Techie Tuesday: Let’s Encrypt the Entire Internet!

Free and easy security certificates – what a dream come true for webmasters and lovers of privacy!  Let’s Encrypt was announced this week (but won’t be ready to use until the second quarter of 2015)  “a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit.” It’s the product of years of work from engineers at Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, Electronic Frontier Foundation, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan.… Read the rest

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Mother Earth Monday: “Convivial Degrowth” Replaces “Sustainable Development”

Had enough of traffic jams, economic roller coasters, disingenuous advertising, population pressures, pollution and untrammeled development of the last wild places on Earth?  Maybe it is time for de-growth instead of mindless production and consumption in the name of prosperity.  That is exactly what many are suggesting, as reported by Justin Hyatt in the Interpress Service.Read the rest

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Wild Frisday: Canada Flooded With Liberal Refugees?

The Manitoba Herald doesn’t really exist. But if it did, it would say the flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration.  Lampoonists insist the recent actions of the Tea Party and the fact Republicans won the Senate are prompting an exodus among left-leaning citizens who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, and to agree with Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck.… Read the rest

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Mother Earth Monday: Free Fruit For All

Public spaces should be planted out with edible things, I have always insisted.  And now here is a community park and garden in Bloomington Indiana that did just that very thing!  Here is a bit about the Community Orchard written by Ross Gay:

It’s easy enough for me to remember this orchard, with its numerous varieties of 100 or so fruit trees (apples, peaches, pears, plums, paw paw, cherries, jujubes, figs, and more) and equal number of fruit bushes, vines, and flowers, as little more than a flat expanse of mowed grass.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Time Lapse Pregnancy!

Watch a woman explode! Well, time lapse photography of a pregnant woman growing larger and then … !  This video is fun not only for the people changing day by day, but also the room and its contents morph a little over time in an interesting fashion.… Read the rest

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Mother Earth Monday: Sustainable Buzz This Thursday!

Join me and the Sustany Foundation for our annual party under the stars along the Hillsborough River this Thursday evening.

Do you enjoy local restaurants, craft beers, spirits and wine?  If so be sure to check out The 7th Annual Sustainable Buzz on Thursday, 11/13/14 at the Straz.   … Read the rest

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Techie Tuesday: All Our Patent Are Belong To You

Elon Musk says steal our technology … please!

Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

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Mother Earth Monday: Buy Your Tickets for The Sustainable Buzz!

Save a few bucks on the best deal in town for good locavore food, craft beers and organic wine all in the name of Sustany!  Every year we have a party on the Hillsborough River at the Straz Center Riverwalk and Thursday, November 13 should be a beautiful evening, as always, to enjoy all the food and libations you care to sample. … Read the rest

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Vital Sunday: Sri Ramakrishna and the Holy Mother

Sri Ramakrishna said:

“When unavoidably entering into places where there may be temptation, carry always with thee the thought of thy Divine Mother. She will protect thee from the many evils that may be lurking even in thy heart. Cannot the presence of thy mother shame thee away from evil deeds and evil thoughts?… Read the rest

Vital Sunday: Riskin Quote

“When you’re one step ahead of the crowd you’re a genius.
When you’re two steps ahead, you’re a crackpot.”
— Rabbi Shlomo Riskin (Feb. 1998)… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Iceland is on Fire!

Scientists have been watching Iceland recently, warning of something big.  This might be it … or just the beginning! One of the largest volcanic eruptions in centuries is occurring on Iceland. The volcano Bardarbunga is producing high levels of deadly sulfur dioxide.… Read the rest

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Thirsty Thursday: Theater Tampa Bay Awards

The fourth annual Theater Tampa Bay Awards ceremony was held last Monday night at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg and freeFall Theatre was basically running laps up the steps to accept awards, then backstage for a quick photo before joining the audience just long enough to be called on stage again! … Read the rest

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Tech Tuesday: Password Gestures

Steve shares this news story from NPR about using swipes and gestures to get at your password protected stuff.  Sign your name, or just make a pattern you can remember and swish – you are in!  What kind of squiggle would YOU make? … Read the rest

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Mother Earth Monday: Flotsam Sculpture Rises

This weekend as I kayaked past the old Salvador Dali museum grounds I saw a sculpture rising from the USF/ Poyntner Institute Park on the edge of Tampa Bay made of pastic debris found at sea, or flotsam.  My friend CJ Reynolds sent this information about the project:

Artists and marine scientists are teaming up with local youth and community organizations to make a massive sculpture to call attention to marine debris and the terrible impacts on wildlife and coastal ecosystems

Most people don’t realize that trash in our streets and parks moves into storm drains and ends up in our waterways and beaches.… Read the rest