V Ol Blak

V Ol Blak

A Monkie with an Attitude Problem

Next Year Think About Going Natural: Making Your Own Fruit Christmas Ornaments

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It’s the same story every year. December just seems to creep up on me. What it’s Christmas again? How did that happen and where the hell are all the Christmas lights and ornaments? Yeah, this year, somehow I have lost everything and instead of buying glass ornaments from Target, (made in China of course) we decided to go fruity. Thats right, we reached into the fruit bowl and pulled out a little Christmas cheer.

My special Christmas guest and myself, created our fruity natural theme using Oranges, Limes, a dehydrator and some fresh Cranberries. Think about it, when you slice an orange, the fruit wedges have a glass like look. The light passes right on through. When you hang them on the tree with Christmas lights, the effect is very pretty. We even took the process one step further, by dying the limes in a beet juice soup. We ended up with Orange colored orange slices and red lime slices.

This project was simple and actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be. If you have an oven or a dehydrator, you too can go fruity next year. Here is what we did. (instructions after the jump)

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Law & Order ‘SVU’ Tackles Alcohol & Sexual Abuse On College Campuses, Guest Starring GreenChef Aria Alpert

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Finally a reason to have a tv. Our own GreenChef Aria Alpert guest stars on one of NBC highest rated shows, Law and Order SVU. Set your Tivos, buy it on itunes, or watch it live. Basically do what ever you have to. Just make sure you don’t miss it. This Wednesday November 17, 2010 at 8/9 pacific.

The episode, titled “Gray,” deals with a rape case at the fictional Hudson University. The case becomes murky when the detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson (Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, respectively) find out that a student involved in the incident had been drinking “a little too much trashcan punch,” at the time of the assualt, as Stabler puts it. Their investigation becomes even more difficult when they find that the vindictive victim, Bethany, has created a website that borders on harassment, which decries the perpetrator, Chuck, as a “rapist and scumbag.” (via thedartmouth.com)

Aria makes a brief but haunting appearance in the episodes trailer. “You should ask your daughter” is her line… Gives me chills. :)

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Lykke Li Wants You To Know Your Definitely Going To Get Some!

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Here is a nice way to start off my week. Lykke Li, that seemingly odd, sexy, foreign, never boring and can’t get enough of music artist, has just released two new singles, Get Some and Paris Blue. Most of you will know Lykke Li from the song Possibility, which was in the Twilight Saga, New Moon Movie. I first discovered these new little treasures on itunes for $1.99, which is a bargain, but then almost instantly to my surprise, Lykke emailed me to let me know I could have them for free. We are close like that, she knows I am always looking for a new fix. Well, that is really a half truth. She knows me and the other 100,000 or so, Lykke Li fan on her email list are just itching for a little more.

On her site lykkelie.com, you can download both songs. Yes, there is the catch, she wants yours soul, better known as your email address. You see, she is going on tour, and she needs to fill those seat with your warm bodies. I guess she thought giving away a song called Get Some, might be a good way to entice you to, well get some. It worked I am diving in. Oh yeah, I am going to go Get Some, if there is some still to get! At times like this, I wish I pursued directing music documentaries… oh well, back to writing about my garden. Oh yeah, I made the right career choice, sure I did! :)

More new Lykke Li videos after the jump

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Best Place To Buy Your Veggies, Grocery Store, Farmers Market Or Maybe From A CSA

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Okay I hope I am not going to bore you with this post. This one is for all the monkies out there who have already drank the “G” kool-aid and are getting deeper into the lifestyle, like me. I know, a post about shopping for food might not be exciting, edgy or include any celeb gossip, but it’s something all of us fleshy’s have to do. Personally, I love Food Shopping Day: I have full on dreams about a lush full fridge, oozing with fresh veggies. So please, your going to have to bear with me as I explore the idea of joining a CSA.

