Archive for January, 2010

Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture.

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My interpretation of this book boils down to: If you & your neighbours are accustom to buying inexpensive pants which someone, somewhere was paid $2.00 CAD per hour to produce, then expect to be paid $2.00 CAD per hour to produce pants.

There is a great chapter in this book on Cheap Eats & it’s well worth the read. Some quotes:

There was no shortage of rice in India and no shortage of food in the world during the “food crises” of 2008. Yet millions of Indians – as well as Africans and Asians – suddenly found themselves stranded on the edge of starvation.

What had changed was not rice but the rice trade. Historically, the Indian government had kept a firm grip on rice stores and maintained a policy of food self-sufficiency that discouraged exports. In the 1990s that policy was softened, and Indian rice was made available on the world market. Indiand farmers and traders auction their wares to the highest bidder, with the result that rice which had once sold domestically or was stockpiled by the government was sold abroad. Over time this practice increased price instability… (page 169)

[Psychologist Adam Drewnowski notes that] Americans respond almost viscerally to the concept of food “value.” Price, Drewnowski said, drives taste, because left to their own devices, Americans tend to choose what is cheap and therefore develop a taste for cheap foods. (page 182)


Mmmm… Teriyaki Shake & Bake(TM).

map2 – the zoomable map on paper

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Neat Map!

The map2(GBP 8; about $13) is broken into 4 quadrants which can be individually zoomed/unfolded to g..(more…)

FLKS – a flexible workplace

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Neat idea for a stow-away workbench.

Dutch designers Kapteinbolt has created a flexible workplace, called FLKS. The furniture f..(more…)

The Largest Disco Ball by Michel de Broin

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This beats the CD Beachball…

Nuit Blanche, City of Paris Mirror ball, 1000 mirrors, 7.5 meters in diameter. “La Maître..(more…)

Data.gov.uk Newspaper

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Data.gov.uk Newspaper

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Local Newspaper – a news paper unique to every postal code!

Log cabin … with the logs cut perpendicular

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Interesting garden shed idea.

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I love how this cabin, designed by Piet Hein Eek for a musician, has logs cut the ‘other’ way. [Thomas Meyer Archive via Treehugger]


in VICTORIA, BC on 08/26/10

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Don’t miss!

  • Tour: Victoria Fringe – “Kunst Rock”
  • Date: Thursday, August 26th 2010– Sunday, September 5th 2010
  • Time: 12:00pm
  • City: VICTORIA, BC
  • Venue: Victoria Fringe Festival
  • Country: CA
  • Age restrictions: All Ages

in Winnipeg, MB on 07/14/10

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Back on tour, Die Roten Punkte is a must see show! Glad to see them back in Canada!

  • Tour: Winnipeg Fringe – “Kunst Rock”
  • Date: Wednesday, July 14th 2010– Sunday, July 25th 2010
  • Time: 12:00pm
  • City: Winnipeg, MB
  • Venue: Winnipeg Fringe
  • Country: CA
  • Age restrictions: All Ages

Report: Monsanto corn linked to organ damage

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Apparently some of these tests happened at Monsanto back in June 2000… I suppose this study is only of concern if you happen to be a mammal who eats GMO corn.

Change.org reports, “The first-ever public study of the health effects of genetically modified corn shows that three patented crops developed and owned by agriculture giant Monsanto cause liver, kidney and heart damage in mammals. The FDA has approved all three varieties for sale and consumption in the U.S. and all three are in our food supply right now.” Source for those claims: this study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences.


Secular Christmas Carol (or, buy a goat, get an MP3!)

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Cool Carol to add to your 2010 Christmas mix.

Alex Ringis writes in to share the video (linked below) and says,
These kids wrote and recorded a beautiful “Agnostic” Xmas Carol, and it’s for a good cause, too. For every goat you buy with WorldVision, they’ll give you a free pair of MP3s, both of this song and another, upcoming release. The track is very “Broadway”, and I am in love with this girls’ voice. I’m going over to WorldVision right now to buy a goat, so I can get this beautiful track.

Video – Pomplamoose – Always in the Season (YouTube)

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