Links Rounds Up

I’ve been reading a lot about how our waters are filled with all kinds of plastic wastes. Recently, it’s coming to light that a lot of that plastic isn’t even visible. Micro fibre plastic washes out of our synthetic fibre clothes and gets into the water ways. It’s one of the biggest plastic pollutants of water! It’s easy enough to pledge not to wear synthetic fibres, but what about elastic? I recently tried on a pair of non-stretch jeans… let’s just say it was not pretty. Not sure I am ready to give up wearing stretch jeans or tights. I wonder if there is a water soluble solution on the horizon…
Did y’all see the Golden Globes? They were hosted by the ever hilarious Tina Fey and Amy Pohler. They had a lot of good jokes, but the one about British people doing American accents is the best. Skip to 4:35 ish for the joke.

I lived in Hawaii for about 5 weeks a few years ago. It was a beautiful and enlightening experience. I lived very near Pahoa and Kalpana. Both these small towns were south of the Big Island’s volcano and existed in a permanent state of flux. There were streets where the road just ended; it would only go so far until it was consumed by lava, years or days ago, the black flow crossed over it and continued on to wherever it needed to go, making it  impassable permanently. This kind of obstruction could happen at any time. The lava could flow over anyone’s home or business in a matter of days. It wasn’t quick enough or sporadic enough that you felt your life was at risk, but it did make you appreciate earth’s awesome forces and made me understand “living in the moment” in a different way. I found it totally humbling to live in a place that was so near to both the creative and destructive forces of the planet. I think this author did too. She really nails the vibe of the town.
Last but not least, as I start to look for a new flat here in London, I can’t help but be frustrated by housing prices, both on the renting and buying front. It seems there are so many investors for whom real estate is merely a commodity and not a place to live, that people who actually need to live in a house (as opposed to just stash their wealth there in the form of an investment) are being priced out of the town they live in. This NY Times author has noticed the same thing in New York City and radically suggests making a law that only people who want to live in their house more than 6 months of the year can own in NYC. Wow! How much that would change the dynamic of the city. I wonder if there is room for some compromise. The owner doesn’t have to live there themselves, but it must be occupied, whether rented or otherwise, for 10 months of the year.