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Archive for July, 2008

Greenlance is on summer hiatus until 7 September 2008, when we’ll return with all new reviews and resources. Happy holidays!

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Wacky Patent of the Month
Wacky Patent of the Month

I once knew a fellow who claimed to have invented an automobile engine that could operate without fuel.

“Yeah? What happened?” I’d ask.

“Well the government didn’t want me to be successful, so they…”

From there, the story would always get a bit fuzzy. Darned Patent and Trademark Office, always putting the kibosh on clever ideas.

I wish I’d known, then, about Wacky Patents, the site that proves once and for all that “the gummit” will let you you patent just about anything. Every month, for years now, Wacky Patents has featured such cunning ideas as this month’s “Anti Eating Mask,” a muzzle for fat people. Or the Animated Amusement Device featured in March of 2002, that had a swastika on an axle designed, apparently, to inflict pain on the nether parts of Nazis.

Did the government rob you of a great idea? Tell me all about it. I guarantee I won’t tell a soul. Just click the Comments link below, and share.

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I have a confession: I have a law degree. It’s not something I share lightly, for I hold pretty much the same opinion you have of — if not most, then at least, some — lawyers.  There are bad people in every walk of life, but attorneys and tax collectors have the peculiar capacity to destroy lives. That’s too much power for any mere mortal to be entrusted with.

OverLawyered provides clear and convincing evidence of abuses of the legal system, with its daily chronicles of a jurisprudence system run amok. Unfortunately, the epidemic is spreading. OverLawyered now documents almost as many abuses outside the US as it finds within our fair borders. It’s an eye-opening read that ought to shock every citizen with a conscience.

Tell me your bad-lawyer story by clicking the Comments link below.

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We Like It Raw

Nummy, nummy in my tummy…

I’ve been living the raw-food life — with an ocassional moment of cheating — since the first day of this blog.

Over the past two-and-a-half months, I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight, and have felt much, much healthier.

The investment was minimal: A $30 dehydrator off Craigslist, a blender, and a knife. But the food sometimes gets a bit repetitive. We Like It Raw solves that problems with amazing recipes and beautiful photography that inspires me, all over again, to stay healthy.

I intend to live a very, very long time. Eating raw vegan is the only way to get there with my health intact.

Tell me about other raw food and vegan resources you love by clicking that Comments link below.

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Blue Letter Bible

The great thing about the Blue Letter Bible isn’t the large number of English translations, or the commentaries, or the links to related hymns — though those are all excellent.  The wonder of BLB is the lexicon and concordance, which renders verses in Hebrew and Greek with transliterations and word-for-word translations to English.

See, for example, the lexicon entry for James 1:5 — “If any of you lack sophia, wisdom…”

Good stuff from the Good Book. If you know of other good religion resources, do tell! The Comments link invites you to share your sophia.

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Looking to drive traffic to your web site? Here’s the secret, guaranteed.

Just make sure the topic of your web site is “Cheap Gasoline Locations.” Then get OPEC to double the price of oil. See how easy?

Well it works for Gas Buddy — the site that tracks the price of gasoline in your town, and in every town in your geographic area. Hey, we can fight back! Buddy up! Tell the neighbors what your nearest station is charging today, and they’ll return the favor.

Have other ideas for pressuring price gougers? Share by clicking that Comments link below.

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All day today, I’ve been listening to Pandora — internet radio for the technologically inept.

Honestly, the whole Kazaa and ripping CDs and illegal downloads thing just baffles me. I don’t even wanna know.

But Pandora has music coming out my computer speakers for the first time in — well, ever. Today, it’s playing stations dedicated to my boys Earth, Wind and Fire, my Beach Boys and my Five for Fighting. Ahhhh. What a wonderful world. Hey! I think I hear Louis calling!

Click that Comments link below and bring me into the 21st century. I’m embarrassing my kids. What tunes should I really be listening to?

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