His extended family of beneficiaries includes college presidents, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, university professors, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, and an attorney general. Stevens continues to open his house to former students and their families for short or long stays.

Over the years Stevens became so knowledgeable about Africa that the U.S. State Department and the Congress sought his counsel. He returned to Africa many times, including a stint as a visiting professor in the Sudan where he strove to substitute critical thinking for rote memorization of the Koran by his Muslim students. (4)

Today Richard Stevens, humanitarian and globetrotter, lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where he shares a house with a family from the Sudan. Few people of any race can match his record of service and dedication to people of color.

  1. The main source of information for this commentary is Richard P. Stevens, A Journey Into The World: Reflections of An Itinerant Professor, iUniverse, 2010.
  2. Stevens also wondered why during the war our government locked up Japanese Americans but not Italian Americans or German Americans.
  3. When Stevens informed his fiancée of his plans, she broke off the engagement.
  4. Africa was not the only focus of Stevens' attention. He spent over a year helping to launch a new university in Kuwait and assisting young people in Central and South America to pursue higher education in the United States. After seeing the impact of drug cartels during his many visits south of the border, Stevens concluded regrettably that the only solution to crime, corruption, and political instability there lay in the legalization of drugs in the United States.

© 2011 Tom Shipka

          Catch us if you Can 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle        
Catch us if you Can 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Catch us if you Can 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Ideal puzzle for Cat lovers High quality 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle Puzzle size 48x68cm when complete Made from thick, durable puzzle board that is 100% recycled. Beautifully painted by artist Debbie Cook

          172) Cardboard Roll Flower Printing        

After this past Winter we could not be happier to finally be enjoying Spring around here. We have been spending most of our time outside, at the playground, talking to neighbors we haven't seen in months, picking flowers and not wearing shoes. It has been lovely! We have however had quite a bit of rain, so on one of our rainy afternoons I saw this simple cardboard roll flower printing project on Treehouse Kids and Crafts Instagram feed. Five minutes later we were making our own printed flowers. I love this kind of project that can literally be set up in a moments notice.

All you need is some cardboard rolls, we used a few toilet paper rolls we had in the recycling bin, tempera paint, paint brushes and paper. I started by taking the cardboard tubes and cutting slits on one end of the tube to create the petals. The first tube I just did straight cuts and bent them back, the second tube I cut more of a petal shape, but they both worked well. The girls then took the cardboard tubes and dipped the flower petal end into the paint and stamped the tube onto the paper. Both girls really liked this project. The Bean is always a fan of stamping, but she particularly seemed to like this one. Once they had stamped a few flowers, they used brushes to go back in and add stems, grass, more petals, leaves and more.

Both girls painted several papers, always the sign of a good project. The flowers were so simple and turned out beautifully. I also loved seeing how both girls used the same stamps to create something so individual and unique. Watching how they put their own spin on the project was definitely my favorite part. A nice way to spend out April shower making May flowers.

          167) Coffee Filter Snowflake Window        

Over the last few winters we have tried paper snowflakes several times. The first year we tried the Bee was fascinated but not able to cut them herself, so she got quickly frustrated. Last year she was able to cut them but not able to cut the intricate designs she wanted. This year she was finally able to cut the intricate designs she wanted and she was hooked. She loved cutting the snowflakes and spent the longest time cutting different designs each one getting more and more complicated. The Bean on the other hand had no interest in cutting snowflakes, she wasn't able to cut the designs and it didn't bother her in the least. Funny how different they are sometimes. She was however thrilled to paint the snowflakes so they made a great pair. After spending so much time at home this winter the bickering has been pretty bad so to have a project where everyone happily worked together was amazingly nice. 

We started our snowflakes on sort  of a whim, really my attempt to redirect the bickering came out as a suggestion to make snowflakes without much forethought. So when I went to the cabinet to get out some coffee filters to make our snowflakes, I was a little surprised  to find that we only had recycled unbleached coffee filters. Coffee filters are the best for making snowflakes since they are already the perfect round shape and thin and easy to fold and cut.  Fortunately the girls didn't seam to care, and once painted they looked so beautiful it didn't matter. To make the snowflakes we started by folding the coffee filters in half and half again and half again until we had a small triangle. We then cut triangles, half circles and lines into the triangle. This tutorial is really helpful if you are looking for snowflake ideas.

After we finished cutting, or really as the Bee was cutting, the Bean painted the snowflakes with liquid watercolors. We used blues and purples to give the snowflakes a wintery feel and the coffee filter sucks the paint up and blends the colors beautifully.

We worked on the snowflakes for two afternoons in a row and then had so many we needed to do something with them. My friend Genie has a beautiful snowflake garland at her house, so at first I thought we might try and make one of those, but then I remembered these beautiful window displays I had seen on the Artful Parent a while ago. So I found some contact paper, we only had white, and taped a large piece of white contact paper sticky side up onto the table. The girls and I then placed the snowflakes onto the contact paper, carefully smoothing them out with our fingers. In some places the girls overlapped the snowflakes and even included some that we never finished painting. When all the snowflakes were on we took the contact paper off the table and smoothed the sticky side onto the glass of our front storm door. 

The finished mural looks so nice! It adds such a fun color on a gray winter day. I think maybe we will try and make some coffee filter hearts for Valentines next...

          Coloured Scented Pencils (10 Pack)        
Coloured Scented Pencils (10 Pack)

Coloured Scented Pencils (10 Pack)

Scent lasts for 2 years Made from 100% recycled news paper Scent will retain while you are writing and drawing Idea gift for children's parties

          Comment on What should we do with all this rubber? by Austin Ruhoff        
This is a great post and I love hearing of great ways to recycle items we love.
          Come for a Ride Jigsaw Puzzle 636 Pieces        
Come for a Ride Jigsaw Puzzle 636 Pieces

Come for a Ride Jigsaw Puzzle 636 Pieces

Nostagic fair scene High quality 636 piece jigsaw puzzle Puzzle size 48x68cm when complete Made from thick, durable puzzle board that is 100% recycled. Beautifully painted by artist Derek Roberts

          MicroC/OS-II on FreeDOS - Recycling PC's as Embedded Controllers        

I am starting a new project that re-tasks old PC's as embedded controllers. To start with I am using motherboards with integral serial and parallel ports; USB support for FreeDOS is out of my reach (temporarily).
I am using an Arduino Mega2560 as the I/O processor via the hard serial port.
My goal is to have multiple PID controllers running as separate tasks on multiple cores (or Hyper Threads) controlling real hardware in real time.

But first steps first: Currently I boot FreeDOS on a PC without hard drive, floppy drive or CD-ROM, just using a USB Thumb Drive. (Most BIOS's these days support USB devices at boot like keyboard, mouse and USB thumb-drives)
I have tested the Open-source μC/OS-II RTOS and the example programs work just fine. Here are the particulars of the lab machine:
Motherboards: ASUS P4C800E, Gigabyte GA-MA785GSM-US2H
Memory: 4GBytes, 8GBytes
Processors: Pentium 4 Dual Core, AMD Athalon II Quad Core
Video: AMD Fire Pro AGP card, Integral motherboard Video

Boot OS: FreeDOS
Development toolchain:
Compiler/linker: DJGPP GNU based C/C++-compiler/linker/libraries
NASM Assembler in 32Bit Protected mode.

What I am looking for is some help devising a debugging scheme to view what is happening on the target machine.
Is anyone interested in working on the project with me?

