Monday, November 6, 2017

Why Vegetarianism Isn't a Green Solution

Unfortunately, though vegetarianism might be better for the planet, in so far as it will reduce green house gas emissions, it really isn't a green solution because of pernicious anemia, a condition that affects the nervous system and the heart as a result of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Though it may be that taking a vitamin supplement is sufficient to maintain a vegetarian lifestyle, I'm personally reluctant to do so.  There are several reasons.  For one, the idea of food as pills and vice versa seems wrong to me.  I mean, I don't believe it's possible for pills to replace food altogether, and since this is the case it makes me wonder if pills can really replace any food.  There's also the concept of "phytochemicals", which may be enzymes, probiotics, minerals, or even vitamins that may be missing from a pill but not from food.  There are also cross sectional religious reasons to continue eating meat, Dharmadatu from Buddhist mythology, and fish consumption in the gospels.

So, if you must be vegetarian, at the very least, take a B12 vitamin daily, but for me, I would need a very compelling reason to do so, and if you know any vegetarians, make sure they're getting the vitamin B12 they need.  If anybody reading this knows Janeane Garofalo, let her know, I read she may be a vegetarian.

Toilet Paper

For Mature Audiences Only:

Have you ever needed toilet paper on a camping trip, and didn't have any?  If you've had this problem, regular paper will get the job done.  The trick is to crumble it for softening, then straighten it out again to get more surface area.  Unfortunately, the durability of regular paper means you probably shouldn't flush it down a toilet.

Anyway, best of luck to you.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Better Things



Did a repair on my black tennis shoe.  If you look closely you can see the shine from the hot glue.  I used a piece of handle bar tape from the old bicycle to cover a hole that had formed.

The braided tassels weren't braided before.  Took a couple of hours I think, I had time, so I braided them all.  Now it looks neater (thanks to a friend who visited us for giving me the idea).



I got inspired by the TV show "Better Things".  Made me think of things I could do, while I was home, alone, doing God knows what.  Maybe laying on the couch staring at the ceiling.  Peace, hope, and love to you.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Does Your TV Have an Energy Saving Mode?





Do the screen shots say it all?  Is everybody already doing this?  My wife used to hate when I would turn down the brightness using this setting, but it isn't very hard to do.  I would reset it for her if she wanted to come home and watch TV and was too tired to do it herself.  Incidentally, you can disable the boot logo through this configuration menu as well, which will reduce power consumption too, and thereby reduce green house gas emissions, but that probably goes without saying, right?  

If you're worried about your remote batteries, you could get some rechargeables.

Peace, hope, and love to you. 






Air Conditioning

I was thinking about Air Conditioning and how it's probably the reason for the wild fires in Northern California.  Why?  Because I read this article in the LA Times that said, statistically, wild fires are caused by faulty power lines.  So, I thought maybe something like the feedback loop diagramed below may be happening:

We use our air conditioning rarely, and only at night.  Our apartment is tucked away in the back, so it gets quite a bit of shade.  With vertical
blinds and an umbrella on our patio that covers the main window things stay pretty cool, even in the summer time.

Still though, hot showers are rarer in the summer time, and we open the windows at dusk and close them before noon.  Hopefully this helps someone stay cool without air conditioning this summer, and therefore, smaller wildfires.  Prayer anyone?

Peace, hope, and love to you all.

 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Drying Clothes in a Car in the Sun

If you don't have a clothes line, you can put clothes inside a car that's sitting in the sitting sun. 

Update:
I didn't have much time to get into it when I first wrote this post.  A clothes line is preferable, unless it's raining outside, but if it is, then you probably should use a drier of some kind, maybe a fireplace.  When I did it, I put the windows down a bit to vent the moisture, but it wasn't a long term solution, because the car wasn't mine, that any car really is, since you can't take it with you.  Unless, if you had imaginary car, and this imaginary car was attached your mind, your soul, your spirit, and thus, it waits for you in paradise.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fixing a Broken Lid on a "Sip" by Swell

If you bought a Sip by Swell from Target, congratulations, they are really a great product.  Insulated well, they keep your drinks cold or hot.  If you were unfortunate enough, however, to try and disinfect the lid by boiling it, only to find that the lid no longer stayed tight, well, I'm sorry for your loss.

I spent way too much time trying to figure out why the lid was broken, turns out the entire plastic assembly inside became disconnected from the metal casing, not just the top of it.  So, yeah, the screw part is plastic, not metal.

I thought then that I could just remove the metal casing to fix it, but during the process of trying to remove the casing with a pair of "long nosed vice grips" aka pliers, I luckily crimped the side sufficiently to lock the metal casing in place with the plastic threading.  So, voila, repaired.

I'm not sure if it counts as serendipity.  I mean, I did try to get a repaired lid, that is, top, but not a repaired top in this fashion.  Maybe the Persian Princesses of Serendip would know.  Have a good one!