This Site is Now Mobile Friendly! :)

I’ve been out of the loop for quite a long while on this one, and I apologize. The old format was a custom format which I had rather liked, but it was good only on screen. I haven’t been a big phone or mobile user so I never really looked at it on a mobile device all these years that people had started to view web sites on phones and small tablets! It looked fine on an iPad so I generally thought it was fine.

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Earth Day Goal 2010 Achieved, What to Pledge for 2011?

Happy Earth Day to you,
Happy Earth Day to you,
Happy Earth Day dear reader,
Happy Earth Day to you!

What are you going to do,
To keep sea and sky blue,
To reduce your C-O-2,
To be green the year through?

HAPPY EARTH DAY, EVERYBODY!

On Earth Day 2010, I pledged to eat “better” as my Earth Day goal for the year from that day.By “better”, I meant more local and more unprocessed foods, though I didn’t start out defining them that way, nor for the green reasons of food miles. Once I researched more and came to conclude food miles was a myth, though, I ate better for the economy and for my health. I’m sure it still has an environmental impact because I didn’t end up eating food grown in green houses here in the Canadian winter, that would have used up tonnes of excessive energy, but without being able to measure it, I couldn’t claim it for certain. One thing I am more certain, though, is that it saved me money not to be eating out so much as before given I don’t eat processed foods like frozen dinners that tend to be on the cheaper side, though I did eat more fast food than I should have.

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I’ve Got a VEGAN-FRIENDLY Guitar Strap???

Planet Waves Beatles Vegan Friend Guitar Strap

I’m just too eco-conscious these days, to the point I’m eco-subconscious!

I just bought one of those Planet Waves Meet the Beatles guitar straps (in photo) on the weekend. I bought it because it felt nice, being synthetic leather (which I could tell was synthetic), it was stylish and it was really cheap. I don’t know why it was really cheap ($8 Cdn new when it should be at least $30 US), but I suspect it might have something to do with the potential coating on it interfering with lacquer finishes on vintage guitars (Vegetarian Star, July 24 2009). Naturally, it can be expected to be a problem worth noting because vintage guitars are expensive, but many of their players might also be of the generation who might buy one of these Beatles guitar straps.

I only found out about the potential problem while looking up more information about the authorization to create these things. The Vegetarian Star article linked above showed up on my search as Planet Waves Unveils Vegan Friendly Beatles Guitar Straps, Picks. That was too good to pass up for a second look, and that was how I found out my new strap was vegan-friendly at Sir vegetarian Paul McCartney’s insistence no real hide be used.

OK. I get the hide thing. I’m not into leather, either. I wouldn’t have bought this strap if it were real leather.

But vegan friendly???

Were they thinking they’d sell these things to environmentally conscious and ethical starving artists who might have to resort to eating their guitar straps to survive? And who would have no guilt about doing it?

Now that’d make an interesting photo for an ad!

Heh, that’s what I get for being cheap. I love the Beatles, though not as much as Bob. Dylan, of course. And I am loving my new guitar strap. I’ll keep the vegan thing in mind in case I have to eat it while out on the road. Not because I’m poor, but because as a marathon runner, I need to eat a lot, all the time, and eat healthy stuff, too! The vegan friendly strap might just be the only available to me at some point.

Now, should I eat it, who’s head should I bite off first? Hahahaha!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.6

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Don’t Buy Enviro-Friendly Cell Phone Unless Needed!

On January 2nd, Fast Company Magazine posted leak it obtained about Motorola‘s new eco-friendly Renew MOTO W233 cell phone. The cell is shown below right courtesy of Fast Company’s picture as no product was, of course, yet available on Motorola’s website.

Motorola Renew Moto W233 enviromentally friendly cell phone

Motorola Renew Moto W233 enviromentally friendly cell phone

Quoting from Motorola’s public relations spin:

“Exclusively from T-Mobile, the environmentally responsible MOTO W233 Renew is uniquely designed to reduce environmental impact by using sustainable materials in its design and packaging while at the same time delivering performance and quality customers rely on.”

That’s all great and dandy, as Fast Company says, but Fast Company focused on how this cell phone was fugly, a civilized amalgamation of f*cking ugly, for those of you not familiar with the term. Judge for yourself!

What I want to focus on, though, is to assert a bit of reasoning. I want to ask all the overzealous environmentalists, green wann-a-bes, think-I-bes and pretend-to-bes, to refrain from getting this phone unless they really need it. Cell phones are being lost, damaged and just rid of for “fashion” and/or “status” statements enough as they were. People don’t need to be ridding themselves of more cell phones just to get a more enviro-friendly one!

The time will come when each cell phone owner might need a new cell phone. When it does, please do consider green options, which is not an endorsement for the Renew MOTO W233 as I don’t know how green it really is. However, please refrain from getting any cell phone until you need it.

The Renew MOTO W233 is due out February 4th.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 10.5