          Mr. King’s Things        
MR. KING’S THINGS – view on Amazon by Geneviève Coté; published (2012) by Kids Can Press Let’s talk recycling. Another lesson for Mr. King (of Mr. King’s Castle) who likes NEW things.  LOTS of new things.  As soon as anything gets old, he tosses the old thing into the pond.  In goes a teapot, a […]
          Confronting the Urban Housing Gap        

Confronting the Urban Housing Gap

More than 1.2 billion city dwellers―one of every three people living in urban areas―lack access to affordable and secure housing. This housing gap is a major drag on the economy and the environment. The impact is severe in Asia and Africa, where 2.25 billion people are expected to be added to urban populations between now and 2050. If business continues as usual, slums will grow across the developing world, exacerbating inequality and threatening cities’ traditional role as drivers of economic growth.

The latest working paper of WRI’s flagship World Resources Report (WRR), “Towards a More Equal City,” draws on the knowledge of dozens of urban experts to examine whether meeting the needs of the urban underserved can improve the economy and environment.

Sheela Patel on “Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South: Adequate, Secure and Affordable Housing.”

Housing is often seen as falling into discrete categories such as public or private, formal or informal, individual or collective. Instead, we view housing options on a spectrum that combines different elements of ownership, space, services and finance. In some cases, land may be public while the dwellings on it are private. This spectrum allows a more nuanced analysis of the reality of housing markets in the global south and consideration of a wider range of possibilities.

While many challenges emerged, we focused on three that city officials can act upon and scale up.

Issue 1: The Growth of Informal or Substandard Settlements

As demand for housing has outstripped supply, informal and substandard settlements have proliferated. Since 1990, even as the proportion of global urban populations living in slums has declined, there has been an increase in the absolute number of people living in these areas.

Solution: Find ways to accommodate people where they are

While some call for “slum-free” cities, this is often code for displacement of people to the edge of town, which disrupts labor markets, social networks and lives and harms the city at large. Instead we suggest finding ways to upgrade existing slum areas, tapping into community knowledge and energy while retaining links to social and livelihood networks. This option is best for cities with large slum populations, except in locations with environmental or geographic risks.

An example is Thailand’s Baan Mankong program, which directs government infrastructure subsidies, soft housing and land loans to poor communities who then negotiate with land owners for formal tenure and use the funds to upgrade their housing. By 2016, 101,224 poor families in 345 cities had been fully upgraded under the program with secure land, decent houses and healthy living environments.

Issue 2: Overemphasis on Ownership

Home ownership is over-emphasized in urban development, which hurts those who lack the resources to buy a home or who need flexibility. People who work in the informal economy are particularly affected. Subsidies meant to encourage home ownership are geared to those with regular, documented incomes, not those who work in activities like recycling, domestic help and construction that do not produce a paper trail in many parts of the world. Moreover, rentals are often not available to the urban poor, or are subject to great uncertainty about rights and responsibilities for both landlords and renters, with unclear processes for dispute resolution.

Solution: Expand rental markets for people of all income levels

Establishing legal protection for landlords and renters, while acknowledging informal sector activity, can help meet the housing needs of the urban poor while maintaining flexibility and encouraging market-driven development. This includes non-standard payment patterns and cooperative housing where tenants collectively purchase land and rent small plots within it. Vibrant rental markets foster a fluid labor market, a necessary prerequisite for economic prosperity in any city.

For example, authorities in Gauteng Province, South Africa, which includes Johannesburg, tackled a housing shortage of 687,000 units by making it legal to rent out formerly illegal informal backyard apartments. This made it easier for low-income people to find places to live and encouraged development of services without government subsidies.

Issue 3: Policies That Drive the Poor to the Periphery

In many cities, land is often tangled up in legal disputes, leaving it under-utilized or unused, even as new residents seek housing in the city. Building and land use regulations often impose costs and limit creative use of incremental improvements and innovative land management tools.

Solution: Convert under-utilized land, especially publicly held land, into affordable housing

Political will to address housing needs is critical. Rather than encouraging sprawl, existing urban land should be used for housing. City officials and real estate developers should revise rules and building standards to expand the availability of housing on under-used land.

For instance, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, 420 families live in the María Auxiliadora community land trust on land purchased and held in trust as community-owned property. The community’s unique governance structure rotates leadership among women in two-year terms, rejects men who engage in domestic violence and provides support to families. The land cannot be sold for profit, which keeps the housing affordable.

These solutions will help urban policymakers in fast-growing cities meet the demand for housing while encouraging economic development and cleaner, safer environments. Closing the housing gap by providing access to affordable, adequate and secure housing will benefit everyone, not just the poor and underserved, as cities become more productive, environmentally sustainable and truly places for all.

          Selimut Paling Berharga         

Bayangkan, cucu awak dapat selimut yg neneknya buat hasil daripada cantuman baju-baju awak waktu kecil dahulu.

Sangat bermakna.

P/s - kalau anak sorang dua mungkin la boleh. Kalau sampai 3, 4 sekali dapat anak kena beli baju baru. Baju lama X boleh recycle sebab nak buat selimut 😅😅😅

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          Puces Pop 2015 - Belated review and Coups de Coeurs        
Hi everyone,

my apologies, I was supposed to write this article a couple of days ago.... Let's just say that things in my life have taken quite an unexpected turn. Let's cross our fingers and hope it will be for the best.

In any cases, I hope you all had the chance to visit the Megapuces from Puces Pop this year! They went all in and filled 14 000 square foot of pure creativity with around 140 amazing artisans. 

When I stopped by on Friday night it was crazy full of customers so I didint had the chance to take as many pictures as I would have liked, but never the less, here are my top 3 booths for this year - it was so hard to choose...! 
I have to say, so far it has been the best craft show I ever went to as a customer. I was very impressed by all the talented artisans, creativity in presenting their creations and could barely pass by 4 tables without saying ''wow'' and taking business cards. I can guarantee, it will be a handmade Holiday this year, hurray! 

Despite the unusual hot temperatures outside and the heat inside the building, the lovely Stephanie of Miyuki Crochet was busy selling her lovely crocheted creations at her adorable booth. ''Even with this temperature, she said, people are buying in prevision of the cold days ahead, so I have been quite busy!'' Hurray for her cute and colorful crochet creations, bonus points for the lovely presentations and pictures of her items on the models, but my heart really went to those adorable and everlasting crochet cactus...! You can find her lovely items on her website or Etsy shop!

I also met the fantastic Aaron and Rachel from BLISSCRAFT & BRAZEN. I was seduced by the marvellous wood grains and colors in their creations. What was not my surprise when I got home and discovered that I had finally met the creators of that bath caddy that has been forever on my wishlist! Aaron was very patient while I choose between the beautiful salad servers and explained a bit more about their process. I really enjoy that they use a lot of recycled materials and make magic happen out it! You can find their gorgeous creations on their website or on their Etsy shop.

I also recommend that you check out the elegant and funky Groom shop who specializes in men's beauty products. Their masculine and retro packaging turns their products into great gifts, especially with the Holidays and many men's birthdays coming up! I love their folding comb - that is always useful - and their trial kit. You can visit their own website or Etsy shop right here!

All these amazing artisans will be busy with many craft shows this year, I suggest you follow them on their social medias and take a few minutes to check out their lovely creations. It is really amazing to speak to them in person and hear their passion about their products. 

