From The ‘Why The?’ And ‘What The?’ File: Artist Cai Guo-Qiang Will Blow Up A Pine Tree On The National Mall.

Cai Guo-Qiang blows up a 40 ft pine tree in the National Mall.That’s right, art is kicking Jubbling in the middle again because nothing says art like blowing up a 40′ pine tree with fireworks. This time it’s the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang and is part of an art series celebrating 50 Years of Art in Embassies. Here’s the plan (from the Washington City Paper):

“Using 2,000 firework-like explosives, Guo-Qiang will take the pine tree through three pyrotechnic stages: The tree will first be covered in yellow and white sparkles of light. The lights will spread throughout the tree, simulating twinkling Christmas lights. Then the tree will explode in a cloud of black smoke, leaving a “negative” smoke image that resembles a Chinese ink painting drifting off into the wind. The idea is for the tree-shaped smoke to create the image of two trees—as seen in Guo-Qiang’s sketch.”

The big wasteful display is taking place tonight and fortunately I won’t be within 4500 clicks of the event. Watch out moon – your next. [City Paper via Grist]



Update: Dec 1, 2012 The 40′ pine tree execution went off as planned.

Now this tree is growing? Hopefully, the perplexed audience walked away from this performance art thinking instead that “once this tree was growing.”

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Some Eco-Friendly Alternatives To Your Traditional Christmas Tree Are Not Very Cash-Friendly To Your Wallet.

One Two Tree.Cut Christmas trees and Halloween pumpkins share a common afterlife – they both have a meaningful place in our home for a short period of time and then they’re both hastily discarded. That’s why finding a lasting alternative to the traditional Christmas tree is so important.

Jubiltree Non-Traditional Christmas Tree Alternative.Inhabitat’s article, “14 Eco-Friendly Design Alternatives to the Traditional Christmas Tree,” was well-researched, timely and offered eco’ish alternatives to traditional Christmas trees but the prices can get more pretty crazy. Granted, a few of the smaller non-traditional tree options sell in the $20 range but four of the models listed in the artcle are priced above $349 and the wooden Jubiltree* eclipses the $500 mark. I may be wrong but I don’t think unreasonably over-priced alt-Christmas trees are going to change buying habits.

That’s why Jubbling would like to help you find reusable Christmas tree options that won’t crush your bank account and can be sourced locally. Our two reusable picks are the potted living Christmas tree and a used plastic tree from your local Goodwill store.

Going with a reusable potted living Christmas tree ($50-75) requires some management but it’s a great option for people who prefer an un-dead natural tree. If you’re ok with a plastic one, Goodwill has an assortment of previously-loved options in the $5-20 price range. Ideally, purchasing a used plastic tree means another new one will not be manufactured.

Consumers shouldn’t have to spend $500 on a eco-suavé Christmas tree alternative in order to gain some green street cred. Reusable Christmas trees that are wallet-friendly and match your preference (natural or artificial) are available and you don’t have to travel very far to find one. [Inhabitat]


*Jubiltree and Jubbling are not related.

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The Holiday Vegetable Loaf Was Tofurkying Up Thanksgiving Decades Before Tofurky!

Holiday Vegetable Loaf: The Mother of all Tofurkys.Who would’ve thought that working down the food chain and going veggie was happening long before it was cool. Not sure how quickly I’d pounce on this meatless Holiday Vegetable Loaf but I do like that it’s on a bed of mashed potatoes. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your leftovers – XO XO Jubbling. [Boing Boing]

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This Thanksgiving, 203 Million Pounds Of Edible Turkey Meat Will Be Thrown Out.

