Thursday, May 31, 2007

Jessica Biel is

the number one hottest thing in Hollywood, a fact proven by the linked post over at What Would Tyler Durden Do. She looks hot in a robe and a towel on her hair taking out the trash.

Woah -- Punjabi Mexican Americans?

Sepia Mutiny has a really interesting post on intermarriage between Punjabis (South Asians from the Punjab region) and Mexican women in the early 1900s. This is absolutely fascinating to me. And there's even a book about it. I guess I'll put in on my list.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bamboo Flooring

We just ordered flooring samples for the house. We are probably going to go with bamboo because of its hardness, aesthetic and because it is an environmentally responsible choice. "Environmentally, it’s hard to argue with a wood-substitute that matures in three years, regenerates without need for replanting, and requires minimal fertilization or pesticides." Bamboo is also thought of as quite a luxurious surface by folks in India, because it provides a warmth missing in a place where many floors are marble or granite.

Another option for us is FSC-certified wood. This wood is more like the standard and exotic species more commonly used in the US. But the wood comes from trees harvested sustainably.

Finally, a third option is a hybrid approach. Weyerhauser has come up with a flooring system made from fast-growing eucalyptus trees. "Lyptus® Eucalyptus trees are grown on plantations certified to Brazil’s national sustainable forestry standard, CERFLOR. This standard has been mutually recognized by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), an international organization that endorses credible sustainable forestry programs." This looks like a promising alternative in a reasonable price range.

Teen Tests Internet's Lewd Track Record

OK, so I admit, even I fount it somewhat creepy. But I thought it was all in good fun.