December 28, 2014

Recycled Cell Phones Reforest Our Planet

Yesterday was Earth Day, but that’s no reason to slack off on your efforts to save the planet now that it’s over. My daughter-in-law told me about iRecyclePhones and their goal to lessen the impact on our landfills while at the same time reforesting areas of our planet that need it.

Ireclyclephones

Here is all you have to do (ideally, after you delete your personal information from the phone!): You supply the box and put the phone(s) you would like to recycle into it. Then, download and print the prepaid shipping label. iRecyclePhones.com, in union with American Forest, will plant one tree for each cell phone that’s donated. Easy, simple, and something good you can do for the planet. Now, go spread the word about this worthwhile effort!

Americanforests

In an effort to get the word out about this endeavor, I am posting this on both iPentimento and my other blog Pentimento. I usually post about genealogy here at iPentimento, so think of this as a Public Service Announcement. ;-)

WA State Flood Photos – December 2007

I don’t think New Orleans was much worse than the flooding that is currently inundating western Washington state near Centralia. These pictures were taken just a few days ago, right after the storm. The first two show I-5 at the exit for Centralia and why the freeway south is closed for 20 miles. You will have to click on the thumbnail to get the larger picture.

I-5 Exit at Centralia, WA       Exit at Centralia, WA

This next picture speaks volumes to me, but I wonder if it will to you too? Look at the hillside above the slide area. Notice anything missing? Whomever was allowed to clearcut that hillside above those houses should be punished to the full extent of the law. I don’t know who owns the land, but I could hazard some guesses. I didn’t hear of anyone being hurt, but it looks like the house where the slide debris came down is a total loss.

Slide area near Centralia, WA

 

Why is my screen shaking?

Most days, there is no reason to watch comedy on TV. All I have to do is be myself. Just today, I put a new plugin extension (is that redundant?) in Firefox that I thought would be pretty helpful since we live in an area where we have earthquakes. It’s called eQuakeAlert!! and it resides down at the bottom of the screen. What I didn’t know about it was that it has some ‘other’ features. Not only does it show me the latest quake information such as location, magnitude and does it every five minutes when there are quakes, but it also has a “shake” feature that I wasn’t aware of. This is where the humor comes in…

1964 quake in Alaska

As I was looking at a web page a couple hours ago, and trying to scroll down the page, all of a sudden the page was like vibrating before my eyes.:roll: I thought I was just a crappy scroller, but it was the plugin telling me there was an earthquake just posted to the USGS feed! Not only that, but the quake was pretty close….like about 20 miles away from me, over on the Olympic Peninsula I don’t know why I didn’t feel it in real time, but for once, I didn’t.

The funny part of this was too, that just this evening as we were discussing the day’s events, I said to my husband that there had been quite a few quakes today, and named the locations. Then, I told him, “Don’t be surprised if we don’t have one here!”. Boy, am I good, or what? What can I say? I pick up on these things.

Tree Afire On iPentimento

Red Maple collage

We planted this tree last fall, and it has been babied throughout the year. I did a montage of it through the seasons and it really turned out well, I think. I just took another picture of it a couple days ago, in all its autumn glory. We seem to be having an early fall this year, and the tree was turning red earlier than it did last year. The sun was shining through it and “lit it up” just a bit for this shot.

No where near as good of a photo as the ones you will see on Autofocused, but then Chris has a shiny new ‘toy” to play with…:roll:

 

Maple tree Oct. 2007

 

 

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