Pickathon in Oregon this past weekend is a music festival and more that celebrates music without the Big Mess many festivals leave on Mama Earth. Sustainability is a big thing here. The stage created by students is even recyclable…
"After building smaller stages at the event the previous two summers, the student-led design and construction team took on the challenge of building a 1,000-person stage this year. As part of a 10-week course that leads up to the event, the students looked at a zero-waste construction practices and ways to divert materials from landfills; after submitting different designs, they settled on stacking massive, industrial cardboard tubes, four-to-six-foot-long cylinders normally used like toilet paper rolls to hold sheet metal, to build a honeycomb-like stage. Trucked out and assembled on site, the tubes were bolted together on the ends, forming a venue that played host to performances by Ex Hex, William Tyler and more, as well as a light show. But as quick as the stage was built, it disappeared. All the material will be repurposed and reused after the festival, and even the portions of the huge rolls that were bolted together will be shredded and used as raw material to make more tubes."
A stage like this would be cool in ATX don't you think? Click here to see the stage and more 411! It's very cool!
While the most UNPOPULAR dentist in the World Walt P is in hiding, there is a positive that can be done in honor of Cecil the Lion. www.wildcru.org This is the website of the 'Wildlife Conservation Research Unit' at Oxford. They had been tracking Cecil for research and the reason why his body was found. You could make a donation in honor of Cecil.. R.I.P!
Are you ready? I am! This gets me pumped for November 20th when THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 hits theaters. The conclusion... IT LOOKS AWESOME! I hope it is. In fact I hope the movie has a bit better of an ending than the book. The book's ending seemed rushed to me, but of course that's my opinion. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. It will be on my things to do on or around my birthday (11/25) list. #MockingjayPart2
Austin Water is currently in Stage 2 Water Restrictions. This means the amount of water in lakes Travis and Buchanan have fallen below a minimum supply level. Water is a limited resource. Remember to adjust your automatic sprinklers or manual watering times based on your address. Click here!Here's another way to conserve water when it comes to your lawn. Thanks to Shannon / PA for sending this heads up! Besides having a lack of water supply in Texas, nationwide and even worldwide, water quality is an issue too. The month of August is dedicated to getting the word out about improving water quality.
Did you know we're in the tailend of the International Decade of 'Water For Life'?
"Declining water quality has become a global issue of concern as human populations grow, industrial and agricultural activities expand, and climate change threatens to cause major alterations to the hydrological cycle. Globally, the most prevalent water quality problem is eutrophication, a result of high-nutrient loads (mainly phosphorus and nitrogen), which substantially impairs beneficial uses of water. Major nutrient sources include agricultural runoff, domestic sewage (also a source of microbial pollution), industrial effluents and atmospheric inputs from fossil fuel burning and bush fires. Lakes and reservoirs are particularly susceptible to the negative impacts of eutrophication because of their complex dynamics, relatively longer water residence times and their role as an integrating sink for pollutants from their drainage basins. Nitrogen concentrations exceeding 5 milligrams per litre of water often indicate pollution from human and animal waste or fertilizer runoff from agricultural areas." More 411 here.
There are things you can do to help w/ the quality of used water coming from your home/business through 'Clean Water Action' "About half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coastline where runoff flows quickly to the ocean. This is why watershed protection — attention not only to the body of water but the area that drains into it — is important. The Environmental Protection Agency, which reports that 40 percent of the nations waterways suffer water quality problems, has a detailed watershed database, which allows users to locate which watershed they live in and learn about how polluted it is and what actions they can take to protect their regional water quality.
Clean Water Action offers a succinct but thorough factsheet on what individuals and families can do to prevent water pollution from their homes, including:
not using antibacterial soaps or cleaning products
not flushing unwanted or out-of-date medications down the toilet or drain
not putting anything but water down storm drains
fixing leaks that drop from cars and putting liners in driveways to collect oil and other materials
avoiding using pesticides or chemical fertilizers
choosing nontoxic household products when possible
Are you? I'm talking 'Sauce & Soul'! My honey Ted and I will be out of town visiting family his family next week. I'll be back Monday 7/27, in plenty of time for the big Happy Hour Party on Wednesday 7/29! I've started working on my 'Groove Move!' Check it out and get more 411. Get tickets before they sell out!
The Prime Time Emmy Award nominees were announced a bit ago. 2 of my favorite shows got the most nominations. Game Of Thrones has 24 and American Horror Story: Freak Show has 19. Go Jessica Lange as 'Elsa Mars'. Andy Samberg will host the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20. Fox will broadcast them live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
I'm Happy AHS:Freak Show got so much Emmy nod love. I'm looking forward to AHS: Hotel on FX in October. Lady GaGa is part of the cast. A recent add is Richard T. Jones who will play Dectective Hahn, a Los Angeles police Homicide Dectective.
"Jones joins Sarah Paulson, Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Angela Bassett, Max Greenfield, Finn Wintrock, Wes Bentley, Evan Peters, and Chloë Sevigny in Hotel. Jones recently appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in feature Hot Pursuit, and will next be seen in Sony’s upcoming pic Concussion. His other TV credits include recurring roles on CBS’ Extant and Netflix’s Narcos. Jones is repped by APA, Michael McConnell at Artists International Management and Felker Toczek. (more)"
Lady GaGa shares a photo of a bloody script from the show. Click here!
Is it wrong/weird I got giddy after watching this :10 tease for American Horror Story: Hotel on FX in October. It was announced 5ish months ago that Lady GaGa will be part of the cast and will turn evil. This tease shows a bit of her character...
Characters names have been revealed too: Sarah Paulson - Hypodermic Sally
Evan Peters - Mr. March
Kathy Bates - Iris
Matt Bomer - Donovan
Angela Bassit - Ramona