Thursday, July 19, 2012

Youtube Video Contest!

ProjectUpcycle is launching a Youtube video contest! The rules are simple, make your video as green as possible and submit it as a response to this video. In the video I want you to sing the lyrics below to the song "revolution" by the Beatles. I will pick the top videos and send you a pair of upcycled solar waste earrings!

The song:


New Lyrics:
You say you want a new solution
"go green you know"
but how are you gonna change the world?

you say I'll drive a hybrid fusion
Thats great you go!
but in the end its all still oil.

we need to think more about permacuture farms
so we can reverse our years of massive harm

we need to be more green, in our lives
you dont know what i mean, its alright
I can teach you these things, do it right.

The sun can power all your systems
And wind you know?
Green power's coming off the shelf

And All youve got to do is listen
Questions and notes
and you can do it all yourself.

and if you take lots of pictures and video
Ill link to your builds-so everyone else can know!

we're gonna be more green, in our lives
now you know what i mean, thats right.
and now you can teach these things, do it right.

My song ends with the guitar solo here 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Eco Comunity within 45 minutes of Downtown Austin Texas

An awesome campground is up for sale  in Lockhart Texas, just outside Austin via 183 south or the 130 toll road. This property has on and off grid potential, electric lines running through one side and off grid on the other. If I can generate enough interest in this idea to break even in 5 years I can get a loan to purchase the property.

I want to turn this 20 acres of land into an eco-paridise. I can build a solar array to power the off grid size, the property is in the process of building a community garden, and it can support 35 amp electric hookups for each house.

I am in the process of building the first model eco home from all natural materials powered by solar cells.

My question is, if I was to purchase this property, how many people would be willing to move and commute into town? What if an "into town shuttle" was provided or free EV hookups?

If I can get enough support this can become a reality, eating the plants and animals that are raised there, eliminating waste, and living the eco-dream.

The property has a 2 bedroom 2 bath house and 2 rvs on the property already so that people can live here while the eco dream is built!

Can I count you in?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

San Antonio is giving away free gas!

Yes there is a catch, you have to go to the library every once and a while, and you have to drive an electric vehicle.

In a news release by the City of San Antonio Communications Office it was announced that the city will offer six electric vehicle charging stations for free to the public.

Central Library Garage [one charger] 600 Soledad St.
San Antonio International Airport Long-Term Parking Garage [two chargers] 9800 Airport Blvd.
Houston Street Garage [Two chargers] 240 E. Houston St.
Marina Garage [one charger] 850 E. Commerce St.
St. Mary's Street Garage [one charger] 400 N. St. Mary's St.
Thousand Oaks Library [one charger] 4618 Thousand Oaks
The mayor says this is a step toward making San Antonio EV Ready.

So San Antonio is offering free gas to electric car users that is generated using renewable energy [Did you know the majority of San Antonio's power is generated 200 miles to the northwest?  The wind turbine fields of West Texas account for most of San Antonio's needs.] That's pretty cool in my book!

This raises the question, would you buy an EV if your city offered free charging stations? Would you be willing to spend more on an electric vehicle because of the savings in gas?


Monday, July 2, 2012

Four packs of ramen and a box of mac&cheese

So I have a bunch of packs of chicken flavored ramen in my cupboard and I'm not exactly in the mood to just eat chicken ramen. So I got creative and came up with a few things that you may or may not like. Here you go:

Ramen Pad Thai:
I found this recipe forever long ago and it called for
1 oriental ramen packet [I had chicken, so I used chicken, both are good]
3 dollops chunky/extra chunky peanut butter
½ cup chopped chives/onion grass
Garlic and pepper to taste
Beansprouts are an optional but yummy crunchy addition
Siracha always makes things better (also optional I guess)

Cook the ramen to your liking, stir everything else in, draw a siracha hakuna matata [hot] or smiley face [mild] and eat.

