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Turning my Shed into a Green Roof?

Green Roof Garden Shed, Raleigh, NCI’m fortuanate enough right now to basiclly have forest in my backyard.  I have four beautiful huge trees that are about 125 Feet Tall.   I get my fix of fresh air everyday… But what about going one step further and chaning my shed into a green roof?  It’s just a crazy thought, and might have to be done if I ever move to a place where all the homes in the neighbourhood are the exact same… (That day may come, who knows?)

But here is a link that can perhaps inspire someone to do it now?

July 30, 2009 Posted by | Green Roofs | , | Leave a comment

Green Roof on Chicago City Hall

It was 2000/ 2001 and the this project caught my eye.  The city of Chicago wanted to put a garden on top of there city hall building.

So the next couple of posts regarding green roofs are dedicated the citizen and public servants that started thinking outside of the box.   It was Mayor Richard M. Daley and the City of Chicago who began construction of a 38,800 square foot (total roof area) semi-extensive greenroof in April 2000. It was completed at the end of 2001 at a cost $2.5 million, funded by a settlement with ComEd.

Here are some Before and After Photos.

Project Name: Chicago City Hall
Year: 2001
Owner: City of Chicago, Dept of Environment
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Greenroof Type: Semi-Extensive, Test/Research
Greenroof System: Single Source Provider
Roof Size: 20300 sq.ft.
Roof Slope: 1.5%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment
Submitted by: Linda S. Velazquez

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Greenroof System: Roofscapes, Inc.
Roofscapes Contractor: Church Landscape
Landscape Architect: Conservation Design Forum
Architect: McDonough + Partners
Project Engineer: Roy F. Weston, Inc.
General Contractor: Bennett and Brosseau Roofing
Waterproofing: Sarnafil


July 30, 2009 Posted by | Government, Green Roofs, Inspiration, Sustainability | , | Leave a comment

Worst Packaging (NOT Sustainable)

Complete unstainable, and aginst common sense and logic!

SEE Brilliant Sustainable Packaging Here




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HP Made both my lists (Best and Worst Packaing) A large box containing smaller ones... 17 of them. All of that for 32 pieces of A4 paper (wrapped two by two in pink foam). We're not suggesting this is standard practice at HP, but if this is real, they probably should have a closer look at some of their processes.

SEE Brilliant Sustainable Packaging Here

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Ads, Marketing, Packaging, Products | , | Leave a comment

Email to SMS (Text)

I put this list together myself, if it doesn’t work for the network your on just leave a comment with the correct link.


United States

T-Mobile             [10digitnumber]
Virgin                  [10digitnumber]
Cingular              [10digitnumber]
Sprint                   [10digitnumber]
Verizon               [10digitnumber]
Nextel                [10digitnumber]


Bell                        [10digitnumber]
Rogers                 [10digitnumber]
Fido                      [10digitnumber]
Telus                    [10digitnumber]
Virgin                  [10digitnumber] (Virgin Mobile)
PC Mobile          [10digitnumber] (PC Mobile)
Koodo                 [10digitnumber]
Sasktel                [10digitnumber]

I’m sure your typical SMS/ Text fees apply to the reciever.

July 28, 2009 Posted by | PDA's | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brilliant Sustainable Packaging


By: Jurlique's new Biodynamic


One of the greenest ways to do packaging is to incorporate it into the product. lite2go by knoend, San Francisco-based designers who effectively created a functional lighting system while practically eliminating any waste that would ordinarily come with unwrapping or opening the packaging. Open the box, and you have your lampshade, leaving just a cardboard band and some hemp twine for recycling or composting. It even comes with a 7 watt compact fluorescent light bulb.

Steve Haslip’s HangerPak comes from a slightly different point of view; his packaging design turns in to something you can use with what comes inside (as long as that’s a t-shirt). Even if a cardboard hanger has a limited lifetime, it still gets an extra life cycle instead of going straight from package to recycling bin (or, worse, the landfill).

Designer Tom Ballhatchet had his thinking cap on when he came up with his TV Packaging Stand. It's another one that does just what it says: The package your new TV comes in transforms into the stand for it; since most flat-screen TVs are roughly the same shape, just the white corners need model-specific designs, making it a good candidate for easy mass production, from a variety of (recycled, recyclable, biodegradable, even) materials.


When it comes to green cardboard packaging, though, most everyone can learn a little something from the Chicago Paper Tube & Can Company, whose EcoPak can directly house beauty products.


Most shoes aren't perfectly square, so why should their packaging be? That's the question answered by this slick package for Newton running shoes, which use molded recycled cardboard -- a material similar to egg cartons -- to create a size-sensible package for a pair of shoes. And, instead of stuffing them with useless paper packing, they put a pair of socks in one shoe, and a reusable shoe bag in the other.

This IT industry has a long way to go… But this is a nice start.


HP came up with a radical new design for the packaging for its Pavilion dv6929; the resulting no-box, messenger bag-centric design cut the packaging back by a whopping 97 percent!

Worst Packing (Not Sustainable) See it HERE

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Ads, Business, Marketing, Packaging, Sustainability | , | 1 Comment

Best Waiting Room/ Coffee Table Book


12 – stencil stealthily
14 – carve hollow book
15 – super slingshot
23 – pvc pipe digeridoo
25- chain mail bikini
111 – dazzle with sabrage
124 – prepare tibetan yak butter tea
126 – understand espresso drink ratios
135 – chug from a boot
138 – how to look dapper in a suit
180 – repair ripped jeans
191- get out of a car in a mini skirt
204 – tie the texas rope handcuff
224 – fix a dented baseboard
277 – make suet snack for birds
344- deliver a baby in a taxi
371 – fold his clothes for travel
383 – share authentic yerba matte
405 – open wine without a wine key
414 – run with the bulls in pamplona
426 – catch a fish bare handed
447 wrestle aligator
453 create water in the desert
485 – escape from straight jacket
493 – breathe fire

And those are just a few! This book is definitely on my no fail list for gifting for all occasions! Maybe best waiting room/coffee table book i’ve found yet?

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Books | , , | Leave a comment

Solar Birdhouse

Solar Birdhouse!!! from the designer at Oooms ~ they describe their Solar BIrdhouse: “Why would only humans make use of eco-friendly technology? Studio OOOMS designed a birdhouse with a solar panel on it’s roof. During the day sunlight feeds the solar panel, charging a small battery inside. At nighttime the transparent stick will light up and shed a tiny light on your garden. This light attracts an easy nighttime snack for the bird; all she has to do is stick her beak out of the hole and wait for the buzz.”


July 28, 2009 Posted by | Great Ideas, Marketing | , | Leave a comment

You don’t need to Worry.


July 28, 2009 Posted by | Inspiration | | Leave a comment

Sprezzatura: The Art that Conceals Art

Perhaps this has more to do with our Ego’s then anything else, but majority of people try to do this:

“To Practice in all thins a certain spezzatura, so as to conceal all art and make whatever is done or said appear to be without effort”

– Baldassare Castiglione

The Book of the Courtier, 1528

This is about EDITING to make things seem more perfect then they are, aka we’re just displacing the meaning.

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Art, Marketing | , , | Leave a comment

The Last Lecture (Professor Randy Pausch)

This was an interesting speech to listen too…

It was by Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008).  He gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more, visit

The Video:

The Book:

The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Books, Inspiration, Life, Videos | , , , , | Leave a comment