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Green’ed Materials Companies and PROMPT

Good Saturday,

I got together four company profiles that I believe deserve  more media attention.

Solidia Technologies

Solidia Technologies® is a sustainable technology company with a patented scientific process that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create better building, construction and industrial products.

Solidia exists where challenge and opportunity meet on a variety of global issues, including population growth, rapid urbanization, infrastructure decline, climate change and water scarcity. Solidia has the potential to deliver profitable, game-changing solutions to every corner of the world by employing some of the world’s most ubiquitous materials—cement and concrete, along with one of its most problematic pollutants—CO2.

By offering the concrete and cement industries market-driven solutions as they pivot to the low-carbon economy, Solidia Technologies offers a solution grounded in scientific innovation and fueled by the power of the marketplace. (From Site)

 

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I love these guys. Green Cement and Concrete will be an enormous industry and will help cut green house emissions while also making available a low temperature curing building material. They are also very active on Twitter(@SolidiaCO2), which makes it fun to suggest potential partnerships with companies around your living area. Go to their site and poke around a little. Teach yourself about the coming revolution of cement and concrete.

 

Yulex Corporation 

Yulex Corporation is revolutionizing rubber and energy production through sustainable, agricultural-based, latex allergy friendly solutions. The company harnesses crop science, zero-waste bioprocessing, and materials science for the production of biomaterials from the renewable, industrial crop guayule. Yulex’s biorubber, resin and biomass materials have medical, consumer, industrial and bioenergy applications. The company is based in the U.S. Southwest and has a growing global footprint. 

Yulex Corporation, a privately held company founded in 2000, develops sustainable, health-friendly biomaterials made from guayule (Parthenium argentatum). The company produces agricultural-based, latex allergy-friendly biomaterials for the manufacturing of medical, consumer, industrial and bioenergy products. Yulex has established sustainable clean technology through its advancements in plant breeding and genetics, agricultural practices, and proprietary material conversion technologies.

Yulex develops compounds and formulas for customized products, establishes processing protocols, and co-develops finished products in collaboration with market leaders.

Yulex biorubber emulsion is registered with the Personal Care Product Council under the INCI name Parthenium Argentatum Bark Extract.

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(From Site)

This company is another one that I feel isn’t getting enough attention and should be getting a lot more. One reason why I enjoy this company so much is the focus on reclaiming land by using the Arizona dry climate land that wouldn’t be used for anything, and changing it into productive biorubber and biomass production. Arizona is surrounded by this type dry, flat land that is just waiting for the guayule plant to be seeded, adding value and jobs to land that used to be totally ignored.

The Twitter (@YulexGuayule) for Yulex is also very active.

OriginOil

OriginOil has developed a breakthrough water cleanup technology for the oil & gas, algae and other water-intensive industries.

Unlike other technologies, the company’s patent-pending Electro Water Separation™ process rapidly and efficiently removes organic material from large quantities of water without the need for chemicals.

For the oil & gas industry, OriginOil is helping clean up produced water and recycle fracking water, to reduce harm to the environment and lower costs. For the emerging algae industry, OriginOil is making large-scale harvest possible. And in aquaculture, OriginOil is helping improve yields and making seafood healthier by dramatically reducing the levels of toxic ammonia and bacteria in water. For a world short on clean water, OriginOil is the lower-cost and cleaner answer.

(From Site)

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I have talked about this amazing company before as well as Yulex, so I will refer you back to that Post (LINK). OriginOil has made giant leaps and bounds in the last couple of months. Using a pivot method, they have gone from just a dewatering algae company to expand into Aquaculture, the Oil and Gas Fracking industries, and even prototyping a sewage water processing unit that is quite spectacular.

OriginOil has a very active Twitter account (@OriginOil), which is very responsive.

ZEOFORM

ZEO is a privately held, Australian-based company that has discovered, developed and patented a revolutionary eco-friendly industrial material, derived from raw cellulose – the most abundant source of fibre on the planet.

Pure cellulose extracted from recycled and reclaimed papers, industrial hemp, discarded natural fabrics, waste and renewable plants, is sustainably transformed into a strong, durable, flexible base material called ZEOFORM™.

