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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Speaking of green...

...apparently October 15th is Blog Action Day. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. G.I. Joe! (Go Joe!)

Sorry -- off to church and apparently detox myself from old cartoons.

It's not easy being Green

Kermit was right.

I've been looking for ways to be more environment-friendly in my life and uncovered a few ways I can do better (ok, more than a few - hush!). However, it occurs to me that some "green" solutions aren't necessarily much better than the things they replace.

Take, for example, the biodegradable laptop. (Aside: people still call them laptops these days?) While I agree that having a case that will break down is stellar, what about all the parts inside? That LCD isn't going to go away on its own. No matter how 'green' the product is, you still have to rely on the people who toss it out to be responsible and recycle the thing properly.

That particular article struck a note with me since last month we spent time at Goodwill's GreenWorks disassembling computers that people had brought in as donations. Over 85% of the things they get are not re-saleable, either due to outdated technology or condition of the parts. Some of the conditions could be down-right disgusting --- people, please PLEASE do not smoke around your electronics. If you do, open up your computer case to see the tar inside, and then realize that it is also coating your lungs. Uck. Aside from the tarry cases, there were also the insanely dusty cases - ones where we were surprised that massive dust devils didn't start whirling around the minute we opened them. Several of the group had not ever cracked their own computer cases before, but now they've all gone out and purchased compressed air to do a thorough cleaning.

At any rate, the disassembly is to remove the plastic from the metal, so that each part can be recycled separately. All the electronic boards and components containing potentially hazardous material were also removed - some for resale, some for a separate process (which I hope involves recycling and not just dumping in a hazardous waste lot). The money they make from recycling the plastics and metals separately is greater than what they could get by just selling the full computers for scrap, and they put that money back into community assistance projects.

In the long term, I guess I do care whether my electronics can be recycled, but I also know that there are people out there doing something good about it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Naps are good

...but overly long naps can wipe you out.

So, lately I have actually been knitting and crocheting, but my crafting time usually gets limited to a little time on Saturday and Monday. That is a good and a bad thing -- a good thing because it means I am getting a few other things done, but a bad thing because this afghan I am working on just doesn't knit itself.

Of course that means I am also procrastinating by starting other things. I crocheted a few wire and bead bracelets for the class I will be teaching in September. Suzanne of HCW also introduced me to a fabulous new yarn by Berroco called Comfort -- yes, it is an acrylic yarn (50% acrylic, 50% nylon), but it is amazing! The hand is super soft and the colors are stunning. Can I add a few more superlatives? To compare, it is softer to me than Lion Brand Microspun, and although it also is made up of multiple strands, I have not had the problem of horrible splitting with the Comfort that I have with the Microspun. No pictures yet, and I have yet to add it to my Ravelry queue (I am cyndilou out there!) but I will...eventually.

Now back to the chores I put off to take a nap.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Overheard, and odd dreams

Overheard at work:

Co-worker 1: R, do you ever look around when you drive? I mean at who's beside you?
Co-worker 2: Why, did I hit you?

Heh. R can deliver some of the most deadpan lines, and the rest of us are just rolling when we overhear. Or maybe you had to be there.

Last night I had an odd dream. I had gone to my old church (the one I attended growing up) and when I came out, I found my car had been stolen. The dream never really resolved itself further, other than a lot of not-quite-panicky bits and a general unease. This morning I finally stopped procrastinating on the laundry, and found my spare car key while putting pants in the washer. Said key had been missing for several days. Isn't it odd how things work out sometimes?