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whirlwind weekend
May 15, 2007, 9:01 am
Filed under: blogging, environment, sexy

ok, it’s official – i suck at posting when i’m busy/fulfilled.  it’s true.

i won’t bore you all with minute-by-minute details of the weekend, but it was really good.  the high-point for me a complete and total random sunday with james.  more than anything, i love random sundays…. days where you have no plan’s and just kinda go where the road takes you.

big news i finally got off my ass and bought a bike.  i had a bike a few years ago that i got rid of for no valid reason, but it was time to get a new one – i’d been seriously wanting to get out there, not just for a pleasure ride, but for exercise as well.  here’s my new toy:

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in’he cute?  he doesn’t have a name yet.  soon.  here’s what the specialized site says about him:

riding and saving money while saving resources…now, that’s a better energy policy. You don’t need a scientific study to know that riding a bike feels fantastic. you’ve also figured out that riding a bike while your car sits idle in your driveway doesn’t only feel better, it also helps to battle some of the world’s biggest ills, including pollution, traffic congestion, obesity and energy consumption. so, we’ve designed the ‘globe’ to be fast-rolling, yet ergonomically friendly and stable.

seems fitting for me eh?

i also bought this:

galleryfrontback200701301.jpghis name is kermit.  (all ipods need names damnit).  he joins his family ‘catch’ and ‘whaley-boy’, my other 2 ipods.  i’m officially an ipod geek.

i took the bike and kermit out for our inaugural ride tonight… as great as it was, it kicked my ass.  but in a good way.  i was never one of those “casual” riders – i ride pretty aggressively…. my leg’s are gonna feel it tomorrow!



milanese graffiti / eco tip o’ the day.
April 21, 2007, 10:50 am
Filed under: art, dating, environment, italy photos

thought i was done with the pics from italy eh?  not even close – just takin’ a break.

one thing about milan that i was not prepared for was the graffiti.  it’s **everywhere**.  and i’m not exaggerating, it’s on every building, even the super chic fashionable ones.  most of the tags are just bad, armature stuff, but there was a couple of things that really struck a cord.

the first one is in 3 pics – it covered the entire side of a brick wall/fence/divider.  the italian when translated (according to the artist’s website) reads: “the future is not more that one than once” (i think google’s free translation service could use some work, or conversely, things just look cooler in italian).  the artist, ivan, has stuff all over, and all of it interesting.  his website quite cool, take some time to check it out…  the dolphinis saying “i am extinguished”.  interesting.

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the next piece that caught my eye looks a bit like the artist bansky, tho, i have no idea if it is indeed bansky, or just a similar piece.  this would make a really interesting, graphic tattoo:

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then there was this piece, tagged inside the duomo, one of the most stunning gothic cathedral’s in the world:

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ummm, all i gotta say is i’m sure by now andrea and paola’s love has evolved into a bitter, spiteful, tormented affair with a lovely dose of gonorrhea thrown in for good measure (andrea’s a world class tramp, her mobile number is all over milan – she provides quick relief for anyone needing it.  oh if only paola had known before he gave his heart to that trollop).  all because they just had to deface one of the worlds greatest buildings with their little try for immortality.

time for day’s gentle reminder that tomorrow is earth day folks and all of you need to get off your asses and do something good for your mother (earth that is).

this one is a complete and total n0-brainer, however it’s good to revisit the basics sometimes:

recycle damnit.

about 80% of what we consume is recyclable.  visit this site for some great ideas on how to recycle.

eco quote of the day:

“unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. ut’s not.”

— dr. seuss, from the lorax

p.s., date no. 5 last night.  awesome.  (ok it was less of a “date” and more of an impromptu stop-over to hang for a bit.  nice.



earth day every day pt 2 and random ramblings
April 19, 2007, 5:35 pm
Filed under: dating, environment, film, movies, random bits, tattoo

ok, i know i said i was gonna post a eco-tip everyday, but yesterday was insane, first flying home from north carolina, then dealing with having no internet service (i’m not thrilled with comcast right now), then i had date no. 4.  you could say i was a busy lil’ bugger yesterday.

so without firther adiue, here ya go:

  • avoid products that are packaged for single use (i.e., drinks, school lunches, candy, cat and dog food, salad mixings, etc.). instead, buy in bulk and transfer the products to your own reusable containers.

easy right?  it’s a no-brainer really.  the world does not need single serving containers.  all they do is clock up landfills.  we act as if we have a backup planet somewhere to go to when we mess this one up enough.

i took the afternoon off today to continue work on my arm tattoo – we connected the wind/lotus/cherry blossom side to the buddhist symbol on my inner arm.  it’s a subtle connection (done mainly with wind), but it’s turning out beautifully.  next friday, we continue with the cherry blossom branch that weaves in and out of the clouds and potentially start on the buddhist prayer flags that will take root on my elbow joint.  