The question in the title is a real one for me. Where is the best place to buy your veggies? I know some of you out there are shaking your heads at me. I guess if your blood runs green, you start by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and then go on down the line, farmers market, maybe a organic local grocery store and last resort the old big box grocery store. But not everyone is born with green blood pumping through their veins, believe me. Most of us grew up thinking Kraft was a food company? My own childhood was filled with things like Coke and Kraft deluxe mac n’ cheese. I remember our high end dinner option was the deluxe Kraft mac n’ cheese vs the powder mac and cheese. Hmmm… what to choose?

Maybe I don’t want onions, cabbage and so on, or maybe I do want things not in the box. Will I end up just composting it?

But now as an adult with all the buying options completely open to me, which option is best? Or maybe the real question is what mix of options is best. I understand the concept of the CSA and love it. For those of you out there who don’t know what a CSA is, here is the quick answer. A CSA is a members club basically and you pay a lump sum in advance to a farmer or a group of farms and in return, they deliver a box of veggies every week to your home or a pick up location for a certain number of weeks. The cost runs about $30 a week and you pay in advance for a certain number of weeks, 4, 8, 12 or even up to 52 weeks. All the boxes are the same. You don’t get to choose what is in the box, since the farmer can only give you what they are growing and what happens to be ripe that week.

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Update: Influencers Documentary Full Version Online

A few weeks ago I posted about a new documentary coming out called the Influencers. Well, the producers have decided to release the film online, which means, lucky you can just click play above for some instant gratification. And I have to warn you. It’s good.. inspiring and yes a must see if you my friend are thinking of driving your stake in the ground and transforming yourself into a “G” Influencer! After watching the film, checkout their awesome site: influencersfilm.com

Here is part of my previous post just to bring you up to speed: This trailer for the documentary Influencers caught my eye this morning and sent my brain racing. Why you ask? Well, to be frank, I am in the middle of re-thinking G Living in the Post Green Special Status World. Yes, green as a special issue is dead in my opinion. I still believe the world will keep moving towards a “G” lifestyle, but the original movements concept of just adding the word Green, or Organic to your products name or onto your website some how made it exciting… is oh so dead my friends. Dead Dead Dead! Don’t be grim, that is a good thing. It had to happen. You are ask why again aren’t you? Because it’s been over used, over hyped and under delivered. Yelling global warming from the roof tops and then not demanding real change is an issue.

Continue on to my Previous Post: Are You One Of The G / INFLUENCERS In Your World?

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Rock Star and Raw Food GreenChef Star Judita Has A New Raw Food Recipe Book Coming Out Soon

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One of our very own, GreenChef Judita has authored her first Raw Food Recipe book coming out May 2011. The book is called “Going Raw: Everything You Need to Start Your Own Raw Food Diet and Lifestyle Revolution at Home” and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

I just wanted to give everyone a sneak peek at what Judita is up to and to feature her awesome video below. In the video Judita talks about her path from Rock Star, to GreenChef Food Star and now on to becoming the star of her very first book. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek. More to come in the next few months. We will even be featuring some of the books beautiful and fun recipes right here on G Living.

Also make sure to check out Judita new site at rawjudita.com for all her latest news.

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Are You One Of The G / INFLUENCERS In Your World?

This trailer for the documentary Influencers caught my eye this morning and sent my brain racing. Why you ask? Well, to be frank, I am in the middle of re-thinking G Living in the Post Green Special Status World. Yes, green as a special issue is dead in my opinion. I still believe the world will keep moving towards a “G” lifestyle, but the original movements concept of just adding the word Green, or Organic to your products name or onto your website some how made it exciting… is oh so dead my friends. Dead Dead Dead! Don’t be grim, that is a good thing. It had to happen. You are ask why again aren’t you? Because it’s been over used, over hyped and under delivered. Yelling global warming from the roof tops and then not demanding real change is an issue.

