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I've posted this a couple of times on Facebook, but there's been a lot going along that just shows me I apparently don't speak mutant monkey... =P
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Okay, by feeding these turkeys (pun quite intended, thank you), we've trained Canadian geese to forget how to migrate and to sit around beautiful parks, ponds, and streams, where they can aggressively attack toddlers who aren't feeding them bread fast enough. Not to mention the mess they make.

So, what's it going to take before hunting restrictions on this over-population are removed, and the Kissmas goose can cease being a thing of the past?

Maybe when the kamikaze tendencies become more apparent?

(For the record, I've never dined on goose, to my knowledge, I'm just curious. And often annoyed at the mess they make. And I still haven't forgiven them for attacking [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas when he was four years old. Poor kid was so traumatized, he never asked me to take him to feed the geese again. Although we did have to admire the father with the pickup truck, who hoisted his equally assailed son into the back of his pickup truck, safe from snapping beaks of death, to continue the distribution process.)
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Fluid Film rust prevention and lubricant spray

The jury's still out on this one for me...

Oh, it works great. The smell drives [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas and Deb nuts. It does, however, work great to keep tools clean, and to spray on snowblowers to prevent snow clumping (it, unfortunately, doesn't help keep gravel driveways from knocking chains off snowblowers...), and for places where I'd use a household 3-in-1 oil or WD-40. It is more environmentally friendly than those other two options. At its core, it's lanolin. There are, however, petroleum oils in the blend.

If they could keep it functioning and get rid of those dead dinos, I'd be sold on it entirely.

If you are using something a bit nastier for your corrosion prevention and metal surfaces protection, try some out.
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Not sure who pointed this out to me - I suddenly found myself on PA Ren Faire's mailing list, and I suddenly found myself receiving an email about the Great Green America Fest.

I am considering attending - and bringing the truck. It will provide some visibility. Unfortunately, there are only two levels of official sponsorship, and both are above and beyond my resources - not just for the dollar amount, which is out of my budget on its own, but the sponsorships involve display space and banner space, and that would involve creating displays and banners, and those, on their own, are also out of range of the current budget! =)

At the least, I can help promote the festival!

Homelands

Apr. 15th, 2008 09:32 am
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Homelands
by Everett A Warren
August 7, 1991

Dream awhile in the meadow,
Lonely child curled up in your blanket of stars.
The constellations dance around you
And the sounds of the woods sing a soothing lullaby.

And when you wake in the morning,
With the mists slowly rising, cleansed in the gentle dew,
Can you see the horizon where yesterday you sang of purple mountains,
Can you see the cold gray concrete spires that scrape the sky?

Unwrap the serpentine dreams that coil about destiny,
Wring sorrow free of tears and hope free of fears,
Unleash the elephantine thoughts that dance through time.

Dream awhile in the gutter,
Foolish man curled up in your blanket of yesterdays news.
The world-as-you-know-it dances around you
And the sounds of the street intone their cold nightmares.

And if you wake at the dawning,
With the machines slowly grinding, cleansed in the sweepers stream
Can you see the peaks of the cold gray concrete spires that surround you,
Can you escape from the maze and find the horizon and find the mountains of old?
Can you find your way home?


Copyright (c) 1991 Everett A Warren

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There's a hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's a hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's a hole, there's a hole
There's a hole in the ozone leaking out the sky.

There's ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's radiation, there's radiation
There's ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky.

There's a fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's a fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's a fish, there's a fish
There's a fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky.

There's chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's chlorofluorocarbons, there's chlorofluorocarbons
There's chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky.

There's an industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's an industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's an industry, there's an industry
There's an industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky.

There's unscrupulous businessmen behind the industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's unscrupulous businessmen behind the industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's a synonym, there's a synonym
There's unscrupulous businessmen behind the industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky.

There's a herd of politicians supporting the unscrupulous businessmen behind the industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the
ozone leaking out the sky
There's a herd of politicians supporting the unscrupulous businessmen behind the industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the
ozone leaking out the sky
There's a herd, there's a herd
There's a herd of politicians supporting the unscrupulous businessmen behind the industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through the hole in the
ozone leaking out the sky.

