January 27, 2019

How to Make the World a Better Place – Media

Just yesterday I was thinking seriously on how I could possibly make a difference.  I hear these news broadcasts (I listen to OPB/NPR/BBC quite a bit, but also CNN/FOX/MSNBC and local news on the radio and TV) and I have started to get this helpless feeling.  There is so much out there that needs to be fixed and I am only one person.  What is it that I could possibly do to have any impact on what is ailing our planet or our neighbors today?

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January 5, 2019

Musical Instrument Library

Libraries are looking for something to offer now that more and more books are being read digitally.  Why not musical instruments and music sheets?  You just need a few instruments to get this started.

I think there used to be more instruments in basements, attics, and in closets collecting dust when music was a bigger part of school and education and kids moved on, but I bet there are still enough collecting dust that could be donated to fill a library room of music.  Isn’t it time we give them new life?

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December 9, 2012

Worthwhile Work

I love this quote from Theodore Roosevelt…

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Are you in a job where the work is worth doing?

June 17, 2012

Stop Wasting Lotion and other Bottle Liquids

This is the shower diary, so of course I was fighting getting out the last drops liquids from bottles yesterday.  It was driving me nuts.  Based on the weight, I could tell there was a lot more in the bottle than would come out.  I’ve had this fight many times before, but yesterday it just seemed that all of my potions and lotions were running out – all at the same time.  I drew pictures of contraptions that could fix the problem.  Most lotion tops are the same size (but not all – those $40 bottles are smaller than the $5 bottles of course).

Lotion Saver Lotion Saver 2

So now that I’ve created this new idea, I figured I’d see who else has already come up with a solution… as that is usually the case with my “next big idea”.  So I find this Lotion Dispenser.

So I like my idea better because you don’t have to keep the contraption on the container all the time (you only need to buy one), and while you may use multiple containers for your liquids, they will be much smaller and if you keep to a 3 ounce container you can travel with them.  With the funnel cone, you can use any size container that you’re emptying and you can select what to fill.

You can use mine in the kitchen too.  Get the last of your sauce or other food liquids.  They can be a bit chunky or not (change the funnel).

Found this too from the Container Store.  Still like my idea better as you may want to go from a large container to a smaller one and the couplers don’t necessarily match up.  Also the lighter bottle is on the bottom and you’ll have a balancing act to deal with.

June 10, 2012

More than Big Brother is Keeping an Eye on You

Does it bug you that everything you do is being tracked by Facebook, Twitter, Google, your email provider, search engines… and cookies (usually something yummy, but not in this case) are tracking your every move?  There is a whole database out there – an online profile – of your “likes” and dislikes, and preferences.  They follow your every move usually so they can better market to you but your information is for sale and anyone can buy it.  Watch this video on TED. You can add Collusion to your Mozilla / Firefox Browser and watch who is watching you.   They are tracking your 6-year-old if she is on the Internet.  There is no more anonymous.

OMG.  Now they want to put a camera in a box above your TV that can see you.  They can tell who you are and send ads that are just for you.  Really!?!

UPDATE 6/12/12:  Do you read Success Magazine?  If so you likely read the article “Mining Big Data“.  I guess this is a “big opportunity” for companies, but for me it’s just more of my privacy out the window.  Are you excited about your new car with OnStar?  Do you know you’re being tracked? It currently has three petabytes of data A YEAR coming through their data pipeline.  On petabyte equals 1 quadrillion bytes!  Maybe Living Off the Grid will take new meaning you the next time you hop on the Internet or drive with your OnStar or your GPS enabled phone.

May 19, 2012

Food, Inc. Portland viewing and discussion 5/20/12 @ 3pm

Hey Portland, I know this has been out for a while, but Food, Inc. will be shown in the Kenton neighborhood on Sunday and will be followed by a discussion on how to improve our food sources in our community.

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May 18, 2012

Healthy Fast Food… Where? How healthy?

HELP ME!!!  Where can I find really healthy and FAST food? So I found a couple of places, but PORTLAND where else can I go?  Have you tried Continue reading

May 18, 2012

Lost you keys? Where are your glasses? Darn remote!

Okay are you as tired as I am of losing things? Wouldn’t be sooo cool if we had little dots we could glue on our keys, remotes, glasses and other things we are constantly misplacing…  Continue reading

May 12, 2012

Easy, Affordable CURE for Cancer?

Is the CURE for cancer as easy as changing your diet?  It really could be.  I’ve heard that changing your attitude (like laughing and being happy) can cure cancer.  I’ve heard getting rid of all the chemicals you use around you (deodorant, cleaning supplies, shampoo, make-up, lotion) and using natural and organic can make a huge difference. 

One example I recently read about was Horst Schulze who managed the Ritz Carlton and now owns Capella hotels/resorts.  In Success Magazine (Against the Odds) he talked about how he was given one year to live after having surgery to remove the cancer.  He didn’t like that idea.  So what did he do? Continue reading

April 10, 2012

Flavor Packets – Spices

So I’m looking at ways to eat healthier food.  What’s missing for me is FLAVOR.  I’m thinking of whole grains and mixing it up, brown rice, veggies… but what are the best spices to go with my food?  Okay, I know this is bad, but I like Sapporo’s Ichiban japanese style noodles – especially when I can throw in the kitchen sink of veggies and left-overs.  Unfortunately the first two ingredients in the “Soup Base” are Salt and MSG, followed by sugar.  UGG! Continue reading