Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
2 (TWO) bike panniers
pretty women's bike jersey
...all for about 20 euros!!! bike gear at Aldi's even?! This is bike commuter utopia! It's crazy. I am very happy about my Aldi bike purchases though. Yes, I could have even bought an actual bike at Aldi.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
The last photo is very funny. There were some interesting options on the toilet that I tried, and let's just say I left the bathroom with a rather wet shirt! :)
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I think we need to probably change our lives (ride our bikes, walk more) to really make global change, just consuming different kinds of energy will not work! This is an interesting look at something I haven't thought about with electric cars and makes my point:
They May Not Use Gasoline, but They Sure Burn Through Water
Published: March 18, 2008
Peter DaSilva for The New York Times
One way to reduce the world’s dependence on oil is to produce more cars that get their power from the electrical grid rather than the gas pump. In the United States, replacing a large percentage of the roughly 235 million cars, light trucks and sport utility vehicles with all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids (which have a supplemental gasoline engine) would make a big dent in gasoline consumption, currently about 380 million gallons a day.
Adding more plug-in vehicles would mean a sharp increase in water use.
But such a shift would have an impact on another of the world’s precious liquids — water.
It takes a lot of water to produce electricity, both to mine and to process coal and other fuels and to cool power plants. Production of gasoline uses water, too, but in an analysis in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, Carey W. King and Michael E. Webber of the University of Texas found that adding more plug-in vehicles would result in a significant increase in water use because of the additional electricity that would have to be generated.
For every mile driven by a gas-powered vehicle that is displaced by one driven by an electric vehicle, the researchers report, about three times as much water is consumed (that is, lost to evaporation) and about 17 times as much is withdrawn (used and returned to its source).
The researchers say the impact on water use does not mean a shift to electric vehicles is a bad idea. But they say the impact would be severe enough, particularly in areas like the Southwest, that it should be considered in policy discussions about widespread use of electric vehicles.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I want to be able to do 20 push ups! Man push-ups, that is!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Yes! What a wonderful article, it's so true when I remember it :) (like today, I didn't!)
Feeling tired? Exercise a little
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Couch potatoes who complain they are tired all the time have an easy solution -- a little light exercise.
Regular, low-intensity workouts such as a leisurely stroll can boost energy levels by 20 percent and decrease fatigue by 65 percent, a team at the University of Georgia found.
"Too often we believe that a quick workout will leave us worn out, especially when we are already feeling fatigued," Tim Puetz, who helped conduct the study, said in a statement.
"However, we have shown that regular exercise can actually go a long way in increasing feelings of energy, particularly in sedentary individuals."
Puetz and a team led by Patrick O'Connor at the university's Exercise Psychology Laboratory studied 36 people who did not exercise regularly and who said they were always fatigued.
They were divided into three groups. One did 20 minutes of moderately intense exercise on an exercise bike three times a week for six weeks, the second did similar workouts but at a much more leisurely pace and the third did no exercise.
The low- and moderate-intensity groups had a 20 percent increase in energy levels over the non-exercisers, the researchers reported in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.
To their surprise, the researchers found the low-intensity group reported better reduction in fatigue than those who worked out harder.
"It could be that moderate-intensity exercise is too much for people who are already fatigued and that might contribute to them not getting as great an improvement as they would had they done the low-intensity exercise," O'Connor said in a statement.
"A lot of people are overworked and not sleeping enough," he said. "Exercise is a way for people to feel more energetic. There's a scientific basis for it and there are advantages to it compared to things like caffeine and energy drinks."
Many studies have shown that exercise can boost energy, especially over time. O'Connor's team published a report in 2006 showing that exercise can reduce fatigue in patients with cancer, heart disease and other medical problems. This study looked at people whose fatigue did not seem to be associated with any medical condition.
(Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by Bill Trott)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I found this really fascinating, I also struggle at times with "keeping doors open"
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
I thought this was a great article about how to make small changes over a long time to make big life changes!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
This is my dream! They are expensive to order, but I have lots of ideas now to make my own!
I thought this was interesting (and funny). Don't worry faithful (Northern American) readers - I continue to follow Jesus, not Elisabeth Elliot.
It is not difficult to imagine, in certain moods and settings, that we love people. We may feel expansive and good-natured for a variety of reasons--our own good health or digestion, for example, or beautiful weather, comfortable circumstances, nice folks doing nice things for us. The Bible is a sword that cuts through mere sentiment. It tells us that the accurate test of our love for God's children is obedience to God.
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey His commandments"
(1 Jn 5:2 RSV). It is an objective test, not a subjective one. Love as the Bible defines it is perceptible through action rather than through mere feeling. It is not, as Eric Alexander of Scotland put it, a "glandular condition."
- A Lamp for my Feet
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I have been on the Asbury campus and even know people who went there, so I feel experienced enough to be able to post this :)
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I haven't read "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich, but have heard of it and always wanted to read it. I thought this was a really inspiring article though! Spend less, save more - genius :)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I didn't know very much about Scientology, and this is a long but interesting article.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The advice is as sound as it is familiar: avoid smoking, exercise, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink alcohol if you want (but not too much). Now researchers have figured out exactly how many years these habits will add to your life.
Using this data, the researchers built a simple 0-to-4 scale that indicated how many of the four behaviors each person habitually engaged in — one point each for not smoking, exercising, drinking moderately and eating the proper amounts of fruits and vegetables.
The trend was unmistakable: with each added positive behavior, people lived longer. Those who scored 4 had about one-quarter the risk of dying of those who received a 0 — equivalent to living an additional 14 years. The trend was strongest for cardiovascular disease and cancer, but also significant for other causes.
“We’re not talking about extremes of behavior,” said Dr. Kay-Tee Khaw, the lead author and a professor of gerontology at the University of Cambridge, “but easy behaviors that most people can achieve.”