Category Archives: landscapes

foto av dagen 09.17.08

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In its brief lifespan of only 13 days, Hurricane Ike wreaked great deal of havoc. Affecting several countries including Cuba, Haiti, and the United States, Ike is blamed for approximately 114 deaths (74 in Haiti alone), and damages that are still being tallied, with estimates topping $10 billion. Many shoreline communities of Galveston, Texas were wiped from the map by the winds, storm surge and the walls of debris pushed along by Ike – though Galveston was spared the level of disaster it suffered in 1900. (28 photos total)

.:: Ike’s wrath –> a photo series

9.11.08 a day of many things

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[image via amivectio.com]
I woke up early this morning to a mandatory evacuation of the county i am staying in here in TX, Jefferson County.  Hurricane Ike is on his way.  Now, intuition would tell you that a mandatory evacutation is just that, mandatory.  Apparently, not so.  After hearing about the evacuation, I went into work, a fairly large construction site, where the construction crews were hard at work securing the site for hurricane conditions.  Many of the folks on site i talked to were planning to evacuate north toward Dallas, or east toward Louisiana, or even west into Houston (where the storm is expected to hit directly), but a lot of the guys i talked to from the area are planning to ‘hunker down’ as they call it and brave the storm.  As it turns out, I am hunkering down as well (at least until I hear further word from my boss).  Needless to say, I have been glued to all the weather websites, my favorite of which is weatherunderground.com.  Just in the past hour Ike has been forecast to downgrade to a Cat 2 when it hits the coast.  Here are some images:

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The above image shows potential maximum storm surges.  For reference, Jefferson County is right there on the TX/LA boarder in the orange 24′ potential storm surge area.  the weather channel is telling me to expect a 10-20′ surge.  i have been told that the sea walls in this area hold until the surge surpasses 14′.  So yeah, I am starting to get nervous.

The red areas, which will see the highest surge, happen to be right in the Baytown area, where Exxon-Mobile has their largest oil refinery which, if you look it up on google maps, is the size of a small city.

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Meanwhile, in happier news, i was shocked this evening to open an email from the ninjas over at amivectio (friends of the revolution) and find my face front & center (ok, bottom left) in the message.  amivectio is the blog-child of Hector Estrada, founder & creative mind behind Triko, a dope street-wear collection for ‘progressive and eclectic individuals’ that embraces environmentally friendly practices [we are big fans & have covered Triko here … I still have my fingers crossed for some ladies threads].

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Several months ago Triko sent out a quick survey to their mailing list that I responded to, and this is the result:

Name: Jessie P.

What do you currently do for a living?
chemical engineer & part time ninja (green.myninjaplease.com)

Where are you originally from?
new england & tucson AZ, i can never decide which

How would you describe your style?
comfortable but with flavor

What inspires you in your daily pursuit of Life?
good people working for good things. bad people making us work a little harder

How do you feel about the environment?
it teaches us, we waste it away. in the end, it will have the upper hand

Do you prefer shopping online or in person?
in person. i have to be able to feel the textiles & see the colors. besides, fit is always tricky

Do you believe in extraterrestrials?
i believe it is ignorant to think we are the only beings in this massive universe

What books are you currently reading?
GRUB: ideas for an urban organic kitchen, by Anna Lappé & Bryant Terry; Oil!, by Upton Sinclair

What’s your favorite sound of nature?
a horse neighing in recognition

What does success mean to you?
making steps toward something you believe in

Many thanks to amivectio for calling me a friend of the revolution!

A few words on amivectio from the source:

Our new blog: friends.amivectio.com is clean and simple.  We’ll be covering progressive people and lifestyles with features on art, world affairs, music, friends, events, our daily grind, and of course fashion, style, and design.  If you submitted an “Art of Life” entry, these will now be feature at friends.amivectio.com, under the “friends of the revolution” category.  Please stop by our community blog and leave us a comment.  Enjoy!

In summation:
.:: for peace –> stop war

.:: for safety –> track Ike & get the hell out of dodge

.:: for fly earf-friendly street-wear –> check Triko, amivectio & become a friend of the revolution

Vulcan Projecct: Texas Takes the Cake

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Here’s a map put together by scientists at Purdue University’s Vulcan Project of 2002 CO2 emissions per capita [click on the map for a high-res version]. So…is anyone surprised that Texas is the reddest state? I thought not. Interestingly, here is a map of CO2 concentration with out accounting for population density, which looks pretty much identical to a population map.  It also looks to be almost inversely proportional to the population map, which presents fairly good evidence that dense urban living is the most carbon efficient way to go.

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Here’s a 2000 US Census Bureau population map for comparison:
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Read the rest at WIRED, World Changing & catch an introductory video from the scientists at the Vulcan Project website.

Building A Straw Bale House: The Journey Begins

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It is official: my dad started his journey from NC to NM this morning to begin construction on the straw bale house. He set off for the 3-4 day drive in our ancient-if-not-so-fuel-efficient ’92 Volvo 240 full of belongings and our two dogs. My poor mom is going to be lonely for the next few months (though she will probably miss the dogs the most…). So be on the lookout for updates on the construction progress over the next few weeks and months. And check the straw bale archive to learn about his designs and software.

D2E Boston Updates

News from the organizers of D2E Boston: Eco-retreat Raffle and Video Project featured films and screening times. Don’t sleep on the exciting D2E events starting this Friday at the Hynes Convention Center.

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One lucky Down:2:Earth attendee will be going home with a trip for two to Perfect Earth Tours eco-fabulous spa retreat in the Yukon. From organic canvas tepees to solar powered lights to composting toilets, Perfect Earth Tours offers a way to experience the wild, while leaving nothing but your footprint on the trail. The winner, who needs to be present at the Grand Prize Drawing, will be announced on Sunday, March 30 at 2pm.

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Down:2:Earth has announced featured films and screening times for the first D2E Video Project – a community showcase of short videos about favorite natural landscapes and sustainability themes – that will be shown at the Hynes Convention Center March 28-30 in conjunction with D2E, the Down:2:Earth Sustainable Living Expo.

Projection times are:

Friday March 28 at 5:30 and 9:00pm,
Saturday March 29 at 11:30 and 6:00 pm
Sunday March 30 at 11:00 and 4:15 pm

A wide range of New England residents, including artists, students, and community activists, have submitted short films for the video showcase at D2E. The result is a diverse and eclectic program including nature subjects, animation, conservation organizations, original artists’ works and community access projects.

Also, I just noticed this event in the Friday evening schedule:

Insects: Amazing AND Delicious! 7:30pm & 8:30pm
Electrolux Kitchen Theater

You already knew that insects come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, but what about flavors? Well this is your chance to find out that eating “bugs” is not just for reality show contestants. It turns out that insects are extremely nutritious, easy to mass-produce, and in fact, tasty!
David Gracer, Sunrise Land Shrimp
MMM.