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Just Another Day In Paradise

This is fantastic. Right now, I’m typing this up on our Nintendo Wii with a USB keyboard while Danielle lazes on the couch next to me, surfing the web for organic baby products with the company’s new MacBook Pro. All wirelessly. Sadly, with the condition my old laptop is in, it’s simply not capable of pulling off such a trendy feat. (It’s more of a desktop replacement anyway.) So… this is pretty cool.

I haven’t done an ounce of work this entire week either. Most of my superiors went away for a conference/convention in Florida at the start of the week and I’ve heard next to nothing from them since. No one else is giving me any work so I took the, ahem, initiative to check out my new office space and set up everything that I could. They’re still working on it over there but at least it’s coming together somewhat. I decided to bring the Mac home though. Poor thing looks pretty lonely sitting in that mole hole all by itself.

Surprisingly, no drama incurred from my apologetic email I sent around the other day. As a matter of fact, mother sent a very touching email in return and my cousin (who wasn’t there to be caught in the line of fire) replied with a proverbial high five. So, maybe playing nice isn’t so bad after all.


Friday, 29 February, 2008 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

Family Matters

So, for some unbeknownst reason, I put together this email and sent it around to as many family members and friends who came to my little birthday party as I could. Yeah, I’ve been itching to do this for a long time since but I just wasn’t sure how to. After roughing it out in my for so long though, I guess this is my final draft:

Good Morning, Everyone,

It’s 4:00 in the morning and for some reason I’ve decided to do this thing now. It’s been on my mind for quite some time but I just wasn’t sure how to go about it or if I had to courage to go about it at all but here goes.

First of all, I’d like to apologise to you all for my behaviour two weeks ago. I’m sure you all know what I’m referring to — the birthday party my mother so meticulously put together and invited you all to in an attempt to make me happy. I realise this email, regrettably, isn’t reaching all attendees that evening, so if you happen to know of anyone else who was there and subjected to my wrath, please send them my apologies as well. I had no intention of offending anyone, although that’s clearly what happened and as I’ve discussed with my mother, I very much appreciated everything she did and all the hard work she put into arranging it. I also appreciate everyone’s attendance that evening and thank you all for coming. Now, please, if you’ll allow me to explain my actions, maybe you’ll realise why exactly I reacted the way that I did.

We’ve all been going through some difficult times lately and I, as I’m sure you know, am no exception. Many if not all of you should know by now exactly what I’m referring to. I’ve confided in many of you, friends and family alike, the troubles I’ve been experiencing and the severe depression I’ve had to struggle with for the past year or so. I know I’ve never been very open with many of my family members but I decided it was time to reach out in hopes that perhaps I would finally be accepted for who I really am. But that hope has since dwindled. Since I’ve returned to Cayman, I feel like more of an outcast now than I ever have before and that’s extremely disheartening. I’m not saying any of you are to blame necessarily but because of how I’ve been expected to walk, talk and live my life, needless to say, I’ve become very unhappy. Under the circumstances, however, I’ve made the very hard decision to forego my complete comfort and happiness in favour of simply being accepted.

By no means is it your responsibility to treat me the way I’d expect to be treated or understand who I am or what I’m going through or make me happy in any way; I don’t expect that from anyone. But it is, naturally, appreciated. I get so exhausted from pretending to be what everyone else wants me to be and watching my every move that sometimes it becomes too much for me to handle. I’m not the kind of person to do so anyway but in light of the delicate situation, it’s what I’ve had to resort to for a long time now. The fact is, many of you are uncomfortable with the real me. You’re comfortable with the me you’ve come to expect. I understand that. It’s difficult for anyone to act accordingly with someone whose lifestyle they don’t necessarily understand or comply with. But the point I’m trying to make here is that it’s even MORE difficult for that same someone. And to suddenly be faced by a growing crowd of those kinds of people in your own home on such an occasion is flat out scary.

Look, I don’t hate anyone or despise anyone but I won’t lie, I’ve been hurt. Be it intentional or not, it’s happened and still continues to happen. And, as I’ve said, I don’t expect any different. I just want you all to know exactly where I’m coming from. It’s not easy being the black sheep.

So, once again, thank you all for coming. I didn’t mean any harm by the snapping off of heads, I just didn’t know how to handle it. I’m sorry. And thank you all for the wonderful gifts, by the way. I hope we can still enjoy the occasional family dinner and jamboree. I love you all.

