Don't ever doubt the impact you can have as an individual who decides to take on a problem. Roughly 400 gallons of colored paint and 3,000 gallons of white paint were not sent to a landfill last year, all because I pitched a fit to my bosses and said "this is unacceptable, I will change this."

I haven't really calculated these totals before. It's so empowering.

Last year my lab began handling the un-pigmented waste differently, resulting in about 1 drum per week of material that is reclaimed into viable product. This materiel used to get hauled off-site as hazardous industrial waste.

Now, we've got our small quantities of pigmented water-based material going to schools.

Next goal is to have all larger quantities of colored paint donated to something like Habitat for Humanity.

I'd like to share a small victory: 4,300 small cans of paint that were going to be sent to a landfill have been successfully donated to the art departments at several local public schools.

You know all of the brightly colored paint drips I post from colorant studies? That material has been salvaged by a high school mural club.

Creation of the universe, spotted in the bottom of a latex waste collection drum.

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This album contained My Wall, spoken word poetry by Julian Cope set to riffs that could crush a bull moose.

I was completely obsessed with this track for a long while, repeatedly scrawling the words with my nib pen and drawing huge piles of bones stacked beneath black monoliths.

sunnsl.bandcamp.com/track/my-w

From the 2018 remaster of the Sunn O))) experimental release White 1.

sunnsl.bandcamp.com/track/cut-

Cruddy shot of the inside of a solvent tank used to clean alkyd paint off of lab tools.

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In honor of the rare PDX snow, here's a tiny mold colony that reminded me of Narnia... or maybe one of those little islands at the top of Skyrim.

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What happens when you block all of Google's IP addresses from your life? Many fascinating things break, because Google is an octopus.

gizmodo.com/i-cut-google-out-o

Wonderful drone for concentration, heavy with nature recordings.

youtube.com/watch?v=_VA2PBLiqM

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I think I'd enjoy doing a Star Trek TNG rewatch podcast. Are there any of those already?

Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow.

Yellow alkyd paint running off a freshly raised blade. Hypnotic.

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