Yes, labeling everything green and allowing anyone with a heart beat to just claim to be some kind of green expert and oh the practice of over hyping everything as the next best thing since who knows what, is dull and very draining. Also, what about “green” product concepts which never make it to market or way under deliver? Yeah, kills the “I am so excited” feelings about going green. My favorite is hyping companies as “Fashion Brands” when in reality, they are no more than a couple of people who happen to print some eco slogans and designs on to pre-made organic T-Shirts. Not exactly high fashion or any different than the 100,000 other T-Shirt printers out there. They just happen to be using “Green” keywords.

The “Green” Movement as it was launched is Oh So DEAD, DEAD, DEAD, Don’t be grim, thats a good thing

I think I see the green movement different than most. I have from the beginning of this wave. I have always thought, generically labeling everything “Green”, “Eco” and so on was a bad way to go. By painting everything with the same label, guaranties nothing will stand out. It’s like the PC market vs Apple. If you have a PC, who cares what brand it is. Everyone assumes its a cheaply made computer with little thought put into the design or the materials used to build it. But Apple computer stayed away from that crowd and built a completely different type of product. In the end everyone, even PC people now know, Apple cares about the design, the experience and the materials used to create the products. Apple products are not PC’s. Everyone knows the difference, if they have used one or not. Even down to the ads… Apple stood alone and stayed unique. And now, Apple, not PC maker Number 1, or PC Maker Number 2 and so on, stands alone influencing how the entire world feels about computers, phones, music and anything with a chip in it.

This is what I hope G Living will achieve in the long run. Become a brand which means so much more than just “Green”. A brand people will instantly get and just naturally want to integrate into their lives. Someday everyone will want to live a little “G”! Right? Smile and just shake your head. And now go out there and be a “G” influencer yourself. Go set the trends that will pull in the 6 billion non “G” living knuckle dragging Flesh Monkies out there. We can only do this together… believe me, alone, we don’t stand a chance.

This documentary follows not the Trend Setting Green Brands but all the trendsetters, from music, fashion, politics and design. Checkout their official facebook page.

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The Perfect Fashion Accessory, A Bike

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I think the key to this thing we call G Living is to just dive right in. Open up your eyes, let in all the beauty around you. It’s there waiting to be re-discovered, waiting to be seen a new again. And nothing for me brings in the joy of just being more than cutting through the air on the back of a bike.

I personally have two bikes, one electric, the A2B by Ultramotor and one carbon fiber road bike by Kestrel. I love them both equally but they perform two very different transportation task for me. The Kestrel is about being connected to the road, feeling every bump, feeling the power of your own body moving you down the road. It’s about being a powerful force, which is an amazing feeling, that is if you are not too concerned about how you might smell once the ride has come to an end.

This opens up a whole world of destinations and more importantly it enables you to dress for the occasion and not the ride.

Now the A2B electric bike is a whole other story. It’s about taking you for a ride. The bike is the powerful one. Your job is to hold on and enjoy the ride, There is no effort, no worries, and most importantly no sweating. This opens up a whole world of destinations and more importantly it enables you to dress for the occasion and not the ride.

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G Living Room101 | The Method Soap Guys Think Dirty

Method Soap guys Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry on this episode of Room101

What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word dirty? Sexy Hot? Madonna? Maybe you visualize old rich men with half naked 20 something girls. What ever popped into your dirty little mind, I bet it wasn’t soap. When the guys at Method (the modern green soap company) think about dirty, they think of nothing but soap and how to make it cleaner, greener and look sexier. Yes sexier, so some of your dirty thoughts where on the right track.

It is this type of clean sexy thinking, that enabled the Method Guys (Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry) to build the 7th fastest growing company in the United States, and the fastest growing company in California. The fastest growing company in California, the home of Apple Computer, and a valley full of tech geeks popping out the latest electronic gadgets that will power our homes and do all the thinking for us, beat out by a couple of guys making soap in their bathtub? Come on, really?! Well according to Adam, that is exactly correct and they fully intend to keep growing their business at record speed, while continuing the path to make their company and their products even greener.

