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Dave Burdick

Entries by Dave Burdick

Bikes! Boulder! Bad People! But...

(8) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 9:57 AM

I just had my bike stolen in Boulder -- bummer. But it serves to remind me how much I love this city for its bike-friendliness.

In my fair city, it's Bike and Walk Month, and Bike to Work Day is just around the corner. But no matter...

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Earth Day Events and Fun and Easy Projects

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 3:23 PM

I'll spare you the Earth-Day-is-every-day bit and just say this: Colorado's great.

We've got the purple mountains majesty and the fruited plains. We're staring right at "the environment" on the way to work, on the way home and on our weekends, so it's no surprise that it's pretty standard for...

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Prairie Dog Day Won't Be a Colorado Holiday Any Time Soon, But We Will Make Dead Marmot Robots

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 7:36 PM

This week was big for enviros in Boulder, but I wanted to give a quick nod to a quixotic effort to recognize rodents.

But lost among the very cool news of local director Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove" nabbing an Oscar nomination for best documentary was the plight of...

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Water Footprint: How Much Water Your Stuff Takes

(12) Comments | Posted May 13, 2009 | 8:00 AM

We've all heard about carbon footprints. We know that the stuff we buy and use leaves a long trail of... stuff. A T-shirt involved growing cotton, which requires a lot of manual and mechanical work, it had to be turned into cotton as we know it, shipped, cut and sewn,...

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GoDaddy Wants You To Know: Tuvalu Is Sinking

(10) Comments | Posted April 30, 2009 | 5:19 PM

I love the frantic, attention-span-deprived pace of internet memes. Thanks in no small part to boingboing, the nerd/treehugger/angry media blogger demographic has been abuzz with talk about this little phenomenon:

When you type in a domain name -- to check its availability -- and select the extension ".tv,"...

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Obama's First 100 Green Days

(9) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 8:00 AM

Barack Obama: The first ______ president.

Can we put the word "green" in that blank? Hard to say, so early. But we may be off to a pretty good start. When Obama was elected president, some environmentalists believed it signaled the dawning of a new, green era. Others pointed to...

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Low-Flow Showerhead: A Low-Stress Way Of Cutting Back

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 6:00 PM

Here's the easiest go-green effort I've never done: install a low-flow showerhead.

So the people at Niagara Conservation were kind enough to send me an Earth Massage Showerhead to try out. It's something I should have done a long time ago. It's a 30-second fix and can save a...

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Earth Day Movies: 19 Environmentally-Themed Flicks To Celebrate With

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2009 | 10:05 AM

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day -- planting trees, attending rallies -- but a nice, low-key way to go would be to turn off everything in your home except the TV and watch a movie about the environment.

So, for your own perusal and for mine, I present...

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Music Videos Featuring Bikes: Top 15

(14) Comments | Posted March 24, 2009 | 10:04 AM

I love a good music video and I'm excited for more pleasant bike weather, so what better way to celebrate both than by finding a bunch of good music videos featuring bikes?

I've picked these top five based on a highly scientific consideration of style, music, humor and a...

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Green Your St. Patrick's Day Partying

(19) Comments | Posted March 16, 2009 | 5:01 PM

Well, St. Patrick's Day is upon us. Can you think of a better time to throw a green party? Nope! You can't. So here are some fun and easy ways to get started:

1. Drink local beer
It's probably available down the street from you -- and don't tell...

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Green Cleaning: 37 Reuses For Old Clothes

(26) Comments | Posted February 9, 2009 | 7:34 AM

I'm finding that I've got a lot of winter clothes that are too worn-out to keep, and Spring Cleaning is approaching. But I always found the idea of throwing clothes away -- even worn-out clothes -- kind of sad. Spring is supposed to be about, you know, life and birth...

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Green Beer, Greener Beer

(19) Comments | Posted February 3, 2009 | 7:48 AM

Green Inc. this morning has a piece on New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, Colo. -- unfortunately headlined "Brewer Learns Lesson About Green Marketing." The story goes like this:

New Belgium started buying wind offsets in 1999, then noticed that people liked that. They continued to increase...

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Solar Laptop Bag Forces Me Up A Scary, Rusty Ladder

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2008 | 11:35 AM

If you live in New York, you might have seen something interesting showing up on people's backs lately: solar panels. It's not common and it's certainly not a trend, but backpacks and laptop bags with solar panels exist and they're in use. Isn't that somewhat impressive on its own?


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Adrian Grenier, Peter Glatzer Pick Favorite Green Gifts At Wired Store

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2008 | 1:24 PM

The 2008 Wired Store just opened up in New York and online, and it features a section dedicated to "green" products this year. The green section is curated by Adrian Grenier, star of "Entourage" and Peter Glatzer, producer of the Planet Green show "Alter Eco" and the upcoming...

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"Quantum of Solace" Green Review (with Spoilers)

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 4:27 PM

WARNING: If you have not seen "Quantum of Solace," read no further. I will spoil a plot point or two in the words below. Go check out a roundup of spoiler-free Quantum of Solace reviews.

Let me start by saying that I was told to go see the...

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"Whale Wars" Show Delivers Green, Vegan Pirate Action

(5) Comments | Posted November 6, 2008 | 6:20 PM

When I first saw the name "Whale Wars," I thought to myself, "this had better be about whales fighting each other. Then I saw the trailer and I was pretty impressed despite the fact that no whales fought one another.

Much more sadly and less whimsically, it's about whales unable...

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The Bailout in Barney Frank Videos

(6) Comments | Posted November 6, 2008 | 4:42 PM

I still have friends asking me about the major events of the bailout -- what happened, why did it matter? -- and it occurred to me that not everybody had been glued to CNBC throughout the crisis. About the same time, someone said to me that they loved, for whatever...

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Why Haven't You Been To The Animals Page Yet?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2008 | 3:13 PM

This is a quick one for you, dear readers. Consider this a gift amid a roller-coaster economy, the coming cold and ClothingGate.

Have you seen the Huffington Post Animals Big News page?

As you likely know, the Huffington Post has pages that aggregate all of the news on...

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Playing with a Fuel Cell Remote Control Car

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 5:56 PM

So I just played with a solar-powered, remote-control car. It actually runs on hydrogen as its primary source of power.

It's called H2Go, and it calls itself "the world's first hydrogen powered radio control car." The future! We're in it! Look out!

Obviously, it was my duty as a responsible...

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Can Alec Baldwin Fix The Economy? (No.)

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2008 | 5:04 PM

Sometime last week my friend, Noah Garfinkel, said he just wished that Alec Baldwin would be on CNBC in character talking about the economy because it would make him feel better. He didn't have the option, by the way, of not watching CNBC, because he was crashing on my...

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