On this everyone, I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving in Canada and Columbus day in the US!
See you all soon :)
* M * 

          Henryville + My secret project revealed!        
Hi everyone! :)

I had a very busy last week-end last week and I am eager to let you know how the Henryville craft show went...! Plus, I mentioned a few days ago that I was working on a surprise project and I can finally reveal you all the details...! :)

So, Henryville was a lot of fun - and a lot of work of course - but I met some fantastic people over the weekend and I am so grateful to each and every one of you who stopped by booth 21 and got to know me and my creations. In total, 1100 visitors stopped by the exhibit during the weekend. We also had an unexpected and very hot weather that took both sellers and buyers by surprise, but was quite welcome I believe.

My latests Earrings made with Swarovski Crystals were a big hit and I'm happy to say more supplies and colors will be bought for my next shows for this year! Kirameku will attend at least two more shows this year, and I will be back with all the details as I'm still waiting for a few confirmations. But I can tell you for sure that I will have one show in the Montreal area.

Also, the Square payment option was very appreciated by my customers so it is official, it has become part of my essential tools when I'm on a fair.

Kirameku's booth at the Henryville's craft show in 2015 (booth 21)

I'm guessing that you are all happy to know about the fair, but that your are more more intrigued about my secret project...! On September 1st, I posted this status on my Facebook page :
''Something terribly exciting is going on at Kirameku and has put my little shop in full production mode...! Can you guess what it is? Stay tuned for the good news...!''

The Berry pendants for the Necklaces during their drying process

So, on September 5th; I stopped by the Boutique La Grotte 100% Québec and dropped off 15 Berry Rings and 10 exclusive Berry Necklace & Ring Sets for consignment. The boutique had called me at the beginning of the month to let me know that they would be delighted to take my jewelry in after our meeting of this summer. So, it is with great pleasure that I was able to share with you all the good news on my social medias that ever since September 8, my jewelry is available for purchase at this lovely boutique in Magog, Quebec!

The front of the Boutique La Grotte 100% Québec, in Magog

So, were you able to guess? :) The Necklace & Ring sets comes already packed in my latest packaging - a white box made of recycled paper and topped with a teal slick ribbon.

The exclusive Berry Necklace & Ring that are now available at the Boutique la Grotte 100% Québec!

Want an exclusive Berry Necklace & Ring Set right away? Stop by the boutique at 67, Principale Street West, they are opened all week! You can get their opening schedule here along with more infos!

On this everyone, have a wonderful week! :)
* M *

          5 things to expect at Kirameku next craft show in 2015        
Hi everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed your day off on labor day! In my atelier, I was busier than ever, adding the final touches for this weekend craft show at Henryville!
I'm always adding something new, and here are my biggest additions for 2015 :

* Square card reader : I'm very excited to try out the latest trend in transactions. This little device allows me to accept credit cards payment and send you the receipt by email. Technological and green, isn't it wonderful?!

* Swarosvki Stainless Steel Post Earrings : I'm very happy to launch this exclusive collection full of vibrant colors and oh so very sparkling! Choose between 20 fantastic colors and get a special discount when you buy 2 pairs or more.

Love this pair of Stainless Steel Post Earrings made with Swarovski Elements that I'll launch at the Henryville show!

* Great deals : Who doesn't love discounts? Looking at my booth, I found there wasn't enough for my taste. This year, you will have special prices on two or more sets of Swarosvki crystal earrings, on two or more original illustrations and on two or more Dangle & Drop earrings Collection. Those deals are perfect to start your Holiday shopping early and fill the bottom of your Christmas tree with Handmade and local finds!

* Expanded Swarovksi Crystal Dangling Earrings : Yes, you have asked for more colors and shorter earrings, so here they are! Choose from more than 25 pairs of the Dangling Crystal Earrings to add some glamour to your everyday wear or for your special occasion! After all, the Holidays will be here quite soon enough...!

* Free gift box with crystal earrings : Whenever you purchase two pairs of Earrings made with Swarovski Crystals at my next craft show, you will get this adorable gift box made in USA from recycled cardboard and topped with a delicate teal satin ribbon. It's perfect to offer as a gift, may it be for your bff, your sister or simply a treat for yourself...!

The adorable FREE gift wrap with every purchase of two sets of Crystal Earrings or more...!

I hope you are all excited about these new changes! Come meet me at my booth at Henryville, this upcoming Saturday and Sunday (September 12-13), from 10am to 5pm at 153 rue de l'Église, Henryville! :)

Mention this post and get a free goodie! See you there! :)
* M*

          Creating displays for craft shows        
Hi everyone!

As i mentionned in past posts, the craft fair time of the year is almost here and each year I tweak my booth layout and try some new techniques to improuve my presentation. I thought after the success of My top 15 tips for a successful craft show blog post, I'd share with you my tips and techniques! I know many of you have attended craft show but never did one yourself. You can always imagine there's a lot of work involved, but I don't know about you, but I find the behind-the-scene stories sometimes as interesting as the result, I simply love to hear about an artists research! :) I then see their creation in a different light and appreciate much more their craft by doing so. So here we go...!

When I'm working on a displays for a craft show, I'm always asking myself, WWID (what would IKEA do)? Their designers always come up with some awesome ideas that inspires me. I'm sure we can agree that what we all love from IKEA's is it's multifunctional uses of one simple item. It is a quality that I'm always looking for in my displays. But other criteria are very important, like I'm all for hidden storage, and make sure the displays are light weighted since the weight adds up quickly. One of my biggest challenge is have a display that can be easily taken apart for easily and quickly  for fast packing for after the show. I also do my best to prioritize displays and materials made from sustainable sources or recycled materials.

I'm always wondering if there is something I already have that I can re-use or tweek for the next year show. For example, last year at La Grande Bijouterie I used a square shelve that was decorating my atelier and that made a great tiny shelve for my new bags. Can you recognize it in the picture below?

Kirameku's booth at La Grande Bijouterie in Sherbrooke in 2014

Kirameku's booth at Henryville's craft fair in 2014 

It's not always easy to mix and match displays. As you can see on the left on the picture below, I didn't used enough height in my table layout and my beautiful handmade necklace stand ends up being covered visually by my metal rack display for my earrings. So, this is a point I'll be fixing in 2015.

On my booth table, you could find cute rococo frames that I saved from being thrown away and with a bit of felt and, transformed them into elegant necklace displays. The 2 tiers display for my exclusive pre-wrapped gift for my craft show is a stylish fruit basket that hadn't been used in our kitchen for years. I long to find some vintage pieces as my displays, and while I always keep my eyes open, I hadn't find the right piece just yet. Some of my levellers are actually sturdy boxes in which I carry some overstock or extra packaging supplies.

On my table you can also find all the price tags, bags labels, earrings cards and gift tags, necklace packaging and shop coupons handmade by me. I designed, printed, cut and folded them by hand one by one.  Right now I'm working with my father on some new presentation displays for necklaces and earrings sets as I will at least double my selection.

