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Wednesday, 17 June 2009 01:03 am
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Light sensors cause religious row

Quite apart from the fact that there's a perfectly good case to make against the idea that Jews should not turn electrical lights on or off during the Sabbath, am I right in thinking that something automated might come under different rules, that there are laws about not interfering with nearby non-Jews if they're doing something for their own benefit (involving the weird notion of the Shabbes goy), and the possibility of overriding ecological concerns? How does this case compare with automated street lighting? What systems for stairwell lighting do they use in Israel?
elettaria: (Spiral aloe)
Returning to the blogging for Asus project, they have six computers they'll be lending out. Something that looks like a smaller iMac, a 17" gaming laptop, a 15" personal entertainment laptop, a 14" business laptop, a 12" "Ecobook" laptop in bamboo, and a 10" top-spec netbook, the S101. The last two immediately caught my eye. I already have a nice multipurpose 17" laptop, everyone makes those these days, they do what laptops generally do. It's the possibilities of ultra-small laptops, where it's more of a challenge cramming everything in and getting it to work well, that interest me.

Ecobook on bamboo


Decisions, decisions )

The Ecobook

I felt a visceral tug when I saw this laptop. Part of me took one look and joyously squealed, "Trees!" Like Ursula Le Guin, who prides herself on being "the most arboreal science fiction writer", I have a slight obsession with trees. My desktop backgrounds are always botanical, my quilts are becoming more and more so, and I could tell you every kind of wood that I have in my flat, from the rosewood Bluthner piano to the beech doorknobs on my kitchen units to the cheapie untreated pine bookcases in the hall. Anything which evokes trees is a instant hook-in for me.

I don't spend all my time metaphorically swinging about in the branches, though, so let's look at this a mite more analytically. Read more... )
elettaria: (Spiral aloe)
Returning to the blogging for Asus project, they have six computers they'll be lending out. Something that looks like a smaller iMac, a 17" gaming laptop, a 15" personal entertainment laptop, a 14" business laptop, a 12" "Ecobook" laptop in bamboo, and a 10" top-spec netbook, the S101. The last two immediately caught my eye. I already have a nice multipurpose 17" laptop, everyone makes those these days, they do what laptops generally do. It's the possibilities of ultra-small laptops, where it's more of a challenge cramming everything in and getting it to work well, that interest me.

Ecobook on bamboo


Decisions, decisions )

The Ecobook

I felt a visceral tug when I saw this laptop. Part of me took one look and joyously squealed, "Trees!" Like Ursula Le Guin, who prides herself on being "the most arboreal science fiction writer", I have a slight obsession with trees. My desktop backgrounds are always botanical, my quilts are becoming more and more so, and I could tell you every kind of wood that I have in my flat, from the rosewood Bluthner piano to the beech doorknobs on my kitchen units to the cheapie untreated pine bookcases in the hall. Anything which evokes trees is a instant hook-in for me.

I don't spend all my time metaphorically swinging about in the branches, though, so let's look at this a mite more analytically. Read more... )

The joys of eco-shopping

Thursday, 3 July 2008 04:27 pm
elettaria: (18th century mullet)
Things I have come across while looking at bamboo clothing, and conversations with [livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard that resulted from this.

Overpriced bamboo knickers
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: You know, if I'm going to spend £40 on a pair of knickers, I think there are more useful things they could say about them than "BAMBOO IS BREATHABLE, BIODEGRADABLE AND DOES NOT NEED LOTS OF PESTICIDES AND FERITLISERS. BAMBOO CAN GROW BY 3 METRES OVERNIGHT."
[livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard: There are many things one wants knickers to do, but growing by 3 metres overnight isn't one of them.

Shark water filter
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: To keep sharks out of the water?
[livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard: Well, you wouldn't want sharks in your water, would you?
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: Absolutely not.
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: How they'd get through the tap is the part that's puzzling me.
[livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard: Very small sharks.
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: But then they'd be cute!
[livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard: Yes, but they'd also eat your fingers. And be rather unpleasant in tea.

[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: I've just been dithering over this rather pretty top. Never seen a 7 week delivery time on a sale item before.
[livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard: What are they doing, growing the hemp specifically for you?
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: Obviously *not* a plant that grows 3m overnight.

The joys of eco-shopping

Thursday, 3 July 2008 04:27 pm
elettaria: (18th century mullet)
Things I have come across while looking at bamboo clothing, and conversations with [livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard that resulted from this.

