The Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death
April 23rd is a symbolic date for world literature. It was the date of death of Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. April 23rd is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. We now celebrate it as World Book Day, a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and a...
Albert Einstein Was A Vegetarian
The first Earth Day, 42 years ago, marked an awakening of environmental awareness. Much has been done to reverse the damage decades of irresponsible behavior has had on out planet. What that being said, there’s obviously a lot more work to be done. TreeHugger asked some of the Web’s best environmental writers to share their wishes for Earth Day. Responses varied, some said renewable...
The Condition of Our Planet
The Reality of "Finding Nemo" Marine Life
As we’ve learned in Finding Nemo, sea turtles are the friendly hippies of the ocean. But there are seven kinds of sea turtles, all of which are endangered. And sea turtles aren’t able to hide in their shells for protection, that’s why they need our help! Since mother turtles leave right after they lay their eggs, sea turtles never meet their parents. So tiny baby sea turtles are...
Eating Burnt Food Is Bad For You? No!
Personally I enjoy my food slightly charged. Weird but true. Burnt toast with butter, a little char on my grilled BBQ chicken (before I stopped eating meat). But there’s evidence that suggests that eating all that burned food could actually be bad for you. Back in 2007, a Dutch study found an increased risk of cancer in women who were exposed to the chemical acrylamide. This chemical forms on...
Save The Plastic Bag Coalition. Really?
The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, a coalition comprised of large-scale manufactures of plastic bags, recently sued the city of San Francisco for expanding their law on banning plastic bags. The extended ban now includes single-use bags at most businesses, including restaurants. It also imposes a 10-cent fee for any other bag handed out at the checkout stand or takeout counter. The Save The...
Reusable Water Bottle. Kerplunk!
So I’m pretty distubed by the idea of plastic, how it comes from oil, the chemicals involved in processing, and all the technolical know how that I wont get into. But mainly the fact that it’s sprinked over our entire planet, acorss coast lines, lineing roads and highways, and floating in the bodies of water that we drink from #northpacificgarbagepatch. It’s even scarier that...
To Recycle Or Not To Recycle, That Is The...
The world’s largest bottle-to-bottle recycling plant opened in California last week. The plant, owned by CarbonLITE, is expected to recycle roughly two billion PET plastic bottles a year for customers like Pepsi and Nestle. CarbonLITE specializes in processing used plastic bottles into bottle-grade PET pellets that can then be used to manufacture new plastic...
The Smiling Snail
Prepared Foods CSA is a subscription based meals delivery service with share term periods as short as one month. They work with local farms and use as much local, organic and sustainable product as possible. The packaging is compostable and made from GMO-free wheat fiber or sugar case waste fiber. They also use glass mason jars for soups. The food sometimes includes local meat, but is never...
Butter on Fire!
Chemicals used to prevent or dampen fires in electronics, furniture and upholstery are showing up in our food chain.Yumm… Researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas found high levels of the flame retardants known as PBDEs in a sample of butter. The scientists say the contaminated sample was just one of ten samples tested, but the levels were so high the...
Happy Valentines Day
Plankton Vs. Plastic: How Garbage Impacted The...
In humans, BPA, which is found in plastic, has been linked to obesity, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, low sperm count in men, brain disorders, and a slew of other diseases. But did you know it can also affect fish? Studies have shown that BPA can affect growth, reproduction and development in aquatic inter vertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles, with fish being the most sensitive...
BPA in DVD’s, Water Bottles, & Sports Equipment
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the scandals behind the chemical BPA, also known as Bisphenol-A. It’s in the lining of cans and bottles, baby bottles, dental sealants, water coolers, sports equipment, household electronics, and just about everything else that is mass produced. It has been linked to obesity, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, low sperm count in men, brain disorders, and a slew...
E-Waste: Where Some Cell Phones Go To Die
So now that you know your computers, cellphones, and other unsuspecting electronics contain an array of nasty chemicals that can harm your health, as well as the environment, where does all this stuff go when your done? Well if you didn’t dispose of all your old electronics properly, as advised with the new electric waste law in Vermont, it will actually end up halfway across the...
Things You Didn't Know About Your Favorite...
Did you know that some of your electronics contain substances that are considered dangerous to the environment and human health when disposed of improperly? Any appliance that runs on electricity has the potential to cause damage to the environment, even your precious laptop computers and portable music players. Arsenic, lead and mercury are only some of the hazardous substances hidden in your...