I can’t wait to see the fireworks later today. God knows I’ve probably added another knot to the noose but maybe — just maybe — I’ll have some achievement at getting my point across.

Wednesday, 27 February, 2008 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

Organic Advantage: Identifying Healthy Baby Food

by SustainLane
Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Babies demand protection. Their systems are smaller and more delicate than those of adults, and their development hinges on quality care.

The developing immune systems, central-nervous systems, and hormonal systems in babies are all at risk of damage from PCBs, heavy metals, and other toxins found in the environment.

Organic baby food has the same advantages that any organic product has: you know the ingredients were not treated with noxious pesticides. Those pesticides won’t be on your food, and weren’t introduced into the environment. Since commercial baby food is often made of condensed fruits or vegetables, it is at risk of containing concentrated amounts of pesticides compared with the original ingredients.

What to Look for When Buying Baby Food

There is, at present, no national definition or set of standards for “organic” baby food. Some brands use state certification, while others set their own guidelines. As with food you’d buy for yourself, read labels carefully. Whatever baby food you choose should be free of added salt, sugars, fillers, starches, and preservatives. You can also look closely at the brand website for a number of specific practices that ensure the foods are safer, healthier, and more nutritious:

  • Does the produce come from farms that have been synthetic pesticide- and fertilizer-free for three years? This time lag between conventional and truly organic farming is necessary for residual pesticide and synthetic fertilizers to filter out of the soil.
  • Do growers enrich their soil with cover crops, crop rotation, natural fertilizer, and compost? These natural means of maintaining soil health and production capacity are signs of a healthy, sustainable farm.
  • Do growers use biological pest controls? Ladybugs, natural pest enemies, and other methods allow growers to forego toxic pesticides.
  • Do meat and dairy products come from animals that have not been treated with hormones or antibiotics? Excess hormones and unnecessary antibiotics can interfere with the delicate endocrine and immune systems of babies.
  • Is there minimal post-harvest processing? Processing removes nutrients your child’s developing body needs.
  • Are synthetic fumigants, preservatives, and irradiation not used in manufacturing? These are all methods designed to extend the shelf-life of food which decrease food’s freshness by the time it reaches consumers.
  • Has the produce been tested for nitrite levels? Nitrites are converted to nitrates in kids, which can cause anemia.

Absolutely Pure Isn’t Possible

A fact that upsets many new parents is the near impossibility of completely insulating a baby from toxins. Recent studies even found PCBs in breastmilk. Despite these findings, pediatricians still recommend breastfeeding for the first year because of the great benefits to growing immune systems and the connections between breastfeeding and decreased rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, allergies, asthma, and a plethora of other ills. Breastmilk (and formula, when needed) should be the sole diet until 4 to 6 months old (until then the digestive system can’t fully process other foods), and constitute the bulk of a child’s nutrition until their first birthday.

Starting Your Child on Solids

When babies are ready to start eating solids, start with rice cereal mixed with breastmilk or formula. Then gradually add different foods, a new one every three to five days; spacing their introduction this way makes it easier to identify the cause of an allergic reaction or digestive trouble. Many babies enjoy mashed banana, avocado, tofu, and squash as their first foods. To have the most control over your baby’s diet, try making your own baby food. It’s easier than you may think! is the nation’s largest community-powered directory of green products and businesses. SustainLane allows people to easily find and share reviews on anything from organic milk and fair trade chocolate to eco-friendly clothing and hybrid cars. The more people share and participate in SustainLane’s community, the easier it becomes for you and your family to live green.

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Tuesday, 26 February, 2008 at 10:42 pm 6 comments

The Lazy Environmentalist

“…a guide to going green without resorting to Birkenstocks and brown rice casserole.” — Dwell Magazine

The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish Green Living by Josh Dorfman, producer & host of The Lazy Environmentalist radio show and founder & CEO of Vivavi, is now available in bookstores nationwide from Stewart, Tabori & Chang.

From The Introduction:
“Designers are saving rain forests. Fashionistas are clearing toxins from the soil. Architects are rolling back global warming. A new wave of eco-conscious activists is stimulating fresh approaches to environmental challenges. The market is their arena. Organic cotton, bamboo, and certified sustainable woods are their materials. Hybrid engines and solar power are their technologies. Stylish, high-performing products and services are their tools of change.

These innovators make it easy for us to integrate environmental awareness into our lives. They understand that while so many of us are concerned about the environment, we don’t always have the time, energy, or inclination to do something about it.

We are lazy environmentalists. This is our moment.

