{news & views} what the frack?

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Fracking. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a popular curse word, doesn”t it? With reason. Fracking is the process of using fluid pressure to crack the bedrock which makes up the earth”s core in the hope of releasing natural gas or oil. While that may sound perfectly innocent to some people, those living with the […]

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{News & Views} Poisoning the world, one rat at a time.

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While some parts of the world worship the rat as a bringer of good fortune, in the West, seeing a mouse in the kitchen usually results in a scream and a call to the exterminator. Most people never give this process a second thought, but there is a very good reason why we should all […]

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{News and Views} – Surviving Disaster

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In the last few weeks, my morning ritual of coffee and feed reader has become something I face with trepidation. Earthquake, revolution, flooding, police crackdown, nuclear meltdown, war: It’s heartbreaking and scary and frustrating. People across the globe have come together to donate time, money and aid where it is possible and this is a […]

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{News and Views} Monsanto's Dangerous Contract with Farmers

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Genetically Modified Organisms and Monsanto are not new topics for this blog”s readers. Most of us already know about the safety concerns, the risks of , the killer weeds being created, the lawsuits filed against farmers, their questionable relationship with government agencies set to regulate them, and the general difficulty of finding true independent studies […]

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Going Up? The Elevator Pitch

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out how to apply many of the lessons presented at the Etsy success symposium. There was a lot of great information, but one thing that I found myself coming back to again and again was one of the simplest: The 30 second “elevator pitch” […]

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Etsy's Success Symposium

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This past Tuesday, Etsy held their Success Symposium at Etsy Labs. While many of us watched what we could via livestream, Katherine Rasmussen of reiter8 was actually able to attend the symposium in NYC and was gracious enough to send me a writeup of her thoughts. A big, big thank you to Katherine who makes […]

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Keeping It All Organized

Keeping track of inventory, budgeting and supplies in a “normal” business are important steps but never easy, but when you factor in a lot of reclaimed, recycled and one of a kind parts, it can turn into a real mess with a quickness. Since January tends to bring with it resolutions of getting organized, I […]

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Goals for the New Year

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Before I get too far into this, I’d like to apologize for going off-format a little with this post, I hope you guys will bear with me… Somewhere back in grade school, a teacher of mine made the bold claim that there were no stupid questions. I remember she said that if one of us […]

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Business Tips: Preparing for Cyber Monday

We all know about “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving. It’s pretty hard to ignore it, given the crazy tactics many big-box retailers resort to in order to get our attention. In the past few years however, another shopping date has emerged: “Cyber Monday”. Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving, and is when many […]

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