Suggestions > Become a Member of the Sierra Club

Joining the Sierra Club is a very great thing to do. They fight against pollution, save wildlife spaces, and more. Go to this website for ways to join or donate money to them:


Here's an excerpt from the page:

When you join or give to the Sierra Club you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to preserve irreplaceable wildlands, save endangered and threatened wildlife, and protect this fragile environment we call home.

So go ahead. It's only a small amount of money. Plus, with the membership you get:

  • A free Sierra Club Expedition Pack (limited time only)
  • One-year subscription to Sierra magazine
  • Members-only ecotravel opportunities
  • Automatic membership in your local Chapter
  • Discounts on Sierra Club calendars, books, and other merchandise

Sierra magazine is a wonderful thing to receive every other month. Below are an excerpt and a quote, as well as a photo, from it.


Five Ways to Take the Initiative

Imagine a country free from pollution, where communities are healthy, wildlands are protected, and every citizen has the power to help keep things that way. If that sounds implausible in today's political climate, don't worry. Visionary ideas often do. But this greener future is achievable if everyone works together.

Since the 2004 election, Sierra Club leaders have been doing some soul-searching. While close to 70 percent of Americans agree with most of the Club's values, only 20 percent identify as strong environmentalists. That's a disappointing fact, but it also presents an opportunity. If we are able to explain what the Club stands for without resorting to technical terms or eco-speak, we can build an unstoppable force for conservation. That doesn't mean abandoning the causes we've worked hard on for so many years, but restating them in terms of goals a majority of Americans can share:

GET THE POISONS OUT of our water and air by enforcing existing pollution laws and making polluters clean up after themselves and reduce dangerous emissions; CHOOSE CLEAN ENERGY for our homes and cars by encouraging use of renewable electricity and the raising of fuel-economy standards; BUILD BETTER COMMUNITIES that are safer for cyclists and pedestrians by keeping public-transit systems strong and sprawl at bay; PROTECT NATURE for the next generation by designating public lands as parks and wilderness areas, restoring native species, and creating open spaces for people to enjoy; and EXERCISE DEMOCRACY by speaking out in our communities to improve the environment in all these ways and more.

These ideas tap into basic American values of fairness, opportunity, and progress. No matter where we live, we all want safe and healthy neighborhoods. We all want nature close by and a say in how our communities grow. And we all want neighbors who will work with us to protect what we love. So let's get started.

>ON THE WEB Find out how you can get involved at sierraclub.org/vision.



Furry forerunner: The loss of their sea-ice habitat to global warming could drive polar bears to extinction by the end of the century.

It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing.
--Elizabeth Kolbert, "The Climate of Man," New Yorker, May 9


You can visit the Sierra Club's website HERE.


Musings > Another Putta Butta Update!

I found this on Wikipedia:

[in Italian,] the word putta is short for puttana, slut.

Elsewhere in Wikipedia, I found this:
[in Japanese,] "Buta" [with one t] means pig.

So now we know! "Putta Butta" can be roughly translated from Italian and Japanese as, "Slut Pig!" Hooray!


Reviews > Web Sites > The Zoomquilt

Check out this collaborative art project!

This is how it works:

  1. You wait for it to load (be patient--it's worth it).
  2. You click with the mouse and drag up or down.
  3. The picture zooms in or zooms out--and it keeps going!!
Just try it out. It's fun!

Click HERE to start.

Here's my rating:

Reviews > Web Sites > hestekor.swf

I'm not going to tell you what this is, you have to find out for yourself (if I said what it was, it would spoil it). Just click HERE. Don't worry, there's no bad words or bad content or anything.

Here's my rating:


MISC > Accepted Into Blogwise

Just so you know, The Putta Butta has been accepted into Blogwise, the blog directory. You can view it HERE.


Suggestions > Try NRDC

If you're like me, you want to protect the environment. So you should. Just go to
and write e-mails to the government and to companies to stop things like:

  • Oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • Logging in various rainforests
  • Mining around the Everglades
  • And more!
E-mail-writing is free, and they even give you a pre-written note to send that you can change or keep the same. They also accept donations.

After clicking HERE or above, just pick a 'biogem' to save and sign up! They even give you 'action credits' for taking action and you can get cool stuff like wallpaper, a screen saver, and a start page.

MISC > My First Movie

I have finally created my first motion picture (okay, okay, my brother helped me and it's just a short film).

It's called Lucy in the Sky with Aliens (silly title, right?) and it's about an astral body that borrows the body of a dog (played by my dog, Lucy) to check out Earth. If you are someone to whom I have given my e-mail address, e-mail me and I will find a way to give you a copy!

I'm working on another movie with my sister's friend (she wrote it and I'm filming/editing it for her), and we'll see how that goes.

MISC > My New Computer

I just got a new computer and I love it! It's an eMac, which is related to my old 1st-gen iMac. It's a G4 with 1.25 GHz and has a 32MB graphics card.

It has a bigger screen (1280 x 960) than my old Mac (1024 x 768), and is much faster.

Plus, it has a DVD burner (I haven't yet got it to work), and a CD burner.

My parents gave the computer to our family for my birthday, a kind of strange thing to do, but it works.

My computer comes with iLife '05, too!

Now my dad and I can play X-plane (flight-simulation software which our old computer never came close to running) and Sim City 4, which is arriving in the mail within 2 business days at our house. Also, all of the 3D games that I have are no longer jerky, something that I took for granted on my old G3 iMac.