Airlines Going Vegetarian Could Lead to Massive Carbon Offset

If every American ate just one meat-free meal per week, the emissions
savings would be the same as taking more than 5 million cars off our
roads” – http://is.gd/d3BdM

 

Unfortunately the article above doesn’t say over what time period, but
I assume over the lifespan of the average American, which is 78 years.

 

There are an estimated 300 million Americans, so you’re talking
roughly 15.6 billion vegetarian meals (300 million * 52) per year being
the equivalent of taking 5 million cars off the planet’s roads.

 

There are projected to be 2.75 billion airline passengers in 2011
(http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2007-24-10-01.aspx).

 

Assuming 1 meal per flight, and that 75% of current meals are
non-vegetarian, you’re looking at 2.62 billion meals.

 

Now, if all of those meals were to become vegetarian, the offset would
be equivalent to taking 840,000 cars off the planets roads.

 

The question now becomes how we can ‘nudge’ the airlines to make this “small but big change”

Robbed in San Diego – Please help find my Vuvuzela!

Last night my Vuvuzela got stolen at a bar in San Diego,??the Tilted Kilt.??

In the photo below you can see what it looks like.
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Here’s a close-up with more detail. As you can see it’s no ordinary Vuvuzela. The unique beadwork was done by a group of grandmothers in Khayelitsha (Grandmothers Against Poverty & AIDS -??www.gapa.org.za) as part of an income generation project.
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And as luck has it, the culprit got caught on camera in the background of a photo I took of Sarah, our waittress.
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Here’s a closer look of the bearded guy who took it. He grabbed it and ran out, according to his friends. His friends, however, claimed that they “don’t really know the guy”.

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So, if you’re ever in San Diego and a see a guy with a green Vuvuzela with beadwork on it, please assist in retrieving it or providing any information that could lead to its return!

Virgin America Inflight Wi-Fi Speedtest

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En-route from San Francisco to San Diego. Pings to Google are also sub 170 ms.

Google Docs Spreadsheets – Simple Calculation Error

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Now THIS is how I like my soccer news!

Finally you can get quality content on your mobile phone that doesn’t consist of a farting monkey ringtone costing R30 a week. Elodie Kleynhans (@elodiek) this week started shooting the Soccer Babes (http://www.soccerbabe.co.za) show with 3 presenters providing a daily dose. If you like what you see in this video, you can subscribe yourself by SMSing ‘SB’ to 31904. (R2.50/show – you’ll need a phone that can play video)

UPDATE: You can view the high-res versions on BlinkTower’s Youtube channel:??http://www.youtube.com/user/blinktowermedia

Disclosure: I am a minority shareholder in BlinkTower, the production company behind the show.

Snow on low lying mountains South of Cradock

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Small Kid – Big Trumpet

What happens when your mom confiscates your Vuvuzela.

Soccer City – Right Now

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Top Ten Twitter Users in Cape Town

1. Locnville

 

Ranking is based on Follower/Following ratio for users with more than 1,000 followers. The Top 9 all have ratios of >3.

 

Although I’m not a Top Ten Twitterer, you can still read my tweets at http://twitter.com/geekrebel
Thanks goes to Twitterholic for the stats!

Skyrove to Take on Mobile Incumbents

??????TechCentral Republished with permission – Full Article

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Skyrove, a specialist??wireless hotspot company, plans to launch an audacious bid for national radio frequency spectrum and, if it gets it, it plans to build a network to take on the country???s incumbent mobile operators.

The company, run by CEO Henk Kleynhans, plans to participate in an auction for national radio frequency in the 2,6GHz band. The auction, the first of its kind in SA, is set to take place in the next few months and involves spectrum at both 2,6GHz and 3,5GHz. It???s expected that the spectrum will be used to provide broadband access using third- and, later, fourth-generation wireless technologies.

Skyrove???s shareholders include venture capital firm 4Di Capital, which is ultimately owned by Reinet Investments (formerly Richemont), led by billionaire businessman Johann Rupert. Another shareholder is well-known East London-born Internet entrepreneur Vinny Lingham, the man behind fast-growing international website Yola.com.

Skyrove has built technology that allows anyone to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot and earn an income by sharing their Internet access with others.

But now Kleynhans wants to take his business to the national stage, and thinks he has a model that will allow smaller players in the market to take on the giant operators in the industry.

Unlike other companies that are expected to bid for the spectrum ??? the mobile operators and larger Internet service providers are likely to be keen participants in the auction ??? Skyrove plans to share its infrastructure with other industry players if it wins the bid.

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