The Lazy Environmentalist is your hands-on guide to the best of easy, stylish, green living. You can start today.”

To Purchase:
Barnes and Noble
Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Published Date: June 2007

Printing: The Lazy Environmentalist is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper and processed chlorine-free. In addition, all energy used to print the book is offset by wind energy credits provided by Renewable Choice Energy.
View: Table Of Contents
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Watch Josh’s Book Talk as part of the Authors@Google series at Google’s Headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

For Media Inquiries and Event Opportunities Contact:
Claire Greenspan
Director of Publicity
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
115 West 18th Street

New York, NY 10011

(212) 519-1239

Praise for The Lazy Environmentalist:
“Every day most of us have to choose between products that either look the same or do the same thing. The Lazy Environmentalist is a useful guide toward making the right decisions.”
Yvon Chouinard, Founder and Owner, Patagonia, Inc.

“Everything you always wanted to know about greener living but were afraid to spend the rest of your life researching. Here’s a great start…”
Chris Paine, Writer/Director, Who Killed the Electric Car?

“Instead of thinking about it… DO IT..Buy this amazing book and get the scoop on products and ways to take care of this great planet. Become part of the movement that is loving the earth the way it truly deserves to be cared for!”
Mariel Hemingway, Actress and Author of Healthy Living From the Inside Out

The Lazy Environmentalist In The Press:
“You see, he wasn’t brought up sans electricity and red meat by hippie parents, though he jokes about throwing Saturday bake sales as a child in honor of his family’s “cause of the day.” And, OK, there was the time he was kicked off a kibbutz after only a week for organizing a labor protest. But, he also has a solid business background and his environmental epiphany came while he was selling bicycle locks in China…”

“…a guide to going green without resorting to Birkenstocks and brown rice casserole. Dorfman, who hosts a talk show of the same name on Sirius Satellite Radio, discusses how to integrate eco-friendly products and financial practices into everyday life without going to extremes.”
Dwell Magazine

“Without condescension or guilt trips Dorfman lays down easy to digest information on how to live a cleaner greener life that isn’t a big pain in the ass.”

“Josh Dorfman is a busy man. As the author of The Lazy Environmentalist, he offers a simple, well-designed guide to stylish, green living… We recommend you check out his book right away…”
Good Magazine

“Speaking of easy ways to be more environmentally minded, I found a ton of great ideas in radio host Josh Dorfman’s new book, The Lazy Environmentalist. It’s an in-depth guide to living more “green” with solutions for the home that are simple, stylish and might actually save me money when I start incorporating them into lifestyle.”

“Despite the title, there’s nothing lazy or boring about Josh Dorfman’s new tome. The man behind Vivavi and the Modern Green Living directory has succeeded in putting together a comprehensive guide to both fashion- and earth-friendly consumers.”

“Driving a hybrid car is all well and good, but the truly committed earth friend needs clothes, shoes, furniture, kitchenware and even coffins that are free from environmental sin. And it’s all gotta look good, because what’s the point of saving a dowdy planet? Enter Josh Dorfman, style maven and environmental evangelist, with his book…”
The Nashville Scene

“Josh is smart and extremely informed on the subject of environmentalism. Don’t be fooled about the “lazy” moniker. There’s nothing lazy to his approach. The way I see it, Josh is bridging the gap between idealism and behavior, finding ways for everyone to live happier, healthier, and more plentifully.”
Jetson Green

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Tuesday, 26 February, 2008 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Back In Mac

It’s been a long time coming but hey, let’s get personal.

So… I’m at work. Sitting in the office once again with absolutely nothing to do but just that. I’m stuck here without a supervisor, a shallow and sleazy British co-worker who doesn’t say a word to me, a dinosaur of a PC and oh, look… my new MacBook Pro has just arrived over the weekend. With nothing better to do, I decided to unravel its chic, glossy packaging to reveal the wonder that now lays on my office carpeting, humming quietly like a spring breeze under the surrounding fluorescent haze. Three weeks into my new job, it’s finally here and still, I can’t do jack with the poor thing. Look at its shiny eagerness. Suffice it to say, I’m not one of those stereotypical designers who goes gaga over Apple products but there’s an appreciation there, sure. I’ve always said they’re designed for simpletons (and I still stand by that statement) but people usually minconstrue that connotation. It gets the job done, hassle-free but they’re still hardly my first choice. Oddly enough, this time, it was.

