Eating Roadkill In Montana Is A Vote Away From Being Legal.

Elk on a car in Montana.Montana is about to pass a law legalizing the consumption of roadkill. The law will only apply to elk, deer, antelope and moose but will not extend to fur-bearing animals.

Jubbling’s take: consuming roadkill is a much more Jubbling alternative to leaving a freshly killed animal behind to rot. I’d participate in eating roadkill too if a Tofurky made the mistake of running in front of my car. [USA Today]

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Outbox Mail Service Digitizes Your Mail For Viewing On A Laptop, Desktop Or Mobile Device.

Outbox mail serviceJust heard about Outbox digital mail service and I’m not so sure about it. Outbox is a $4.99/month service that receives your USPS mail for you, scans it and lets you access it on any type of computer or mobile device. It’s a middle-mailman and a feature of the service is that you can unsubscribe from any company sending you junk mail right in the Outbox app. Unfortunately, that may be where the Jubbling ends.

Digitizing personal USPS mail just seems back-asswards to me. It’s a waste of energy (scanning, viewing) being used on a waste of mail; it’s like double dipping into the consumption bowl in order to make life a little more convenient. And what happens if Outbox receives some important mail for you? You have 30 days to have Outbox mail it to you… again; or you can print it out… for a second time.

In addition to the security issues of having strangers remotely handling your personal mail – how the Outbox digital mail service truly fails for me is mentioned in the CNET article:

“no more daily trek to the mailbox followed by the daily armload of junk into the trash can.”

Is walking to your mailbox that much of an inconvenience? Maybe if you purchased a Segway to get you to the mailbox it wouldn’t be such a hardship.

Sorry but applications should uncomplicate our lives and not add layers to it. Outbox may be necessary for some travelers or people that live overseas and need to check their USPS mail but for most of their potential clients, who feel strained by their daily commute to the mailbox, it’s an unnecessarily wasteful idea. Want the best feature of Outbox without signing up for the service? Try Catalog Choice to unsubscribe from junk mailing lists. [CNET]

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The Unnecessary But Still Lovable Smart Trash-Can That Autonomously Catches Trash.

The tech behind Minoru Kurata’s autonomous trash-catching Smart Trash Can is pretty cool. In a way, it pairs an Xbox Kinect with your trash can. Here’s how it works (DigInfo):

“”When you toss trash at it, a sensor detects the position of the trash, and sends the information to a PC. The PC calculates where the trash will fall, and communicates it to the can via wireless connection.”

Is it too much technology for tossing trash? Probably but the idea could be ported to another product that could help people reduce.

How about a smart trash can that threw back recyclables? (Easy for me to say – never could I do.) [DigInfo]

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CTA Digital Makes An iPotty For Adults: Holds iPad And Toilet Paper Roll And Is Just As Unnecessary.

CTA Digital, makers of the iPotty

Kid sitting on an iPotty iPad holding training toilet.

… now bring you the Pedestal Stand for iPad with Roll Holder for adults.

iPad and toilet paper roll holder.
Somewhere in the world, there’s a factory worker assembling this wasteful shit who can’t stop shaking their head.

Creating a product to hold an iPad in the shitter wasn’t necessary for our kids and still isn’t necessary for adults. [Gizmodo]

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France Passes New Law To Reduce After Hours Light Pollution From Shops And Offices.

Light Pollution Law in France.France’s new law to reduce light pollution is brilliant because it’s so simple. Not only will the law reduce wasted electricity, it’s also easy to monitor and enforce. From the Guardian:

“Under the new law, which comes into effect on 1 July, lights in shop window displays will be turned off at 1am. Interior lights in offices and other non-residential buildings will have to be switched off an hour after the last employee leaves. The move, announced on Wednesday, is expected to save 250,000 tonnes of CO2 – enough energy to power 750,000 French households for a year.”

If it can work in the City of Light, you’d expect a light pollution law working in every city with the exception Vegas. [Guardian]

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DRAM Innovation’s Fuel Nozzle Drip Retainer Is A Simple Solution To Reduce Gas Pump Drippings

DRAM Innovations Fuel Nozzle Drip RetainerIt may look like the mesh screen on our sinks at home, but there’s more to DRAM Innovation’s Drip Retainer. It’s designed to create a vacuum in the gas pump nozzle and reduce the drips of wasted fuel. The Drip Retainer is expected to reduce fuel nozzle drippings by 89% which would put a big dent in the estimated 132 million gallons of dripped fuel wasted each year.

The video below starts with the green benefits and then shows how the Drip Retainer works at the 1:48 mark. [Gizmag via Gizmodo]

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