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Autumn Cleaning

I need to clean out all my ‘read it later’ links – seriously, it is the worst firefox extension ever, because I now have 14 pages of links, half read, half unread and all interesting.

So here is a round-up of some of them… hopefully after this firefox will run faster and so will my whole computer – maybe that is wishful thinking but it is all a part of me cleaning up my whole computer.

Teaching Kids to Argue
This page has good reasoning for teaching your children how to debate and reason. I really appreciated the wisdom because I think you should start giving kids responsibilities much earlier than we tend to in the West.

Radius around a Point
For anyone wishing to be a locavore to a certain distance, this tool is invaluable. You can enter any place – google maps style – and it will draw a circle around it to a radius of your choice, I was really surprised to find that a 100mile radius (as touted by many locavores) actually covers a lot of ground.

Sweet Music I have no idea where I found, as well as more sweet music.

Fair Trade shopping
I pick up many different links to fair trade shopping places, and then never spend my money there because I am trying to save for plane tickets – really environmental of me 😦

Potatoes as a staple
I’m not really sure why I saved this link, but there you go.

Windmill History
I prolly saved this so that I could keep up with my supersmart boyfriend, and yet I haven’t. 😦

Rainbow Wedding
The photos from this wedding a totally amazing!!

The Laws of Sustainability.
Always good to have these handy.

Letter to unbelievers
I thought this was really interesting, but didn’t know what to do with it.

Find the perfect gadget when you have a lot more money than I do.

If you really enjoy storing your food in plastic then don’t read this post.

A TED roundup explains how you can not get cancer by eating, or something.

Where to get reclaimed materials from (somewhat US centric).

My nalgene cap is about to die, I guess I have to do this when it does.

A curtain made out of old slides – superkawaii.

Who is responsible for feeding our kids properly?

Women who don’t have high expectations, don’t have high outcomes. Basically what we have always known about teachers and groups, if part of a group is expected to perform poorly/well, they will.

What will clothing be like in the future?

Have you ever thought about not calling the police?

Just in case you didn’t already know that coal wasn’t super-great, here is some of the history of it.

I would like to remember and plant this Australian pepper plant.

Walking = Coping.

Videos I want to watch:

Jon Stewart interviews non-violence advocates.

A child praying.

Cap and Trade from the Story of Stuff people.

A speaking Piano?

Growth vs Development

Watch, listen, same difference, I want to listen to this doco on copyright. This video I have already seen, but want to keep because it is awesome! Ditto this one on Remix Culture.

The second half (I would post the first half but I’m super tired and you are smart) of a woman’s hair journey.

I really want to show Scott the oak frame part of one of these videos. Not sure how to go about that really.

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Sustainable Living Festival

This weekend I went to the Sustainable Living Festival in Federation Square. There were lots and lots of stall holders including organic food, ideas for house and garden as well as lots of fairtrade and organic clothing and other stuff. There was also lots of great talks, although I only made it to a few of them.
In an attempt to not take a million brochures (and thus trees) I tried to refuse brochures from people instead taking down their web addresses. Thus follows a list of links I wrote down.
By the by I have some photos and a few posts to make on my garden, it is still there despite the heat, things have just piled up lately and the blog goes to the bottom of the pile.

Permaculture Melbourne
I didn’t actually make it into this stall as it was always crowded out, but as permaculture is a great idea I wrote down their site. They have ways for people from different areas to get involved which looks great.

The Victoria Naturally Alliance
A woman accosted me as I was walking along finishing up writing the last address down and rather than take a brochure I said I would write the address down. I think they are involved in saving forests and the like. However I am not much of a joiner so I didn’t look closely.

Oases Graduate School
I doubt I would ever do my grad dip, but these guys have a really holistic program rather than focussing on one aspect of a healthy society in isolation they look at all aspects. If I were to do a grad dip (let’s get through a BA first), then this looked good from the stall.

Very Edible Gardens
These edible garden people are awesome. They sell garden beds, some of them are raised, so it is like working at a work bench, rather than crawling along the ground, which I think is a great way of making gardening more accessible to more people. On top of that they have a deal where you pay and they set up a garden and will come and look after it for you. Basically they do all the work and you get a killer veggie patch. The reason I like this is because people who are busy or don’t want to put in the work can still see how awesome it is, and maybe even take over looking after the garden themselves after a while. 🙂

Resource Smart
This is a government website that was listed up in the Design Tent. I wrote it down because I figured it would have some good tips. I notice one of their tips is to go to the festival, so I must be doing something right!

Alternative Technology Association
The ATA people put on a great talk on what renters can do to be more sustainable, a lot was stuff I knew, some was stuff I can’t do where I’m living, but lots was good tips for now and in the future. They also gave out a book on how to save water which I am reading through, it has some great ideas.

Lanfax Laboratories
The ATA talk quoted some stats from this site. I believe they have statistics on good laundry powder to use and the like.

Permablitz
Permablitz: An informal gathering involving a day on which a group of at least two people come together to achieve the following:
* create or add to edible gardens where someone lives
* share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living
* build community networks
* have fun
Why wouldn’t anyone want to be involved in that?

Balcony Garden Dreaming
This woman was so beautiful and passionate about balcony gardens. I took down lots of notes and tips from her which may become the basis for another post.

Holmgren
This I did not need to write down as I saw it everywhere and remembered it. It seems to be more of a search engine for sustainable-type stuff.

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