Monday, August 13, 2007

I too felt guilty about my desperate purchase of Dasani on Friday, but perhaps for other reasons...

Water, Water Everywhere, but Guilt by the Bottleful
On a recent family vacation in Cape Cod, Jenny Pollack, 40, a novelist and public relations associate from Brooklyn, did something she knew she would come to regret. She did it on the spur of the moment. She did it because she felt desperate.

Besides, the giant illuminated Dasani vending machine was just standing there, like a beacon.

So, with her reusable plastic Nalgene bottles dry and her son Charlie working up a thirst in an indoor playground, she broke down and bought a bottle of water. To most people it would be a simple act of self-refreshment, but to Ms. Pollack it was also a minor offense against the planet — think of all the oil used to package, transport and refrigerate that water.

“Something about it felt like a betrayal,” said Ms. Pollack...

Thursday, August 02, 2007

another reason to avoid cubicles (if you can)

Yesterday, I noticed that the pounding headache I attempted to ignore much of the day, almost completely vanished within half-hour of leaving the office. But this was only a small piece of evidence from the growing number of personal experiences I was passively accumulating to support my long standing hypothesis that physical ailments are magnified in and sometimes even develop from the office environment. However, until now my hypothesis was rather weak, since I had gathered very little hard scientific data to support it (I’m sure data exists, but I’ve been wasting my free time at work researching other nonsense). Until now.

The NYtimes reports Study: Laser printers may pose health risks
Emissions from office laser printers can be as unhealthy as cigarette smoke, according to an Australian professor who is now calling for regulations to limit printer emissions.

The average printer releases toner particles that can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory problems and cardiovascular trouble, according to Morawska's team, part of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, and specialists in atmospheric particles.
And yes, I sit less than 10 feet away from a laser printer that is almost constantly in operation. Never mind the radiation emitted from the half a dozen or so radars rotating above my building...