And as you can imagine, all this goes in plus of crafting all the pieces that will fill those lovely displays, as well as submitting my work to craft shows with the right demographic.
So whenever you pass next to my booth and wonder why I am beaming happy, well it is all because my year of hard works puts a smile on your face and sparkles in your eyes! :)

So, to sum it up, whenever you are crafting a display for a show, you should look for :
*Hidden storage
*Light-Wighted materials
*Easily taken apart

On this everyone, I hope you will see the artist's booth in a different light! I'll leave on this as I have still have plenty to do! I wish you all a marvellous weekend and I will be back with some more news soon. And don't forget to come meet me at Henryville's craft show September 12 and 13!
* M *

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          Scrap-busting Patchwork Duvet Cover        

My last blog post was pretty lengthy, so in the name of equilibrium, this one's going to be a bit shorter. I'm pleased to finally share with you a patchwork duvet cover that I made for Dolores that (I'm sure won't surprise you) took AGES. Of course it took ages to prepare and sew, but it also took ages because I decided to make it not long before I was due to give birth to Frankie, so it ended up being put on hold for yonks whilst we went through the fire-fighting early days (weeks, months) of life with a new baby.

The seed of the idea to make the duvet cover actually came from an exhibition I visited in 2015 called 'Fashion on the Ration' at the Imperial War Museum, London. Mrs M has written an excellent explanation of it here if you're interested to know more. During the Second World War in the UK, clothing and fabric were rationed, scarce and expensive, so a woman had made the patchwork house dress pictured above during the second world war from scraps of fabric she already had. I didn't linger on the dress for long during the exhibition, but afterwards I found myself thinking back on it, and the circumstances surrounding its creation. 

A year later I found myself in a bit of a pickle. My tiny sewing space was drowning in scraps and small pieces of lovely fabric that I didn't want to put in the textile recycling, and I thought a fair bit about how to use them up in fun and useful projects. A few months after that, Dolores started potty training and it became apparent that we needed another set of bed linen to cope with the inevitable accidents. There was nothing suitable in my fabric stash, then an equation began to emerge: I needed a big piece of pretty fabric, I had lots of small pieces of pretty fabric, could I make the small pieces of pretty fabric into one big piece of pretty fabric, like the house dress's creator had done? 

Most of the fabric is quilting-weight ish cotton that was largely either leftovers from my previous garment making projects, or the small and weirdly-shaped flotsam and jetsam from sample work I'd completed for the window displays for the Village Haberdashery. I used some plain white shirting from my stash for the reverse, and finished the bottom edges with some bias binding, which also reinforced where the press studs then went. I didn't bother to finish the raw edge of the patchwork inside, and after a several rounds of laundering, all is well. Looking at these pictures brings back a memory of sitting in my pants cutting out the hundreds of squares with my blunt rotary cutter in last summer's heat with my enormous, awkward belly getting in the way!


At a couple of points during the project, I wondered if I should add some wadding and extra rows of stitching and call it a quilt instead. Then all that work could be called an 'heirloom', rather than just a duvet cover, right?! But that would have failed to meet my aim of creating something easily washable. So instead, like the creator of the house dress, I spent many woman-hours creating something that is everyday-useful, and also quite special. 

          Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter - No. 84        

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The Main Events

Supreme-Court-facade-post.jpgSupreme Court Reshapes the Church-State Landscape 

American secularism suffered a painful blow on Monday, when the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer that the state of Missouri did not have the right to exclude a church from a state grant program to fund the purchase of recycled tires for resurfacing playgrounds. The Court split 7-2 in favor of the church, with Justices Kagan and Breyer joining the five conservatives.

Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, used particularly strong language to explain the decision, writing, “...the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution ... and cannot stand.”

Justice Sotomayor, who was joined by Justice Ginsburg in the minority, pointed out that the preschool playground was as much a part of the church’s religious mission as any other part of the property, and that this decision gives an unfair advantage to a belief system that happens to have the resources to compete for these kinds of public grants.

ssmyr.jpgBut the core message of her dissent was clear. “The Court today profoundly changes that relationship by holding, for the first time, that the Constitution requires the government to provide public funds directly to a church,” she wrote. “Its decision slights both our precedents and our history, and its reasoning weakens this country’s longstanding commitment to a separation of church and state beneficial to both.”

We agree. In our response to the news, CFI Legal Director Nicholas Little said, plainly, “The Supreme Court has detonated a massive breach in the wall of separation between church and state.” He went on to say, “We are deeply concerned about what happens next, as other sectarian organizations find new and novel ways to siphon taxpayer dollars into their churches, temples, and mosques.”

But the drama didn’t end there. The Court also announced it would take up the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which a shop owner refused to provide service to a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs. We’ll be participating in a formal capacity with an amicus brief soon, but for now we urged the Court to see reason and remember when religious beliefs could be used to discriminate against many other groups of people. As Nick warned, “This so-called ‘right’ to discriminate based on religion cannot be cabined, and threatens to turn America back to the dark days of legally justifiable segregation.”


erdogan03rrrr.pngTurkey to Prohibit the Teaching of Evolution in Schools 

Since the establishment of the Republic of Turkey almost a century ago, secularism has been a foundational component; there is no official state religion, and the Turkish constitution provides for freedom of religion. But the current president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has carried out an agenda of “Islamisation” and gone to great lengths to silence dissent and control information.

The Erdoğan government took another frightening step away from secularism last week with a move that will have implications for generations. Alpaslan Durmus, head of the curriculum board of Turkey’s Education Ministry, announced that students would no longer be taught the subject of evolution in schools, claiming this fundamental scientific concept to be “beyond [students’] comprehension” and “too controversial.”

aaaaa.jpgIn our official response, CFI President and CEO Robyn Blumner described this assertion as “absurd” and a denigration of the intelligence and capabilities of Turkey’s students and teachers. Referencing the Richard Dawkins Foundation’s TIES program (Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science), Robyn said, “We know from our work with middle school science teachers that students pretty easily grasp the basic principles of evolution. Moreover, learning about natural selection—the process that undergirds the diversity of all of life on Earth—fascinates and inspires students. How can the government even consider withholding that from students?”

Our own Richard Dawkins weighed in as well, pulling no punches. “As Turkish scientists will agree, evolution is an established fact, as firmly established as plate tectonic movements or the solar orbits of the planets,” he said. “I’d like to pay the Turkish framers of this ridiculous education policy the compliment of assuming that they are cynical political manipulators. But actually, I fear they are more likely to be just plain stupid.”

It may now be up to the students, teachers, and parents of Turkey to demand educational standards that will not leave a generation of young people behind the rest of the world.


News from the CFI Community

Raheel-Raza.pngRaheel Raza Speaks Against FGM at UN Human Rights Council 

At the UN Human Rights Council’s meeting in Geneva last week, the Center for Inquiry was ably represented by activist Raheel Raza. Raza, president of the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, delivered a powerful statement on the horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), and how this practice is not merely a phenomenon of parts of Africa and the Middle East:

More than half a million women and girls are at risk of undergoing FGM in the U.S. or abroad, or have already undergone the procedure, including 166,173 under the age of 18. It is unacceptable that today in the 21st century women have to undergo such an inhuman and painful procedure, especially if they are too young to protest. … The human rights of those who are unable to protest must be protected by those of us who can.

You can see the video of her address here.

Raza also took part in several meetings and events, noting that religious freedom was a prime topic of discussion, though not everyone agreed about what “religious freedom” means, particularly the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that seek heavy restrictions on blasphemy.

Our thanks to Raheel for raising important issues and representing CFI before the international community.


P032065001402-12269.jpgCFI Poland Promotes Humanist Values in Meetings with EU Officials 

Last Monday in Brussels, Andrzej Dominiczak of CFI Poland took part in a high-level meeting with vice president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and vice president of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness. Dominiczak was among three other European humanists (from Germany, Denmark, and Italy), and joined representatives of other similar non-governmental organizations.