There's a public led unwittingly by the herd of politicians supporting the unscrupulous businessmen behind the industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through
the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's a public led unwittingly by the herd of politicians supporting the unscrupulous businessmen behind the industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through
the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
There's a poor fool, there's a poor fool
There's a public led unwittingly by the herd of politicians supporting the unscrupulous businessmen behind the industrial complex releasing the chlorofluorocarbons increasing the speed of the fish getting a tan from the ultraviolet radiation coming in through
the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky.

And we're all going to die from the chlorofluorocarbons opening up the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
And we're all going to die from the chlorofluorocarbons opening up the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky
We're gonna die, we're gonna die
And we're all going to die from the chlorofluorocarbons opening up the hole in the ozone leaking out the sky.

By Everett Ambrose Warren - feel free to pass it on!

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Not only that, but I figure we now have beachfront property, so I suppose global warming happened.

For some odd reason, despite being many bazillions of miles1 from the nearest ocean, it smells like we should be hearing the surf. A salty sea breeze is knocking down our trees, or something like that.

Rachel asked if the ozone had a big ol' hole in it (because for a minute I thought it almost smelled ozone-y), and thus a new song was born - There's a Hole in the Ozone the Sky is Leaking Out - which I will honor with a post of its very own.

It's probably not worthy of such a treatment, but hey, why not?


~ ~ ~

1: More accurately, 100 or so, but that puts us in Perth Amboy, NJ and I'm not sure that quite counts.
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Backyard Blues
By Everett A Warren
August 31, 2007

We sing
We dance
We think we can have it all
It must be fast
It must be now
No time to waste
No time to wait
No time, like the present
Eating out of season
Demanding without reason
Distant wares
Rare made common
Global economy
Here, there, and everywhere
Only one commodity
Only one local product of manufacture
Our dirty, filthy masses
Export our refuse
Here, there, and everywhere
Not in our own backyard
Power is electric
So much greener than
Dead dinosaurs
Zipped along the lines
Clean! Safe!
Ignore the coal behind the curtain,
Ignore the fish pulp in the turbines,
Don't generate in our backyard
And our eyes will be blind to all your ills
Ship it long and ship it far
Here, there, and everywhere
We'll pay extra for a clean conscience
Out of sight
Out of mind
Here, there, and everywhere
Not in our own backyard


Copyright (c) 2007 Everett Ambrose Warren

Miscanthus

Sep. 10th, 2007 03:55 pm
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Miscanthus
By Everett A Warren
August 31, 2007

Like a proud headdress
on a native king
the grasses
rise tall
they acknowledge
the wind but do not bow to it
not now
and not in their youth
when they have aged
and have prepared
new young blades
for their ascension
after the winter snows
have weighed heavily upon them
they will nod their heads to the earth
and become one with their ancestors
lying in state deep in slumber
granting their descendants
the whole of their knowledge
the whole of their being
for their roots
of their community
are still strong


Copyright (c) 2007 Everett Ambrose Warren

A Moment

Jul. 26th, 2007 01:15 pm
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A Moment
By Everett A Warren
August 24, 2007

Chimes ringing
under an oak tree limb
Cicadas singing
their sixty-cycle buzz-hum
Bluebird bright
Crow shadow-black
Hummingbird
in the blink of an eye
there, still, and away
A trill from the woods
a chirp from the trees
Hayscented ferns
and witch hazel
add fragrance
to the breeze
Sitting here
writing
the world
as it
is
or
as it
should be



Copyright (c) 2007 Everett Ambrose Warren

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Facts of life time. Periodically, there can be floods in the best of places. It happens. Factor in the rivers, their cantankerousness at being forced to stay in their banks like good little schoolchildren, and it happens. Sooner or later those running waters get ticked off at the impertinence of man and all that dam(n) concrete, and woosh, over the bank it is, to have fun with the spirits of the woodlands. They all drink deep, party the night away, and then, besodden, head back to bed, awaiting one heck of a hangover. When those ffolk of the woods get up the next night, they find all manner of flotsam and jetsam that is now considerably less floaty. They get on with their lives, as we scratch our head and wonder why it was this happened to us and who can we sue to prevent it happening again and then we forget about it so we can get back to important things, like finding out how Paris Hilton is coping with life after jail.

