Saturday, March 19, 2011

Response to Japan Earthquake Continues

Response to Japan Earthquake Continues

By this point, you would have to be living under a rock with no media access to not be aware of the tragedy and devastation in Japan due to the related triple-disasters of a 9.0 earthquake, tsunami and potential nuclear meltdown.

If you want to help, the truth is there is no better organization that deals with this kind of thing than the Red Cross. Already they have people in Japan helping to get the needed necessities to the survivors of this horrendous act of nature. Whether you raise money by yourself or in a group, I strongly recommend that you donate those proceeds to the American Red Cross. Read the blog post article (link above) and donate here.

Friday, March 18, 2011

New Design! Funky Love Exclamation at Doug E. Shirts on Zazzle

Exclamation!!! With funky, psychedelic colors, you are sure to make your point with this design. Love the exclamation!

I had this thought about a design using an exclamation point and I wanted it to have a positive vibe. So this is what I did. What do you think? Please leave a comment!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

4 Green Things To Do For St. Patrick's Day

Top 'o the mornin' to you all! Since it's Saint Paddy's Day and I'm not Irish, I figured that I'd look at the "green" a different way today.

Environmentally, I'm not the greenest guy. I grew up in the convenience generation and threw away my share of foam cups, batteries, printers and plastic bottles. I am trying to be a better person now; both by cutting down the waste I produce and dealing with my waste in a responsible manner. But sometimes it's hard to know what's an Earth-friendly practice. As they say, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. What's a laddie to do?

Here are 4 green things you can do to minimize your impact today for Saint Patrick's Day:

  1. Unplug - After you finish reading this blog post, log off your accounts and turn off your computer. I you can't do that, at least try to minimize your computer usage. And unplug everything you're not using (like your toaster and TV). Most appliances are draining power from the grid even if they are not being used. 
  2. Walk - Many of us will have somewhere to go today, Irish or not. Instead of consuming that expensive petrol, why not walk if weather permits? Not only will that be good for the environment, but it will be good for you as well. Or, if you live in an area that has bus service, take a group ride? It will mean one less car on the road for the day.
  3. Use a non-disposable/reusable drinking vessel - When you are going out to drink your green beer/coffee/Jamba Juice, how about not using the foam or paper and bring your own mug/stein/pitcher? Yeah, I know - the cup was already made. But by using your own cup, you can slow down the consumption of the disposables.
  4. Eat a local restaurant - Let's face it; unless you're a great cook, preparing corn beef and cabbage is not that easy and can be cost-prohibitive for some. Why not take advantage of dining at a local restaurant and doing the group-eat thing? You help support the local economy and cut down the potential waste of cooking for yourself. 
Have a great green Saint Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney | Video on

Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney | Video on

Hopeful, wonderful and "Star-Trek"-like! Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates creating a kidney using 3D printing.

Watching this and the skin replacement "printing" gives me goosebumps. Please do yourself a favor and watch this wonderful TED video.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WI Senate Majority Leader Lets The Cat Out Of The Bag: Defunding Unions Meant To Hurt Obama's Reelection | Crooks and Liars

WI Senate Majority Leader Lets The Cat Out Of The Bag: Defunding Unions Meant To Hurt Obama's Reelection | Crooks and Liars

This is an excellent post from last week's Crooks and Liars blog. Go read it here.

It sounds like a weird political conspiracy. What if a political party wanted to win so bad in the Presidential election that they were willing to risk the health of the nation and plunge it to the edge of the abyss to show up the sitting President? Maybe it's not such a wacky idea. What can you do to destroy the areas of support that a Democratic candidate might depend on? Destroy the unions, take away funding from schools, don't allow college students to vote in the town they are going to school at, take away same-day voter registration, and block the President every chance one can. Make sure the governors that are with your political party have their marching orders to implement this plan on the state level.

I'd like to be positive, but I don't see any real winners in this. All the more reason to live one's life that makes the government's influence as irrelevant as possible. We need to create support systems and positive, hopeful living conditions that the state and Federal government can't tax and can't control.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Summer Mermaid iPhone Case from Rona's Art &

Summer Mermaid iPhone Case from

This beautiful iPhone Case is available from Rona Gregory at her Zazzle store call Rona's Art (go figure!).

Rona currently resides in Ontario, Canada and works in mixed media and acrylics. Her artwork adorns various Zazzle products. Go check out this store!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

1000 Happy Faces - Your face on giant billboard in Chicago

Check out the video for this worthwhile cause and event. It's happening in the Chicago area but it could spread! You can also like them on their Facebook page.