Torn: E-books vs. Paper Books

LOTRI know, I have had this debate before, but I am still being torn between the idea of which is better – the traditional book, made of paper that is printed on, especially a hard back volume and the e-book reader version that I can get so handily on my Kindle device (or for that matter my iPad, laptop, or even desktop computer). I keep thinking back on all those wonderful years I have had with books, but similarly keep thinking about the pluses of the electronic edition and some of the greener ideas behind it as well. I was especially thinking of this today while watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy movies this afternoon, based upon probably my favorite books ever, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Global Warming & Science

oops!Did anyone else notice the whimper that was heard coming out of the media the last few weeks in regards to the investigation into the science of the global warming? Did not figure you really did. Remember back a few years ago when a few scientist were questioning the theory and then someone suggested that some data had been falsified to further the support the theory? It got media play for weeks and even months, but when that is reputed by a study funded by the Koch brothers of all unbiased (or biased the other direction) people it gets no attention at all.

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Plastic Back to Oil

OilI saw this article back around the first of the year sometime that talked about a machine that could turn plastic bags into back into oil and was pretty excited about it. I meant to write about it at the time, but I heard someone mention the process in passing at a ballgame of all places and thought I would go back to it. After a little bit of searching I was finally able to come up with the original article about plastic bag back to crude oil machine and to save you a bit effort, here is the link – http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/15/6059428-machine-turns-plastic-bags-into-fuel.

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Election Day Blues

VoteI am sitting here the night before the election and really perplexed about who to actually support in the major elections tomorrow. There is a part of me that really just almost wants to sit it out this time through as I just can not really settle on any candidates in any of the races. Granted, part of the problem at the local level is having just moved here to Nicholasville in the summer and not having a good pulse of the local politics. At the level of going into the state house and especially Congress, I am really at a loss and wondering at the extreme ends all the candidates seem to be mostly taking. I suppose the one relief is the special interest groups and their advertising will be over and the crazy campaign signs will be coming down.

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New Residence – Outside

Magnolia BloomThe wife and myself have a new residence as of the last couple of weeks. We are still getting settled into the townhouse, though things are coming together nicely. Still a lot of things to be done to get everything put away, organized, and especially decorated, not to mention the downstairs/garage area where I get to have my shop again. That all being said, one of the biggest reasons that location appealed to me was the park in the backyard and the general outside environment.

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More Green

More GreenEarth day has come and gone and I did little to observe it, outside of my normal habits of recycling and really thinking hard about a lot of things that I do that I feel contribute an over all negative impact to the environment. That all being said, a few things I have done at the new place that I am settling into has made me realize that you do not have to achieve 100% from the get go, but rather many small steps will eventually go a long way.

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Crossroads

CrossroadsI am about to get married really soon… less than two weeks as a matter of fact. I am not concerned about the marriage. Actually looking forward to that. However, I am taking the time to assess a few things in my life and feel like in some ways I am at a major crossroads. Maybe the marriage has little to do with the assessment, maybe it is in truth much more with having turned forty just under two months ago. Anyway, I have had these kind of major refocusing times in my life a couple of times before and good things have generally come of them. Last major time I got rid of motorcycles and all the rebuilding equipment and eventually got into the dream of horses instead.

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Some Green

I am not sure why I get to thinking more about green aspects of life during the holiday season, but I do. Maybe it because I start thinking about the primary colors of Christmas or maybe it is the green of the Christmas tree? Really I should be thinking more about it all the time and I suppose in some ways I am doing that. Anyway, all that aside I have a few more green tips that I have been keeping in my head for a bit and thought I would get share before the end of the year.

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Scruffy = Green

Disposable RazorI was thinking it had been awhile since I had written anything about being eco-friendly and going green. It has not been because I have not thought about some things and even given some of them a lot of deep thought. I have always had this debate in my head about disposable razors versus the more expensive but more optioned disposable blades. A little background is in order there I think for those may not know me well.

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