Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My President Thinks in 3D! Green Recovery Act and the new Coraline movie.

Obama signs the bill

So this is what it feels like to have a President do his job. It's like, like, wonderful. Yesterday, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Denver. In doing so, the President allocated a record breaking $87 Billion (of the $787 Billion total) to green investments. Gone are the days when tag-along funds were given to green energy and alternative technology, as per our last president. (GWB: "Oh, and here is 5 million bucks to spend on research and development on your green stuff. Don't spend it all in one place.") The bill focuses on public transit, weatherization, a smart electric grid, and tax breaks for renewable energy. To thank President Obama, email him here.

On another note, the GSpotting team saw Coraline yesterday, which is a visually thrilling, little bit scary, must see fantasy animated flick. It is especially awesome because they provide 3D glasses (that look like Bob Dylan RayBan wayfarers) so that the entire flick is experienced in 3D! However, wtf, the 3D wayfarers come in some monster plastic packaging that's excessive as all hell, and rendered us pissed for most of the picture just marinating on the sheer resource use. Think about it: there were probably 350 people in the theatre, and each had the plastic glasses which came in a plastic baggie. If the Union Square Regal Cinema shows the movie 8 times a day- well that's just a lot of freaking plastic.

GSpotter Margaret in her 3D Coraline glasses showing the excess packaging.

Glasses for the experience are a must. The heavy duty plastic bag that appears to be fire retardent and could be used to protect yourself from chemical warfare and/or nuclear fall out (it's that sturdy) - that is a bit too much. Hey reaL D, aka the company that makes the glasses, take a hint from folks like Dr Bronner's who use 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles or Primo Water who use Ingeo Corn for their packaging.

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