Monthly Archives: April 2009

Talk of the Times: ‘Green Buildings’ Tour today carries on Earth Day spirit

The formal observances of Earth Day were earlier this week, but the celebration continues today, just as environmental leaders hope its messages will continue throughout the year and beyond.

In connection with the launching of its new Web site, greenbuildessexcounty.org, focusing on “green building,” the Essex County Greenbelt organization is presenting a Green Buildings Tour today to give visitors a firsthand look at many of the buildings featured on their site.

Tours will be led by those most closely connected with each building, and will offer you the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about what these pioneers in green building have learned along the way.

For directions to these locations and more information, please visit www.greenbuildessexcounty.org.

The tour sites open today are:

Home of John Livermore, High Popples Road, Gloucester, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Sampling of green features: Larson Truss wall-framing system, solar hot water, R-76 insulation, rain barrels.

Latitude 43, Rogers Street, Gloucester, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sampling of green features: radiant heat floor, high- efficiency appliances, waterless urinals, dual-flush water-saving valves on toilets, use of salvaged materials and environmentally-friendly building materials.

Essex County Greenbelt, 82 Eastern Ave., Essex, 1 to 2 p.m. Sampling of green features: solar panel array, high-efficiency HVAC, icynene insulation, rainwater recapture system, recycle and reused of materials.

Free Movie! – “Johnny Got His Gun”

Click to learn more about the film.

Click to learn more about the film.

FREE MOVIE! – JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN
The Cape Ann Community Cinema
(at The Gloucester Stage)
267 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978/282-1988
www.CapeAnnCinema.com

SHOWTIME: Sunday, April 26th @ 4:00pm

War! What’s it good for? Absolutely nothing! (Say it again!) Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo’s haunting 1971 film adaptation of his own novel about a World War I soldier trapped inside his own broken body has been largely unseen since the 1980s, but now is your chance to see it — FOR FREE! We’re showing it Sunday, April 26th at 4:00pm, so why not plan to check out The Gloucester Guerilla Art Project III earlier in the afternoon, grab a late lunch at The Last Stop, take a nice walk up and down Rocky Neck, then come back and experience this unforgettable film (which the metal band Metallica owns and used as the basis for the song “One,” which was their first-ever music video two decades ago).

Variety Magazine writer and Hollywood Blacklist expert Daniel M. Kimmel will be on-hand to talk about Trumbo’s career and the Blacklist. It’d be wicked cool if you could join us.

Check out a scene from the movie here:

Albino Lobster

Last summer Toby on the Jupiter II brought in a lobster that was yellow in pigmentation, I’ve never in my 33 years down the dock seen a completely white albino lobster.  I’ve seen half white ones and documented them in photographs, half blue ones and documented them, but never a completely white one.

Look for the video tomorrow morning.

Thanks goes to Paul Movali for pointing out to me.  Paul’s a good egg.

Albino Lobster, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Over the Bridge- Boston Day Trip Slideshow

I spent yesterday in Boston with Grandkid #1. A beautiful day! Walked the Commons, shopped, met up with a friend who took us to dinner at Tremont 647. Great company, fun day.

On Boylston we bumped into a motley group of bicyclists. We found out that this was a Critical Mass ride which  is a bicycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. The ride was originally founded in 1992 with the idea of drawing attention to how unfriendly the city was to bicyclists. Click on this photo to find out more about Critical Mass.picture-162