Stop the World, India and Pakistan are Playing Each Other in Cricket

June 10, 2008 / No Comments

Yeah, I get the idea about saving the animals, going green, being eco-friendly, going on strike, protesting naked, all those things, after all that's the idea behind GreenPacks. Call it a peace treaty, a temporary armistice, a break in the action, down time, chill time ... whatever. India and Pakistan are playing each other in cricket. There are bats, bowlers, wickets, pitches, strikers ...

Spanish and French truckers on strike, against high diesel prices

June 10, 2008 / No Comments

In the "that's what happens when oil reaches new records" category (no we don't have one) truckers from Spain and France went on strike on Monday to protest against high diesel prices. And they have damn good reasons : €1.30 for a liter in Spain ($7.71 a gallon) and €1.45 in France ($8.62 a gallon). This is 40-percent more than ...

Indiana Jones and Friends Join World Bank to Save the Tigers

June 10, 2008 / No Comments

Harrison Ford (aka Indiana Jones), Bo Derek and Robert Duvall have recently joined forces with the World Bank to save the the tigers from extinction. A century ago there were at least 100,000 tigers. Studies revealed that there are currently less than 4,000. Though the World Bank is more likely to support poverty and developing countries rather than wildlife projects they ...

T. Boone Pickens Jr, Bets on Wind Power

June 10, 2008 / 1 Comment

T. Boone Pickens Jr. is one of Texas’s richest oil men who's making a small fortune every minute thanks to the high oil prices. He's also now seemingly setting his safety net by building the largest wind farm in the world (he says). The farm will have a 4,000 megawatts generating capability, enough to be able to power 1.3 million ...

HSBC’s Canary Wharf Skyscraper is All about Green

June 9, 2008 / No Comments

HSBC unveiled their latest project, the Canary Wharf headquarters in London with its 617 square meters of solar panels installed on the roof. HSBC is now the tallest corporate headquarter building in Europe using photovoltaic panels to create energy from the sun's light. A total of 422 monocrystalline photovoltaic Sharp panels were installed. The panels are guaranteed to withstand wind speeds ...

How Not to Lower Gas Prices

June 9, 2008 / No Comments

I don't like high gas prices any more than the next guy or gal. It's $4.53/gal for the cheap stuff right down the street from my house. There's a goof ball lady up the street, relatively speaking, from me who has decided to protest the high gas prices here in California. Protesting is a hobby in these parts. She decided she would ...

How Not to Get Rid of Bees

June 9, 2008 / No Comments

Twenty-six year old Josh Mullen from Alabama teaches us how not to get rid of bees. A swarm of bees was infesting his utility shed. So, he put a glass full of gasoline on some towels where the bees were hanging out. He turned, walked away and "Whooosh!!" the shed caught fire. Firemen, wife and one-year old kid rescues, and $80,000 worth of ...

A Pile of 3G Apple iPhones

June 9, 2008 / 1 Comment

My neighbor, Steve Jobs (how's that for name dropping), will likely unveil the 3G iPhone today. He called and asked me what I thought about the idea. The message is on my phone. (right!) FWIW, I do live about 3 miles from Apple HQ. Jobs lives in the mountains and I live in the low-rent district of Silicon Valley. This new 3G ...

DTE Energy Bust Good/Bad Business

June 9, 2008 / No Comments

DTE Energy left some 135,000 customers without power/service this morning. That's good business for the local retail stores. That's bad business for the local retail stores. Home Depot, OSH, Frank & Johnny's Hardware see a rush on generators when the power goes out. But, a 90-day no questions asked policy at the biggies like Home Depot, sees customers returning the items after power comes ...

Lycra-trimmed, ultra-mini Salmon-Skin Bikini. Are you serious?

June 8, 2008 / 1 Comment

Claudia Escobar is an eccentric Chilean fashion designer or at least that's what she is demonstrating here with her new creation. It's swim wear and clothing made from discarded bits of Scottish salmon skin. Her Lycra-trimmed, ultra-mini salmon-skin bikini are durable and elastic (how else?). They are also now part of a luxury clothing line and go for £250 (~ $495). Smells fishy? ...