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Secret plan not so secret

I did some digging around on the interwebs regarding emergency response plans in Iceland, considering that Katla may well erupt soon and make our lives interesting.

I started with the Search & Rescue organization, SAR Iceland. They didn't have that much info in English on their page, so I e-mailed them to ask about their disaster response plan. They directed me towards the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, who have a nice… Continue

Added by Ana Maria Luiza Barbuta on April 26, 2010 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

Living on the edge... of a volcano

I guess by now everyone knows about the troublesome volcano under the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. And most have heard the speculation that Katla is the next volcano to go off. If that happens, things in Iceland will be a lot more dire than now, as Katla is a notorious troublemaker in the volcano world.

In the event of the eruption, a system like Ushahidi would help greatly in the evacuation and search and rescue efforts. I'm attempting to draw a road map of the eruption.

First… Continue

Added by Ana Maria Luiza Barbuta on April 25, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Clean energy

Since energy in Iceland is already very cheap and efficient, there really aren't many ways for me to make it even more so. Here's what I'm doing now:
- using low-power light bulbs and only turning the lights on when I really need it
- turning off the monitors at home and at work when I'm not using the computer
- participating in the Clean Energy project on World Community Grid

Added by Ana Maria Luiza Barbuta on April 25, 2010 at 1:56am — No Comments

Turning my kittens vegetarian

I'm starting a home garden with vegetables and herbs, much to my kittens' delight, who love munching on vegetables (don't ask me why). This is quite a challenge in Iceland, given the cold climate, but I have a back-up plan: getting some wooden boxes with glass lids for growing small plants, since sunlight is more than abundant during Icelandic summer.

My company also has a yearly food drive for poor families, I am going to find or make a collection of cheap recipes to include with the… Continue

Added by Ana Maria Luiza Barbuta on April 24, 2010 at 10:53pm — 1 Comment

Preserving the Saxon sub-culture in Romania

The Transylvanian Saxons are are a people of German ethnicity who settled in Transylvania (German: Siebenbürgen) from the 12th century onwards. Until the end of WWI they benefited from an elevated status and developed a thriving community. However, since the beginning of the 20th century their numbers have been dwindling, most of them having emigrated to Germany; nowadays there are less than a quarter Saxons compared… Continue

Added by Ana Maria Luiza Barbuta on April 24, 2010 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

My social innovation heroes fight against hate

I chose The Working Group as my social innovation heroes, as they tackle something I feel very strongly about: hate and intolerance. Their Not In Our Town series of videos and events are very powerful tools that work to bring people together and empower them to take action against hate speech and hate crimes.

While poverty, famine, recession and so on are terrible things, I believe hate and intolerance are the insidious evil. You can't fix… Continue

Added by Ana Maria Luiza Barbuta on April 22, 2010 at 2:40pm — 2 Comments

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Fourth of July on the Lake

This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
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Stinging Nettle

In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ**stances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
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The meal

It is 7'oclock, I was late home from work due to an assignment that i wanted to get ahead on. By the time I get home I am feeling extremley tired and I cannot be bothered to make a proper meal. I walk to the fridge and open it to see what there is for me to eat. All of the out of date foodstuffs have been automaticaly thrown away by the fridge, they will be recycled tomorrow as animal feed or something. I see i have organic local eggs and some local cheese. Foods are vacc** sealded for easy…See More
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