Similar in look, feel and function to a dense hardwood, ZEOFORM can be sprayed, moulded or formed into infinite shapes, sizes, colours and variations – including specialised substrates for unique applications in any industry requiring woods, plastics and resins for manufacturing.

ZEOFORM is truly 100% eco-friendly – with no glues, binders, chemicals or additives of any kind. A unique patented process produces a beautiful, versatile, extremely strong material for hundreds of thousands of products used everywhere and every day, worldwide.
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(From SITE)

This stuff just blows my mind. The amount of cellulose that is just thrown away or burned is crazy. To be able to turn this “waste” product into something of an inexpensive building material is revolutionary. They also embrace an open source model so a possibility of WikiHouse asking for some ZEOFORM in future models of their designs seems highly likely.

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I have a lot of other thoughts on ZEOFORM but that will be for another post. I will link to their Indiegogo campaign going on right now – http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zeoform-revolution and their Twitter (@ZEOFORM)

I want to end as I alway do with a PROMPT.

PROMPT – If your character had access to cheap building materials, what kind of structure would they build in the backyard? Could they build said structure or have to ask someone else?

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Black Friday Tips and PROMPT!

Hey Everyone,

So this is a little off base for a Writing Prompt today, but I want to share some Black Friday planning knowledge I have gained over the years. I will also include a Prompt at the end of the post to make sure this is not a waste of time for those who could care less about Black Friday, but I have already shared this information with friends and family and the surprised reactions I keep getting made me want to share with anyone who reads the site.

To make this as short as I can, my biggest tip for a successful and ensured lowest priced Black Friday adventure is,

Slickdeals.net

This site is an amazing site to find deals all year, but Black Friday is when they heat up.

HINT – to find the best deals on Slickdeals.net look to the right of the page for TRENDING DEALS, Click on that. Then sort the thread by clicking on THREAD STARTED. This will let you see all the newest stuff that is posted before it hits the front page which will increase the chance of getting the deal.

Also, Slickdeals.net has a whole Black Friday section found on the top of the page. Click that to see a breakdown of all the printed ads and where and when the best deals are.

Another site that is fun is Gizmodo.com (a Gawker blog branch). They have a “Black Friday Cheat Sheet” (http://gizmodo.com/5851137/the-ultimate-black-friday-gadget-cheat-sheet) that they update all the time. This is organized by-product type (mainly gadgets) and location of deal so it can be a good place to pre game before you go battle the deal-seeking hoards out in the wild.

I know there are a lot of other sites out there, and a simple Google search will pull up the most common ones. These two sites are what I am working with, so I hope this information is helpful. If you want to put your favorite site and tips for Black Friday in the comments, I strongly encourage you to do so to help others out there.

Now time for the Prompt. This is a challenge Prompt.

PROMPT – Write a convincing Black Friday type of event based in the Fantasy/SciFi realms. The character can be as flat as a pancake, but make the things they are trying to buy as vivid as possible. Make the buying lust ooze from each paragraph.

HINT – Remember, as sad as this is, people have sustained major injuries in Black Friday events. The passion to find a deal can be as strong as a Hero wanting to defeat the evil warlord.

Hope this information was helpful and the Prompt slightly entertaining. Have a great Holiday weekend,

Sir Drewster III

Little bit of Sunday PROMPT!

Hey Everyone,

Good Sunday to you! Hope the weekend has been good to you. I wanted to get a Prompt out this morning just in case there is others out there not wanting to get to their real work that may be due tomorrow. This is a Sparker Prompt or a journey kicker, where your character happens upon something to get them going on their journey.

PROMPT – Have a character stumble upon a giant piece of statue from “ancient” times. This statue is the key to the character’s initial push out of their warm-blanket kind of life.

Have fun everyone! Hope the week is filled with good food and great family,

Sir Drewster III

Immortal Boredom PROMPT!

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to get a Writing Prompt out before I went to the magical land of Costco. Domestic chores are always the best when served with samples!

PROMPT – Character is Immortal. Alive for at least 400 years. Get inside their head, explore their thoughts, translate to the page.

Of course the setting can be SciFi or Fantasy. Make it interesting though. The setting shouldn’t trump the thoughts of the Immortal. Make it twisty, make it fun.

Have a great Saturday!

