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Monday, June 19, 2006

A dragonfly in my tea!

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A new and pleasantly surprising tea discovery: "Dragonfly Tea" a brand we hadn't heard of before. The dragonfly teas we've sampled include the organic darjeeling and the Wu Xin green which comes in three different green tea formulations. Both the green and the darjeeling are somewhat mild, an asset in our opinion, and are really very satisfying, a bit like a fine wine that doesn't assualt your taste buds at the first contact.

We find that letting the darjeeling steep for a full five minutes or longer is preferable. Unlike many tea bag -- sachet -- teas, the dragonfly darjeeling doesn't seem to give everything up within the first two minutes of steeping, or become bitter. The dragonfly darjeeling, though pleasant enough after two minutes, really comes into its own after five. We were very glad at the "response," too. Drinking either the dragonfly darjeeling or one of the WuXin greens first thing in the morning or at tea time provides ample boost to encourage one to get on the with rest of the day's business.

We were particularly glad to see that the darjeeling was organic, both for the low environmental impact this indicates as well as the health benefits to us. Perhaps, this deeply mellow tea owes its uniqe essence to its being organic; maybe it contains just a bit more of the wonderful enzymes for which we drink tea in the first place.

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Just a note about the green tea, as something of a green tea expert, having drunk it around the world, from a variety of sources, Chinese, Japanese and Indian, we find that steeping it in water that is not quite boiling is best. Pour boiling water into the cup or tea pot, wait about fifteen - twenty seconds, and then put in the tea bag for best results. The green tea seemed perfect after about only a minute of steeping, really fine, and as advised long ago by a Japanese grocer, "Okay to use once again."

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Caged no.1

The mighty and majestic Hercules. I have never before met an animal with such a strong sense of knowing. These guys should be given a chance to keep living in their forests. Millions of hectares of land stands unplanted as pristine orangutan habitat falls under the guise of development.

Rescued from the Palm Oil plantations.
BOSF works hard to find new homes for displaced orangutans.
We need the entire palm oil industry to sign up to the principles of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
Only when the entire supply chain recognises the importance of sustainable palm oil can we hope there will be a future for orangutans in the wild.

Find out more:

BBC1 16:30 Really Wild Show, Weds 17th May

Palm Oil story reaches a Younger Generation

Those of you in the UK keep your eyes peeled for the Really Wild Show on the BBC this Wednesday (May 17th) at 4:30pm.

The show will feature a special report on the palm oil industry and its negative implications for the protection of rainforests and biodiversity in Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Tabbatha, loving you forever

Tabbatha, loving you forever
Originally uploaded by zenera.
Our darling died in my lap at noon today.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

RIP L98 1999-2006

RIP L98 1999-2006
Originally uploaded by orcagirl.
Luna - an orca, a whale, a teacher, a messenger, a chief, a spirit, a dream, a friend, a warning, a test, an education, an experience, a realization, a protector, an awakening, an equal.

luna died today after being hit by a large tug boat. may his spirit be forever free for news on the story

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Today's eclipse

Today's eclipse
Originally uploaded by zenera.
You can see the eclipse reversed in miniature on the left

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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Accelerating Change 2005

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"Artificial intelligence ("AI"), broadly defined, improves the intelligence and autonomy of our technology. Intelligence amplification ("IA") empowers human beings and their social, political, and economic environments."

The accelerating Change 2005 conference is on at Stanford.

This year there are many interesting speakers, including Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Joi Ito of Neoteny, Six Apart Japan and Technorati, also Ester Dyson of Release 1.0 and CNET Networks.

Check out thier Flickr photos in the next few days to see the fun that was had...Steve, Joi, Estr

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Please help Tabbatha's cousins

Please help Tabbatha's cousins
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The animals need your help, please donate to these charities. Pleople who have lost everything are suffering even more because they are worried and devestated by having lost thier pets. Many of them were forced to leave behind thier animals and not allowed to take them to the shelters. These organisations are rescuing lost, trapped and abandoned pets in the Katrina aftermath..

The lists all the charities helping both people and animals.

Katrina people finder

Craigslist read this thread see if you can help, listing , help offered, lost and found animals etc. This is just one CALL THESE NUMBERS & HELP SAVE LOST PETS BEFORE A SHOOT TO KILL ORDER sign a petition to let people take thier pets with them!!!!

IFAW Animals Around the World Need Your Help

LA/SPCA - Hearts
Unleashed (9/5/05) A temporary shelter is set up in Gonzales, Louisiana, ...

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Providing direct support to help rebuild facilities and relocate animals.

Noah's Wish Helping to keep animals alive in face of the storm devastation.

