Minipost: What’s Your American Dream?

11 11 2010

Due to contracting a virus, going on several job interviews, and injuring one of my key typing fingers, I haven’t posted for a bit. Nevertheless, I didn’t want to leave you hanging, faithful readers. So, make like me this week and head over to One American Dream?, which according to the header is “A documentary project exploring how the traditional idea of the American Dream has changed and what it now means to Generations X & Y.”

I submitted my own version of the American Dream, and you can, too – even anonymously. All responses will be a part of this intriguing feature-length documentary exploring how and why that dream has changed. Be sure to incorporate your ideals of green and/or simple living, if you wish :-).


15 09 2010
Geocache used in the Geocaching sport.

Image via Wikipedia

That’s right, eco. This new type of geocaching highlights the features of a location to inspire conservation awareness among explorers. Each ecocache, or buried container located using a GPS device,¬† contains a description of the site’s importance and an object symbolic of the area. It may even contain instructions for an interactive, ec0-activity. This website, with amusing translation into English (“box made of glass because of rodent”), explains the basics.

It sounds like a great twist to an exciting hobby that’s growing all the time – an estimated 5 million people in the U.S. participate. To get started geocaching or to find locations near you, go to the clearinghouse website: And let me know what’s in the box, if you do.

Getting Started on Green Resolutions

13 01 2009

Today, some web resources to help you get motivated:

  • If you don’t use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) because they’re not warm and homey enough, consider these top picks featured at Low Impact Living.
  • More Green for Less Green has recently posted tips on how to make your own cheaper, greener versions of everything from produce bags to dish soap, not to mention the great ideas for saving on groceries–and no, you haven’t heard it all before!
  • If you resolved to become more aware of and involved in environmental issues, log on to EarthNews, a blog-format news engine supported bySupported by the Environmental Information Coalition and the National Council for Science and the Environment.

Seen and Heard

8 01 2009

Seen: A new element of style. Some creative folks in the Netherlands have created a font that uses up to 20% less ink. Get it free for your computer here. (Thanks to DailyCandy for the tip-off).

Heard: Imperiled bird songs. Audubon published a beautiful and frightening article about Canada’s endangered boreal forest and the North American birds that depend on it for survival. Read about it, and hear the birds sing, at the Boreal Songbird Initiative‘s important website.


13 08 2008

I’m not talking about¬†the Beyonce song. A beautiful partnership has formed between such seemingly divergent fields as law and art to promote awareness and action on behalf of wildlife endangered by climate change. At their website, Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World, you can view an online version of the traveling photography exhibit featuring works by some of the world’s best nature photographers. You can learn about animals that may be imperilled by climate change, and you can help. A sprinkling of quotes from the esteemed thinkers of the world, past and present, serves to lift the site into a spiritual experience.

Conservation Education On the Web

30 07 2008

All this talk about getting outside is not intended to bash technology. Obviously, I embrace a little technology in my life. Here are two noteworthy websites that allow children and adults to learn more about nature through the internet:

WolfQuest is a video game, free to download on your computer, that illustrates wolf behavior and biology. Hunt, search for mates, and fight other wolves in an addictive format that’s competitive with other video games on the market today. The game has a multiplayer option, and players can talk to wolf biologists online to discuss what they’re experiencing through the game.

Developed by EduWeb, the International Wolf Center and the Minnesota Zoo, WolfQuest was designed as an edutainment tool for children in more urban environments who might not be able to visit large expanses of wilderness and gain nature appreciation that way. So far, it’s been a big hit, especially with girls (an oddity in video game-land). That being said, it’s great for adults, too. You can design your own wolf, down to the fur color, and hunt by scent tracks. What’s not to love?

Wildlife University, run by The National Wildlife Federation, is a set of free online courses for those interested in helping the conservation cause from home. Courses range from endangered species and their legal protections to how to encourage wildlife in your backyard. I’m taking the Leading Communities to Conservation set of courses right now, and have already learned much about how I can contribute to society by using my personal abilities and interests. Courses are self-paced and include do-at-home exercises. Why not take some free education when you can get it?

Anyone have more websites to share for nature-minded folks?

Walkable Cities on the Web

30 07 2008

I just heard of a great site called Walk Score. While the site’s owners are the first to admit that the system isn’t perfect (yet), it does allow you to see the “walkability”–suitability for walking, that is–of a town and its amenities in a sidebar list. The google map is displayed for you as well. Check out your own town, your friends’ and families’ towns, and maybe a town or two you have been curious about. Or, learn about places that you didn’t even know were there. A coffee shop on Second? Who knew?

In addition to being fun to use, Walk Score makes walkable cities cool and encourages the meandering lifestyle. That’s something applaud.

(Thanks to The for the tip)

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