The Believer takes a longform look at Humboldt County's marijuana cultivation culture. Since the early ’70s, when growing began to replace a foundering timber industry in Humboldt, reliance on the marijuana economy has only increased. By 2012, it was thought that marijuana accounted for one billion of the county’s four-billion-dollar economy. During my stay, I don’t remember seeing a clothing store, bookstore, supermarket, bar, restaurant, supply shop, gas station, repair shop, pharmacy, or burrito shack that wasn’t patronized by someone with direct ties to a pot farm. You could smell the skunk, see the twenties. In parkivng lots, souped-up grower trucks growled by—mostly Toyotas, a status symbol in Humboldt. Somewhere along the way, that back-to-the-land exodus begun in San Francisco some forty years ago, when poor hippies left the city and went north, into the woods, in search of a simpler, cheaper life, their own piece of Arcadia on which food and intoxicants alike could be grown, to offer a thumbnail history—somewhere along the way, that movement morphed into a thriving industry.
posted by porn in the woods
on Jun 10, 2014 -
The only thing green about that bud is its chlorophyll.
In California, indoor marijuana grows account for about 9 percent of household electricity use. An indoor grow module accommodating four plants sucks as much electricity as 29 refrigerators. For every pound of pot grown 4,600 pounds of CO2 goes into the atmosphere. The energy needed to produce a single joint is enough to produce 18 pints of beer and creates emissions comparable to burning a 100-watt lightbulb for 25 hours. The production and distribution of pot in America emits as much carbon as 3 million cars. And other fun facts.
posted by three blind mice
on Mar 18, 2014 -
Video Game Foliage.
"Making spaces for games is a strange and interesting art. Not being bound by physical limitations makes it possible to create impossible structures, but being bound by the technical limitations of modern computer graphics makes it difficult to create accurate simulacra of even simple objects. So video games cheat, using approximations to create the desired aesthetic result.
Plant approximations are especially hard, since organic structures tend to be difficult to describe in terms that graphics cards understand. This creates an interesting design constraint.
How do you create representations of plants given the limitations of realtime rendering?
I plan to use this blog to show a bunch of games that choose different answers to this question. I hope you’ll join me in looking into the weird world of video game foliage." [more inside]
posted by kmz
on Dec 19, 2013 -
As you can see below, Ras enjoys smoking pot. He lives in Canada and according to his YouTube profile, his occupation is ‘Smoking’. His interests include smoking, and for music he likes Reggae. In ‘09 he smoked 40 bowls in 11 minutes
, for an event called Tokecity’s Gauntlet, for which he was disqualified (because he exceeded the 4-minute smoke limit). Last year he only smoked 36 bowls
, ‘about half of his collection’. Maybe he’s getting a bit behind.
“Good luck to all the submissions
(From 4-20 tumblr
posted by growabrain
on Feb 25, 2011 -
One more thing to ease our collective guilt: Organic Golf.
"Opened eight years ago, the club is thought to be the only completely organic golf course in the United States, its 18 holes groomed without the use of a single synthetic pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide or other artificial chemical treatment."
posted by Xurando
on Aug 17, 2010 -
Here are some ways
to shrink your unnatural water- and gas-guzzling lawn and plant something that is beautiful and requires no
water usage, no mowing, and is more likely to attract more interesting wildlife. With this much lawn
in the U.S., and incessant water shortages
, and other water issues
in our present and looming in the future, why not go native? Naturally, there are objections
, since local ordinances often don't allow for natural prairie lawns, and the neighborhood stick-up-butt committees are quick to remove
things they consider eyesores. What is your lawn worth to you?
posted by taursir
on Sep 9, 2007 -
Al Gore trains 1,000 people
from around the world to share the message he presented in "An Inconvenient Truth".
"The goal had been to train 1,000 "presenters" to show slides of melting glaciers and charts of climbing temperatures, but many more have wanted in.
Those selected to gather at the Hilton Nashville Downtown last week included teachers, doctors, a meteorologist, ministers, Wal-Mart employees, actress Cameron Diaz, architects, retirees, veterans and financiers."
posted by PreteFunkEra
on Jan 8, 2007 -
Winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature, a peace activist
who opposed reunification for fear Germany might once again war against its neighbors, ghost-writer of Willy Brandt's speeches, author
of the great fabulist history of World War II and postwar Germany, The Tin Drum,
and of My Century
, a novel of one hundred chapters, one for each year of the last century, a man considered part of the artistic movement known in German as "Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung" or "coming to terms with the past",
Günter Grass belatedly admits the history he expunged from his personal narrative: his service as a member of the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg of the Waffen-SS
In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
, Grass explained
his service would stain him forever,
but that only after the war did he feel ashamed
of having been in the Waffen-SS
for me, because I am sure of my recollection, the Waffen SS was nothing frightful, but rather an elite unit that they sent where things were hot, and which, as people said about it, had the heaviest losses.
posted by orthogonality
on Aug 12, 2006 -
Watching Grass Grow
is an appropriate activity now that the Dog Days of summer are upon us. For those who are watching their grass lawns wilt and turn brown in the hot weather, there's hope that it will recover as pictorially documented on this site.
posted by RonZ
on Aug 1, 2005 -
Want to let your dog experience the thrill of doing their business on nature's own newspaper, but are scared that a great big eagle might swoop down and snatch poor Speckles away from you? Problem solved! Here's a nice square patch of grass! In a box! On wheels! No kidding!
Sometimes, I think it's not the pets that are the ones that need to be spayed and neutered...
posted by majcher
on Aug 1, 2003 -
Keep off the grass
These days in London it's okay to smoke grass but not okay to walk on grass.
Perhaps it's not all that surprising given that there's been a material breach
Any other current examples of civil liberties being eroded quite so outrageously where you live?
posted by skellum
on Jan 30, 2003 -
The U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association
has a pretty detailed site up. On the one hand, It has made me anxious for the roar of the engines and the smell of the fresh cut grass, but it makes me sad too - ever since Sta-Bil bought out the lawn mower racing circuit, it's become way too commercial. My favorite line is a caption from the picture on the front page: "The Webmaster Leadin' the Pack on his Blades of Thunder in Lisle, IL." It's nice to see someone who is able to combine their work with their passion.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe
on Feb 15, 2000 -