United Animal Nations Providing emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services.

American Humane Association Providing emergency animal services.

American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery Providing animal recovery and supplies.

Best Friends Animal Society Helping animal victims of the storm.

North Shore Animal League America Providing temporary shelter for pets.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005


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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Seals in trouble

Seals in trouble
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Please sign this petition,only 5 more days til the Canadian seal hunt begins.

I understand that the Canadian fisheries is in trouble and that many fishermen are unable to support their families. Also there is a belief that seals have contributed to the crash of fish populations. But I believe this way of solving the problem is .... horrible!

One of the problems is also the market. Are seal skin coats becoming popular again? If you have any friends who are thinking of buying one (?????) please ask them to think about where it came from.

I was on a whale watch boat in the 1970's before the marine mammal protection act was in place. It was spring and quite cold. A very friendly and enthusiastic woman was wearing the warmest thing there was in those days... a seal skin coat and couldn't understand why no one would talk to her.

Sometimes it is really hard to make the connection between the live animal and the things you wear or eat, I am guilty of that too.yeimaya
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Wednesday, March 09, 2005


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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Wilderness Society

Here is a message from The Wilderness Society, they need our help!

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One of our last great wild places, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is under a sneak attack from the oil industry and their allies in Congress and the Administration. That's why The Wilderness Society has launched an all-out campaign to protect the Arctic wilderness.

But we need your help.

We need to send Congress and the Administration a strong message that we're NOT going to stand by and watch as America's wild places are sold off to the highest bidder. Click the link below to take action today:

We can’t lose the critical battle to preserve this precious, threatened landscape which is inhabited by wolves, grizzlies, caribou, and millions of migrating birds.

This threat is more serious, and more dangerous, than ever before. Anti-wilderness forces in Congress hope to use a backdoor budget process to sneak this giveaway onto the same federal budget the government needs to function. They know that they don’t have the votes necessary to enact this ill-conceived plan through the normal legislative process that requires 60 votes to pass such highly controversial measures in the U.S. Senate.

Poll after poll has shown that the American people believe some places are so wild, so special, and so important that they should be off limits to oil drilling. Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would ruin one of America’s last unspoiled and irreplaceable wild places for just a few months worth of oil that won’t be available to consumers for ten years! There are far better ways to meet America’s future energy needs, like making our vehicles more efficient and investing in renewable forms for energy.

Please take a moment to remind your Senator that the vast majority of Americans want the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to remain just the way it is: wild, unspoiled, and free of oil rigs.

With your help, we will protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as an unspoiled legacy for future generations.

Stop the Sneak Attack on the Arctic Refuge!

Right now oil industry allies in Congress are plotting a sneak attack on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In the next two weeks, oil-friendly members of the House and Senate will try a sneaky backdoor trick to pass their unpopular proposal to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic Refuge by inserting it into the must-pass federal budget bill.

It's up to us to put a stop to this sneak attack by raising a ruckus. Send this message urging your members of Congress to keep drilling in the Arctic Refuge out of the federal budget bill.

About The Wilderness Society
We're spirited people protecting America's Wilderness since 1935 through the potent combination of science, advocacy and education.

Our Mission
Deliver to future generations an unspoiled legacy of wild places, with all the precious values they hold: Biological diversity; clean air and water; towering forests, rushing rivers, and sage-sweet, silent deserts.

"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."
The Wilderness Act

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Monday, February 21, 2005

Audubon's Aviary

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18 February - 27 March The New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) presents Audubon's Aviary

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"For the first time ever the sounds of birds will accompany an exhibit of original Audubon watercolors when the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) creates an "urban aviary" with its exhibition". It is being held in the second-floor gallery, Dexter Hall.

There is such a demand from the public, artists, historians, naturalists to view the paintings but because they are so fragile and light sensitive, the Society will only be displaying 40 of them once a year.

The fragile watercolors featuring life-size Snowy Owls, Loons, Egrets, Osprey and other birds are part of the society's 435 one-of-a-kind Audubon treasures purchased in 1863 from Lucy Bakewell Audubon, collaborator and widow of the buckskin-wearing naturalist.

John James AUDUBON Exhibit
Many events are taking place in conjuction with the exhibit.
Vist the NYC Audubon site.

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Norwegian Wolves' Plight

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This is outrageous, please see what you can do to stop this! Do look at the WWF news page there are many other appaling things going on.

Norway to kill 25% of its wolves
By Alex Kirby BBC News website environment correspondent
The Norwegian government has decided to kill five of the country's grey wolves - a quarter of the entire population. More>>

WWF article
"If the Norwegian Environment Minister does not stop this hunt, he will have the dubious honour of allowing the regular hunting of a nationally endangered species," said Rasmus Hansson, head of WWF-Norway.

