Sustainable Living

'Dancing with the Stars' 2011 cast revealed?

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 20:56
While ABC won't officially announce the new cast for season 13 of "Dancing with the Stars" until later tonight, a "leaked" list that many believe is the genuine article has hit the Web.   Nancy Grace, Kristin Cavalleri, Ricki Lake, Chynna Phillips, Hope Solis, Elizabetta Canalis, David Arquette, Rob Kardashian, Ryan O’Neal, J.R. Martinez, Chaz Bono and Ron Artest are the rumored celebrity participants.   Like previous seasons, don't feel out of touch if you don't recognize some of the names listed.


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Kids build the darndest things: Austin Hay's tiny house

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 20:56
  The fascinating — and often provocative — hits keep on a comin’ from faircompanies, Nicolás Boullosa and Kirsten Dirksen’s fantastically small-minded


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The horror: Dead sushi squid reanimated with soy sauce

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 19:52
This is easily one of the creepiest videos I've seen in a while. This shows the effects of salty soy sauce on a freshly dead squid sitting in the middle of a sushi dish. The sodium in the soy sauce activates the muscle cells in the squid, making it dance and twitch as if alive.  


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August 23

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 19:06
Aug. 23, 1966: NASA’s Lunar Orbiter I, in the midst of a mission to photograph the surface of the moon, takes a black-and-white photograph of a rising Earth (at right). It’s the first time earthlings get to view their planet from elsewhere.   Aug.


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August 25

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 19:05
Aug. 25, 1859: Edwin Drake drills the first successful oil well near Titusville, Pa. Two days later, Drake hits a gusher, taking the first step toward one of the most dramatic changes in human history.   Aug. 25, 1999: After nearly three decades of protection on the U.S.


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'The Hunger Games' teaser trailer arrives!

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 18:25
The eagerly awaited first footage from "The Hunger Games," based on the best-selling science-fiction trilogy by Suzanne Collins, premiered at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards this weekend. The story takes places in a dystopian world in which North America has been destroyed by some unknown calamity.


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Thanks to huge government subsidies, China poised to be world leader in electric cars

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 18:21
  Do you have an electric car-charging station in your neighborhood? In your garage? I didn’t think so. They’re still pretty scarce, but that situation is likely to be short-lived. By 2017, according to a new report from Pike Research, there will be more than 1.5 million charging stations in the U.S.


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Want $65K to green your school?

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 18:14
Is your school looking for a little extra cash? These days, what school isn't? But if you think your school could use that extra cash to put towards eco-savvy improvements, I've got a contest for you.   Global Green USA is looking to give away $65,000 in school renovations to one lucky grand prize-winning school. That school will also receive an additional $65,000 worth of technical assistance. Four runner-up schools will get $2,500 to use towards green school renovations.   What can your school do with the money?


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The top 10 electric cars most likely to succeed

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 18:13
The crystal ball is still cloudy on electric and plug-in hybrid cars. They’re still being made in limited numbers, and delivered to very specific test markets. And half the really exciting ones aren’t even here yet. Still, it’s time to make some predictions about what will succeed and what will fail in the marketplace.


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Organization makes dinnertime easier

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 18:11
It’s week two of the Real Simple Take Back Dinnertime Challenge. I’m partnering with Real Simple on their challenge because family dinners are an important ritual that help families connect, communicate and stay healthy — both physically and emotionally.   Every day this week, Real Simple has tips for getting organized with your meal plans.


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Brad Pitt rescues woman from zombies

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 18:09
Brad Pitt may have starred as the imaginary hero in many a woman's dreams, but for one lucky lady, fantasy became reality on the set of the film "World War Z."   The unidentified extra was one of hundreds taking part in a scene featuring Pitt and a mass of people running through Glasgow's George Square to flee a zombie invasion.


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Al Gore compares climate deniers to racists

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 16:04
People who oppose efforts to solve global warming will one day be loathed like racists, Al Gore said in a recent interview with FearLess Revolution co-founder Alex Bogusky. Just as racism has faded over time, he said, climate change skepticism must also be condemned and corrected until its adherents see their folly.   "There came a time when people said, 'Hey man, why do you talk that way? That's wrong, I don't go for that, so don't talk that way around me.


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Student loan nightmares

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 15:33
It is back-to-school time for students of all ages, and that means that both university students and their parents may be looking for last-minute ways to pay that college tuition bill. One popular payment option available is the student loan. While student loans may be a blessing for some families, they can be a nightmare for others.


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Chipotle Mexican Grill's pros and cons

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 15:20
It took a trip to Virginia to finally get me to visit a Chipotle Mexican Grill, something I’ve been meaning to try for some time now. MNN named Chipotle one of the top 10 organic restaurants a while back, and I do like Mexican, but I never took the opportunity to eat at one. While on vacation, we stopped at Chipotle at the Short Pump Town Center in Richmond.


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Adios, Irene! A photographic look back

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 15:15
It’s official, folks: Irene has left the building.   Things in my part of the world, Red Hook, Brooklyn, are back to normal and like many New Yorkers, I’m counting my lucky stars (and wondering what in the world to do with all the surplus bottled water, bread, peanut butter, and chips … Smart Water and carbo-load party, anyone?) that


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A Fabulous Beekman Boys wedding?

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 14:34
Could our favorite city slickers-turned-farmers be making it official this fall?    Rumors are swirling that Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer Purcell of Planet Green's hit series "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" may be tying the knot soon.


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U.S. surgeon general: It's OK to have a bad hair day

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 14:29
The U.S. surgeon general is taking on a surprising new issue affecting women's health: exercise and bad hair days.     According to the current surgeon general, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, too many women are skipping exercise out of fear of messing up their hair.


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Irene leaves a raging river behind in Jackson, N.H.

Lighter Footstep - Mon, 08/29/2011 - 13:19
By the time Hurricane Irene hit us up here in New England, it had run itself down into a tropical storm. While it didn't cause quite the catastrophic damage that many thought it would, it still packed a powerful punch.   In Jackson, N.H., where I lived for a couple of years in high school, the Wildcat River was kicked up by the torrents of rain streaming out of the skies and off the slopes.


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Weekend reads: Hurricane cocktail recipe & more in honor of Irene

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/27/2011 - 19:06
I’m doing my weekend reads a little late this weekend – Saturday afternoon instead of Friday. Yesterday afternoon I was busy with hurricane preparation – securing everything in the backyard, tending the garden…   The window behind my desk is boarded up as a precaution and I can hear the rain coming down outside it.


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Video: Satellite sees Irene landfall

Lighter Footstep - Sat, 08/27/2011 - 19:05
  Hurricane Irene made landfall in the Outer Banks of North Carolina this morning, as the video above shows.


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