After hand-picking the hardware, software and other doodads to accompany me in my own, confined area of office space, it’s slowly coming to my attention that, maybe, this job isn’t so bad after all. The pay’s a little lacking but we can get by, I suppose. Though, considering all of the baby products D and I have been scouring the web for lately, the figures do seem a little grim. And you should see this list, by the way. We’re nowhere near complete but it’s already pretty grandiose. We’ve found flushable, biodegradable diapers, couture, organic baby decor and all sorts of vegan-friendly options for our babe and we’re loving it. Thinking about posting said shopping list soon but that won’t be for a while.

We want the best for our little man, naturally — and yes, I really do mean “naturally” in every sense of the word — but (naturally) it comes at a cost. At this point in time, we might put the small dream of our own place on the back burner for another month or so just so we can save up to prepare for our forthcoming guest. I guess we can deal with a few more days of lecturing, tension and drawn out periods of awkward silence in order to accrue some much needed monies for him. I’m just becoming a little ill from swallowing my pride so often.

Speaking of which, I’m considering starting a new HRT regimen with the aid of selected items from The Phoenix Project. Those of you fellow TGs out there who may have had a little experience with them, please offer your guidance and wisdom if you’re so obliged. From all the homework I’ve done though, it seems like a good decision. And of course, they’re all natural so you know that’s music to my ears. No prescriptions necessary, way less expensive and good for you taboot! Come next paycheque, there’ll be some serious changes around here…

Speaking of paycheques, we’re broke again. My first one in months and we’ve just about spent every cent, save for a few bucks in my pocket and some loose change. Oddly enough, we didn’t waste it all partying our asses off this time either. In fact, most of it went to food and necessary organic and/or natural care products, all not tested on animals (which reminds me, I need to post something about that). Oh and damn, please watch Earthlings, everyone. It’s seriously something every single person on this planet needs to witness. We finally managed to catch An Inconvenient Truth last nite too and honestly, the emotional impact is on an even greater level. This planet’s in peril. People just need to give up the meat.

I’ve noticed that my blog is getting far more traffic lately so I’m hoping someone’s listening to me. I’m aware it’s mostly due to my recent posts of the Sweeney Todd soundtrack and Ministry of Sound compilation but if you happen to read this, walk away with something a little more meaningful if you can. I’m so close to going over the edge and mighty morphing into one of those raving activists running circles stark naked around big buildings. If not for your health, do it for mine. But don’t worry, I’ll continue to post more free music, tranny talk and whatever vegan goodness I happen to stumble upon. Spread the happiness!

Monday, 25 February, 2008 at 3:11 pm 2 comments

Guide To The Silky Way: Update

Just for the record, I’ve significantly — and I do mean significantly — updated my Guide To The Silky Way (which I still feel is inappropriately named). Have a gander and get your free tunes today! Compliments of yours truly.

Friday, 22 February, 2008 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

Human Cheese, Sweet And Tangy

by Christine Lepisto, Berlin on 02.09.08

So this is what it has come to, the only place left to turn in a world awash in chemicals masquerading as food: “Human dairy, the taste of mother’s love.” Human Cheese is made fresh from human breast milk, which you can verify yourself because the video shows you the source. Equally important, in the new social enterprise, Human Cheese is manufactured by “excited employees that live fulfilling lives.” This send-up of the new greenwashing trend in advertising will give you a good belly-laugh, if you don’t pause to consider the tragic fact that even human milk is not free from chemical contamination.

Watch out Wisconsin, human cheese is gaining market share, enjoyed by husbands and children for it’s “sweet and tangy” taste. This brings a whole new angle to the 100 mile diet! For those who are grossed out, and that seems to be the intention of the video’s creator, there is also “I can’t believe it’s not human”.

We wonder if you can make ethanol from Human Cheese? Or try it in the TreeHugger recipe of the week, cheese & pepper bread?

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There's plenty fun to be had. From the Cayman Islands, to London, to Phoenix and back again, Silky's been there, done that. But life's for the living and I ain't dead yet. Making vegans look cool, trannies sound sexy and delivering shit hot Electro is my deal. Loving my beautiful wife, nurturing my baby boy Phoenix and making my small mark on this jaded world of post-consumerism is my mantra. Friends, welcome. Guests, indulge. There's plenty fun to be had.


Birthdate: 19th February, 1983 Nationality: Caymanian Star Sign: Aquarius/Pisces Orientation: Bisexual Diet: Vegan Occupation: Graphic Designer WiiMail:
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