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Your standard floor cleaners, soaps, dusters, furniture polishes, glass cleaners and bleaches are packed full of chemicals that do more harm then good.

q question interview G Living Room101 | The Method Soap Guys Think DirtyWhy is running a green soap company a big deal?

a answer interview G Living Room101 | The Method Soap Guys Think DirtyWell, if you look at their competition, you quickly realize these guys are not only making a green company, they are revolutionizing how the standard cleaning products are made. Leaving behind the heavy chemical based products and the mindset that produced those products in the first place, and in the process, they are turning the entire industry on it’s head.

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SOKO Says Goodbye Paris and Is Looking For Love

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Everyone on the Planet knows I love Soko and if you don’t, well, you must have be dropped down a well for the last few years or something! So, now you know, I love SOKO, the hot oh so sexy, French singer/actress who’s lyrics tend to be raw and to the point. You know, from the heart basic stuff, with a bit of an edge. For example, in her first hit, “I’ll Kill Her” she basically sings about a bitch who stoled her man, and she is out to kill her. Yes, it warmed my heart too!

Now in the two video gems I just discovered, Soko, gives Paris (France) the big middle finger for laughing at people who love animals and tells a guy in a Bar, stick it in me quickly… it would be fun. But for some reason the guy just wants to talk… oh no this isn’t sounding like it’s going well.

Both videos are raw real time stuff shot in a graveyard in Sydney Australia. Enjoy Monkies and tell me how much you love her too and don’t even think about saying you don’t get her! :) Monkies you don’t want to even go there!

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Smart Car Goes Electric In October … Ad Campaign Pure iPod

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Smart the little egg car that could, is adding a new type of engine to their cars, yes, a pure electric. Great news right? Well, yes and no for me. The only time I drive is when I trek back to L.A. or head out on a long trip, so all of the new electric cars rolling out really wont do me any good. I am holding out for a pure electric with a generator of some kind. Like the Chevy Volt, which is coming out soon. I hope it is going to be nice, less hmm how can I say this, less crappy than most of their cars. Plus, I hate the Chevy logo :( can’t they update that thing?

Back to the Smart Egg Car. If your a commuter and rock an iPod / iPhone, now this would be an amazing car for you. It has a range of 80 miles per charge, which should be plenty for most people. Plus it charges up from 20% to 80% in less than 3 hours. So, once you get to work you could always top it off. I haven’t see the pricing, but I am sure it wont be much more than their standard gas models, which are super cheap. Less than $20k for most models. Plus, with the Smart Car, you get the cool/fun factor, which the iPod style ad above seems to be screaming out who the target market is. The young ones, the cool ones, the ipod rocking, “G” living youth culture of the world. It’s about time products made for the “G” generation are finally here. More power to Smart Car, I hope they sell millions of them.

If you get one, send in your picts to G Living we would love to see them and hear about how you feel about pure electrics. Do they work for your lifestyle? Will you be buying one? What do you think of Chevy and the Volt or any of the new electrics rolling out?

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What Can A Digital Book Do That A Paper Book Can’t? IDEO Has A Few Ideas!

I just saw this digital book idea IDEO on Mindbodygreen.com a few minutes ago. I checkup on that site once in a while, after talking with Jason Wachob, one of its founders on the phone a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t checked out their site yet, you should take a second to take a look. I guess I would describe the site as a modern urban NYC based spiritual living / lifestyle site.

Now about this digital book software. IDEO has a few idea’s where this whole digital version of a book is going or at least where it could go. I am guessing Apple has a big say in the future of Books, just like they do in the music world. You know what I mean, the Apple iPad is blowing the doors off the competition and it wont be long before the ipad is the only book reader that matters. If Apples history is any indication what will happen next. I

Meet Nelson, Coupland, and Alice — the faces of tomorrow’s book. Watch global design and innovation consultancy IDEO’s vision for the future of the book. What new experiences might be created by linking diverse discussions, what additional value could be created by connected readers to one another, and what innovative ways we might use to tell our favorite stories and build community around books?

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