28 October 2011

The Week in Links and Photos

I am back again with another edition of The Week in Links and Photos.

This week I blogged at Green Living ideas about the fat tax imposed in Denmark in the beginning of October which is applied to any food product that has a saturated fat content of more than 2.3%. 

I have also been reading extensively about the Ocean pollution that is getting from bad to worse.

The increase of the world's population gives food for thought and requires reconsidering of our old ways. A good way to realize where we are exactly is this. Try it out!

Technology has changed our lives immensely but have you thought about the way YouTube minimized TV? If not, take a look here.

Have a colorful weekend!


  1. Great photos! I love the first one. I love the way the leaves are so bright against the faded background.

  2. Interesting photos - those fruits? nuts? are pretty cool.

    As for YouTube killing the TV? NO WAY! ABSOLUTELY NOT! There's NOTHING like settling in on the couch at night to watch your favorite comedies. The computer stalls and fries your brain and the sound can be bad. TV is much better. ;) Haha, rant done, hope I didn't annoy you too much! :)

  3. Taylor, these are wild chestnuts!

    And I could argue about TV, without you/me being annoyed: imagine good speakers and laptop/PC connected to a big screen or to the actual TV but you get to choose when and what to see. What do you think?

  4. Hmm... yeah, I think that would be better than just a laptop. You would have the luxury of TV, whenever you wanted to watch it... pretty convenient.

    Sometimes, though, I just think the world's moving too fast, and turning too technological. I mean, I love my laptop, and I love my iPod Nano. But why do we have to get rid of things like TV? Why is it necessary to put THAT online, too? I don't know. I guess sometimes, I just get a little frustrated at how our world is SO technological; which is ironic, because I use technology all the time - I use my iPod and laptop every day. I even WRITE on my laptop!

    I guess it's just that while internet gets ahead, other things fall behind. The TV, for one; and even worse, BOOKS. So many people have converted to Kindles, and it makes me so unhappy! When people talk about books "going extinct", I can hardly stand it. My childhood wasn't made up of video games and iPods; I spent most of my time reading (paper and ink books, mind you) and playing with my friends. Sometimes, I think it would be good for the world to go without power for a little while, just so that everyone can live a little while without being glued to their phones.

    Of course, if the power went out, I wouldn't be able to keep up with the lives of my online friends from other states and countries, which would be a definite thumbs-down. :)

    Wow, I really got ranting right there... oops! Didn't mean to leave such a long, fiery comment... sometimes I just can't stop myself from saying my piece. :)

  5. Taylor, I am with you on all points but I also try to accept those changes (which is not easy for me either). I guess, one reason for posting the link about YouTube overtaking TV is the same worry you have.

    On the other hand, it is difficult to define what change is going to be good for humankind in the future, especially when you consider how many people have fiercely opposed TV or even Radio in their beginnings... The one positive thing about YouTube though is that it is free of commercials (except if you want to specifically watch them).

    I know you are all for paper books, which is quite the same with me because I too grew up reading paper books and commenting them with friends, instead of playing computer games (thanks, Mom!) but I happened to see this infographic which got me rather frustrated. So I am in the process of serious re-evaluating. I wonder what you might make of that information.

    And I love long fiery comments!

    P.S. Have you read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley?

  6. It's true. I probably should work on accepting some of the changes, haha. :) Like you said, some changes will probably be good for the world in the future: you just need to look at the bigger picture to realize it. And yes, TV on YouTube is nice because of the lack of commercials... haha, if EVERYTHING started streaming from YouTube, etc, people would have to lengthen the shows to make up for all the lost commercial time! ;) There's a plus! ;)

    Still, I'm not ready to give up on paper books. It's true that their production is bad for the environment, but no matter what people say, a Kindle will never be the same for me. We use electronics for so many things. Why can't we keep a more old-fashioned and unplugged type of entertainment? One with good-smelling pages that make such a comforting noise when you turn them? And if we could figure out a more eco-friendly way to print them, even better. There are more replenishable ways to make paper, without using trees; and I'm sure there are ways to produce books that leave less of a carbon footprint. Our society just needs to start using them. :)

    No, I haven't read "Brave New World"... now I'll have to look it up! :)

  7. Those chestnuts look awesome!