Thanksgiving turkey waste

“Why do we have to eat turkey at Thanksgiving? Why can’t we have chicken katsu instead?
Harry, November 19, 2012


For my son Harry, turkey meat can best be described as his barf-inducing kryptonite and it turns out that he’s not the only one avoiding turkey at Thanksgiving. According to US Department of Agriculture figures, US consumers throw out a crazy 203 million pounds (35%) of edible turkey meat each Thanksgiving. Yes we could all make more of an effort to NOT throw out our leftover turkey by saving fridge/freezer space for it in advance or by purchasing a smaller bird. But if Harry could decide, we’d dump the turkey altogether and switch to a Thanksgiving chicken. USDA numbers support this move by showing that Americans throw out 15% of the edible chicken meat – 60% less waste than turkey***.

Hopefully Harry won’t use this data and throw Jubbling back in my face in order to make his case for Thanksgiving chicken. He may be successful because having Jubbling thrown back at me is my kryptonite. [UPI.com]


***Sorry vegetarians and vegans. I couldn’t find numbers on Tofurky.

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Shopping For Electronics? Best To Compare Price, Features And Planned Obsolescence Of Each Brand.

Electronic WasteWired posted an article, “Copyright and Planned Obsolescence: The Shady World of Repair Manuals,” about the need for free online product manuals and how it may conflict with a manufacturer’s copyrights – especially if the manufacturer prefers that you replace your electronic device rather than fix it. But is that in the manufacturer’s best interest?

Probably not and that’s why Jubbling decided to share our experience buying and selling electronics by offering some shopping tips:

  1. The savviest shoppers go to industry related blogs and find out how a future purchase performs. Following a thread is a great way to track defects and how they are handled by the manufacturer. Sample: home theater, cameras etc.
  2. Check IFixit for repairability information and manuals.
  3. If you’ve done your research and narrowed down your brand, contact the manufacturer or visit their website to find out if they have a local service center – especially for televisions. There’s nothing worse than re-boxing and shipping 42″ TV with a bad power supply across the country for repair.
  4. Make electronics purchases with American Express. Not only will AMEX add a year of warranty to the manufacturer’s standard warranty but if it breaks, they actually want to help you get it fixed.

Ultimately, it is in the best interest of electronics manufacturers to build a quality product so they will keep you as a customer for life. Offering service manuals online is a no-brainer and should have nothing to do with copyrights. Products should not be designed with planned obsolescence in mind – it’s not how you build brand loyalty.

As a kid, I remember my parents getting the call from Sears checking to see if we wanted to buy extended service contracts on their “almost out of warranty” appliances. The conversation went something like this:

Sears Rep: “Would like to buy an extended warranty on your Kenmore dishwasher?”


Parents: “No thank you.”


Sears Rep: “So what are you going to do if your dishwasher breaks outside of the warranty period and you’re not covered?”


Parents: “If we can’t get it repaired, I guess we’ll have to go out and buy another one. Only this time, we won’t be buying a Kenmore.”


Prior to ordering, Google your next electronics purchase by part # and put “repairs” at the end. And always keep in mind that the retailer isn’t concerned about the durability of the product you purchased. If it breaks, you’ll come back and buy a new one and your sales rep will get to say “chi-ching” as you walk out the door with your replacement purchase. (Don’t be a chi-ching.) [Wired]

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If Thanksgiving Had A Groin, It Just Got Kicked By Black Thursday Sales.

Black Friday sales are nuts and retailers agreed. How did they cure the crazy? They moved the mayhem to Thursday night – Thanksgiving! Here’s a short-list of stores bucking Black Friday for Thursday this year:

  • Wal-Mart – 8:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day
  • Sears – 8:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day
  • Toys R Us – 8:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day
  • Target – 9:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day

Black Thursday will be a success and people will gladly forgo an opportunity to relax and spend a peaceful Thanksgiving together in order to get a great deal on a Furby or LeapPad2. It’ll be another win for retail and consumption unless consumers decide this is too much and avoid the Black Friday Thursday sales.

So please stay home, watch some of the Black Friday videos from last year and be thankful. The more we attend these unnecessary events, the earlier in the year they’ll get. Black Halloween – your next. [Gizmodo]

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