They had come to discuss the general topic of “The Future of Europe: A Values-Based and Effective Union,” and many specific issues were raised and discussed. Dominiczak spoke about the social and psychological conditions that can foster constructive values and emphasized the role of education and direct communication between the European Union and its citizens.

Most importantly, Dominiczak held direct conversations with both high officials about the possibility for the adoption of a new binding EU directive to prevent and combat violence against women. Both officials agreed on the importance of such a measure and that it would be politically possible, citing the 2011 Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Dominiczak told us how important this issue is from the Polish point of view, explaining that Poland’s current regime has threatened to revoke the convention. Working with the Women’s Rights Center about three years ago, he conducted a large study showing that the number of women in Poland who die as a result of domestic violence is triple what had been previously believed.

Dominiczak and the EU Parliament’s McGuinness agreed to continue discussions about a directive to address this, and we look forward to hearing about the developments.


aaacastel.jpgCSICon 2017: It’s Coming Right For Us!!! (Plus Two New Videos)

CSICon 2017, the biggest skeptics’ event of the year, is hurtling like an asteroid toward the City of Illusions, Las Vegas, and it’s set to collide for an impact event lasting October 26–29, threatening to eradicate all pseudoscience in its blast radius. Or so it’s been prophesied.

To give you a fresh idea of the brilliant and engaging talks you can expect, CFI’s Reasonable Talk web series has posted two new presentations from CSICon 2016:

  • First, “SkepDoc” Harriet Hall clears up the murkiness surrounding the world of “functional medicine,” a practice with little to no evidence of efficacy and no solid definition of what it actually means.
  • Then, astronomer and science communicator David Helfand, author of A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age, explains how bad information on the Internet scrambles our thinking and beliefs, turning some of us into “Google-fed zombies.” (Helfand also authored the cover feature for the June/July 2017 issue of Skeptical Inquirer.)

As for CSICon 2017, the lineup of speakers is once again earth-shaking, including such cosmic personalities as the amazing James Randi, Richard Dawkins, Eugenie Scott, Cara Santa Maria, Michael Mann, Richard Wiseman, Lawrence Krauss, Massimo Polidoro, Carrie Poppy, and once again serving as master of ceremonies, the great George Hrab.

Set your coordinates for the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where you’ll also experience a Tournament of Kings Joust Dinner, a magic show by Banachek, special lunch events with skeptic stars, a Halloween 70’s Disco Party (we’re still debating the wisdom of that one), a Sunday Papers session, and so much more.

Don’t wait for the world to end. Get registered now.


CFI Highlights on the Web

  • CFI Research Fellow and former CEO Ronald Lindsay is the guest on the New Books Network podcast, discussing his 2014 book The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What to Do.
  • Bertha Vazquez announces three new TIES workshops: First at Birmingham Zoo in Alabama with Kathy Fournier on October 13; at the Illinois Science Teachers Association’s Annual Conference at Northern Illinois University with Kathy von Hoeck on October 28; and at the Mississippi Science Teachers Association Annual Conference in Biloxi on October 30 with Blake Touchet.
  • Tara Isabella Burton at Vox cites CFI’s lawsuit in Florida to stop public funds from being used for sectarian purposes in a piece analyzing the implications of the Trinity Lutheran decision. Deseret News also cited our statement in their piece.
  • Nishat Amber at Feminism in India looks at the ways organized religion has served to oppress women and begins by citing CFI’s Free Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism.
  • From the classic snake oil collection of Joe Nickell, we have Barker’s Nerve and Bone Liniment from 1859, which was purported to have the power to “heal up” wounded horses, among other things.
  • Susan Gerbic interviews the folks behind the European Skeptics Podcast for CFI’s Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

And of course, you can keep up with news relevant to skeptics and seculars every weekday with The Morning Heresy.


Upcoming CFI Events

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  • CFI member Heather Davis discusses the costs and benefits of healthcare spending in the U.S. with CFI Austin.

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  • CFI Michigan hosts a presentation on environmental health after the Flint water crisis by Paul Hann (right) executive director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

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          La bouse de vache est très utilisée en Inde        

Sous diverses formes la bouse de vache est très utilisée en Inde, et elle satisfait à tous les canons de l'écologie. Ce déchet, qu'on pourrait rejeter, est en fait très respecté.

Il y a même quelque chose de sacré là dedans. Les gens la touchent sans hésitation. Ils en enduisent les murs de torchis de leurs maisons pour chasser, le croirait-on, les mouches. Asseyez-vous donc sur un sol en terre battue qu'une couche tout juste sèche de bouse de vache recouvre. C'est frais, c'est propre ! Qu'est-ce qui a bien pu pousser une première personne à utiliser de façon aussi imaginative ce déchet ? Car la première action est de l'éviter et non pas de s'asseoir dessus.

Quelqu'un a dû observer la bouse de vache avec grand intérêt et a remarqué qu'elle possédait certaines qualités qu'il serait bon de tester. Compte tenu du fait que les femmes passent tellement de temps à s'occuper du bétail, cette personne était probablement une femme, et une personne imbue, comme par instinct, des meilleurs principes du recyclage.

Même de nos jours les villageois utilisent au mieux la bouse de vache, dans la partie occidentale de l'Himalaya. Dans ces montagnes, les sols en terrasses sont naturellement pauvres. Et pourtant, année après année, on doit les mettre en culture. S'ils restent fertiles, c'est parce que les gens ont beaucoup de bétail, plus pour avoir du fumier que pour avoir du lait. Ils passent des heures dans les bois à cueillir du feuillage et ramasser de l'herbe pour nourrir leurs bêtes. Mais des étables ils sortent ainsi des tonnes de fumier qui serviront à engraisser les champs.

Il ne faut pas croire que toutes ces photos de femmes en train de porter sur leur tête des paquets de bois à feu sont la preuve d'une crise énergétique. On se tromperait complètement sur le fond des choses. Chaque femme de l'Himalaya a chez elle des tonnes de bouse de vache qu'elle pourrait utiliser pour son feu, ce qu'elle ne fait jamais. Elle préfère consacrer des heures à aller chercher du bois dans la forêt et garder le moindre déchet animal pour fumer ses champs.

Malheureusement, dans bien des régions de l'Inde, les femmes ne peuvent aller se servir dans les forêts puisqu'il n'y en a pas. Alors elles doivent faire du feu avec de la bouse séchée. Chaque année, des millions de tonnes partent ainsi en fumée. En Inde, la bouse de vache est plus importante que l'électricité, le charbon ou le pétrole.

vachement ecolo !

          Afhecht draadjes recyclen Tutorial        
Voor een swap maakte ik onlangs een magneet van de overgebleven afhecht draadjes.
Al snel kwam de vraag hoe ik dat heb gedaan. 
Bij deze een uitleg. Ik hoop dat ik weer veel inpiratie kan geven. 

  • Restjes garen (ik nam catania katoen)
  • Behangplaksel
  • Stevig plastic (deksel van verpakking druiven)
  • Schaar
  • Hobby lijm
  • Magneet

Begin met haken en bewaar de draadjes. Die draadjes kun je splijten. Dat kun je lekker tussen de bedrijven door doen want het is monnikenwerk. 
Als je dan een mooie verzameling hebt kun je beginnen. 

