Archive for the ‘envioronment’ Category

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Miracle Fruit – Where To Get Miracle Fruit Seeds

May 29, 2008

This is driving me nuts, I want to get some damn miracle fruit and I can’t seem to find any place that has them. The few places I did find have 2 to 4 months back order. If you buy the seeds you might not see the fruit for one to two years. Miracle fruit is freaking impossible to get.

Damn WSJ and NYTimes coming out with those stupid articles. I just learned of them a week ago, and now that its mainstream getting your hands on miracle fruit is damn near impossible.

If you know where to get miracle fruit seeds please leave a comment for all to see.

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Fixed Gear Bicycle Gallery Contest

December 11, 2007

Fixed gear bicycles are starting to appear everywhere nowadays. For a while I could not understand what the infatuation is with fixed gears. For those of you who do not know what fixed gear bikes are, picture a bicycle with no brakes or freewheel. These “fixies” as they are sometimes called, are super streamlined. There is a contest running right now over at Fixed Gear Bike Gallery . You can simply submit your picture and if it gets chosen it will be featured as the bike of the week. For those of you who are not riding fixed gear bikes right now here are my top five reasons to ride a fixed gear bicycle :

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The 11th Hour : Reflections on the Documentary and My Life

November 16, 2007

I have lived in San Francisco for about 4 months now. Time has been flying by, and although I feel like I have done a lot since I have been here, when I reflect back on time it seems like I have only been here a week. There is a feeling of anxiousness that is building up in my body. I have become irritable to the point where it even shocks me. All the beauty I saw in this city when I first moved here has been replaced by the sight of bums and odor or urine. The other day I decided to go watch “The 11th Hour” at the Red Vic on Haight Street. It has finally put in perspective why these strange emotions have been bubbling up deep inside my soul.

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Rock Art : Amazing Rock Balancing Artist

November 15, 2007


So the other day my girlfriend and I decided to get out of San Francisco for a day and ended up going to Sausilito. The coolest thing there was the Rock Art. There was an artist who would balance rocks one on top of each other. These were pretty big rocks too, and when you see it, it will blow your mind how they stayed up. It seems to defy gravity. Here is the video of rock art and how he managed to balance them.

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Hot Gas Results in Less Fuel Efficiency in Cars

July 19, 2007

If you are reading this article you probably have heard about this whole hot gas issue. If you haven’t let me break it down for you. When liquids are heated they expand. Gasoline like most liquids expands when heated. However, this expansion does not result in more energy. So when you fill up your tank you are actually paying more per gallon for less energy output. Some estimates claim consumers loose as much as 300 Billion dollars worth in California alone.

Currently Hawaii is the only state that adjust prices based on the temparature of the gasoline at the pump. Although this may have worked there I think this whole debate is quite ridiculous.

First of all we the focus shouldn’t be on the oil giants. They are not the ones profitting from this small nuance in gas pricing. It is the people who run the pumps. Usually these are mom and pop shops that barely make profit as it is. Most of the revenue at gas stations comes from snacks and soda purchases from impulse buys. With pay at the pump being common this revenue source has dwindled. To try and force these people to install expensive machines to measure gas temperature and adjust the gas price accordingly will force a lot of these shops out of business. Gas stations keep their gas underground where air temparature rarely has a high enough effect. When adjusting the final price you probably will not even notice. However, when you aggregate this change it will hurt the gas station owners significantly.

I know you are probably like me and will pay the extra 3 cents at a gas station that is more convenient rather than pull a U turn and hit up the cheaper station down the block. If this is true then you should not support this BS about adjusting gas prices due to hot gas. If you do support this movement it will hurt small businesses and next time your running low on gas you may find a lot of stations closed and youll end up on a desserted highway in the scorching sun wishing that you werent such a deuche.  

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Do Not Listen to Bear Grylls on Man vs Wild

July 3, 2007

I am hooked to Man versus Wild, but unlike most people I watch it to learn what NOT to do in case of a survival situation. Don’t get me wrong the show is entertaining, but even an amateur like me can tell you that the guy is insane and some of his advice is absolutely awful. Shame on Discovery for marketing this show as educational to help you survive. Listening to Bear Grills  and get yourself killed. On top of that I am convinced that the show is staged.

 Here are the top things I have spotted watching the show that made me realize that I should take this show as entertainment only.

  1.  When Bear tried to mount the horse you can clearly see it was wearing horse shoes. Wow bear you really found horses in the wild.
  2. If you break a leg you are beyond screwed, yet Bear runs down mountain sides, glaciers, and craters. If you were trying to survive why would you do that? Oh wait, that’s right, you have a camera crew with you that feeds you PowerBars.
  3. Bear killed a rabbit with a stick. Maybe, I would believe this if the camera didn’t get jerked right where supposedly the rabbit got knocked out. I mean the camera guys deserve credit when they are hanging on wires getting some extreme shots of Bear, but stooping down to camera tricks is lame.
  4. He jumps off cliffs into water without even knowing how deep it is or what might be lurking underneath. No one should ever follow this rule its pure suicide.
  5. He walks all the way down a glacier finds a “boat and a shovel” and decides to go paddle up the way he came. Why did he walk down in the first place.

Anyway, I love the show M v W, but I think its irresponsible of Discovery channel to promote it as survival tips. The guy does some really foolish things that most people in those scenarios never will have to. I cannot wait till some dumb asses try to pull of some of his stunts and get hurt, the press will go crazy, but knowing how our society works it will only make the show more popular.

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Finally, A Shout Out to CarFartz.com

June 28, 2007

A while back I entered a contest on Yahoo! JumpCut to win a trip to Cannes. I called up a buddy from high school to shoot the 30 second spot tittled “Crack A Window” . I thought the concept was pretty clever and really thought I had a chance of winning. Of course similar to the fiasco that occurred with Bacardi Banana Rum  the winner is still to be named and I felt as if I completely wasted my time.

I decided screw the contest and created a micro site www.carfartz.com. With help from DrivingGreenI had hoped that it would take off and my video would get the recognition it deserves. Maybe the video isn’t that good and isn’t all the funny, but for some reason I cant get it to spread.

 My only consolation is a blog post by the Global Analyst of Millward Brown that gave me a shoutout in Nigel’s blog.  Also, a guy who was helping put together Pixelodeon , dedicated to consumer generated video, asked to feature my movie in one of the segments. I gave him permission and I hope he did.

Who knows maybe its not over and my video will still grow notoriously and prove my theory that with a little solid marketing any video has the potential to go viral.