Catastrophic floods that just sweep out of nowhere and sweep away Piglets and Poohs and all manner of other things don't happen all that often.

Cut because I got a wee bit wordy... )
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As the world winds down
in entropy enthroned
We cry the liar's defense:
I didn't mean it
I didn't do it
I didn't mean to be so cruel
to twist the knife and pierce the heart
to break the bones and tear the flesh
I didn't mean it
the first time nor the last
I didn't mean to cause the cut
to reopen the wound
or to silence the dying gasp

As faith lies shattered and broken
we hang our hat and bow to another
and claim it is but survival of the fittest
We were masters of the world
once upon a time
when things were rough around the edges
frayed
a real fixer-upper
And we took what we could
Formed it and molded it
an artificial world
that suited us better
in our own image and all that
concrete and tin foil
black as our asphalt souls
But we did all of that
good landlords that we are
Because it wasn't good enough for us
not to mention the money wasn't half-bad
Profits in the bank and prophets in our pockets
walking tall on the backs of others
and as they expire we find new minds to herd
blithely claiming that nothing lasts forever
except for our eternal souls
or diamonds
or plastics
or roaches
and we wonder why on judgement day
we are examined so deeply
held too long under the magnifying glass
until that cocksure soul we are so proud of
smoulders in the bright white light



Copyright (c) 2007 Everett Ambrose Warren

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So, we were officially asked to volunteer ideas to help make the business more sustainable, as in eco-friendly.

Naturally - pun quite intended - I had an idea or two.

I'm posting these here because many apply to any kind of business, in any location. Many should apply to every business and every home as well, but that's beside the point. Or is the point. Anyway, without further ado I give you:

Some ideas for the sustainability initiative:

1. As a company of consumers, our choices are somewhat limited to get the company green. Use our position as a consumer to "vote" with our dollars and only buy from suppliers that have cleaned up their operations.
    a. An organization (Greenpeace?) created a rating list of pc manufacturers scaled towards greenness. Buy only from the highest rated one.
    b. Use only organic cleaning solutions and ensure the cleaning crews also use these solutions.
    c. Use unbleached paper for all uses - from paper towels and toilet paper to specifications and contracts. Some complain about the darker/unfinished look to the paper, especially for sales and presentation purposes, but if *everything* we distribute is on such paper it proves we're actually going a step beyond lip service.

2. For the Bethlehem facility specifically, but may apply to other properties as well:
    a. Disassemble the multitude of roof-mounted equipment, replacing with newer more efficient equipment in one area of the roof (or, better, in some other space.)
    b. Use the cleared roofspace more efficiently: plant a green roof of native forbs and grasses.
    c. Collect excess rainwater/snowmelt in a cistern; use for toilets and supplemental irrigation for the roof.
    d. Replace lawn areas with small meadows or other native plantings. They use less resources to maintain (one mowing a year, no additional fertilizers).
    e. Replace escalators with a spiral ramp (ala Lehigh Valley Mall) or stairs. They seem to be overly pricey maintenance wise, as well as using energy inefficiently.
    f. Ensure all windows use insulated glass.
    g. It's been a while since I lived in the area, but PPL used to offer electric choice. If we can, buy only from green sources. Hydro is not green - it is mercury-tinged blue.
    h. Install solar arrays to the roof to supplement grid electricity.

3. Insist on work-from-home days - at least one or two per week where possible.

4. Help arrange car pools. Offer some kind of benefit for those who use it to encourage the lone wolf solitary programmer to get in a car with someone else. Maybe continental breakfast? Maybe free parking (i.e pooled parking passes)?

5. Provide a benefit that helps employees make changes to their home (solar, energy efficiency, etc.)

6. Encourage volunteering for workdays with groups such as The Nature Conservancy (which has several sites within an hour's drive from the office, as well as worldwide reserves) or the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
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Well, because of a 10 acre brush fire in Lower Saucon, there is finally a news mention of the fire Justin and I had witnessed last Saturday.

That the largest brush fire in the state this year should only get an aside in the article about a fire one fifth to one seventh its size is rather odd. I did discover, however, that I was correct: they were still working on keeping it from re-igniting on Sunday.

