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Geeksboro

Geeksboro

This place truly is coffee with a new meaning. Currently serving Krankie’s Coffee from Winston-Salem, located opposite on the same block from Centennial Trading Co. (both equally deserving of their own posts), but back to Geeksboro.

During the holidays, I ventured here for the first and second times, the first merely for some design work and a coffee and the second time with my cousin to see Holy Motors. What a great movie, and something Greensboro has been missing since losing the Janus (Rest In Peace Janus Theatre). Small independent films are exactly what will bring some cinematic culture back to Greensboro, especially since losing Video Review as well. Perhaps writing this really only makes me feel the need to write an article the chronicles the loss of so many goods places in Greensboro and the phoenix-esque rise of so many new places that will eventually become staples in the community to fill the void that was lost in the former.

They serve a great Americano and Cafe Au Lait at this place, sell Krankies Coffee by the bag, among other local items.

Whether you are heading there to check out their barista action or going to catch a flick, it’s worth stopping by.

Click on the photo to head over to their website and check out what movies are playing.

The Man With The Iron Fists

 

Cannot wait for this to release tomorrow in theaters.  On top of that, what I’d like to call icing is the simple addition to Thursday of Backspin Radio on Sirius XM playing Wu Tang Clan a large percentage of the day.

The click-through link takes you over to an interview with GZA on the upcoming Dark Matter album, which is going to be epic to say the least.  All this hype for this movie and the upcoming album had me pull out my CDs to find my 2-disc Wu Tang Forever album and listen to it a few times, and has my Spotify and Pandora on Wu Tang.

Some of you who are friends may have seen the recent quote I posted from the GZA interview, but I would like to leave you with one more:

“Lyrics are weak like clock radio speakers.”

Now, I present you with the trailer to the movie, The Man With The Iron Fists:

Appalachia Coal

This video really shows the damage that coal mining does to land, people, and towns. West Virginia’s abandoned mines and towns forgotten. This would make one heck of a roadtrip to find as many in the state in a week as possible and explore all that has been left behind. Great videography.

Does this make you wish we had greener energy?

From Uncle Johns Triumphant Bathroom Reader 20th Anniversary:
In 1973, in response to the Yom Kippur War between Israel and Egypt, the Organization of Arab Oil Producing Countries began the infamous “Arab oil embargo” – any country that supported Israel in the war would stop receiving shipments of oil. That meant the United States, Japan, and most of Europe. The effect was devastating – soaring oil prices set off a worldwide recession.

Most of the affected countries quickly initiated plans to conserve energy: The United States lowered the speed limit to 55 mph and started programs like “turn off the lights at night.”

But when the crisis ended, most nations dropped those programs and went back to their old ways. Denmark was different: being 99% dependent on foreign oil, it was particularly badly hit by the embargo. Determined never again to be at the mercy of their oil suppliers, the Danes kept conserving and worked to produce their own energy.

A COMMUNITY EFFORT

In 1976 the Danish public got behind an ambitious (and expensive) program to become entirely energy-independent, and, with the development of new, clean energy systems, to get out of the foreign oil business completely. Some of the steps taken:

• Strict energy-efficiency standards were placed on all buildings.
• Gas and automobiles were heavily taxed (Today new cars are taxed at more than 105% of the cost of the car.)
• “District heating systems” were implemented throughout the country, reusing normally wasted heat produced by power plants by piping it directly into homes. Today more than 60% of Danish homes are heated this way.
• The government invested heavily in clean and renewable energy systems, especially wind power. Today 21% of Denmark’s energy production comes from wind farms. On top of that, they lead the world in wind-power technology – another product to export. The industry has created more than 20,000 jobs.
• Rebate campaigns helped people buy more energy-efficient – and therefore more expensive – home appliances. Today more than 95% of new appliances bought in Denmark have an “A” efficiency rating. (“A” is the best; “G” is the worst.)
• They started drilling for – and finding – more oil and natural gas within their own waters in the North Sea. (Showing that no plan is perfect, these efforts have long been opposed by environmentalists.)
• In 2005 the government committed $1 billion to develop and integrate better solar, tidal, and fuel-cell technology.

RESULTS

Denmark is a small nation geographically – roughly half the size of Maine – with a population of about 5.5 million, so that has to be taken into account when comparing it to larger and more populous countries.

Still, the Danes’ accomplishments are startling. Remember that in 1973 Denmark was 99% dependent on foreign oil? Today they produce enough energy to cover all their own needs and sell the extra to other countries, the only European nation to do so. And their energy conservation programs have been so successful that over the last 30 years, even with extensive modernization and a 7% increase in population, their annual energy use has remained basically the same.

Still, although Denmark has among the highest taxes in the world, it also has one of the highest standards of living. And polls show that a majority of Danes would pay even higher taxes to remain self-sufficient and live free of fossil-fuel dependence.

In 2007 the Danes set further goals for the country: They hope to be able to provide 75% of all their energy consumption from wind farms by 2025 – less than two decades from now. “We aim to make Denmark independent of oil, gas, and coal in the long term,” Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, “and strengthen our position as a world leader in clean energy.” Svend Auken, a member of the Danish Parliament, added, “It need not be dull, it need not be boring, and we don’t have to give up our lifestyle. We just have to be a little bit smarter about how we live.”

Denmark’s goal is to be 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Ronaldinho

Not always is sport artistic these days, unless you consider the NBA having to now penalize players for diving just like they do in football (not American, yet). However, this may be one of the more beautiful (and yet simultaneously sad) moments of football this year. Ronaldinho scores what could quite possibly be the best goal of his season just days after losing his stepfather to a heart-attack, immediately falling to his knees and crying. His teammates consoling him makes you realize that teams are families, and you are only as strong as your weakest link.

This is #Art.

Facebook Commercial

Eclipsing 1 billion users, while the stock still looks like a bunny slope out in Jackson Hole, Facebook has decided to hit the world with a commercial ad. I find the ad to be endearing, captivating, warming inside to know that the human element of societal living and connectivity through interdependence is what makes us a unique creature. None of which I related to Facebook. I think it’s funny that a company that thrives off of harvesting data about users wants to plant the idea seed in the viewer’s brain that they exist to connect us. They used to. They have now become the slug in the industry that is the standard, but my stepfather taught me a brilliant lesson early in life, “there is only one way to go from the top.” Truth spoken in its rawest form. Enjoy the commercial, it’s great, just has nothing to do with Facebook.

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E.M.