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disturbing news too – found out my tattoo artist (trevor at steady tattoo in minneapolis) is going to relocate to l.a. this fall.  that means i have a shit load of work to do on my arm before it’s complete.

i’m a major cate blanchett fan.  and an even bigger fan of the 1998 film ‘elizabeth‘.  as such, you can imagine how thrilled i was to read that you tube had the trailer for the new film ‘elizabeth; the golden age‘ the sequel to the original film. 

i was lucky enough to see the trailer before universal pictures pulled it down for copy-write infringement (the fuckers!), and can say this movie looks every bit as epic as the original.

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 for a snazzy play-by-play description of the trailer go here.

of course some will argue the historical accuracy of the original film (ahem, ray), but i say fuck ’em (“fuck ’em ray”) – i don’t look to hollywood for historical accuracy.  i look to them for entertainment and the movie is in my top ten and never ceases to entertain me (it’s a visual feast with tremendous spot-on acting by a terrific cast).  additionally, let me just state for the record – cate blanchett was robbed of best actress to that waif gweneth paltrow (or as dlisted.com refer’s to her “fishsticks paltrow)”.  cate performed rings around that trifle of a performance paltrow threw in.  robbed i say!!

oh, in other news, i’m moving.  i don’t know when or to where, but i did look at an apartment (6th floor of a 21 story building on the shores of lake calhoun in minneapolis) yesterday, that i’m seriously considering.

while i do suffer a bit of wanderlust, and tend to move every couple of years, i gotta say, this time it’s for a good reason – my current apartment building is going to shit.  a change in the other tennent’s is proving concerning, a lack of response to maintenance issues, the neighborhood going to pot, and generally, a sense of it not being “home”.  

watch this space – more on this as it develops.

environmental quote of the day:

“suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.  ~bill vaughn 

oh, and p.s., the date went exceptionally well.

 



earth day every day
April 17, 2007, 9:14 am
Filed under: environment, public service announcment

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april 22 is the 37th annual earth day.  the company i work for spends a massive amount of money, resources and time celebrating and honoring something called earth month (april), and most who know me well, know that i embrace the term tree-hugger and believe that as citizens of the world, it’s our duty to protect this fragile eco-system we call home.

as such, i’m gonna spend a couple of days throwing out simple, easy things that you all can do to change your little corner of the world and make the earth a safer, cleaner and healthier place.

some history: earth day was started in 1970 by senator gaylord nelson.  to learn more about how earth day was conceived and started, check this out.

environmental activism is not the big huge grand ideas and concepts, nor is it radical, life-changing things (usually); it’s really the little things that make the most difference. 

things like the above poster.  believe it or not, this poster hangs in the stalls of every single bathroom in all of our corporate locations.  yup, we’re that kind of earth-geek.

in case you can’t read it, the text says:

“no one wants to go without toilet paper.  so, partly-done rolls get replaced with brand-new rolls.  you can make a difference by finishing off the little rolls before using the new roll.  the maintenance team can then replace empty rolls with full rolls, no one goes without toilet paper.  no unused toilet paper is wasted. easy”

it goes on to say:

make a difference at home too.

if every household in the us replaced just one roll of 500 sheet, 2-ply virgin fiber bath tissue with 100% recycled ones we would save:

  • 294,000 trees
  • 1.2 million cubic feet of landfill space (equal to 1400 full garbage trucks
  • 122 million gallons of water (a year’s supply for 3500 families of four)

easy right?  kinda a no-brainer.  there are a number of excellent companies manufacturing bath tissue with recycled paper.  check out: seventh generation or green forest.  both of these product lines are carried by most major grocery store lines i’ve found.

today’s quote about the environment:

because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us.  ~henrik tikkanen