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Hair for Oil

A group called Matter of Trust has been collecting hair since 1998. Why? Because human hair is designed to absorb oil (like the oils from your scalp) and oil just so happens to be a fairly big problem these days. The newest oil leak is certainly not a rare occurrence, just the biggest in a long string of oil escaping into the ocean. Our hair, when packed into nylons and placed on the surface of the ocean around an oil spill has the power to absorb oil at a tremendous rate. NPR has done a nice little news story about Matter of Trust and the good work they’ve been doing, and the video below has some amazing imagery and statistics as well…

So, why am I talking about all of this? Beyond the fact that it is amazing that something we throw away daily can help save some of the lives we have put in danger with deep sea drilling and oil leaks from ships and pipes all of these years, Sterling College threw a huge hair-cutting party last week! Joe and I both donated hair…

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Hannah lopped off her pretty braids and trimmed her hair down to an inch. Others completely shaved their heads and some only took a few inches off. Between 54 Sterlingites, Linus and Cody’s dog Willow we managed to donated 8 lbs of hair! I was impressed by how many people decided to join in and how many people volunteered three hours of their time to cut people’s hair.That’s about half of the population at Sterling. One of our faculty even went to a local barbershop and collected their hair too! It felt great to help and even better to have an experience draw so many of us together. Good job Sterling! If you’re interested, hop on over to matteroftrust.org and see what you can do too! Dog, rabbit and other manimal hair can be donated too…

Doin’ the Right Thing

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The gardens at Edgefield.

Get this. Multnomah County owns the 46 acres across from Mcmenamin’s Edgefield in Troutdale. They were planning to sell it for housing development, but then the economy took a dive. This Thursday the Multnomah County Commissioners are voting to make the space an emergency farm to feed poor people. It would be powered by volunteers and (in the beginning) the 2 acre farm could potentially feed 500 people. The irony is that Edgefield used to be a poor farm 100 years ago… and now things might be coming full circle. Nice. Oh I’m so excited! Imagine what they could achieve with all 46 acres…

Webvisions

Portland has been hosting an event called Webvisions for a while now (I’m thinking 8-9 years?). I’d never gone before and this year I decided/was persuaded to volunteer for two days. I got a sweet t-shirt and free lunch for two days while I monitored doors and helped set up in the mornings. I also got to sit in on whatever presentations where going on in the rooms I was monitoring.

Overall, the presentations were… ok. Some of them we’re strangely basic, along the lines of “You should blog” and “The internets is HUGE and very cool!” while others like Armin Vit and Mark Frauenfelder were amazing! Armin should have been one of the keynote speakers because he was interesting, funny and had some really good things to say. Armin is the co-founder of Under Consideration, founded Speak Up, and so many other little side projects that rock my brain. Mark is editor-in chief of Make Magazine (get hip and check it out) and founded BoingBoing. In the end I’m glad I went but I’m also glad that it was free for me. They were a long long two days and in order to get there by 7 I had to wake up at 5:30 in order to catch the Max over at Ikea (I’m really terrible at parking and I have even more trouble parallel parking so I decided to avoid that whole mess and hitch a ride on one of them fancy machines instead).

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Hey man, nice shirt! You probably could have gotten away with a youth’s large though… just sayin’.

I mean, an adult small is fine… it’ll probably shrink, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

Maybe next year, eh?