Monday, December 6, 2004


Getting an advanced degree in our current society has become easier. The world of computers, the internet, Google has introduced distant and online learning programs all over the world. You can now take the time to earn a degree in eco design or architecture on your own schedule.


Informational Guide to Straw Bale Building

A informational guide for owner builders and the construction industy for straw bale building. It is a PDF file.
Informational Guide to Straw Bale Building

Banning Straw Bale Construction

Interesting story about a city trying to ban straw bale construction and earthen walls. You can help!
Banning Straw Bale Construction

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

CollectiveGood - Recycle

Find a way to get rid of all your old cell phones, pdas, and other electronics and donate to a charity. Collective Good allows you to reduce the amount of electronics dumped in landfills. They will send you a per-paid postage label. Your items will get sent to 3rd world and developing countries where they will get a new use. Or if they can't be refurbished, they will be disposed of property.

Sunday, November 7, 2004


Ok - This is cool. You can store personal websites from anywhere and bring them up whenever you need to. I looked up what Furl stands for and it was shortened from File URL - which is exactly what you can do. The great part, they are saved forever. Now for someone like me - you know the type - loves to read lots of stuff, but can never quite remember the article word for word - this is perfect. Not to mention, doing research for all those MBA papers, I will never lose a page again.

LookSmart's Furl - Your Personal Web

Who gets to name hurricanes?

I always wondered about this. It is one of those things in life that you never think much about. Just a little question in the back of your mind, which you are content not to answer, but you still wished you knew...
Who gets to name hurricanes?

Thursday, October 28, 2004


Do you ever hear the news and feel physically ill. Tonight the 11:00 news came on: "Will there be an attack which will dwarf 9-11," "Will the rain ruin Halloween this weekend," "Who is watching our streets and why - Find out at next." Don't they ever have something profound to say that doesn't involve death, destruction, or the end of the world as we know it? I understand this is not a new argument. Many people complain about this everyday. Something just snapped in me today. Why can't we ever hear something good? I believe that the world is generally a good place. We are good people and terrible things do not happen to people everyday. Why is there an institution of fear? Why must everything that the media tells use be a horrible event? I know that wonderful thing happen everyday, why can't we hear about that.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Your Enlightened Guide to Airplane Seating

This is a great site. I am picky about where I sit on a plane. I like to have a good view of the movie and easy access to the bathrooms. It is a wonderful tool for those who are flying as much a I do. - Your Enlightened Guide to Airplane Seating

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Squeezing Water From Thin Air!

How would you like to get water without plumbing? All you need is air! If you know anyone who has tried on of these = let me know. I am very | Squeezing Water From Thin Air!


This is a great program for recycling anything - give it way for free. Ever have stuff which was just too much work to sell at a garage sale or on eBay? Ever felt bad throwing something away that you thought some else might need, but you were sure how to find that person? Well, Freecycle has the answer. Cities across the globe have established groups offering and asking for free stuff. The only catch - It has to be Free! Check it out...Freecycle

Sunday, August 8, 2004

Is Craigslist a Google 2.0?

As a fanatical user of Craigslist, I found this an interesting article. I hope that if Craigslist does ever go public... I can get in on the ground floor.

Tech Biz: Is Craigslist a Google 2.0? - Aug. 5, 2004

Friday, August 6, 2004

Circle of Memory

A photography exhibit in San Diego: The Circle of Memory installation is circular room built of straw bale. It is nice to see straw bales being used in such an artist form beyond building homes.

August 8 - November 7

upcoming exhibitions

Saturday, May 1, 2004

Raise Awareness

I volunteer for the Susan G Komen breast cancer foundation and I found this company which supports the cause...great Mother's Day's gifts. Elisa Ilana Mothers Bracelets and Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets
From their site:
"The trademark movement in our bracelets signifies a nonstop dedication to finding a cure. The bracelets serve as a bridge uniting people in the fight against the diseases that touch every one of us. We work directly with the Komen Foundation Race for the Cure, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, the American Heart Association of the Midlands and the Human Resources Association of the Midlands. In addition to donating 10% of the retail price of each bracelet, we participate in many events across the country to benefit these and other worthwhile causes."

Recycling - A Waste?