Knip de gewenste vorm uit het plastic. Ik nam voor deze uitleg hartjes. 

Maak dan een beetje behangplaksel aan. Ik gebruikte het lekker klodderig. Wees vooral niet te zuinig met de lijm. 
Ik nam wat lijm en wat draad en smeerde dat lekker in. Dan weer wat draad en lijm net zo lang dat alles bedenkt was. Ook lekker over de randen van de vorm smeren. 

Laat dit dan goed uitdrogen. Ik heb het een dag laten liggen. 

Dan kun je met een scherpe schaar langs de randen van de vorm knippen.
Dit is het resultaat. 

Ik ben er achter gekomen dat de behangplaksel niet hecht aan het plastic. Als het los laat kun je het weer vast plakken met hobby lijm. Magneetje er achter plakken en dan heb je een hele originele koelkast magneet. 

Je hoeft het natuurlijk niet weer op het plastic te plakken. Laat je fantasie de vrije loop. Ik heb nog wel een paar ideeën maar die wil ik voor een swap gaan gebruiken en verklap ik voorlopig nog niet. 

Veel freubel plezier. Ik vind het erg leuk als je een reactie achter laat. 
Foto's van het resultaat vind ik natuurlijk altijd leuk.

          Shampooing et bougie à la bouse de vache        
Une bouse de vache cuite pendant une heure et soumise à pressurisation finit par dégager une douce odeur de vanille, utilisable pour fabriquer du shampooing et des bougies aromatiques.

Selon Mayu Yamamoto, chercheuse au Centre médical international du Japon, la bouse soumise à ce traitement dégage de la vanilline, le composé aromatique que l'on trouve dans les vraies gousses de vanille. "C'est exactement le même composé, mais il sera difficile pour le public d'accepter de le retrouver dans des aliments, vu les récentes lois imposant de dévoiler sur les étiquettes l'origine des produits", a commenté Mme Yamamoto.

La vanille provenant de bouses de vache, qui coûte deux fois moins cher que celle extraite des gousses de vanille, pourra en revanche servir à fabriquer du shampooing, des chandelles sentant bon, et autres produits non comestibles.

L'équipe de Mme Yamamoto espère mettre au point d'ici deux ou trois ans une machine capable de transformer plusieurs tonnes d'excréments bovins par jour. Un tel procédé contribuerait en outre à résoudre les problèmes de recyclage de la bouse de vache auxquels sont confrontés les fermiers.
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Makes a lovely baby shower or birthday gift.

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Makes a lovely baby shower or birthday gift.

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          Crochet Oval Rag Rugs ePattern-PDF by AlaskaLockerHooking        

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PDF will be available to download once payment is confirmed. Please read my "Etsy Policies" before purchasing.

This pattern (7-pages) includes a crochet OVAL rag rug pattern, instructions, photos, and diagrams. Make beautiful and durable oval rag rugs, place mats, and table runners! You can make any size you want! Basic crochet stitches are illustrated in US terms which include the slip knot, chain, single crochet, increase stitch, and slip stitch. Learn how to make fabric yarn, join ends without sewing, and different edging techniques!

Rugs are fast and easy to crochet using a big crochet hook! Such a great way to recycle fabric remnants! Rugs are not just for floors, you can throw them over a chair or bed. Rugs can be machine washed in cold water, on gentle cycle and short wash, although I highly recommend hand wash and air dry for long-lasting rugs.

The Oval Rag Rug size on cover is 29 inches x 30 inches
Crochet Hook Size=Q
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Working on PIUSS, 6 Sigma in my mind..

A couple of weeks ago I read an interview with an government officer defending that the amount of kids per couple should be controlled. The idea is that the world was not able to sustain more people. It is an understandable idea but not a simple explanation for 3 reasons:

-In most developed countries the population stable or even decreasing (Italy, France, etc)

-In several other big countries (developing and developed) the growth is rather small and mainly caused by immigration (Brazil, US, China...)

-The biggest growth is in very specific and usually poor countries (most of Africa, India, etc)

The consumption level of resources per capta is VERY small on most of the high growing countries and is massive on the rich developed countries (specially the US). That combination of factor is helping balance the situation.

I was discussing this matter with an expert about 1,5 years ago. And he told his major concern was not population growth or even increase in consumption of resources per capta but the amount of waste. He gave me an example that I found rather shocking. He said that the most efficient explosion engines only used about 14-18% of the energy potential contained on the fuel. All the rest was wasted on noise, smoke, lack of appropriate technologies, etc...Basically only about 200ml of each litre of fuel we use is really used to move the cars, all the rest is WASTED. He gave several other examples related tp water and paper. It was shocking.

I took 2 lessons out of the combination of the information's above. 1st. reducing waste, using everything more efficiently, recycling is an easier, quicker and more efficient way of helping save the planet. Imagine if we could reach a 6 Sigma kind of level to the usage of resources, being wasting anything an defect? Would we be saving the world?  Reducing variation and increasing efficiency on the process would certainly be a more noble (and in the long term better financially speaking) reason to use Six Sigma like techniques to improve production an processes...

Second lesson learned. Try not to waste. Water is scarce, energy too. Everything has an environmental cost and someday, be sure of that, that price is going to reflect on the actual financial cost of things. Water will be expansive, paper too. And depending how we handle it now things can be only reasonably expensive, not unaffordable...

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Last week, the Washington Supreme Court decided another case dealing with the scope of the legal nonconforming use doctrine.  Legal nonconforming uses, commonly referred to as “grandfathered” uses, are generally recognized under Washington law, but a rather complex, fact-driven analysis is required to determine whether such a “grandfathered” use exists.  Under this doctrine, local regulations... Continue Reading
          Ã‰douard Philippe's general policy statement: Key points at a glance        
French PM Édouard Philippe at National Assembly
5 July 2017

Édouard Philippe's general policy statement: Key points at a glance

On 4 July 2017 the Prime Minister delivered his general policy statement before the National Assembly. The key points outlined in the Government's programme are aimed at giving back France its confidence, courage and conquering spirit. During the vote that followed, the Prime Minister won the MPs’ vote of confidence by 370 votes out of 577 voting members.
"In 2017, the French people told us that they wanted France to finally become itself again: confident, courageous and conquering."

Pursuant to Article 49, Paragraph 1, of the Constitution, Édouard Philippe has committed his Government to achieving these three priorities.

I/ Confidence

Confidence in public action

"This is about setting the framework for cleaning up our public life and restoring the French people's confidence, all the while laying down clear rules for elected officials."

With the bill to restore confidence, presented to the Council of Ministers on 14 June just gone, the Government intends to build on the headway made these past 30 years in terms of elected officials showing honesty, rectitude and courage.
>> Find out more about the policy to restore confidence <<

Judicial reform

"To have confidence in the justice system, you need to be able to call on it easily and know that it will reach a swift decision – especially when it comes to the most serious offences."

A strong justice system is one of the building blocks to restoring confidence. The Prime Minister has thus set out several measures with this in mind:
  • a constitutional reform: to strengthen the independence of magistrates, by separating the executive branch from the judicial branch and by limiting the former's scope for action in appointing Public Prosecution magistrates, 
  • legislation for a five-year term programming the Judiciary's means: scheduled to be presented to Parliament as early as 2018, this will set in motion far-reaching dematerialisation, simplification and reorganisation efforts,
  • construction of 15,000 extra prison places: in keeping with the commitment made by the President of the Republic, so as to avoid turning prisons into breeding grounds for violence. 