"Only last May, the Norwegian Parliament decided on a national goal of sustaining at least three family packs. The current hunt will reduce the number of packs to two, a clear breach of a parliamentary directive."

For more information: Rasmus Hansson, Secretary General WWF-Norway
+ 47 22 03 65 14

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

L'officiel Tsunami

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I am very pleased to see that one of my favorite essential magazines L'officiel is helping the Tsunami victims, Bravo!

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Do leave a comment about other initiatives you come accross.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Untamed by Steve Bloom

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This is the most wonderfull resource, absolutely essential, a unique record of life on earth.

<br />by Steve Bloom
Untamed by Steve Bloom
For more than ten years, wildlife photographer Steve Bloom traveled all over the world, roaming through the jungles of Borneo, the African savannahs, and the frozen banks of Antarctica to assemble this dazzling collection of of animals in their natural environments. With an international range that is rare in books of animal photography, the 200 photographs in Untamed bring to life a vast panorama of animal diversity, and of the landscapes, climates, and habitats in which they live.

'Touching' wildlife captured on film
Ten years ago photographer Steve Bloom set out to visit all the world's continents and capture nature on film.via...BBC

See a video on Steve, shown on CNN, Discovery and National Geographic.

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Bloggers Without Borders

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The site has been launched earlier because of the great tsunami of aid that is needed now! Thank you for putting this together Jonas what a super idea and Joi for the alert.

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Mission Statement
Submitted by Jonas M Luster on Thu, 2004-12-30 06:16.

While we work on some more pressing manners, such as the Tsunami Outreach program, let me quickly introduce Bloggers Without Borders to you, if I may.

BwoB was born in October 2004 as an idea by Sean Bonner. Sean quickly brought Jonas Luster, Xeni Jardin, and Wil Wheaton on board, and for the following weeks, Jonas worked on the technical side of things. When Sri Lanka and the South East Asian region fell victim to a 9.0 earthquake and the resulting Tsunami, we knew we had to bring online what we had.

This is, where BwoB is today. We continue to add features, and will introduce a few great ones in short order, but for the time being, it’s a weblog, a forum, and a means to communicate and coordinate.

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

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23 October 2004 - 17 April 2005

Come and see the best and most creative images of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition at the Natural History Museum.

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Bronze whalers charging a baitball
Doug Perrine, (United States of America)

2004 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
2004 Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Undoubtedly the most prestigious of its kind in the world, the competition is organised by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum.It has attracted over 18,500 images this year.

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BBC Wildlife has the best and most informative writing of any consumer magazine in its field, all illustrated with world-class wildlife photography.

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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Pale Male and Lola

I cried............. I have two beautiful geese, it is as though they had been dumped on a highway, far from their house and pond, they mate for life too!

Please blog this! thank you!

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Reuters - New York City Hawk Fans Intensify Protests Over Eviction

Google news, many pages about this outrage!

Audubon Press Releases > THE REMOVAL OF "PALE MALE'S" NEST SHOCKS NEW YORK City, State, and National Organizations Call for Action to Correct the Loss

Audubon New York is currently circulating a petition at to get the nest returned to its location, or barring that, the spikes upon which the birds have built their nest. The hawks are flying around, confused and unable to find their nest. These rich idiots have no respect for anything, do they. CNN's Paula Zahn lives in the building, as does Kenneth Cole.Article here: Lot's more info on here about the people involved in this

The building owners -

Wing and a prayer

Read the latest news on Marie Winn's site, she has been thier champion for years and wrote a book about pale male and Lola>>>

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Red-Tails in Love A Wildlife Drama in Central Park by Marie Winn [1998 Pantheon, 1999 Vintage]

This is the whole article from the

"A bunch of insensitive louts

Since 1993, an unlikely resident named Pale Male and his female companions have lived 12 stories up on a cornice of a ritzy New York apartment building. He has sired, depending upon who's telling the story, up to 23 offspring in his formerly breezy home, which had a neat view of the city's skyline and nearby Central Park.

Pale Male, a red-tailed hawk and a member of an endangered species, is inarguably the world's best-known bird. His fans have crossed oceans to watch the hawk, who for years has dutifully helped raise his families in the heart of a city rather than in the wild, as most hawks prefer.

So named because his colors are not as vibrant as most male red-tailed hawks, Pale Male was the star in a book by author Marie Winn and the subject of a PBS documentary film as well. Newspapers and television stories annually feature the hawk's adventures, and birdwatchers have been known to camp out on the street, waiting to see the hawk's offspring take flight from their 12th-floor nest.

