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March 13th, 2008


01:17 am - "Do not want" dog sweater
I think I mentioned awhile ago that I was considering making a dog sweater as a joke gift for Cara's birthday. Well, that is what I have been knitting for the past month. I have been handling the fluffy pinkness enough that it's lost its humor value to me, but hopefully Cara will get a good laugh.

Her birthday is tomorrow today, and I was almost done, so it would have been a shame not to finish it. I was thinking to myself that "almost done" in knitting means five hours to go, and sure enough I was knitting and sewing tonight from 8PM to 1AM.

The pattern is "Howl" from Stitch 'n' Bitch, the needles were size 15 (Knitpicks Options 32" circular), and the yarn was Red Heart Baby Clouds.

Things have been busy as I've been cramming lab work and data analysis in for a presentation this coming Monday, and I also got a scholarship application mailed off today. The good news is that I've chilled out regarding what happened Sunday.

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10:26 pm - Biofuels
Here's something that I strongly agree with. Do with it what you will.
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Hi,

I just sent a message to my leader urging for the creation of international biofuels standards to ensure that the current expansion of the biofuels industry does not damage the environment or drive up food prices. This is important, and I thought you might be interested:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/biofuel_standards_now/98.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK

As developed countries push for biofuels as an alternative to fossil fuels, increased demand for the crops that make biofuels is causing the destruction of rainforests--cleared to make way for plantations--and a rise in food prices, as farmers grow crops for fuel instead of food. Just last week, the UN World Food Program announced a massive budget deficit as a result of rising food prices, caused by a combination of biofuels growth, bad weather, and high oil prices.

This Friday through Saturday, the G20 group of countries--the twenty biggest economies, responsible for more than 75% of the world's carbon emissions--will meet in Chiba, Japan to begin the climate change discussions leading up to the G8 summit this summer. Before the summit, Avaaz.org is creating a global cry for sustainable biofuels. By sending a message to your leader urging for biofuels standards, you can make a difference on this critical issue. Take action now:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/biofuel_standards_now/98.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK

Thanks!

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