So it true that recycling is a waste of time, money and energy? Let's look at the facts:
First off, it is more expensive to recycle garbage than it is put it in a landfill. For the average city it takes $50-$60 a ton to throw trash into the landfill, and $150 a ton to recycle. Cities, such a New York, it is estimated to cost up to $250 a ton. In fact, landfills are the cheapest method of disposing of garage. New landfills are constructed to pipe the methane gas it produces to local power plants, supplying approximately 39 million kilowatt-hours per year - enough to supply about 3,200 homes (very green energy). So what about recycling? It takes more money to recycle a plastic bottle than it does to create a new one. Recycling paper takes more energy and creates more pollution than making new paper. There are more steps including removing the ink, which causes another byproduct. The processes also use more water than producing new paper products. But what about the trees? There is the argument that paper should be recycled so that we save trees and forests? We have 3 times more trees now than in the 1920s; in fact we grow trees just to produce newsprint. It is a sustainable resource.

So now what? Many of us recycle and feel our need to participate. Environmentalists tell use that we should and we are helping the planet. But if it is a waste of time, money and resources and is less sustainable than we though all along, what can we do to help. Well one thing recycling aluminum cans is still a good practice. It takes less money and resources to make an aluminum can from recycled materials than it to make a new one. So save the cans and trash everything else.

But don't take my word a face value. Do your own research...An article...Recycling Is Garbage...and the rebuttal...Recycling Isn't Garbage...

Friday, April 30, 2004


If you haven't discovered Craigslist yet, you must! It is great free resource for finding a job or an apartment or even a date. I have recently found that many people are unaware of the wonders of Craigslist. If you have been there go there now...Craigslist...Now tell me what interesting things you can find. I believe that the true persona of Americanism shines through.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

GMail is Here!

I am so excited about my new email account. I am an official Gmail participant...You can email me at ladesign

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Airplane Home

This is pretty wild. I am not sure if it is a good deal or not...727-200 Airplane Home

Beyond Earth Day

Now that Earth Day is over doesn't mean we should stop thinking about the planet. Some statistics:

Using one compact fluorescent light bulb could save you $30-$40 during its lifetime. It can also save 34 gallons of oil, 2.8 pounds of smog, and 850 pounds of carbon dioxide.

If every household in California installed a solar hot water heater, we would cumulatively save enough energy to shut down another 67 power plants (87gW-hrs/day).

127 Million Americans, half of the nation's population, live in regions with air quality that does not meet federal standards for certain air pollutants.

To support the entire human population in the lifestyle of Americans would require roughly three additional planets the size of planet Earth.

Finding and fixing leaks can save an average family over 2,500 gallons of water each month.

1/2 the world's population is under age 25

The US is the largest emitter of global warming pollution, responsible for 25% of the problem.

One computer left on all day results in the emission of 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year. It would take 100 to 500 trees to absorb that amount of extra carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.


Tuesday, April 20, 2004


There is something wonderful about watching movies from the 80's. It is quite an experience reliving the movies of my childhood. The sayings, the clothing, the haircuts... It is so bad, it is funny.

Sunday, April 11, 2004


I just watch Jamie Foxx in Redemption. I haven't thought about capitol punishment in a long time. To be honest, I have always been for capitol punishment, but as I get older, I am getting past the need for retaliation. I once believed in eye for an eye. However, the ability to choose that one person should die over another is a powerful notion. I do not think I would be able to sit on a jury and impose the death penalty. Can you image telling someone they are going to die because you said so? Then imagine going home to your own job and home and family and live out your life without thinking about it again. I don't think I would be able to do it.

Monday, April 5, 2004


I love Google. I am anxious to see what happens with Gmail. I am not a big user of Hotmail or Yahoo (although I do have a Yahoo account). But I think if Gmail is a good as they say, I will use it as my default junk email address. Only time will tell.

Thursday, April 1, 2004

For web designers.

Found this easy to use color chart for web color schemes. It gives you complimentary colors for variety of applications. I used it to update the colors of this page. What do you think? Color scheme

One of Those Days

Ever have one of those days that no matter how hard you try you can not get your work done. I recently started an MBA program which requires submitting 2 papers a week: one on Wednesday and one of Friday. Considering it in now Thursday and I have not written one paper this week means that my Wednesday paper is late. Now I consider myself a good student, no, a great student. I always do well. I rarely turn work in late. Yet I find myself sitting at home, 12 hours after my paper was due, with nothing more than 2 sentences written and a blank mind. Even worse, I am suppose to be writing about entrepreneurship. 2 years ago I opened my own business. Knowing this I would assume this would be an easy topic to write about. However, I am finding this to be most difficult. Why is it that the things I am most familiar with are the hardest to write about?

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Earth Friendly Limo Service?

I was surprised to come across this site. I suppose if you are going to drive around in the city in a limo, it should be good for the earth....
EVO Limo Service | Eco-Friendly Car & Limousine Service in Los Angeles
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