And then, cold came!

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Woke up this morning with the sense of my bed being unusually cozy.. Leaving it did not seem quite the thing to do.

I got me one of those cheap inside/outside termometers, a few years ago, so I tippy-toed downstairs to have  a quick glance at it, and sure, it said 16 negative degrees (That’s 3.2F for the yanks) outside, but worse, inside we had no more than Just over 17C (62.6F). Who unplugged the global heater??

17 Degrees inside, man, ,that’s no cool at all, it’s enough to make you shiver unless you pack a double set of everything; double socks, double sweaters, speak twice as fast to have the friction warm you up a little.

And look at my car (you can click on the images btw)!! DSC_0058

The poor thing, we’re going to IKEA today to get another shelf for the living room, and this  is what greets us!

So I had to go outside, in my jammies, hook up the car with the engine heater, run back in again and defrost my family jewels. And while I wait for the thing to thaw, I snapped a few photos for you to see with my brand new Nikon D700 and 24/70mm 🙂

Happy holidays, all!

Environment: How hard is this?

Plant trees for ALL the money raised by the selling of environment quotas.
Buy seeds for ALL the money, not just some of it.
A million dollars can buy a BUNCH of trees. The same money does very little for the
environment in any other respect. Trees for a million dollars can clean the CO2 of
god only knows how many cars. NO OTHER solutions are even close to the cost/efectiveness
of simply planting trees.

How stupid does one have to be to not understand this?

There is light!

The Norwegian Train Company (NSB) appears to finally be on track with the environmental craze, and is now starting two test projects in the cities of Fredrikstad and Moss to provide commuters with an in-door, locked bicycle garage!
The service will be offered to commuters with valid season tickets only, and, in addition to the parking itself, there will also be a simple bicycle repairs shop made available that can perform maintentance and simple repairs to your bike while you’re at work.

The service will cost around 50 NOK ( 6 EUR, 8 USD) per month.

Ask me? Yup, this is the way to go (ride a bike?)!
Source: http://www.syklistene.no/Trafikk_sikkerhet/Aktuelt/32723 (Norwegian only)

The point that was forgotten during rush-hour.

I was sitting here, writing a rather angry email to some editor of an economics magazine that was claiming that by tripling the price of gas, Norway would become a more environmentally friendly place to be.

I won’t repeat what I wrote to him in my email, after all, I have no way to certify that my readers are of age to digest the language that I used, but I would like to share with you a fine point that I remembered after sending the email to this sad editor.

Kyoto ultimately blames you!

During the talks of Kyoto, various countries committed themselves to the reduction of producing pollution. As a consequence I am suddenly to blame for the worlds state and need to pay for it – because I have a car, and need electricity to post my blogs. Where did this come from? I live near a plastic factory that alone spends more electricity and diesel than the rest of my entire village put together. Good thing we’re using a lot of natural energy!

But, over to my fine point in this post, I was speaking about cars and the price of gas. Isn’t it about time that someone sat down and investigated what is MORE costly to the environment: The newspaper industry, or the transport situation?

I would dare to bet, that the amount of trees that are being cut down throughout the planet only to satisfy the newspaper business alone has a higher impact on our planets ability to breathe than the effect that personal use of cars and motorcycles. Add to that all the paper copies being used by faxes and copies for meetings. Think globally.

The point is that the paper industry is supported by businesses of all kinds, along with the newspaper press. Every time you buy a newspaper, you’re supporting the death of a tree somewhere. It’s one less breath to take away some of that globally warming carbon monoxide.

Politicians need to wake up and smell the forest. Yes. Cars pollute to some degree, but the lost point is this: The lack of trees attributed to the support of the paper industry must stop. Cutting down a tree is directly leading to global warming. Ban newspapers to begin with – everyone will soon have internet now that the 100 dollar PC is out there anyway. Plant more trees, and stop chugging them down again to make paper. All we NEED paper for is wiping our behinds, until someone figures out how to use the 3 seashells.