Monday, April 19, 2010

I need to write a little book about a bird and a bunny who explain how Mayor Ballard is causing air pollution by making landowners replace flowers and prairie with lawn and blacktop.

City's children's book carries clean-air message
Mayor Greg Ballard today shared the clean-air banter between a blue bird and a brown bunny.
"Too much pollution in the air is unhealthy," said the bird sitting on a tree branch. "It makes it hard to breathe."
"Oh my," responded the bunny from the green ground below blue, cloudy skies. "I don't want to pollute the air. How can I help?"
The Indianapolis leader read the children's book "Air Schmair" to kindergartners and first-graders at a Near Northside private school, one of the mayor's charter facilities.
Indianapolis Knozone, a 14-year program to educate people about ways to cut air pollution, published the book. Knozone is the same group that issues alert when the air quality is dangerous.
Indianapolis business SPG Graphics printed the book, and Miles Design created the design, said mayor's spokeswoman Paula Freund.
"The cost was $9,065 for 5,000 books," Freund said in an e-mail. "This was funded by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant, which comes from the Federal Highway Administration."
Schools, libraries and other organizations will be recipients of one of the 5,000 copies of the paperback. Employees of Northwestside-based Brightpoint Americas, a distributor of wireless devices, will deliver the storybooks.
The tale ends with the bird giving the bunny some advice.
"If your family is going somewhere nearby, walk instead of driving," the bird said. "On trips across town, try carpooling. And don't burn your trash or your leaves. That just puts more pollution in the air."
"I can do that," the rabbit responded.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A neat definition of “meld"
Is this: it’s to melt plus to weld.
Thus the word itself came
From the process it names
In how it’s pronounced and it’s spelled.
- sealionii


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

how to make tonic
bonus: bathtub gin.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

alton brown's ginger ale, i might have to try this.
* 1 1/2 ounces finely grated fresh ginger
* 6 ounces sugar
* 7 1/2 cups filtered water
* 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
* 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
mint leaf
Place the ginger, sugar, and 1/2 cup of the water into a 2-quart saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to steep for 1 hour.
Pour the syrup through a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl, pressing down to get all of the juice out of the mixture. Chill quickly by placing over and ice bath and stirring or set in the refrigerator, uncovered, until at least room temperature, 68 to 72 degrees F.
Using a funnel, pour the syrup into a clean 2-liter plastic bottle and add the yeast, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups of water. Place the cap on the bottle, gently shake to combine and leave the bottle at room temperature for 48 hours. Open and check for desired amount of carbonation. It is important that once you achieve your desired amount of carbonation that you refrigerate the ginger ale. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, opening the bottle at least once a day to let out excess carbonation.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

but can it fold laundry and run linux?

via boing-boing, look how this early mickey toon plagiarizes this oswald the lucky rabbit bit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59YZB_vc_lU
effective as a PETA ad, and funny and creative. but oswald did it all first.

Since at least the invention of the internet, people have been talking about the convergence of tv and internet. I'm not an early adopter of the latest gadgets, so I haven't had this, but now I have hulu, which is at least a good part of the way there.
I generally don't watch tv, or dvds, or whatever, so there are some current shows I'd missed. Just became a glee addict, but hulu (as well as fox.com) only shows the latest 5 episodes.

Saturday, April 03, 2010


Friday, April 02, 2010

sensitive fruit flies.
japanese robot teddy bears

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