Trash Cans That Save Money on Gas
Picking up the garbage is expensive. Public trash receptacles typically cost around $500-$1,800 each. But the real expense associated with waste collection is the cost of sending crews in trucks around to empty those containers and take the rubbish away. Garbage trucks get really, really bad mileage – typically under 3mpg. A city may spend anywhere from $1,000-$4,000 each year on collection...
Cab Sharing in the City
Sharing a cab with Cabcorner’s app can make traveling in the city much easier and more affordable. CabCorner connects people located in the same general area who are headed the same direction around the same time. It allows you to split the fare, offering a more affordable and greener transportation option than solo taxi travel. CabCorner’s most popular feature is the “Fare Calculator,” which...
“There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go.” - Richard Bach
Legally Poisoned: Professor Outlines Risks of... →
Physorg.com Americans are exposed to hundreds, if not thousands, of suspected toxic substances every day, substances that affect the development and function of the brain, immune system, reproductive organs or hormones.
It's Just the Warm Up
When did September, October, November, and December happen? The past four months went by faster then any point in my life. Although Ireland was not much of a culture shock for me, I’ve learned so much about life and who I am while living here. Things started off rocky when I tried to pop the Champlain bubble, and escape from the nonsense that seemed to suck everyone in like a black hole. My...
Froberry "Just Go With The Fro" →
Survey about Froberry Frozen Yogurt for marketing project! Please help me get an A and take it!
Waffels, Chocolate, and Mussels
Hearing of all the terrorist threats across Europe, I was a little freaked out to think of traveling to countries who’s primary language wasn’t English, and having to potentially face a serious crisis. I also found that my friend from Champlain, who was suppose to go on a trip with me to Belgium, was no longer coming with me. Although given these unfortunate circumstances, I had...
The trip to Northern Ireland to me did not seem quiet as appealing as Galway and the West coast of Ireland. From what I knew before coming here, and have since learned more about in Modern Irish History, Northern Irelands is widely known for its violent and controversial past. “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland began when the British granted independence to the 26 of 32...
While constantly traveling around Europe every other weekend, it has been hard to find the time to see more of what Ireland has to offer. Fortunately enough, the staff here at Champlain has done a good job of providing us with information and suggestions of how we can emerse ourselves. Our weekly newspaper called The Craic (meaning fun) provides us with unique entertainment options,...
Just Goin With The "Fro"
Our Digital Marketing class has been assigned a project where we work with a start up organization or company to create a digital marketing plan. We are to evaluate their “digital” presence via social media, search engines, etc. and creating a report with recommendations as to how they can improve. My group was assigned Froberry, a company that sells: ...
Ever since arriving in Dublin, I have continuously seen posters and pamphlets advertising this Culture Night event. The night was said to involve entertainment, discovery and adventure in Dublin and across 20 towns, cities and counties in Ireland. Arts and cultural organizations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances to enjoy. Originally, I...
Learning a Thing or 2
Organizing a weekly schedule has been one of my biggest challenges so far. Having classes only on Tuesday and Wednesday, I have found it to be extremely hard to manage my time. Although I have ample opportunities to travel, things feel very off when I don’t have to start my week on a Monday. At times it can be really hard to focus in the apartments, and I can hardly get...
Week Two & Three: $
Having been in Dublin for three weeks now, I feel that I know it like the back of my hand. The Temple Bar area and Grafton Street have become the center of everything for the Champlain group so far, from shopping to partying. It’s convenient location makes it hard to resist. Being that it is a large tourist area, things are generally pretty expensive. I spent some time researching cheap...
Week One: Chaos
Since arriving in Dublin about a week ago, it has been pretty easy to settle in. I’m generally a relaxed person, so I can’t say that I’ve experienced much culture shock since I’ve been here. At first Dublin seemed enormous, and nearly impossible to navigate around. After a few days of exploring, getting around got a lot easier. I found the smartest way to navigate is remembering landmarks, and...
Reflection: Preparing for Champlain College Dublin theses past couple of weeks has made me realize how potentially life changing this experience could be. It has opened doors already to new connections with people in the most unexpected ways. A man I waited on at work started a conversation with me that lead into my upcoming trip. I reconnected with an old friend from high school who spent a...