‘Some Comments’

The chickens in the yard go cluck cluck cluck

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This NYT article talks about the trend that is becoming more popular now of keeping chickens in backyards across the nation, such as Chicago, Brooklyn, and the rural West. From the article, the general sense is that most of the people who recently started raising chickens in their backyards are doing it because of the economic recession. A common sentiment that is repeated in the… Read More

Just when we think we might make progress…

The Senate is in a position to pass a climate change bill aimed at the energy industry. There are some things that were changed through much of the politicking going on, and it is unsure whether the bill would be successful at doing much in the way of reducing emissions. Here are a few opinions: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/opinion/22wed11.html?_r=1 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/opinion/lweb02climate.html Whichever method is chosen, something should be done… Read More

The wikiquest for innovation

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I’m currently in the middle of the book Wikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams. They discuss the increasing popularity and need for collaborative effort to create value and content in this economy. Examples range from the music industry to server software. Quotes: Pg. 28 “By definition, a truly global economy has no physical or regional boundaries. It builds planetary ecosystems for designing, sourcing,… Read More

Making printing less excessive, and more guilt-free?

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We all have a friend who is one. An electricity-hog. A 45-minute-showerer. The drive-to-the-gym-so-I-can-run-in-place kind of person. The most common of these types of habits among young adults today seems to be the excessive bad computing habits, like leaving a computer on when it isn’t being used (especially overnight) and printing things that don’t need to be printed. Computing and printing habits are some of… Read More

I wanna be a street farmer

Will Allen is an urban farmer featured in this NYT article. He does interesting work in greenhouses to feed 10,000 local people. It is so exciting to see something great happening where it is needed most. Urban centers, especially inner city areas, often lack access to fresh produce. This has enormous implications for health because, while it is easier to get a hamburger and fries… Read More

Health claims galore! Get ‘em while they’re hot!

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“Helps lower cholestorol.” “Natural source of antioxidants.” “Low fat.” “Made with all natural ingredients.” You’ve probably seen them all. All these are health claims you might come across in any typical grocery store. The natural instinct for the consumer is to trust these types of statements. They are often backed by a government agency, after all. But what does it mean to be a “qualified”… Read More