Tuesday, November 30, 2010

10 Easy Ways to Green Your Home

1. Green up your appliances. Getting rid of that old refrigerator in the garage could save you as much as $150 a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency

2. Watch the temp. Almost half a home's energy consumption is due to heating and cooling.

3. Save water. The Web site "Water — Use it Wisely," created by a group of Arizona cities, lists 100 simple ways to save water.

4. Clean green. Stop buying household cleaners that are potentially toxic to both you and the environment. In his book, "The Safe Shopper's Bible," David Steinman suggests reading labels for specific, eco-friendly ingredients that also perform effectively.

5. Let there be energy-efficient light. Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.

6. Save a tree, use less paper. You can buy "tree-free" 100% post-consumer recycled paper for everything from greeting cards to toilet paper. Paper with a high post-consumer waste content uses less virgin pulp and keeps more waste paper out of landfills.

7. Want hardwood floors? Opt for bamboo. Bamboo is considered an environmentally friendly flooring material due to its high yield and the relatively fast rate at which it replenishes itself. It takes just four to six years for bamboo to mature, compared to 50-100 years for typical hardwoods. Just be sure to look for sources that use formaldehyde-free glues.

8. Reduce plastics, reduce global warming. Each year, Americans throw away some 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags — from grocery and trash bags to those ultra-convenient sandwich bags. Unfortunately, plastics are made from petroleum — the processing and burning of which is considered one of the main contributors to global warming, according to the EPA. In addition, sending plastics to the landfill also increases greenhouse gases. Reduce, re-use and recycle your plastics for one of the best ways to combat global warming.

9. Use healthier paint. Conventional paints contain solvents, toxic metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause smog, ozone pollution and indoor air quality problems with negative health effects, according to the EPA. These unhealthy ingredients are released into the air while you’re painting, while the paint dries and even after the paints are completely dry. Opt instead for zero- or low-VOC paint, made by most major paint manufacturers today.

10. Garden green. First, use compost instead of synthetic fertilizers. Compost provides a full complement of soil organisms and the balance of nutrients needed to maintain the soil’s well-being without the chemicals of synthetic fertilizers. And healthy soil minimizes weeds and is key to producing healthy plants, which in turn can prevent many pest problems from developing to begin with.

It will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Of course a WikiLeaks Political Cartoon?

What would today be without a Wikileaks political cartoon?

I myself believe in the WikiLeaks cause but disagree with the timing.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Start a Fire with a Cell Phone

The best router firmware DD-WRT

Source: http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index


About DD-WRT


DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems. The main emphasis lies on providing the easiest possible handling while at the same time supporting a great number of functionalities within the framework of the respective hardware platform used.
The graphical user interface is logically structured, and it is operated via a standard Web browser, so even non-technicians can configure the system in only a few simple steps.
Apart from the simple handling, speed and stability are also in the focus of our development work. Compared to the software preinstalled on many WLAN routers, DD-WRT allows a reliable operation with a clearly larger functionality that also fulfills the demands of professional deployment.
The huge user community gives support to DD-WRT developers and the users themselves in various ways. Thanks to this, potential flaws in the system can be detected very quickly and can thus be corrected without delay. DD-WRT users can find help and suggestions from other users in the user forums, and the Wiki containing further information and how-to guides is being expanded and maintained by the DD-WRT community as well.
For devices mainly used for private purposes, DD-WRT is freely available. Platforms used for commercial purposes require a paid license. Compared to the freely available version, the professional version also allows for configuration of the WLAN parameters, thus opening up the opportunity of creating e.g. reliable and powerful network infrastructures. Special demands can be fulfilled by specifically tailored versions of DD-WRT.
Main characteristics:
  • supports more than 200 different devices
  • comprehensive functionality
  • supports all current WLAN standards (802.11a/b/g/n*)
  • supports outdoor deployment*
  • supports enhanced frequencies *
  • VPN integration
  • supports various Hotspot systems
  • bandwidth management
  • multilingual user interface
*appropriate WLAN hardware required
DD-WRT is:
  • Sebastian Gottschall (BrainSlayer, founder, maindeveloper)
  • Christian Scheele (Chris, CEO)
  • Peter Steinhäuser (CEO)
  • Felix Fietkau (nbd/openwrt, madwifi)
  • Ankush Malhotra (Maksat)
  • Ales Majdic (Eko, Developer)
  • Sylvain Bothorel (Botho, router webdesign)
  • Elke Scheele (Online Shop)
  • Markus Quint (support)
... and a lot of supporters around the world

41 Extreme and Bizarre Body Piercings

Source: Regretful Morning

While body piercing is hardly taboo, some people feel the need to crank it up to the extreme and puncture, pierce and mutilate themselves in the most extreme ways imaginable.
Surprisingly, not all people who practice extreme body piercing are attention whores who were unloved as children. At the Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand, the extreme piercers believe that jabbing huge objects through their flesh will bring the community good luck and release evil spirits from the body.
We have included pictures of both types of extreme body piercers below.