Sir Drewster III

Paul or Your Highness PROMPT!

Hey Everyone,

I don’t really have a plan for what today’s Prompt would be called, but I needed to write something because I found myself on the internet way too long. Whatever develops below is totally on the fly, so don’t judge too much.

The internet has won after an hour of mindless surfing. Though I may learn of things better saved for later days, I will admit when I am stalling for my fiance to get done with her homework session to watch either Paul or Your Highness. I got both rom the same Redbox that is very near the campus, so I saw it as a sign to get both even though the whole town house has had almost no free time to turn the television (different from mindless surfing as it is silent) so we will be lucky to watch one. Who doesn’t like choices right?

Since I got some comedic SciFi and Fantasy, let’s dive into that genre to see what happens.

PROMPT – Write an Unlikely Hero!

Unlikely Hero to me is a Hero born not of Hero stock. The gangly, awkward, and most importantly a Hero who was not dipped in muscle oil from birth.

Paul and Your Highness both have Unlikely Heros (wink, wink why we are doing this Prompt) so if you need inspiration, I would rent whichever flavor you like (SciFi or Fantasy). After the movie is over, the Unlikely Hero should inspire your own.

Let them be funny, crass, clumsy, with weak grasps.

Go forth and have a wonderful and oddly enough Tuesday!

Sir Drewster III

Slacker Writing Post

Hey Everyone,

I know no one is reading this, being the first day of the long weekend. I wanted to get something out for those who may need some of that Writing Prompt goodness. It is crazy what homework will do to all activities outside of homework. I promise I will do better, and not be such a Slacker next week.

Here is the Prompt for anyone not watching football, camping, or floating a river of wildness.

PROMPT – Write some Dialogue snippets of a Fantasy picnic.

Pick a character group that would meet up to have a picnic. Go into that scene with a camera and start recording. No INNER THOUGHT, just dialogue snippets and scenery description.

Hope this helps distract from all the long weekend activities.

Sir Drewster III

Bringing Prompt Back! What!

Hey Everyone!

My apologies to anyone that does not like the long gaps between Prompts. Taking 5 English classes may have been a bit ambitious, even for me. Not saying I am a slayer of things that go write in the night, but I tend to do okay. Enough about school, I do want to comment on the FAILED experiment that was the Workshop Prompt.

No Biggie, I am an adult most of the time and I know that people like to be Prompted to create, not to edit. I have now learned this lesson and will never again attempt edits! I may post up some other stories though, as some of them may need at least some comments to fuel revision (swear that this is not editing reworded, just a feedback request).

NOW for Prompt!

PROMPT – Pick a Fantasy/SciFi character, then have that character fight with their inner voice.

Can be a new character, a used character, a character out of your favorite book you just wrote a whole bunch of embarrassing FanFic about, or just a flat character that needs a little rounding. Make it fun, make it fast, make it cutting, and be sure to be true to that character. Since this is in the Fantasy/SciFi realm, it better be fantastical. These realms are already fantastical, so the inner mind of one of these characters better be out right craziness!

HINT – A good trick to warm up for this Prompt would be to start an argument with your self. This way, you can get a feel for how mean or nice you want to make that inner voice be. Also, remember that this is Dialogue practice disguised in a fun wrapper of arguments. I know I ruined the surprise since I told you, but it is really a good exercise to develop those skills.

Important, HAVE FUN! I don’t know if I can ever say that enough. Writing is good, Writing is great, better write or you will get cake!

Sir Drewster III

Workshop OR Challenge? You decide!

Hey Everyone,

I sat down today to do a Prompt, but got distracted. I am in a new Creative Writing class right now and we had to write a Prompt along the lines of, write the action leading up to an Aha! moment. I guess this is one of those classic Prompts that seemed to be so out of the Fantasy world, they don’t really inspire me too much, but I did it like a good student because I paying a lot of money for this class.

Before we get to the story, today I am trying something new. You can either Workshop the story in the comments or try to figure a way to tie this into the Fantasy genre.

CHALLENGE – Workshop the roughest of rough drafts or Suggest in the comments what ways this story could transform into something Fantasy based. 

Here is the story! Remember, we are not writing realization, just the action up to the Aha! moment.

