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Happy Easter, Space Peeps

I dearly love the Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest each year. Personally, I like the TSA Peeps Show the best. Too funny!

TSA Peeps Show. Credit: Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

TSA Peeps Show. Credit: Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Creators: LeElaine Comer, Kasey Wiedrich, Kristin Lawton, Ethan Geiling, Michelle Nguyuen, Kim Pate, Jane Hanley and Ida Rademacher.

For all you space enthusiasts, I’m resurrecting (good Easter word) a diorama created for the Washington Post contest a few years back by a group of NASA folks to celebrate the Apollo missions.

Apollo Peeps-tronaut on Moon

Apollo Peeps-tronaut on Moon. Created by NASA team

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I leave you with a few images of Peeps Art from the local Peeps Store at the Washington Harbor. How can you NOT smile at the adorable Peeps?

Peeps Art from Peeps Store

Peeps Art from Peeps Store

Peeps Art from Peeps Store

Peeps Art from Peeps Store

Peeps from Peeps Store

Peeps from Peeps Store

As much as I love bunnys and Easter eggs and Peeps, I celebrate for the real reason for Easter: Christ is RISEN.

Happy Easter to you and your family! 

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Going Green for Green Sake?

In the mid-1990’s, I traveled to Norway to negotiate NASA’s Sounding Rocket agreement with the Norwegian Space Agency to study Northern lights. (Note: This project nearly caused World War III when the Russians mistook the Black Brant XII, launched from the Andøya Rocket Range, for a U.S. Trident missile.)

NASA Sounding Rockets: Black Brandt XII

NASA Sounding Rockets: Black Brandt XII

In my tiny little hotel on the Norwegian island of Andøya I encountered, for the first time, thegreen hotel’ concept where guests are offered the opportunity to reuse the towels and sheets to save the environment — saving precious water, reducing energy required to heat the water and power the washers, and preventing spread of pollutants caused by cleaning detergents.

Since that time, the idea spread across the Atlantic. I rarely stay in a hotel that doesn’t offer me the opportunity to reuse my towels and sheets.

For the record, I wholeheartedly support the option of green services at hotels. I feel quite nobel for my contribution to help save the world by using ‘dirty’ towels and sheets. (Ewww. Sounds pretty awful though, doesn’t it?)

My sister Aimee, however, doesn’t think it’s noble at all.

In fact, she refuses. Her rationale: she’s paying full cost for the service.

Why should the hotel save money on water, energy, detergent, AND staff labor at the guest’s expense?

My sister believes hotels reap financial reward from environmental do-gooders. Hotels charge daily rates. Guests willingly opt for less service. Hotels come out ahead. She sees the environment less of a concern to the hotel than the bottom line.

She makes a good point!

In the article, “‘Green’ hotels juggle conservation with customer service ,” Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin points out a totally different issue — hotels boasting green service without the follow-through. Towels and sheets are changed out each day even when the guest wants to save the planet. I guess I prefer the hotel erring on the side of clean.

Tangent: I once stayed at a very nice hotel only to wake in the middle of the night to the pungent smell of dirty hair (not mine) on the pillowcase. Evidently not all the pillowcases had been changed from the previous guest. That’s a little too green for me.

So how do we get this right? You know, the whole saving-the-world-one-choice-at-a-time thing….

What if hotels offered a discount on hotel rates for green services? 10% off the cost of the room, perhaps?

Guests might be persuaded to sleep on the same sheets a couple of nights in a row…and reuse a towel or two IF they have financial incentive.  Going green to save green (money, I mean). It’s only fair, really. Hotels DO save money. Personally, I’d LOVE a discount on my room.

Or, it could go the other way. If we’re not careful (with our precious water), we may find ourselves facing additional fees for water-based services, like clean towels. Look at all the places around the world where people live daily with water shortages.

Zambia: Mukuni Village Water Supply

Zambia: Mukuni Village Water Supply

But in the places-of-plenty, where I live, sometimes the green (dollar) speaks louder that the green (environment).

A “green discount” might just be the place where water conservation and wallet conservation meet.


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Social Media=Traditional Media News

The world is collapsing upon itself. Or so it seems sometimes.

On Friday, I received this Facebook message:

Facebook Message

Facebook Message

No. I didn’t post a color to my Facebook status. I didn’t quite connect the color of my bra with breast cancer awareness.  Plus, I have strong views on how society views women. (See my blogpost:  “Inaction Heroes for Girls.”)

I’m not opposed to the idea of spreading awareness for breast cancer. This bit of fun just didn’t tickle my fancy…. The concept is clever, though, as a way to get a buzz going. I’m just not the “bra buzz” type.

The point of this post is not about this particular story, but rather about the relationship between social media and traditional media.

I just opened yesterday’s Washington Post (I know, I’m behind in my reading) to find an article about the bra buzz and how Susan G. Komen foundation saw a flurry of new fans.

Breast cancer awareness goes viral on Facebook . . . with bra color updates” by Brigid Schulte.

Social media is “the news” for traditional media.

Fascinating turn of events, really. Social media spreads news faster than traditional news outlets (earthquakes, Hudson River water-landings, etc.) but also becomes the news because of how fast information is spread.

So the cycle turns on itself.

Traditional news sources report the news. Viral spread of social media makes news. Therefore, traditional media reports the news of news spread through social media. Makes my head spin.

I shouldn’t be surprised to see articles like these in the paper. (And especially this one. Bra Color, i.e. “sex sells”…right?) But, let’s stick to the topic of social media. I’ve read so many articles over the last year or so about social media by those who don’t use it (and don’t see the point of it because they don’t use it). Reporters at the STS-129 tweet-up asked similar questions.

But funnier still:

why do I still have the Washington Post delivered to my door when I get most of my news through social media?

The answer? Tradition, I guess. 😉

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