A national health strategy

"The French people set great store [by the health service], but find that it is poorly coordinated, that the division between emergencies and consultations, primary care in the community and hospital care could be better and that we are still not managing to root out the problems of exclusion of care and widening inequality."

The Prime Minister has announced plans to discuss the national health strategy this autumn, with prevention coming top of the agenda:
  • unanimously recommended by the health authorities, vaccinations for young children will become compulsory from 2018,
  • the price of a pack of cigarettes will gradually be raised to €10: every year, tobacco causes more than 80,000 deaths in France,
  • a plan to tackle "medical deserts", areas with no local healthcare services: drawn up by the Minister for Solidarity and Health, for this September, for equal access to care,
  • services with no co-payment for prescription glasses, dental care and hearing aids, accessible to all French people, to make the phenomenon of "going without care" a thing of the past. 

Old age, disability and vulnerable families

"Restoring confidence means knowing that all of us here will be judged on the way we behave towards the most vulnerable."

The Government does not wish solely to change the view that society has of its elders, of disabled people or of the most vulnerable families, but also to acknowledge the extent of the contribution they can make to society. Several measures have thus been announced by the Prime Minister:
  • including disabled people more in society is one of the priorities of the five-year term
    >> Find out more about the policy in favour of disabled people <<
  • increasing the adult disability allowance in 2018,
  • also increasing the minimum old-age pension in 2018,
  • streamlining procedures for social rights' holders,
  • stepping up action aimed at tackling poverty – with the focus on families with young children, 
  • finally, the Minister for Solidarity and Health and Minister of State for Gender Equality are due to present measures aimed at improving maternity leave and childcare solutions. 

Shoring up the link between the State and local territories

"We want to allow local freedoms to reach their full potential. (…) Let us give pilot schemes the benefit of the doubt!"
  • an initial meeting of the National Conference of Territories is scheduled for mid July. Territories will be encouraged to tailor their organisation to local contexts to strive wherever possible towards just two levels of local governance (below the regional level), 
  • talks will be initiated with the local authorities on the council tax reform. Dreaded though this may be by local officials, it must play a part in freeing up French citizens' spending power by the end of the five-year term,
  • high-speed broadband will be accessible across France by 2022 and a satisfactory level of mobile coverage will be guaranteed to all French people,
  • during the "Assises de l’Outre-mer" (Overseas Conference), the Government will be attentive to the expectations of each territory and lay the foundations of the convergence plans under the planning legislation for substantive equality in Overseas France,
  • a referendum on New Caledonia's independence, the conclusion of the Noumea Accord, will be held no later than November 2018.

Confidence that rallies together

"A Nation is an adherence to values, a history and a geography. It is a culture which is accepted for what it is and passed on. Being French means recognising values and sharing a culture."
  • Secularism is a requirement, that of absolute neutrality as regards religion. The Government vows to ensure it is upheld, reasonably, but firmly.
  • Creation of a Culture Pass for the benefit of all young people during their period of national service, to turn our culture into a factor of cohesion and freedom alike – not least by encouraging access to works of art and reading.

II/ Courage

Tackling the terror threat and insecurity

"I will not beat about the bush but wish to tell you plainly: there will be other attacks, other tragedies, other innocent lives lost. We will never get used to this. And we will not let our guard down. True to France’s roots, we will demonstrate level-headed, controlled determination in confronting this threat."

The Government fully intends to set up measures to counter terrorism and address insecurity:
  • military planning legislation is poised to be adopted in 2018. This will increase defence spending to 2% of GDP by 2025, enabling France to fight on all fronts.
  • plans to lift the state of emergency by 1 November 2017 at the latest, with a bill to strengthen the effectiveness of the legal counter-terrorism arsenal.
  • reduce insecurity on a day-to-day basis: in the spring of 2018, a draft reform grounded in simplified procedures will be put forward to free the security forces from the red tape that hampers their mission. 
>> Find out more about the policy to reinforce internal security and the fight against terrorism <<

Addressing the migration challenge head-on

"Welcome, yes of course. Assist, yes obviously. Endure, no, never."

The pressure on our borders is not going to ease anytime soon. We need to address the migration challenge head-on if we are to take action and:
  • honour the French tradition of welcoming refugees, 
  • cut the average times for processing asylum applications from 14 to 6 months,
  • obtain the definite deportation of asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected,
  • bring the reform of the European asylum system to a successful conclusion,
  • take action as regards countries of origin and transit. 

Preparing for the future

"Let us talk about schooling. We train "the very bright very well", but inequality is only getting worse and our students' average level of attainment does not match up to what our great country is capable of achieving."
  • Measures have already been pledged by the Minister of National Education for primary and secondary schools, focusing on the acquisition of key skills, support for schoolchildren and the independence of schools; they are due to come into force at the start of the new school year.
  • Reform of the Baccalaureate (A levels/high school diploma): by reducing the number of subjects taken during the final exams and defining what will be included as part of coursework from September 2018, the aim being for this reform to be rolled out in full for the 2021 Baccalaureate.
  • Improvements in the vocational sector, particularly by forging closer ties between vocational lycées (sixth-form colleges) and business through work-linked training or apprenticeships.
  • Pressing on with the reform of our prestigious universities.
  • Launch of discussions on a new national service, by the end of 2017, "to prepare our children for this world that awaits, for this great and commendable, fair and strong France we aspire our country to be".

Renovating the French social model

The Government would like to renovate the social model "so that it creates protection that is genuinely effective in practice, instead of solely being guaranteed on paper. So that it supports those who want to take a risk instead of focusing solely on those who have already found their feet":
  • strengthening social dialogue at enterprise and sector level, 
  • taking measures to free up the labour force's spending power: scrapping employees' contributions to health insurance and unemployment insurance, financed through a transfer to the general social welfare contribution (CSG) in 2018. This represents €250 per year in terms of the minimum wage (SMIC),
  • increasing the "prime d’activité", an incentive by way of an allowance to continue working or return to work,
  • safeguarding career paths: strengthening vocational training, 
  • allowing employees who resign and the self-employed to benefit from unemployment insurance,
  • reforming apprenticeship,
  • reforming the pension system so as to make it fairer and easier to understand.

Facing up to the truth about the financial situation

"Taxpayers shall not be the adjustment variable in the budget."

The Government pledges to bring the public deficit to below 3% of GDP in 2017 and to roll out a three-pronged public finance strategy:
  • alleviating the tax burden: - 1 GDP point over the next five years.
  • cutting public spending: - 3 GDP points over the next five years.
  • taking action by raising the profile of stakeholders.
Other announcements include:
  • reducing compulsory withholdings by €20 billion between now and 2022, 
  • restoring balance to the social security system by 2020, by defining new rules enabling the prohibition of the deficit in the social accounts over the long term,
  • preserving the underlying stability of the pension system, whilst endeavouring to make it fairer and easier to understand.

III/ Conquering spirit

"Let us be winners! Amid the changes around us, France has every chance of success, because this new world needs science and reason, law and order, technology and culture, dialogue and solidarity."

The Prime Minister outlined the key areas in which action is necessary if France is to become a leading player on the international stage.

