Friday, April 27, 2007
If you want to sign up and stuff, here's more info on the Pedal Ubin homepage.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
And it was an AWESOME show..... Song delivery- spot-on, guitar playing- kick ass, crowd interaction- very personal, sound mixing- you could hear each individual guitar!, screaming fanatic hijinks- till I became hoarse, hehehe... I almost felt like I was fifteen at my first rock concert again :).
The downside? I kinda obsessed with the Goos now. Just spent a good hour reading all the bios and meanings to the songs, and playing the songs from the new album ad nauseum, instead of working out the correlation between river discharge rates and sea chlorophyll levels....Also persuaded the Salted Fried Tempeh to book tickets to their show in UK! ....Ok, that didn't take much persuading, haha.
They'll be playing in North Carolina again in July (4 days after the Manchester show! We can squeeeee together!!)! In Raleigh, 2 hours drive away! Should I go? Should I go??
Monday, April 23, 2007
Now, the root of the issue in this article is how convenient disposables are right? Not very possible to wash dishes for 100 people each week (well, unless EVERYONE is damn 'on'). There are BIODEGRADEABLE disposable tableware out there, made from materials like rice husks (yeah, you could even eat them if you wanted to, but not recommended ;)). Solves your landfill problem and the matter of inconvenience doesn't it? We just need to support such green initiatives and companies when they start-up! Get the products in the stores. Have choices!
We have brains don't we? We can solve problems and be innovative with them! Think people, think!
Plastic tableware still wrong
12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, April 5, 2007Amy Dickinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Amy: You are wrong to suggest that families shouldn't use disposable plates, cups and utensils for get-togethers!
Our families gather at least two or three times a month. We help to prepare and eat huge meals after church.
No one likes doing the dishes, even with a dishwasher!
Our solution is that we eat using disposable plastic plates with plastic forks and spoons.
The young folks argue about taking out the trash, but the cooks sit down with the menfolk and enjoy the event.
Paper goods are on the list for people who don't cook when we do "potluck."
We may fill in the landfill, but what a ride!
Joyce in Nashville
Dear Joyce: Thank you for giving me another opportunity to advocate against the use of disposable plates and cutlery for family get-togethers.
As a churchgoer, you should recognize that being a good steward to this planet is a spiritual issue. According to the World Resources Institute, the average person in an industrialized country generates 4 pounds of garbage each day.
Now that it's almost picnic season, let's try to take our own plates, cups and cutlery to gatherings, packing them up and bringing them home afterward. I have a set of tin plates, mismatched cutlery and plastic cups that reside permanently in the picnic basket for this purpose.
Common-sense ways to reduce waste are available from the World Resources Institute at www.earthtrends.wri.org.
I welcome suggestions from readers on how to be more responsible and Earth-friendly while still enjoying ourselves.
Write to Chicago Tribune, TT500, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Next time though, I'm going in running shoes.....oooh my feet......
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
What kind of world do we live in these days, that the first solution to spring to mind for life's problems is the use of lethal force? And the ready access to efficient killing weapons here is frankly terrifying. I know, guns don't kill people, people kill people, but people without guns would kill fewer people than otherwise. Sure, the assailant could have picked up a kitchen knife to go on a rampage, but he would definitely have been stopped before hitting a body count of 30. As for the argument that owning a gun protects families and saves lives, what about some stats here? How many people's lives have been saved because they own a gun, vs. lives taken away because someone had a gun?
Dark thoughts on a sunny day indeed...
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Decided a little retail therapy was in order today, seeing as how I
couldn't get the motivation to analyse nutrient data, the Azalea Fest
was cancelled due to bad weather, my head was still a little fuzzy
from last night's festivities, and I was supposed to go salsa dancing this Friday...
So here's the top I bought!
What do you think? It's not as red as it turned out in the photo (sorry Jani :P), a bit more burnt orange. If you have negative comments, just be sure to tell me within 30 days, so I can bring it back to the store for a refund, hohoho.
We managed to loan a vehicle from UNCW to drive to
6 hours and 2 Sudoku puzzles later, we reached downtown
View from the room
Our conference was held at Georgia Tech, just across our hotel. The campus is HUGE though, we had to walk 15min just to reach the conference venue!
Our conference venue was the Ford Environmental Science Building. Really posh huh, with all the giant glass panes.
More in a bit!
It was nice to walk through campus- the weather was nice and sunny, and the trees were mostly blooming- so pretty!
Friday, April 06, 2007
The story begins a few weeks ago, when I was trying to leave my previous auto insurance company (I decided not to name names, but let's just say the company mascot is a certain green reptile...). Unfortunately, it seems like leaving the company wasn't as simple as letting the insurance policy lapse, and not paying for a new term. I was charged for an additional two weeks without my written consent, AFTER I had switched to another company. So I've been wrangling with them for sometime about removing the charge. I'd just faxed over some documents and was notified that all charges would be dropped. Then on Saturday, I received another bill extending my policy for a single day for US$60. Feeling quite fed-up, I called customer service again, and somehow wound up in a shouting match with the rep. She said they never received the fax, and magically, my bill was changed to a cancellation fee which is particular to the state of North Carolina.
After I put down the phone, I was literally shaking with anger. Then my friend called, and asked if I wanted to go out for dinner. Initially, I declined as I already had my veggie shepherd pie on the stove, but then, I thought it would be good to go out and release some of this anger, plus, it was a very nice day.
So I got into my car, still muttering about 'damn insurance companies and whatnot that harass poor graduate students', and didn't do my usual checkout while inching out of the lot. I glimpsed a pickup in my rear-view mirror, and in a moment of panic (though Matt says it's anger), stamped on the accelerator. As you can imagine, I thus accelerated into the rear of the pickup, causing an awful grinding sound that indicated I just collided with someone...sighs...
Fortunately for me, the driver didn't come out of the vehicle waving a crowbar and threatening to disembowel me. In fact, she was pretty nice about it all, and took the time to comfort me too. So my rear hatch got hooked onto the rear bumper of the truck, and wrenched off its latch as we were trying to pull free from each other, and it's definitely a goner. The truck had two red stripes on its rear and a misaligned bumper, so now you know who wins when a VW hits a truck.
What're the updates? Well, right now, the rear of my car is plastered all over with black duct tape (have to still be matching you know?), to keep the rain out as the hatch doesn't close too well, while I wait for a replacement hatch to be found. Also waiting for insurance to tell me whether my premium will go up, and by how much :~(. I'm still considering whether my car is a good candidate for 'Pimp My Ride'!
Times like this I wish the Significant Other was around. So he doesn't like rock music. In fact, he seems to hate it with a passion, e.g. he once yelled at me to lower the volume while I was blasting Linkin Park 'cos it was giving him a terrible headache. Still, you know he would accompany me to the concert just because, even if I have to stuff ear plugs in him before we enter the venue. It just seems a little weird to jump up and down excitedly and holler by myself, and I don't know anyone here who might like to attend as well.
What to do? Should I go?
Sunday, April 01, 2007
All I can say for now is....don't drive when you are really really angry... Sigh