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Jun. 23rd, 2002 | 06:53 pm

I was thinking, I have a few friends who like to give presents. I however am an annoying person to buy stuff for. First off I'm not terribly fond of stuff, then if I do want something I either buy it or it's too expensive for me to buy. (Which puts it well outside the range of present prices.)

I've thought of a solution though, I've thought of something I do want from people. Unfortunatly I'm not sure if they'd like it. Things that I'd like are for the person wanting to provide a "present" to: eat vegetarian for a meal, day, etc; Walk or bike for a short trip (or more), or take a bus or train for a longer trip(s); Perhaps recycle something; Change some incandecent lights with compact florescents.

Am I violating the social conventions about presents too much with that list?

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from: soulsong
date: Jun. 24th, 2002 01:53 am (UTC)
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hehehe - I like it! Maybe I'll try that on my mother when she next asks me what I'd like for Christmas :)

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adrienne

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from: sapience
date: Jun. 24th, 2002 02:01 am (UTC)
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Why not?

(Except for switching to fluorescent bulbs, which are horrible and evil and make high-pitched and flicker and give me terrible headaches. And besides, they are too damn bright and just assault my light-sensitive eyes.)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 24th, 2002 12:33 pm (UTC)
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I do have to protest politely, good quality modern compact florescent are much better than those in days gone by. The new ballasts flicker at thousands of times per second. You can even get good full spectrum sunlight equivalent florescents, which tend to be bluer than most people expect. They even have dimmable compact florescents, though those do have problems with flickering if you dim them too much.

Though I'll admit I first switched to florescents because I hate heat, since they generate less heat, my apartment stays a little bit cooler.

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from: sensuousness
date: Jun. 24th, 2002 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I bought the full spectrum kind, and had the same problems. I have 3-way bulbs or dimmers for the lamps I frequently use, though, and keep them lit minimally (both in intensity and duration), so that should count for something

And I am commuting to school by bicycle.

p.s. Also, you should check out this book if you already haven't:
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. It's a positive approach to environmentalism, and I really enjoyed it. I got it for giaxcomo for zir birthday. Here is the website for the authors's company: http://www.mbdc.com/

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 25th, 2002 12:50 am (UTC)
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And I am commuting to school by bicycle.

Then use whatever kind of light you'd like.

(Actually I was trying not to be too whiney, but I was under the impression that florescents had improved and perhaps deserve a second look for those that had written them off years ago.)

Also just for fun I tried to figure out how much energy you're saving by biking instead of driving. I think you'd mentioned school was 5 miles away, and I'm going to assume your car gets 25 mpg 'cause it's easy. According to some random website burning 1 gallon of gas produces about 11 kwh of electricity (even taking into account generation losses.) So 2/5ths of 11 kwh equals 4400 watt hours. For a 50 watt light bulb, that's 88 hours of runtime. (I hope you didn't mind this descent in pendanticism, but I wa s curious as too how much energy cars use.)

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