...wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking. to.
- Sonic Youth, "Dirty"
- Andrew W.K., "I Get Wet"
- Wire, "Pink Flag"
- The Clash, "The Clash"
- Mission of Burma, "Vs."
...wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches.
- "CNN Convention Coverage" "I thought the Democratic National Convention was wonderful. I thought Barack Obama's acceptance speech was amazing and inspiring. I was cheering-can't wait for the debates. The Republican National Convention is a little different. I've been watching it just to be fair, basically. All the controversy around Sarah Palin is interesting, though. She's a train wreck."
- "Ace of Cakes" "Another creative show. There's a chef named Duff in Baltimore who hired a bunch of his friends and opened up a cake shop. They do these amazing kind of sculptural creations and they're really quirky people. It's fun to watch. They did this jungle themed cake one time for a girl from the Make a Wish Foundation. She designed this cake as her wish, and it was this really cool, totally out of a child's imagination cake with animals and multiple tiers that they brought to life."
- "Project Runway" "It's creativity under fire. A bunch of catty fashion designers are put into a competition overseen by Tim Gunn, who's amazing. I want him to be my dad. They come up with these amazing fashions under the gun--no pun intended. I'm a creative person as an industrial designer and a textiles person. Having had plenty of sewing experience myself, it's so amazing to see people snap into gear and whip out these well done clothes. It's a difficult thing to do. They take it very seriously, it's not all theatrics."
Currently reading: "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman "Thus far, it's kind of about-if humanity is wiped out by some kind of disease or attack, just lifted off of the Earth somehow-how the planet would react. It's been called one of the best thought experiments of our time. What the author spends a lot of time on is how all of these things we would leave behind would decay. Simple things, like how the basic American house would decay, but also how all of the plastic we consume will literally never break down and be here in some form forever. He seems fascinated by what would happen to endangered species and how they would come back, and also how species would morph if humans weren't around. Modern day cattle, for example, would become non-existent. We're bred them to the point where they can't survive without our support. So long as I'm not lifted off the face of the Earth, I look forward to finishing it."
One book everyone should read: "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury "It's the shit. It's several short stories, some from a human perspective and some from a Martian perspective. It touches on a lot of social issues that could apply today, and also on personal issues we all go through. It's kind of depressing, but it's awesome. It's very critical of humans. It's not just nerd porn, but for those who want it, it's still in the realm of nerd porn. I wouldn't read anything that didn't have some nerd porn."
Top 20 Forms of Untapped Alternative Energy
2 Friction from corduroy pants
4 Tornadoes on freaking treadmills, man
6 Kitten paste
7 Dirty-as-hell coal
9 Sarah Palin's radiating hatred of polar bears
10 Saliva-electric dental dams
12 David Duchovny's groin hooked up to a generator
13 Alcoholic Russian high jumpers
14 Anal turbines
15 Garbage juice
16 Leo-thermal DiCaprio hotness
17 Onshore drilling in John McCain's multiple backyards
18 Exxon Mobil windfall profit farms
20 Your mom
-assembled by Gavon Laessig
Residential electricity price per kilowatt/hour in Kansas: 8.97 cents
National average: 10.97 cents
Number of Westar power plants in Kansas: 10
Net share of Kansas electricity produced with coal: 89%*
With petroleum, natural gas, nuclear: 4%
With wind, hydroelectric, and all other renewables: 7%**
Washington land area: 71,342 sq mi
Washington population: 6,468,424
Kansas land area: 82,277 sq mi
Kansas population: 2,775,997
Kansas renewable net generation: 1,002 thousand megawatt/hours
Kansas renewable rank in U.S.: 43
Washington renewable net generation: 84,510 thousand megawatt/hours
Washington renewable rank in U.S.: 1
Share of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions produced in Kansas: 1.4%
In Washington: 0.4%
Share of U.S. sulfur dioxide emissions produced in Kansas: 1.1%
In Washington: 0.1%
Share of U.S. nitrogen oxide emissions produced in Kansas: 1.9%
In Washington: 0.5%
*net figures, reduced by state's exports
**separate wind statistics not available
Sources: westarenergy.com, eia.doe.gov, census.gov-compiled by Phil Cauthon