By way of comparison, Apple says its recycling program “often achieves a 90 percent recovery rate by weight of the original product,” although their claims seem sort of fuzzy. I’m too much of a smartphone junkie to ditch my iPhone for the Reclaim at this point. But if a company came out with an Android-powered smartphone with environmental attributes that match or surpass the Reclaim, I’d probably switch.
All posts for the month September, 2010
Posted by Gillies on September 30, 2010
Whether or not it’s worth it, it’s hardly a lot of money over 30 years. But, coincidentally, it’s almost exactly what Afghanistan is going to cost us in 2011.
Posted by Gillies on September 29, 2010
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
– Bertrand Russell
Boasting first: I just finished Mark Oldman’s guide, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine. And I very much enjoyed the wit and wisdom delivered by both Oldman and his crew of “Bravehearts” (wine pros and connoisseur celebs that he quotes throughout the book). Here’s one Braveheart, Mick Fleetwood:
“Wine encourages expression in a nice, ambient way. It is a helping hand, a titillation. Wine is very gradual and relaxing. It allows you to pause for thought. It doesn’t demand for you to have your mind made up.”
Agreed, although I’m mindful of the words of another celeb who isn’t quoted in the book: Axl Rose.
“I used to do a little,
but a little wouldn’t do it,
So the little got more and more.”
Posted by Gillies on September 28, 2010
Skimmer boats owned and operated by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority already take about 400 tons of trash out of the Anacostia each year. Earth Day volunteers for the Anacostia Watershed Society removed 25 tons from the river in April. But there are still 58 pieces of trash for every 100 feet of river length, local officials said.
Posted by Gillies on September 27, 2010
Posted by Gillies on September 26, 2010
Sure, they replaced Dave in Van Halen, but the real star is Eddie, without him Dave and Sammy are journeymen.
I think I’d amend that statement to say that that Eddie and Alex are the stars. In other words, if just Eddie had left the band back in 1986, I think Dave, Michael, and Alex could have swapped in Steve Vai or similar and carried on pretty well as Van Halen the band. But if both the Van Halen brothers had quit Van Halen to go become wine growers or something, Van Halen would have been effectively over.
Posted by Gillies on September 25, 2010
The Wall Street Journal ran story today, “Is Video Killing the Concert Vibe?” which looks looks at the “backlash” against concert-goers using their phones at shows, namely for filming. Story is sort of a silly trend piece, but it did catch my attention. Here’s a tidbit.
[Wilco] posts signs inside venues and delivers an announcement over the public address system before show time. A robotic pre-recorded voice informs the audience that Wilco welcomes audio recording, singing along, shouting requests between songs and “general merriment.” But “to avoid ending your evening with Wilco prematurely,” it says, keep your cameraphone stowed. The venue’s security guards take over from there, usually targeting transgressors with a flashlight beam to the face.
Mr. Tweedy says so far most crowds are policing themselves, and that it’s paying off: “I honestly feel the crowd’s engagement with the show. There’s a more audible kind of reaction to different musical moments, a kind of intangible energy.”
As far as I can tell from the story, Wilco isn’t anti-cameraphone to protect its intellectual property or anything. It’s more to manage audience behavior and mood. Weird.
Now, I don’t care much for Wilco, so I doubt I’ll be at one of their shows anytime soon. But I wonder what my reaction would be if a band I really liked tried to prescribe my phone use like that during a gig. Like Phish, for example. During their shows, I’ve got my iPhone out for basically the entire time – filming, photographing, jotting down notes. Heck, at Charlottesville last December, I even experimented (unsuccessfully) with making a recording using the FourTrack application. If Phish were to follow Wilco’s approach, I think I’d be pretty disappointed.
Posted by Gillies on September 24, 2010
I just got tickets to a Ben Folds and Nick Hornby show in October. The record on which they collaborated (Folds music, Hornby lyrics) comes out next week. I hope it’s not terrible. They’ve already released one tune, which is in this video. Nice hooks.
Posted by Gillies on September 23, 2010
Posted by Gillies on September 22, 2010
Bits and pieces this evening.
- Greater Greater Washington has an amazing image depicting Washington, DC’s ethnic composition by geography back in 2000. Like the post’s author, I’d love to see that image with more recent data.
- I’m enjoying learning more about wine via Mark Oldman’s exuberant guide, but I’m also wary of the dark side. This British booze awareness site caught me eye today. Here’s a tidbit:
You might find yourself drinking more and more alcohol, and planning your life around ways to find the next drink. Feeling a compulsive need to drink and being unable to stop drinking when you start are also signs of alcohol dependence.
I think I’ll make my Oldman-inspired wine sampling something I do every so often, not every day.
- The Doggone Blog pays homage to Phish and Grateful Dead performances at the arena in Providence, RI now known as the Dunkin Donuts Center. I caught many shows there back in the day, and it is a great venue for a concert. One Civic Center memory I have is seeing Paul Simon on his tour supporting Rhythm of the Saints. At one point, he came out on stage, solo, and walked from one side to the other, just waving to the crowd. The cheers he got in response were incredible. Must be a rush to have people yelling like that for you.
Posted by Gillies on September 21, 2010