My opinion: I like it, a lot actually. I won't eat ramen plain anymore if I have peanut butter and chives, and chives grow in the backyard.

///note: a backyard garden is AWESOME for this kind of stuff. Peppers, chives, potatoes, tomatoes, melons, lettuce and cucumbers AWWE YEA! How do you get started? That part is easy, take the seeds from anything you buy and germinate them between two pieces of moist paper towel. After a week in the germination tray [keeping it moist] you will have found your survivors, the seeds that grew the biggest and strongest put them in the ground. Apply regular water and in no time you will have huge healthy plants that you can use to make awesome recipes like this! Try it in a Lettuce bowl for more color!

If you take pics of any of these recipes you made I will put them up here or on facebook!

Summer Ramen:

1 pack of ramen without flavor pack
Ranch dressing to taste
Siracha makes everything better

Cook and drain ramen noodles, toss them in ranch dressing, siracha to taste.

Opinions: I grew up eating summer spaghetti [Ranch and spaghetti noodles w/siracha] so the idea wasn't too far fetched for me. I offered it to my roomate and she looked at me like I was crazy. So I guess that it's an acquired taste. I like it, especially if you chill the noodles in the freezer for a few minutes before tossing in the ranch.

Ramen Popcorn?

Ok this might sound crazy but I have a popcorn popper and I love popcorn; so I am always trying to come up with new flavors which is wicked fun. I was making summer ramen one day and I threw the flavor packet on top of the popcorn machine as a place to keep it till I use it for something, not something I usually do, the only other ramen packet I have stored is in my closet. Anyways I was making popcorn and decided to throw in the flavor packet. GREAT IDEA.

1 Ramen flavor packet [your choice]
1tbs extra virgin olive oil [or in my case corn oil]
½ cup popcorn kernels

Take a 20 cup bowl and add your oil and flavor packet, stir until it makes a paste. As your popcorn begins to pop, stir it into the oil/flavor mix until the kernels are evenly coated.

NUTRITION ALERT: ½ cup popcorn + 1 ramen flavor packet+1tbs oil comes in at a whopping 230 calories per BOWL. Thats right, an all to your self sitting on the couch watching reruns of a show you have seen a million times bowl of ramen popcorn is only 230 calories. Comparitavely, a small fry from mcdonalds is also 230 calories.

Not ramen related but while we are on the subject of popcorn,

Cheesy yummy popcorn (probably my favorite way of eating popcorn)

½ cup popcorn kernels
1tbs extra virgin olive oil [or in my case corn oil]
1 cheese packet from a mac and cheese box

Toss your plain popcorn in oil, then drizzle the cheese powder on top, consume.


Chicken noodle soup

1 box macaroni [your box of now cheeseless mac&cheese would be good for this]
1 packet of chicken related ramen flavor [spicy chicken, creamy chicken, what have you]
½ cup chopped onions/chives/onion grass
1 cup cabbage or leaf spinach chopped loosely
Siracha to taste
½ cup of chicken or chicken substitute [quorn makes some really good ones] optional

Make the macaroni and add other ingredients. ///Note: Soup is easy

So now we have one pack of flavorless ramen left over.

Ramen Stroganoff:

1 pack flavorless ramen
1 block cream cheese
½ can cream of whatever
meat to taste

Cook the cream cheese and cream of whatever soup on low heat till the cheese melts and becomes this amazing mixture of awesome. Add this mixture to your noodle of choice, in this case ramen but usually I like it in macaroni noodles because I can buy them by the truckload so its cheaper. Anyways this is the most awesome dish ever, and I highly recommend it.

Shopping list:
4 Ramen packs
2 block cream cheese
1 can cream of whatever
peanut butter
1 box mac&cheese
1 bag of popcorn kernels

Things I had to buy, cream cheese, cream of whatever, and beansprouts. Works for me.
Makes:5 meals and 3 snacks.

I hope this helps someone eat cheap while still eating healthy!