But no more. The rich and powerful people who own the building at 927 Fifth Avenue and 74th Street apparently decided that having the hawk nest on their building was too much of an inconvenience. Bird droppings and such affronted their sense of decorum, so they had the nest destroyed and removed vital rods the hawk had used to anchor the nest to withstand strong winds.

Not all the tenants agreed with the action. Actress Mary Tyler Moore, a resident of the building for 15 years, announced she was amazed and outraged by the "insensitivity" of the action. She and her husband opposed the nest's removal, but to no avail. Numerous Pale Male fans are attempting to convince the tenants to permit the bird to rebuild its nest.

The tenants own the building, and they apparently didn't break any laws in removing the nest. They had the legal authority to do so. But Moore and others critical of them are absolutely right. The building's owners demonstrated that they are insensitive louts who have no desire to see the bigger picture that others found so appealing.

Merry Christmas, Pale Male, from the bunch of Scrooges you unfortunately chose to live among".

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"Since 1993, Pale Male sired 23 youngsters from nest, inspiring a book and a documentary film".BBC

BBC links>>>

New York Times
City of New York Parks
Audubon Society
US Fish and Wildlife Service

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NYT article
Frederic Lilien - Director, Producer, Editor
Joanne Woodward - Narrator

The Gothamist - Hawks' Nest Is Removed; Co-op Happy, Others Outraged "The Pale Male website is telling people to email the Fish and Wildlife Services to say that the nest was active up until its removal". - read the comments!

Ingrid Spangler is in New York and is blogging this live, here,
with photos here.

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Friday, December 10, 2004

Top Scientists Launch

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Team of Renowned Climate Experts from Europe and the US Create First-of-a-Kind Climate Weblog

Today, top climate scientists will launch a unique website to provide commentary on the emerging new results from climate science. The site is designed as a tool for journalists and members of the public, and will provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion is restricted solely to scientific topics and will not address political issues.

"We are trying to ensure that science doesn't get trampled by politics," said Gavin Schmidt.

"We hope this site will serve as a resource that can challenge mis-representations or mis-understandings of the science as they occur in real time," said Michael Mann.

Schmidt, Mann, Stefan Rahmstorf, Rasmus Benestad, Caspar Ammann, Ray Bradley, William Connolley, Eric Steig, and Amy Clement are all contributors to the site. This group includes two "Scientific American 50 Research Leader" award winners and recipients of prestigious fellowship awards from the McDonnell and Comer foundations.

Information on the site includes commentary on breaking news such as the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment as well as the latest scientific findings on greenhouse gases, the paleoclimatic record, climate modeling, and connections between the sun's variability and climate.

The scientific contributors work in their personal capacity, and receive no financial compensation for this work.

Journalists may also read their biographies, request more information, or reach the scientists through the site or contact the scientists directly:

Gavin Schmidt 212-678-5627
Michael Mann 434-924-7770
Eric Steig 206-543-6327
Stefan Rahmstorf +49 331 288 2688
Rasmus Benestad +47 2296 3377

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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Ecology Conference/Retreat

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Ecology Conference/Retreat
Following an Ecology of Hope - The Franciscan Way - February 4-6, 2005

- With Ilio Delio, OSF, Franklin Fong, OFM, James Lockman, OFM, Keith
Douglass Warner, OFM.

We would appreciate if you could help us send out the message about
the importance of this event. We have brought together several well
known Franciscan ecologists to speak about and focus on ecological
issues affecting our world today.

Pope John Paul II
named St. Francis of Assisi the patron saint of
, commenting: "St. Francis is justifiably ranked among those
famous saints who have respected nature as a marvelous gift of God to
Humankind…" Come and spend the weekend with four Franciscans whose
love and concern for ecology will be an inspiration as we celebrate an
ecology of hope.

Highlights of the weekend include:
-Learning about Franciscan ecology
-Exploring the Native American section of the Desert Botanical
-Discovering how we can measure our individual footprints on Mother
-Hearing how St. Bonaventure writes about creation as God's
-Comparing our use of resources with the Native American use of
-Participating in sacred rituals
-Meeting Liza from St. Anthony's Farm in Petaluma, CA
-Eating good food and having fun!

Additional conference information

pdf brochure

Franciscan Renewal Center
Casa de Paz y Bien
5802 E. Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

800.356.3247 - toll free
480.948.2325 - fax

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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Battersea Dogs Home Christmas Reception

This is an extremely important event for all the beautiful creatures who are depending upon your help!

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14th December 2004 Battersea Dogs Home is delighted to hold our exclusive second Christmas Reception for our supporters, which this year will be held at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Tuesday 14th December.

