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LEED Certification in the Spotlight

LEED Certification in the Spotlight

The building I work in recently got LEED certification, signifying they’ve made serious efforts into “greening” the building. Then they go and put up a nice LEED Certification plaque in the lobby.

And put a spotlight on it. *sigh*

You keep using that phrase “energy efficient.” I do not think it means what you think it means.

Lots of Earth Day people (efficient light bulbs, EV car chargers, etc) are set up in the lobby today, right under the LEED plaque, and none of them seem to think a thing about it.  :(

 

Thin Mint CrackIt’s that time of year again, when the young girls are out on the streets, selling their wares. You see them and feel sorry for them, but you also quickly look away, trying not to make eye contact, lest you be subject to their tempting pleas. But I seem to fall for it, every year. Their cute little outfits don’t help me avoid my inevitable fate. A flash of the green, and I’m feeling guilty again, and not because of a post-St. Patrick’s Day hangover. No, it’s my cookie kryptonite: Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies.

Scary Scout Don’t make her angry, Mr. McGee. You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry.

Each year, it’s the same thing – these little cookie-pimping bitches dress up as cookies and flash that green Thin Mint box, and I’m a goner. And it’s a vicious cycle, too. Once you have the Thin Mints, you have to go get some milk to go with them. Milk, for God’s sake! C’mon, is there no end to the humiliation?

 

Girl Scout Cookie FlowchartI’m hardly the only one to be subjected to this yearly torture, as MSNBC reported last week, Thin Mints, or the lack thereof, inspired Hersha Howard of Collier County, Florida, to turn into a real-life psycho version of the Cookie Monster. When she went for her Thin Mints for a late-nite snack, she found them missing. She accused her roommate of eating them, but the roommate said she gave them to her kids, and offered to pay $10 for them (more than twice what they cost). Howard completely lost it at that point, and went after her roommate with a pair of scissors, bit her on the breast, and struck her repeatedly with a sign. While cookies may be a “sometime food” as Cookie Monster says, that “sometime” is usually “right the hell NOW!”

 

Nielson Company U.S. Smartphone User Demographics Chart

The Nielson Company just released some statistics on smartphone user demographics in the U.S., and the results are rather surprising. Apple’s reputation is that it’s big with the “cool” crowd, but it seems that Google’s Android mobile operating system is winning just not overall marketshare (29% vs Apple’s 27%), but also winning in the younger age groups. Android is more popular with younger people (18-24), and Apple’s iPhone is more popular with older (55+). Just one more thing … get off my lawn!

A comfy place to sit when I read. This seems like a good choice!

I don’t wanna go out,
I’m an Internet kid.
There’s a million sites online
That I can surf on.

From LOLs to Tweets to Torrents please.
It’s the biggest toy store there is!
I don’t wanna go out, cuz, baby, if I did,
I couldn’t be an Internet kid!

Check it out:

The scale is a bit misleading. The ceiling is 15′ high. The short wall between living room and bedroom is taller than I am.  :)

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