Ouch

Apr. 25th, 2007 10:34 am
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Don't drink the water
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We went to Lehigh Gap Nature Center for their Earth Day celebration, where we took part in cleaning up a superfund site - yanking invasive Buddleia - the butterfly bush - from a hillside recently seeded with native grasses. Usually these have long winding shallow roots- 6' long is not uncommon. Found one today that went 2' deep - almost taproot-like. That one nearly killed me, yanking that puppy out.

Why yank the beautiful, much planted butterfly bush? It's non-native, reseeds very fast, has zero-wildlife value outside of the butterfly nectar. Side by side comparison has shown that if 10 monarchs are feeding, 1 is on the butterfly bush and 9 are on the native shrub next to it, so the nectar is a bit overrated anyway. The caterpillars won't eat the leaves, no other animal gets any value, and it escapes into the wild, spreads, drives out other plants, and becomes a monoculture. [livejournal.com profile] dragonflypug's son stepped on - and killed - the one we had in our yard, and it will not be replaced by another Buddleia. Plant Clethra and other natives.

After an hour on the hillside, we headed back to the Osprey House and listened to a native plant talk - and helped out a bit with advice on going native. During the talk we noticed the large number of firefighters congregating just to our side, along the bridge. Many sirens. Large clouds of smoke on the ridge, along the Appalachian Trail. So we spent the afternoon watching its progress up to the peak.

Turns out - reported by a female firefighter that needed to use our bathroom facilities - they were dragging hose up the trail. Thousands of feet of hose.

They had an airplane dumping water, and, later, a helicopter. It looked like it was mellowing out, but upon leaving we realized the whole southern face was still heavily smoking.

From our original point of view, we figured that a fire got out of hand near a shelter on the trail. After driving away, I wouldn't be surprised if it started at a house on the other side and spread up the mountain.
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Sigh. Once more, stealing from one of [livejournal.com profile] mizkit's posts:

Lo, I give you EcoCabs.

Of course, some may like a more streamlined vehicle without all that bulk and electrical assist, such as the Greenspeed (which is similar to a design I favored back in the eighties, called the Earthcycle - for years, I had thought it was Lifecycle, out of business and with an exercise bike using their name, but it seems I was off a bit).

I'm partial to the Catrike Expedition, and might seriously consider that. Considering my car is nearly dead, doesn't do well in snow, this might actually be an affordable replacement. Of course, it won't help if I need to take the kids out somewhere with me...
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Notice the "Recycle or Die" bumper sticker?

That's because the fumes from the untuned engine and exhaust system caught your attention... amazing it was still partially readable - the fine print was lost in the haze of black, foul smoke.
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condensation condescension
by Everett A Warren

June 3, 2006

an endless ritual
where once they danced to make the waters flow
now they stomp and moan
to make them go

so wise to stop the rains
stop the flow of life
cut our throats
and rob us blind

strip the earth bare
so the waters flow
pave the world
and wonder why she floods

we cry at signs of precipitation
nothing less than
condensation
condescension

wiser souls cry out
we can control the weather
lessons learned so many years ago
still fail to teach humility

predictions fail
levees fail
and still the rains fall
but we will try again

whatever doesn't kill us
will get its chance again
as we confuse blind luck
with a learning curve

we cry at signs of precipitation
nothing less than
condensation
condescension

the air is heavy with the promise of rain
and i wait for her touch...
for the drops to dance
sliding down leaf and limb

alive with flow
the tides sing upon the shore
dry like the sand crumbling
until the waters rise once more


Copyright (c) 2006 Everett Ambrose Warren

crumble

May. 12th, 2006 09:23 am
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crumble
by Everett A Warren

May 11, 2006

dry as desert
dry as dust
the earth thirsts
and is left wanting

towering giants
toppling
so hard to stand tall
when your feet are cut off

whispering promises
whispering progress
the leaders show true colors
and point their fingers in blame

towering gnats
toppling
swollen heads filled with lead
left behind so they can fly

unwavering in their intent
unwavering in their insanity
the earth trembles
and is left wondering

towering giants
toppling
grind their bones
to feed our appetite

black as death
black as plague
the earth dries
and we are left behind


Copyright (c) 2006 Everett Ambrose Warren

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