The evening will be very special with the chance to meet the Homes' Trustees, staff and of course some of our dogs. Wine and canapes will be served in the Dome and guests will be able to view many exhibits in the Medieval Treasury throughout the night.

We shall be drawing the top three prizes from this years' Christmas Raffle and each guest will be entered into a free prize draw for a brand new Samsung Digital Camera.

Tickets cost £35 and all proceeds go towards the care of the dogs and cats at the Home.

If you would like more information about the event or would like to book your tickets, please call 020 7627 7886 or email the Fundraising Team. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

World AIDS DAY 1 December 2004

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This year in the UK, World AIDS Day is
about reminding us all that HIV is an issue for everyone.

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The British Environment and Media Awards 2004

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BEMAs 2004 Presented by WWF

Winners from television - news and documentaries, print - newspapers and magazines, radio, websites and campaigns were honoured on 23 Novemmber for the vital role they play in communicating the importance of protecting the environment and alerting people to the dangers inherent in not doing so.

Winners list

Dusty Gedge received the Andrew Lees Award for his success in persuading developers to install "green roofs" – hundreds of thousands of square metres of greenery – on rooftops at London’s Canary Wharf, the City and other developments.via..The Scotsman

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Sunday, November 21, 2004

BloggerCorps is born!

Rebecca MacKinnon had a tremendous idea at Bloggercon III, Bloggercorps, now it is live, do see what you can do to help.

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Bloggercorps is simple. It's a blog.

No office. No admin. No fund-raising. No funds. No staff. No meetings.

It will evolve organically based on the needs of the people who wind up using it.

For starters, here's the plan:

- The authors (a wide-ranging group comprised mainly of bloggers, activists, and tech organizations who work with non-profits) will post announcements on behalf of organizations who need help starting blogs or building blogging communities.

- The posts will be categorized according to the organization's geographical location, and in some cases its main focus issue.

- Bloggers interested in helping that particular organization can express their interest in the comments section attached to that post.

- The organization will then decide which of the volunteers it wants to follow up with.

- All arrangements will be made directly between organizations and bloggers. Bloggercorps will not mediate.

- We are not raising money to put people on planes so in most cases the idea is to match organizations located in a particular place with bloggers living in the same place.

- If situations arise in which organizations cannot find volunteers living in their area, we may be able to point them to foundations or philanthropic organizations who might be in a position to help fund travel for blogger-volunteers. But we won't do your fundraising work for you.

- Bloggercorps is non-partisan.

Check it out.

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Saturday, November 20, 2004


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Welcome Aboard!

Gencache is an online healthcare networking community that connects people during their healthcare adventures

Make Contacts who really Care.

What does Gencache mean?

Gencache (pronounced Gen-cash) means generating your own personal cache of healthcare adventures

Gencache is a unique way to store and share your healthcare adventures

from the Gencache Blog

Gencache - here we are

I'm part of the founding team for Gencache , a company focused on creating social networking solutions for healthcare collaboration.

Started Gencache earlier this year after noticing that most of the health portals out there do not have too much of an interaction or collaboration between members going, other than replies to message boards.

Was spending lots and lots of time wading through healthcare messaging boards, ocean of messages and replies to a message, regarding any healthcare condition or symptoms.

One might ask: Why spend so much time on the internet? Why not go to a physician and get an official opinion?

The answer to that has always been a fascinating mystery to me.

I have always had this "delay" in getting myself to go for a doctor visit or an annual medical checkup.

Personally find it better to quickly do some research on the internet. Then I feel as though I am prepared to ask the right (or one may say perceived) questions when I go for a visit to the doctors office.

I totally agree though that the internet in no way replaces an official opinion from a healthcare professional or a physician.

In my healthcare related searches on the web, found it pretty frustrating that I could not get a time point comparison between some individuals having the same demographics as myself.

So thought and thought and.....

Thought of providing a web service that combined aspects of the social networking model (linking people) and adding to that a unique way to share and collaborate about their healthcare experiences.

So took a shot at coming up with the actual web offering and not just remain stuck with an idea.

Phew the product development was a pretty decent effort, especially since we literally bootstrapped all the way, getting consultants/friends in on a need basis.

Launched a preview version of Alpha on September 4, 2004. It was by invitation only for demos at that point.

We have now opened up Gencache for everyone as of last week.

We would love your feedback and hope you can try out the service. Please remember that we are still in Alpha, and every feedback that you provide us with makes our product better from a healthcare collaboration perspective.

Do check us out


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Whether we plan to be a company like WebMD ?
Whether we plan to be a company like Friendster or LinkedIn ?

I'll answer those soon in my next post.

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