Posts tagged ‘environment’

Recycling is the Pits

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The local sanitary district held its free e-waste collection recently at the middle school parking lot. All county residents can bring their unwanted desktop computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, phones, TV sets, old batteries, fluorescent fixtures, and other obsolete electronic equipment for recycling.

As a member of the community, I felt it was time to dispose of stuff that were just gathering dust in the storage. They included a scanner, port replicator, USB CD writer, motherboards, hard drives, camera, and old batteries. Since I just bought a new computer, I thought my aging desktop computer was fair game, too.

The decision to get rid of the old but still trusty desktop wasn’t an easy one for me. It was originally a windows 95 computer that I had kept on upgrading to keep up with the times. I had changed the motherboard and CPU twice, replaced the video card twice, added more the memory, etc. Come to think of it, the only parts I probably hadn’t touched were the case and the floppy drives. With the money and amount of time I had invested on it through the years, it was no wonder it held a special place in my heart.

I could have done it again, but decided against it at the last minute. When I added the amount I’d need to keep it up to date, I came to the conclusion that it was no longer practical. A new computer would cost about the same thing and it wouldn’t make my hands dirty. It would also save me from swearing when the upgrades don’t work on the first boot.

It was with sadness that I drove to the collection site. It made me cringed when the attendants just tossed some of the stuff into a large bin with no signs of respect whatsoever. To add insult to injury, after serving so well, they’d be torn apart and cannabalized for parts and then shredded to bits and pieces.

July 14, 2018 at 8:38 am 5 comments

Think Globally, Suffer Environmentally

Global warming has been with us since the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago. It has remained unnoticed until Al Gore (remember him?) won and then lost his 2000 presidential bid due to a technicality. Suddenly, he found himself with nothing to do. With too much time on his hands, Mr. Gore decided to become the leading spokesman for global warming rather than fade gracefully in history. In so doing, he won the Nobel Peace prize in 2007.

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February 20, 2015 at 11:19 am 4 comments

Say What?

I guess it’s pretty normal for a new immigrant to be the butt of jokes from countrymen who came before him. It’s akin to roasting to put it midly. One has to be a good sport to survive the onslaught of stories which tend to exaggerate his accent, mannerism, and style of dress. I know. I know. I’ve been there.

One such story is about a fellow like him who came from a distant province in the Philippines. Although its origin is lost in the mist of time, I’ve heard it so many times at Filipino parties told by oldtimers in their native dialect. I’ll try to translate it into English for whatever it’s worth. I suggest that you read it aloud. If it doesn’t make you laugh, you can at least laugh at my failure in translation.

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March 19, 2012 at 6:30 am 16 comments

The Issue With Bottled Water

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It seems that nowadays you can’t go wrong when you speak about global warming. Mr. Al Gore, the man who was elected president but never served due to technicalities, redeemed himself by being the leading spokesperson on global warming. According to Mr. Gore, the problem is “us” and he has the backings of many scientists.

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October 14, 2010 at 1:18 am 9 comments

Live Simply

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Location: San Francisco, California
Summer is a time to let go and be free and be yourself. It’s a time to take time off from work and enjoy nature. The sunny beaches. The parks. The lakes. The green forests. Oh, it feels good just to think about it. It’s unfortunate that summer has its bad side. It’s also a time when we put a lot of strain in the environment.

In the first place, It seems that the best stuff that nature can offer are usually far from where we live. This requires us to drive and consume gas and contribute to global warming. And when we arrive there, what do we do? We make our presence felt by polluting the place. For instance, we celebrate the outdoor by cooking barbecues with charcoal which contaminates the air by releasing hydrocarbons and tiny soot particles to whoever can breathe them.

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August 9, 2010 at 10:39 am 9 comments

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