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The Wonder that is FarmersOnly.com

Saw this ad on my TV recently and was mouth agape for a solid 5 minutes.

Is it just you and 100 acres of corn in a town of 8 people where you’re related to 7 of them and the eighth has no teeth? Then FarmersOnly.com might just be for you!

We May Have Hit “Peak Beard”, Thank Goodness

I am constantly asking myself where all the beards came from. I’m particularly puzzled by the shaved head but big, bushy, backwoods beard look. It just throws the whole hair/head balance off in a disturbing lumberjacky sort of way way. Especially when seen in a Starbucks in Chelsea.

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But this Smithsonian article helps allay my fears of a bearded planet by asserting that we may have hit peak beard and, like the asinine cigar fad, they’ll probably start fading away again.

But, says Brooks, as “more and more people get onto the band wagon the value of being on the bandwagon diminishes, so that might be why we’ve hit ‘peak beard’.”

“Negative frequency dependent” selection is common in the animal kingdom, and it can be summed up as the notion that rare traits are sexy. In a sea of heavily-stubbled men, it’s the clean-shaven chap who stands out.

I’m not very beardly myself, can’t really grow a decent one – but when I’ve eschewed the razor for a week, to see what I could do, I’ve found it really uncomfortable and the wife HATES IT. So yeah, not into the beard. However, I at least understand the choice and that some women do like it, so go grow that beard if you can, man. What I don’t understand (kind of like how some people don’t get bisexuals) is the 3-day growth. Either be clean shaven or beard guy, CHOOSE!

I’m REALLY wondering how the 3-day growth look, pioneered 30 years ago by Don Johnson in Miami Vice, became so ubiquitous on TV lately that it now seems as if every man in every commercial has it. Who thinks that’s such an overwhelmingly sexy look that it’s an absolute necessity? In commercials people go to supermarkets, buy cars, go on dates, GO TO WORK with the 3-day growth that most real men actually only have when on vacation, accompanied by “I give up” sweat pants. 

Earth Day Mind Blowing Innovation – Flying Wind Turbines

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This is a prototype Buoyant Airborne Turbine “BAT” developed by Altaeros Energies to be a mobile, easy to store, move and deploy, energy source, perfect for rugged rural areas. The BAT can be tethered and allowed to float as high as 1000 feet to capture the increased wind energy of higher altitudes.

Mind blown. 

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On Earth Day We Celebrate Solar Power – and Cons Hate It

I can’t keep up with the various hypocrisies and conflicting stances of the American right wing. Watching Cosmos with my son last Sunday, as the show explained the mid-20th century crisis of lead accumulating in the air and water with the burning of leaded gasoline, and the familiar denials of industry to change, he nailed the mind boggling question: “why would these people want to poison their own children? Do they not breathe?”

Why would conservatives who love decentralization and individual initiative want to penalize people who want to generate their own energy on their roof tops? They wouldn’t. But they are easily led by the nose by propagandists like the Koch Brothers and Fox News. (Talking Points Memo is printing letters from people who have had friends and family completely changed by getting sucked into the Right Wing Fox Echo Chamber – might have to print some of those, they’re heartbreaking.)   The LA Times reports the latest right wing political backlash to increasingly affordable solar energy.

The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry.

But the bad guy, in this case, wasn’t a fat-cat lobbyist or someone’s political opponent.

He was a solar-energy consumer.

Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if perhaps over-hyped, energy alternative, has now grown big enough to have enemies.

 

It’s maddening, but actually a good sign because yes, solar is here, not 20 years away! It’s here, it’s affordable, it will change everything and end the present concept of the electric utility. Tee hee!!

On the right here and now triumphant side of solar, is the story of how former Superfund waste sites are becoming useful again as they are converted into solar farms.

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How beautiful is this? 

The Maywood Solar Farm, which is made up of 36,000 solar panels, started producing power last month. It’s one of 85 renewable energy projects that the EPA has helped install on Superfund sites, landfills and old mining sites in the U.S., projects which together produce 507 megawatts of power. The solar farm is located on the site of a former coal tar refinery plant, which dealt with hazardous chemicals until its closing in 1972. In the 1980s officials found that the groundwater underneath the site was contaminated with benzene and ammonia, and afterwards the area was designated as a Superfund site.

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Chris Hayes Talks with Thomas Piketty

http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/not-born-rich-out-of-luck-229868611955

Chris talks to the hot, happening, economist (words that don’t usually go together) Thomas Piketty, French economics professor and author of “Capital in the 21st Century”. This is a long interview that I don’t believe aired on All In, I think it’s just online. Too bad. Very interesting, worth the time. Gonna get his book for sure.

Company With 4 Day Workweek – Any Openings?

Courtesy of Think Progress

The 70 people who work at Treehouse, an online education company that teaches people about technology, only work four days a week at the same full salary as other tech workers. Yet the company’s revenue has grown 120 percent, it generates more than $10 million a year in sales, and it responds to more than 70,000 customers, according to a post in Quartz by CEO Ryan Carson.

5 days on 2 off does not work. 4 on 3 off has way better balance. And if I can do the 4 days from my couch – Yahtzee!!!

Where’s Waldo Today?

It’s so sad because he was a giant in the industry. And by the industry I mean the business. 

“Where’s Waldo Today?” with Tony Hale

Wondering Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Rehab.

In the years since his last book, Waldo has hit hard times.

Find him – as he finds himself – with his latest pictorial.

In the years since his last book, Waldo has hit hard times.

Find him – as he finds himself – with his latest pictorial.

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