Archive for September, 2010

Tanya Davis: Art

Tanya Davis from PEI. She’s an up and comer and you can’t mistake her voice for anyone else’s! You wait and see, since I heard her once, I can’t help but hear her everywhere I go…


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Ben Does Life

Awesome little blog!!!

Ben loses 110 pounds, and the blog is pretty darn interesting!!

Certainly a “Fresh Start” if you ask me!

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Ted Talk: Jim Toomey: Learning from Sharks

Creator Sherman’s Lagoon takes a look at underwater life through the medium of cartoon. The whole video is rather impressive and light, until we get to the end, where we hear the BEST metaphor for the damage we’re doing for the planet. Worth a viewing!

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Dan Savage, doing good in the world

Fresh Start doesn’t exclusively mean, “Help the Environment”. It’s a versatile term. Dan Savage is giving gay teens a “Fresh Start” by telling them, “It gets better!” It gets better for straight kids too, high school is a bit crap for a lot of teenagers full of angst and this is one positive step in the right direction.

Mashable wrote this article this morning about, “Sex advice columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage has launched a YouTube channel called “It Gets Better.” He’s soliciting videos from fans who want to provide support and encouragement to gay teens who face adversity, discrimination and bullying in high school.”

Be SURE to watch the Youtube video of Dan and his husband (in Canada) or boyfriend (if he’s in the USA) at the bottom of the article. It’s really good!

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What’s worse?

Went to dump a load of garbage this morning from a construction site at the transfer station in North Van. It’s owned by Wastech, but administered by Metro Vancouver.

Metro Vancouver has a ban on Cardboard in the waste stream, and auditors there to monitor it. They are ruthless.

I was asked if I was going to pull out the cardboard from the load, to which I replied, “What cardboard?” Because I genuinely hadn’t noticed it.

She pointed it out, and what my client had done, was use old boxes lying around the site to put garbage in and then threw those boxes in the garbage. I pulled them out.

But it forced me to think, what is better, using an old box lying around your construction site for garbage, or, noticing you have a problem with detritus on your site. Getting in your car and driving to the store, buying a box full of plastic bags (made from the same (potential) oil that was spilling up through the ocean floor until just a couple of days ago), driving back to the construction site, putting that garbage into the bags, throwing the bags away. Bags that don’t break down. Cardboard, last I checked, breaks down relatively quickly.

I get banning cardboard from the general waste stream, when a cardboard compactor makes logistical sense, but I think an environmental argument can be made for the 2 cardboard boxes that I almost threw out this morning.

Thoughts? Seriously, lay it on me.

People get so upset about the potential burning of garbage and turning it into a commodity, but what about all the extra driving? The driving to and from the store to buy these bags made of plastic/oil, or hiring me to separate the more environmental solution out of the waste stream and then driving to another location. With all this extra driving, aren’t we burning the garbage already? We just call it, “stopping to get gas”.

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The evolution of home media

Today at the gym I was reading the bulletin board and there were little funny quotes. One of them in particular, was relevant in my world, “Can we all just agree that after Blu Ray, we give it a rest? I don’t want to start my collection all over again!”

Of course, the corollary to this is that you’ve had to throw-out/dispose/”recycle” your VHS tapes and your DVDs. Fresh Start hasn’t taken away many DVD’s yet, but we’ve sure had a hand in getting rid of VHS tapes and VCR’s.

Regardless of the evolution of media, whatever comes after Blu Ray’s, please don’t buy them. It’s future garbage. Think of how many are out there just in each individual Blockbuster. Just alone in Vancouver, let alone the rest of Canada and North American. By weight, it’s an astronomical amount of garbage.

If you’re bored, may I suggest a letter to Blockbuster about their policy of “guaranteed available”? The only way to guarantee something is available is to buy an absolute truck load and make sure supply exceeds demand. Well, it’s a supply of future garbage (and it’s a waste of money to have all that cash tied up in inventory. It’s no wonder Blockbuster is heading bust).

The above was going to be my blog posting regardless, but after the gym I went to the library. I haven’t read a really good book in AGES and I wanted to see what was out there. Well, I’ll tell you what’s out there, all sorts of free DVDs, books on CD, musical CD’s and of course, books. iTunes, eat your heart out. Do you know how easy it is to copy a CD to your computer/iPod that you got at the library? It’s RIDICULOUS! AND IT’S FREE, AND THEN YOU GIVE IT BACK FOR SOMEONE ELSE. (I won’t say it’s “zero waste” because it isn’t, but it IS “less” waste.)

It had been YEARS since I went to the library, but I remember now why I like it so much. I took out a book on CD to listen to in the truck by Tom Robbins, a novel called Kill Zone by Coughlin, and a couple of DVD’s because I have a bunch of ironing to do tonight.

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Aging Gracefully and Knowledgeably

We, at Fresh Start do a lot of work for families when a loved one has a stroke and moves into long-term care, passes on, or in general, moves into a retirement community.

Today I was listening to Spark, a CBC Radio podcast, and Joe Coughlin of Agelab is asked the question “How old is someone before you consider them to be old?” His answer is really, very interesting.

It deals with all sorts of things you wouldn’t consider including technology, design (whose idea was it ANY WAY to cut those tennis balls in half for walkers??)  and the family dynamic.

I really recommend a listen.

It discusses, about mid interview, the process of taking care of yourself, or your parents when you die. I thought he had some great ideas about dealing with all sorts of issues around that when you’re younger, you can negotiate price and you’re in control of how YOUR finances are handled.

Most of the people reading this blog have probably got YEARS until they’re confronted with their own mortality, but I found it very interesting.

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