The economy

"With the reforms we are proposing we want to take the lead once again, in terms of work, growth and job creation."
The Prime Minister announced a reduction in the financial burden on labour, particularly for salaries close to the minimum wage:
  • converting the tax credit for companies (CICE) into a reduction in payroll charges: this reform will apply from 1 January 2019, 
  • gradually reducing the corporate tax rate: from the current 33.3%, down to 25% by 2022, 
  • scrapping the self-employed workers' health insurance scheme (RSI) to merge it with the general scheme and ease the burden on entrepreneurs – the self-employed and SMEs/micro-businesses in particular.
The Prime Minister also announced a series of tax reforms for shifting the focus of savings towards productive investment:
  • narrowing the scope of the solidarity tax on wealth (ISF) around a housing wealth limit. The reform will be voted on in the 2018 finance legislation, and come into force in 2019,
  • introduction of a single levy rate of around 30% on savings income, to round off the wealth tax reform. 
The Prime Minister has pledged to roll out a sweeping investment plan worth €50 billion in the areas of:
  • the energy transition, skills' development, health, transport, agriculture and modernising the State,
  • industry, the aim being to forge a powerful industrial network of SMEs and mid-caps, aligning them more with multinationals, to give them greater room for manoeuvre – especially in terms of export,
  • the digital revolution and artificial intelligence, which is going to impact all production sectors across the board. The Minister of State for the Digital Sector will come up with a proposal over the next three months for more effectively involving the very best specialists in the field in defining a national strategy for artificial intelligence.

Wholeheartedly embracing the key transitions

"Adopting a conquering spirit afresh also implies wholeheartedly taking up the tremendous challenge posed by the key transitions."

The energy transition

The Prime Minister has set the target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. He has vowed to:
  • discontinue granting new hydrocarbon exploration permits,
  • work towards "diesel petrol" convergence, which will be reached by the end of the term,
  • expedite carbon tax efforts,
  • halve the amount of landfilled waste and recycle all plastics nationwide by 2025,
  • develop new mobility means involving new technology. The "Assises de la mobilité" (Mobility Conference) are scheduled for the beginning of the autumn. Framework legislation on mobility will also pave the way for opening up to competition.


  • simplifying planning permission procedures, from the autumn. In areas where demand outstrips supply, urban planning authorisations will be transferred, where necessary, from municipalities to public establishments for intermunicipal cooperation.
  • completing energy efficiency works on buildings within the next ten years. 


  • organisation of the "États généraux de l'alimentation" (Food Convention) to boost confidence in healthier eating. This Convention will also be an opportunity to review the way value is shared out in the agricultural model, so that farmers can earn a decent wage. It will also look at agriculture and the environment through the same lens, particularly by examining the question of pesticides or endocrine disruptors. 

Maritime sector

  • France needs to harness its maritime strengths to create new jobs, especially in the marine energy sectors, with a view to winning an ever greater share of freight thanks to its large ports. 

A France that commands more attention, respect and admiration

"We cannot envisage the recovery of our nation without an international policy that sees France once again wielding influence on the international stage."

In Europe

"The French people made two things very clear during the elections: they see merits in European integration and the Euro; and they would like to see a more tangible, less pernickety, more protective Europe."
There are three thrusts to the Government's European agenda:
  • do everything possible to renew French people's faith in the European Union (EU),
  • strive for a Europe that protects, which will be able to rely on a better governed eurozone and successfully advance its defence policy,
  • prepare for the three crucial negotiations for the EU's future: redefining the European project with 27 members, holding orderly negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the EU and the EU's financial outlook post-2020. 


"A conquering spirit is also about being able to attract the intelligence of tomorrow our way."
For the Prime Minister, this conquering spirit must be evident in:
  • the hosting of students from all over the world to enrich and disseminate our techniques, our language and our identity.
  • our wealth of tourism options: a major economic boon for attracting wealth to our country,
  • the organisation of such prestigious sporting events as Paris 2024.

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les premières ont l’aspect mutant du criard-ex-chieur-pisseux devenu OS1 ou OS2 ou ingénieu-nieur en ayant contribué au devenir-clavier de la machine à quatre roues
les seconds les reproduiront

voilà où trouver l’ennemi social l’usine à croquettes et toutes les médiations les intermédiaires
pour en assurer la conception la publicité la diffusion le transport la distribution
les mange-merde
les lèche-culs
les suce-sang
les bouffe-vies
les ferme-horizons
les conservés
les intéressés
les pourcentagés
les jougs-au-pas
les ferme-mots
les experts-du-fion
les compères-du-pot
les pieds à coulisse
de la dernière série
les assermentés
des chaînes
les beaufs
qui se la jouent à
3 500 € par mois
etc dans mon cul l’etc
chier par procuration et pisser partout
se triturer la socialisation via chiens interposés les néo-niards adultes en sont experts traits       d’union       entre deux dégénérations d’usines à croquettes et leurs tapis à vomir de la boîte à son chien-chien et du paquet à son matou et des robots auto-cooling-roulants

en concurrence avec les pneus et les semelles pour étaler la merde en tant qu’intime transformation mutante       des usines       à croquettes certains éditeurs et autres producteurs de la culture soi-disant à gauche et du bon sentiment génuflexionnel façon confession              sur papier matériel ou virtualisé que recyclent-ils sinon de l’usinage de croquettes de mots

les souliers des gens et les pies qui sont des coprophages bien connus noir blanc et mutants
                       de la mauvaise haleine
                       MH le meilleur chanteur de méthane a oublié son clignotant droit vert et mutant
corps méthanisé marchandisé transparent portant capsules de travail produits et producteurs
siège de gauche il y a
capsule au-dedans pas conducteur mis en attente
ceinture airbag un embryoniard dedans

130 rappel
ne chier pas plus vite
que l’aire à venir
pompes à robots
hauteur maxi 2,3 mètres

dépose de merde en famille
oubliée la viande d’un niard de 5 ans
près la pompe n° 3

un autre ailleurs dix cent
dézingués pour quelques litres dans ton réservoir

illusion d’individualité
du grand corps financier
dès qu’il pond un niard niais cent chiards chiants
tant et tant
de marques pour dupliquer
la mêmeté

de l’ingénierie œuvrée
par l’industrie
du BTP et de l’énergie

l’on démembre de l’humain
             approximativement égal ≈
             à de la grande étendue de

             traces de pneus frein pas
             ≈ rein pas
                       démembre de l’humain
en rouleaux
1-2-3 voies
où s’accrochent leur cul
                       en devenir


croquette quasi mondialisée
et musique en CD
conserve de son trompette avec
ou sans
             on lance le CD au plafond
                          et il reste collé

                                       en est-il autrement
                                                  du PQ

             en général et des médias
             gratuits en particulier

le capot paludéen émergera
à marée basse
PQ hexadécimal en pointillé
PQ en ligne continue
PQ en glissière de sécurité
PQ au chromé du pare-chocs
PQ sur les essuie-glaces
PQ sur le pare-brise
PQ resté dans le cul à l’arrêt-pipi
PQ dans les croquettes du chien
les ablutions n’ont pas eu lieu
liste inaboutie incongrueauniveau du siphon
PQ vacancier avec vélo
de trois néo-chiards
sur le hayon 2 grands post-idem
sur le toit bref

des siècles de crime et
          2010 Toyota Mark X        
Tokyo — TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces the launch in Japan today of the redesigned "Mark X", which furthers the series' "sporty and luxurious" concept by offering enhanced quality in an authentic rear-wheel-drive sedan.