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Evil …

... yet mesmerizing: (ht: reader SW)

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Julia Roberts greens up

Nothing like another child on the way to get a gal thinking about the health of the planet. Apparently, Julia Roberts, who's preggo again, is planning to green up her Malibu abode with some solar panels, recycled tiles, and sustainable wood products. Granted, said gal has been mulling such matters for a while now. (She's a spokeswoman for Earth Biofuels.) Which explains her recent courageous decision to convert from a hybrid to a vegetable-oil-fueled auto despite the danger of smelling "like a French fry." Just think, Julia. You could turn this delightful new aroma of yours into a kajillion-selling celebrity …

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Beans, beans, good for your recipe

In keeping with the recent topics of eating low on the food chain for environmental reasons (e.g., beans instead of meat) and cooking for a crowd, I dug out an old recipe for a curried red lentil soup with an apple cider or pear juice base, so I could double it to serve 10-12 people instead of 5-6. I've always been told that to double a recipe, you should double the basic ingredients but not the spices. What I do is adjust the spices by slowly adding small increments and tasting the results. The amounts that work usually do turn …

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Lawyers instead of engineers

As a warm-up for suing California over fuel-economy standards, automakers are ... suing Vermont over fuel-economy standards.

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Dirty money

And Rainforest Action Network has the soap.  Get scrubbing.

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Er, food data that is

I'm not much of a gourmand, but I do love to play with food. Well, food data, anyway. So when I happened upon the Food System Factoids blog, I totally pigged out. The menu may not be for everyone, but if you have a craving for analyses of food pricing trends, or evaluations of carbon emissions from U.S. agriculture, you'll find plenty to satisfy. Take, for instance, this post on the relative change in prices of soft drinks and processed fats vs. fruits and veggies. The data's a bit old now, but what a story. From 1985 to 2000, the …

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From Hogs to Hogwarts

Tee party Check out these biker-chic tops made from bamboo and printed with PVC-free ink. Perfect for the beach. Or climbing trees with your twin. Or humping posts. Or awkwardly leaping. So basically, what we do every day. Photo: Chopper Couture Déjà poo Things to look forward to: cavorting on cow crap and expounding on elephant excrement. Really -- what can't poo do? Photo: iStockphoto Whee! Is that a solar-powered Wii? Oui! Who's into it? We! And these wee cell-phone lederhosen are green -- but they don't look WEEE-cyclable. Wienerschnitzel! Photo: TwitchGuru.com Plane, plane, go away Want to minimize your …

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Bike commuting fashion tips

Took a long ride in the pouring rain a couple days ago to deliver some engineering drawings and test out some new gear. I'm looking for novel ideas to facilitate bike commuting. A commuter should be able to step off the bike and head straight for the coffee machine without having to change clothes or take a shower. The key to that is an electric hybrid bike, but clothing is also all-important. Although I'm confident I'd look real fine in spandex, it doesn't fit my stated design parameters. But if you must wear it, do not repeat the mistake made …

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