Archives for November 2011

Chick-fil-A Sues Kale Loving Entrepreneur To Stop Making “Eat More Kale” Shirts

Eat More Kale or Chik-fil-A?From my own personal experience, it takes a strong person to stomach kale. So anyone willing to promote it with “Eat More Kale” logo apparel should be left alone. But that’s not happening in the case of Bo Muller-Moore and his battle with the Chick-fil-A folks because they think he’s infringing on their “Eat Mor Chikin” slogan. From an article on Treehugger, Chick-fil-A’s attorneys think Bo’s “Eat More Kale” message will dilute their chikin thing because it:

“is likely to cause confusion of the public and dilutes the distinctiveness of Chick-fil-A’s intellectual property and diminishes its value.”

Might be the first and only time Chick-fil-A and intellectual are in the same sentence and if you try kale once, I think any possible confusion between the two products will go away.

That’s why to us, it’s all comedy. WTF is a “Chick-fil-A”? And even further, Eat Mor Chikin is supposed to be light and humorous – what’s up with the litigious bovines… or is it the chikins that are getting all legal? Now if Bo’s pro-kale slogan was “Éat Moore Kail” with 3 cucumbers holding up each word, Chick-fil-A might have a case. But we hate to think that Chick-fil-A can legally issue a cease and desist order to every group using “Eat More” in their slogan.

Thanks to the controversy, more “Eat More Kale” products are being ordered and Bo needs 2-3 weeks to keep up with demand. Maybe some “Eat More Jubblingly” gear is around the corner because the “Love More Jubblingly” shirts were a fail. [Treehugger]

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Magnificent Revolution Wants You To Pedal To Earn Your Entertainment

Magnificent RevolutionStarted back in 2007, Adam Walker’s Magnificent Revolution wants to challenge us to think about and make a connection to the electricity we consume. It’s always available when we need it but what does it really take to generate? Their traveling Magnificent Cycle Cinema offers an outdoor movie in exchange for your pedaling. Eight riders on stationery bikes will create enough power to drive a 4000 lumen projector and deliver 500 watts of audio. Easily enough brightness and sound to support an audience of up to 50.

The Sol Cinema - Solar Powered Movie HouseThe connection between active pedal power and electricity generation is key to Magnificent Revolution’s message. The solar powered Sol Cinema also shows movies to up to 8 people but passively collects power through solar panels.

Hopefully Magnificent Revolution can reach the right audience. Not the audience that is aware of their energy consumption and what it takes to generate but the folks who don’t know and with Mag Rev’s help, may be able to connect the dots. Check out their website for more information on MR’s involvement in schools and their bicycle power generating solutions. [SmartPlanet]

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Toshiba’s Regza 32BE3 32-inch LED Backlit Television Uses ZERO Power In Standby Mode

Toshiba Regza 32BE3 LED TelevisionElectronics are notorious sippers of electricity even when you think they’re turned off. It’s called vampire draw or standby power and it accounts for 5-10% of the electricity we consume. Toshiba’s Regza 32BE3 32″ LED television is different and thanks to its Eco Chip, completely powers down when you turn it off; no need to unplug it (if you’re freakish like that). And when it’s on, the LED backlit Regza 32BE3 draws 27% less power than Toshiba’s previous 32″ model and includes settings to reduce the screen’s brightness to 50 – 75% based on the lighting levels in your room.

So if you are in the market for a new TV and power consumption is an important factor, be sure to check out the Toshiba Regza 32BE3 32″ LED TV. It’s due out in mid-December. And if you don’t own a TV and look down on everyone that does, good for you too. You get a star. [Wired.com]

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Lulu Wraps Reusable Gift Wrap May Be Appreciated More Than The Crappy Gift You’re Wrapping

The amount of gift wrap we go through every year is nuts. According to eHow.com, 1/2 of the paper we consume each year is for gift wrap and decorations for consumer products and 2 billion trees need to be cut down in order to support our bad habit. The numbers seem high but the fact is, gift wrap is extremely temporary and wasteful. Lulu Wraps That’s why it’s nice to hear about companies like Lulu Wraps. Lulu Wraps out of Portland Oregon makes reusable fabric wraps and their wrapping solutions are inspired by traditional cloth wraps from Japan (furoshiki), Korea (bogaji) and Indonesia (buntelan or pundutan). Lulu Wraps are made from several different types of fabric including organic cotton, hemp/silk, vintage sari fabric and designer remnants. A nice side benefit of Lulu Wraps is that in addition to working as gift wrap, they can also be folded and used year-round as lunch or tote bags.

Check out Lulu Wraps website for ideas and to order product.

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Bulled LED Lighting From LEDO Technologie

Bulled LED Lights from LEDO TechnologieI’m starting to think that LED lighting manufacturers know their products are going to be crazy expensive so they design them to look like little pieces of art. And the Bulled LED lighting series from German company LEDO Technologie is no different. Their 60-watt equivalent LED lights are beautiful to look at and at $150/each, they’d better be.

Check out the LEDO’s website for more information about their LED lights. [Gizmodo]

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LightKeeper Pro: Resurrect Dead Christmas Light Strings Or Find Zombie Bulbs

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMz6ZX9UKV0[/youtube]LightKeeper Pro from Ulta-Lit Technolgies
Released in 2001, the LightKeeper Pro from Ulta-Lit Technologies Inc. will bring your previously loved strings of Christmas lights back from the dead with a simple pull of a trigger. Here’s how it works (from their website):

LightKeeper ProQuick Fix Trigger – Most miniature Holiday Light set failures occur when an individual bulb “shunt” fails to energize. The LightKeeper Pro Quick Fix Trigger sends a shaped, electrical pulse through the defective bulb, clearing the shunt. This allows it to operate properly. The current can then flow through the light set completing the circuit and illuminating the other bulbs.
Continuity Detector/Voltage Detector – Each wall plug has a “Hot,” “Neutral” and “Ground” contact. Electricity is powered from the “Hot” contact and flows through the lights. It is similar to water flowing in a pipe. The LightKeeper Pro Continuity Detector/Voltage Detector uses an IC (Integrated Circuit) chip to find where the flow of electricity stops. The detector finds the problem spot but the bulb or socket needs to be checked and appropriate repair action taken. The repair action may be securing a loose bulb, or testing a bulb to identify if it needs to be replaced.


At $29.95, the LightKeeper Pro could be a good investment – especially if you share it with your friends and neighbors. You can order it online or from a local retailer. [Treehugger.com]

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