Overpriced bamboo knickers
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: You know, if I'm going to spend £40 on a pair of knickers, I think there are more useful things they could say about them than "BAMBOO IS BREATHABLE, BIODEGRADABLE AND DOES NOT NEED LOTS OF PESTICIDES AND FERITLISERS. BAMBOO CAN GROW BY 3 METRES OVERNIGHT."
[livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard: There are many things one wants knickers to do, but growing by 3 metres overnight isn't one of them.

Shark water filter
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: To keep sharks out of the water?
[livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard: Well, you wouldn't want sharks in your water, would you?
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: Absolutely not.
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: How they'd get through the tap is the part that's puzzling me.
[livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard: Very small sharks.
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: But then they'd be cute!
[livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard: Yes, but they'd also eat your fingers. And be rather unpleasant in tea.

[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: I've just been dithering over this rather pretty top. Never seen a 7 week delivery time on a sale item before.
[livejournal.com profile] mirrorshard: What are they doing, growing the hemp specifically for you?
[livejournal.com profile] elettaria: Obviously *not* a plant that grows 3m overnight.
elettaria: (Triffid geranium)
1. [livejournal.com profile] ghost_of_a_flea and I are getting addicted to stuffed peppers. My usual recipe involves rice, sautéed onion, vegemince, bit of tomato, and various different seasonings (last time there were raisins, pine nuts, garlic, and spices that focused heavily on the cinnamon side of things). For those of you who don't know how to stuff peppers, you cook up the filling, slice the top off the pepper as a lid, cut away the seeds, stem and so on, shove the filling inside, plonk the lid on, and stand them in a pyrex dish with about 1/2" water round them, proceeding to bake them in the oven for 20 min or until the peppers are starting to blacken nicely. Any recipe ideas for variations? What other veg are happy to be stuffed? I haven't stuffed an aubergine in years, although I recall it as being a bit more hassle.

2. I had a chap come to the door the other week doing a market research survey on attitudes towards environmentalism in the home. I answered various questions about recycling, light bulbs and solar panels (yep, very likely in a 170 year old B-listed building, where I don't even live on the top floor), and then he came to the question, "Do you think there are too many foreigners in the UK?" Has anybody got a clue what that question was doing in there?

3. My local library directed me towards Calibre, a free audiobook postal lending service for people with sight problems or other disabilities which make it difficult for them to read. This is very cool. You have to tick a box to confirm that you are happy to receive X-rated books, which means anything that mentions the existence of sex at all, as far as I can tell. I mean, I, Claudius is listed as X-rated. And the novels don't even have Patrick Stewart strutting around being a sexy sadist. (No, really, he was hot in the miniseries, and also looked surprisingly like a younger Richard Gere.) Also I've caught them putting phrases like "Homosexual practices" in the book descriptions, which is raising my hackles. It sounds worryingly like a warning.

4. Does anyone know how I could find out what this plant is, so that I may look at other photos of it and turn it into a quilt design?
elettaria: (Triffid geranium)
1. [livejournal.com profile] ghost_of_a_flea and I are getting addicted to stuffed peppers. My usual recipe involves rice, sautéed onion, vegemince, bit of tomato, and various different seasonings (last time there were raisins, pine nuts, garlic, and spices that focused heavily on the cinnamon side of things). For those of you who don't know how to stuff peppers, you cook up the filling, slice the top off the pepper as a lid, cut away the seeds, stem and so on, shove the filling inside, plonk the lid on, and stand them in a pyrex dish with about 1/2" water round them, proceeding to bake them in the oven for 20 min or until the peppers are starting to blacken nicely. Any recipe ideas for variations? What other veg are happy to be stuffed? I haven't stuffed an aubergine in years, although I recall it as being a bit more hassle.

2. I had a chap come to the door the other week doing a market research survey on attitudes towards environmentalism in the home. I answered various questions about recycling, light bulbs and solar panels (yep, very likely in a 170 year old B-listed building, where I don't even live on the top floor), and then he came to the question, "Do you think there are too many foreigners in the UK?" Has anybody got a clue what that question was doing in there?

3. My local library directed me towards Calibre, a free audiobook postal lending service for people with sight problems or other disabilities which make it difficult for them to read. This is very cool. You have to tick a box to confirm that you are happy to receive X-rated books, which means anything that mentions the existence of sex at all, as far as I can tell. I mean, I, Claudius is listed as X-rated. And the novels don't even have Patrick Stewart strutting around being a sexy sadist. (No, really, he was hot in the miniseries, and also looked surprisingly like a younger Richard Gere.) Also I've caught them putting phrases like "Homosexual practices" in the book descriptions, which is raising my hackles. It sounds worryingly like a warning.

4. Does anyone know how I could find out what this plant is, so that I may look at other photos of it and turn it into a quilt design?

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