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A Novel Idea that could Save some Green.

Tuesday was Earth day and as I was at an Obama rally I didn’t get to post anything. Earth day is supposed to be a day of education about protecting the earths environment and so forth so I decided I would give you a little green tip that could have thousands of gallons of oil and miles (square-miles to be exact) of land fills all with a very simple three step process.

Step 1

Buy Jones Soda or whatever you want as long as it comes it a glass bottle.

Image stolen from Will Work For Food. If you own this picture and you want it removed just tell me and I will remove it (don’t sue me bro!).

step2

Drink Jones Soda(or whatever you bought)

step3

Refill with water and never buy a plastic bottle of water again.

In the last few years there has been a boom in overpriced, disgusting, bottled water; all of this had added up to land fills filling up with the empty plastic bottles when you are done drinking the horrible tasting water they once contained. And, as you may know plastic is made out of oil which is a non-renuable, polluting resource. In the last few month I decided to take to drinking water as well but I couldn’t stand the taste of bottled water, or the price, or I took some of the Jones Soda bottles after I drank their delicious contents and refilled them with tap water. It tastes much better than bottled water and it only costs a few cents compared to the $2 I paid for a single bottle (though I bought 2) at the aforementioned Obama rally.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2008 in green

 

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President Barack Obama came to town yesterday.

Some of you may have watched Barack Obama’s speach yesterday (apirl 22 2008) after losing the pennsylvania primary but as it was a very short drive (20min drive and a long wait) I went in person. I took some pictures of the future president with my phone, because I forgot my camara, so I thought I would share them with you.

First you may be interested in a transcript of his speech or a video of it. The video isn’t great, but it is the best I could get from youtube. Its a recording off of a tv, there is a guy talking in the background and its only about half of the speech.

None of these pictures are all that great. (click to enlarge)
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This is John Mellencamp. I’m not a fan.

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Obama shaking Jonathan Weinzapfel(the Mayor), who gave a very similar speech this night as he did when Hillary came to town. I guess he hoped no one would notice.

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That secret service guy kept walking in and out of the crowd (escorting a group) and squeezed past me several times.

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This is a bad picture.

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I seem to be getting closer :). I think that is the secret service guy’s forehead…

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Another bad picture but a bit closer.

I wish I had remembered to take my camera… If you live in Indiana(or any state that hasn’t had its primary yet) remember to vote for Obama!

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

The’re out to get us! maybe

As I promised I will now attempt to convince you of the importance of being paranoid about security.

To convince you that you need to worry about your security I think I first need to make it clear to you why you need security. Its pretty simple really, you need to keep your information secure to keep your pocket secure! wheather you like it or not we live in a world where the slightest piece of information could allow someone to steal your identity and empty your bank account or worse. Some of you right now are yelling “RUBISH!” but it isn’t! Your saying “Why would anyone want to steal my information?” or “Well, its has to be hard to actually steal someone’s identity and even the how could it possible be used against me?.” Lets take a little closer look at these.

Why would anyone want to steal my information

Why not? Lions go after the gazelles in the back limping around and looking at the flowers instead of looking for lions! If you don’t care about your security it becomes very easy for anyone to steal your information. Furthermore, these people don’t care if who you are, where you are from, or how much money you have. The pros are going to get into your bank account empty it out, open a few credit cards and max them out, and maybe sell of your information to someone who wants to use your information to get medical care that you will have to pay for (plus it will be in YOUR medical records that you had a kidney transplant, or whatever, when you didn’t). At best you will probably loose your life savings to some druggie.

Well, its has to be hard to actually steal someone’s identity and even the how could it possible be used against me?.

Of course it will probably take more than your name, but one piece of fairly arbitrary information could lead the person to more information about you. It is pretty easy to figure out where people live and from there you can learn a lot about a person by stealing their mail. Now, this kind of goes back to why would anyone go to all of this trouble. Well, they probably won’t unless they have a good reason to target you. You can take the chances at your own risk.

I don’t want you to think that security is only related to computers. You should be paranoid in all aspects of life because “there is no patch for human stupidity.” You should consider the possibility that any given person is out to get you. That means the guy casually talking to you at the store might be looking for people who are going to be out of town for the weekend so he can rob them. Every one might be out to get you.

I don’t know why some people are born paranoid and others are born to be overly trusting but I consider it a good thing that I’m one of those paranoid people. It can be a bit annoying at times because I’m always looking for malice where there is none to be found (e.g. from people who don’t have the mental capacity for trickery). The real reason I’m talking about this isn’t to save people money but because I don’t want them to use insecure practices and get their computers taken over by botnets and then send me spam.

You may already be a paranoid person, if you are then try to spread the paranoia. All you have to do is make a well placed comment to a friend and they will always be a little paranoid in the back of their mind :).

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2008 in security

 

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Here is what I’ve been up to lately

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Posted by on April 5, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

Apirl fools

I was going to play some kind of joke on the three people that actually read this, but I’ve been busy. So, I present to you for your viewing pleasure wikipedia’s list of awesome april fools jokes. There are some really good ones; I especially enjoy the BBCs joke about spaghetti farms :).

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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