Now On Sale At Best Buy – Useless Plastic Box 1.2

Useless plastic box 1.2 for sale at Best Buy.

The “Useless Plastic Box 1.2” from Plastic Jesus is just “another gadget you don’t really need, will not work once you get it home, will be replaced by a new model in 4 weeks and has a battery life too short to be of use.” Hilarious! [Laughing Squid]


Asking ‘What Good Shall I Do This Day?’ Is The Best Way To Start Every Day. Thanks Ben Franklin.

What good shall I do this day?  -  Ben Franklin
Good posted a page from Ben Franklin’s daily schedule and pointed out how he asked himself each day ‘What good shall I do this day?’ and ended each day with ‘What good have I done today?’ Everyone can define good differently but using it as a simple daily motivator is brilliant. It’s not a daily affirmation; it’s more of a daily motivation.

We’re going to tweak this a little and add it to our daily schedule as ‘What Jubbling shall I do this day?’ and so far, not showering and composting the coffee grounds are on our list. Still have 12 hours to go! [Good]


Climate Change Is A Long Term Trend And Not A Reflection Of This Week’s Weather Forecast.

Global surface temperature warming trends.Sticking your head out the window in January and feeling the cold is not the way to determine if climate change is real or not. Climate change and global warming can not be measured in a week or day; it’s a long term trend and not a short term variation. My kids are growing but I don’t see it on a daily, weekly or monthly basis – climate change follows the same pattern.

Grist posted “How to respond to people who say the cold weather disproves global warming” about how you can meet the objections of the most frequent “head out the window” denier arguments regarding this issue. The article includes video that perfectly explains the difference between trends and variations:

If you want additional information to support your view of a warming planet, check out the article.

How do I debate the climate change issue with a denier? I don’t – I just listen. Somebody smarter than me once told me that “it takes a fool to argue with a fool” and I’ve taken that to heart. Whenever the topic of climate change / global warming comes up, I don’t waste my time trying to change a denier’s mind; deniers have to arrive there on their own. I truly believe arguing over facts to prove my point will only push climate deniers further away from where they need to be. [Grist]


Fill The Yellow-Striped Goedzak Bag With Stuff You Want To Give Away And Put It Outside.

Sidewalk donations with the Goedzak.Designed by Simon Akkaya and Maarten Heijltjes, the Goedzak looks like a great way to find a new home for your unwanted stuff. It’s a distinctive and protective yellow-striped plastic bag that you fill with your formerly loved goods and leave on the sidewalk / street for people to claim. And for the person claiming your donation, the Goedzak is reminder that they too can refill it with their own unused goods. It’s a reuse-it-forward kind of idea that is awesome because it’s so uncomplicated. [Wired]


Air Pollution In Beijing Hits Level ‘Crazy’: The Hard-To-Hide Cost Of China’s Technological Revolution.

Air pollution in Beijing China off the charts.

“What an awful ‘welcome’ back to Beijing it is, never seen it so bad. My apartment is on the 22nd floor and at times I can’t see the ground below the smog is so thick. Think I might take up smoking to get some fresh air.”
– Balmerino comment on “Top tip if you’re going out in Beijing: don’t breathe”

This last weekend, air quality instruments measuring lung-damaging tiny particulate matter (PM2.5) in Beijing went nuts and reached 600 micrograms per square meter (MPSM) – and it’s expected to go higher! According to the World Health Organization, 25 MPSM is considered a safe level.

We all have a role in Beijing’s crazy air pollution and we’ll all have to share the results. It’s the not-so hidden cost of China’s economic growth spurred by consumers around the world. [Guardian]


HAPILABS’ HAPIfork Is A Vibrating Fork Whose Intentions Are Good. Consume More To Consume Less?

HAPILABS HAPIforkThe $99.99 electronic HAPIfork from HAPILABS will alert you with a vibration if you are eating too fast. It will also track your eating habits by sending data via USB or Bluetooh to a dashboard app that will tell you how many bites you took to eat your last meal and your meal schedule. Of course the HAPIfork can’t stop the user from untraceably eating with their hands but I’ll ignore that for now.

So what do you think is more Jubbling: consuming less with the HAPIfork or consuming less prior and not purchasing the HAPIfork? [Gizmodo]