Archive for the “Do-it-yourself” Category

This one is making the rounds: the Bose Noise Cancelling Toilet. Enough said, except to add that the comment on reddit on using rearbuds is apropos.

The incandescent light bulb is slated for phase-out, but some folks are readying to hoard them, it seems. I can see why. I’ve bought some really bad compact fluorescent bulbs in recent years. They can be slow to come on, and can be quite dim at first, brightening slowly to their rated luminosity level. Painful, […]

Let Green America know about airline recycling practices using their form here. The idea, as noted on their website, is they will take this information from consumers and use it in a follow up report on the industry

Sachel Paige, the baseball player famous for his quick wit and laid back approach to life, used to make the TV talk show circuit. He’d often recite some of his famous quotes. One I remember is Never run anywhere. I’ve not been able to verify that one, but there are some other good ones on […]

This screed is a response to some local folks who were having some trouble with over-stuffed mailboxes, among other issues. First, the magic words, to repeat with every company and other organization that you are in touch with, if you wish to minimize your mail:

Forest destruction is a big problem, so recycling in this way is really useful. The Anniston Star reviews a book with an interesting title, Wrapping Scarf Revolution, by Patricia Lee.  The author also sells scarves at  As the article says, and as many well know: On Christmas morning, trash barrels across the nation will […]

As we prepare for the holidays, we are reminded about the recent problems with imported toys having lead paint, and other chemicals. The website, states it has been testing toys since 2007, listing results on their site.  They point out that their most recent research shows … lead has been steadily decreasing in toys. […]

It’s Buy Nothing Day (aka Black Friday), as described here by Adbusters: We’re asking tens of millions of people around the world to bring the capitalist consumption machine to a grinding – if only momentary – halt. We want you to not only stop buying for 24 hours, but to shut off your lights, televisions […]

In Honolulu, they are looking to ban smelly people from riding the bus, as reported here. The person who proposed the ban believes some people don’t bathe often enough. Some people do take baths often enough, but don’t wash their clothes often, so they stink. And there are old shoes also.