Numbing

The cold of the snow seemed to be stuck in my fingers. A snowmen army may have been over ambitious for the chilly December day. Snow was different in December. It was hard, unforgiving, perfect for snowmen and snow balls, but it could seep deep into fingers that had only seen eight previous winters.

It was hard to resist a snow filled Saturday, especially with a family of seven. My brothers and sisters were busy making snow angels with my parents when I tried to recover the feeling in my fingers.

As the wooden stairs creaked under my slight weight, a tingle in my pinky encouraged my current de-thawing method of shake and suck. My Power Ranger themed boots came off in a few practiced motions as I noted an odd flavor on my index finger.

The entry way to my family’s four bedroom haven was unnoticed as my coat was abandoned in the hallway that lead to the linoleumed kitchen. One benefit of the cold weather was ability to quick slide across the smooth patterned floor on socks that seemed to be made for this type of transportation.

A quick look in the fridge did nothing to quiet my stomach or regain the motion of my thumbs. The calorie burn of assembling an army made of frozen water demanded refueling and the flavor coming off my fingers as each got their turn de-thawing needed to be replaced by something less salty. I closed the yellowed door holding five Christmas lists of varying readability and looked for something to cure my current needs. My eyes found the perfect mark.

Upon the old maple table my dad said his dad made, holiday desserts awaited my hunger. The story of that table made me think of the Brawny paper towel man chopping wood in a forest, slaving away for something my family now used as a landing pad for food and school books. I wished my grandpa didn’t die before I could articulate that my fingers were almost back to normal functioning appendages.

With my parents busy outside, my siblings otherwise occupied, and my stomach soon to be appeased with sugar perfection, it was time for adventure. A new house renovation had caused some areas of the house to be closed off for six months to then be reopened as the first snows hit. A grand tour was given to educate the family of the new areas they could use.

This openness was short-lived. As soon as the new rooms opened, add-on-land was closed up for the season. Locks, which were a new concept for the house, were added to my parent’s room and my dad’s new office before a proper inspection of these rooms could be had.

This mystery would now gain my full attention. I walked out of the kitchen, glanced at the Christmas tree to make sure Santa had not come while we were outside, went down the new hall that connected these new areas to the original house, and prepared myself for some lock picking.

Since I had no idea how to lock pick, I just started trying to use anything to open my parent’s door. I soon realized without a key, this door would be impossible. The new office was next.

This lock was not as heavily guarded. A quick carpet slide down the hall, landed me outside of my own room hunting for a wire hanger. With some quick handy work, I was able to fashion my first lock pick. I thanked my cartoon education for the episode behind my new lock pick and slide back to the unsuspecting door.

The bent head of the hanger slide into the door and after some aiming, a click released the catch of the lock. I pulled the handle down, cracked the door, scoped the room for any danger, and then eased into the room like a shy animal that slithers. I looked around and saw my father’s life spread out like one of the story books he read to us at night.

Desk, chair, lamp, pens, all the boring stuff an office holds could barely hold my eyes suspicious judgement. The closed closet made me pause.

Three quick steps placed me in front of the most mysterious thing I had met since breakfast’s odd episode of a new method to making pancakes. My fingers trembled as I reached for the inset circular handle of the door. The cold in my fingers now totally replaced with the thrill of the adventure.

I slide the door open as if it was pressurized. SWOOSH! My excitement burst as I found trash bag after trash bag laying on top of each other. Either my dad had gone crazy or he was storing our garbage for future use.

Since a smell didn’t blast my nostrils, I took a chance and made my fingers untie one of the tied bags. The shaking stopped as the bag fell open.

END

I know there is a lot to work on, and since this is the roughest of the rough, you can just post your comments on the story in the comments section. I promise to post a more conventional Prompt later this weekend, but I wanted to see the reaction to this post.

NOTE – If you did have any comments, don’t post huge chunks of the story, try to just get the relevant areas to back up your claim. Just referring to a section of the story is fine by me, I will figure it out.

Hope this is a little different for your weekend boredom (that is if you are bored).

Have a Safe and Happy Weekend,

Sir Drewster III

Write Me Shy Prompt

Hey Everyone,

Had a little time between lunch at Taco Bell (the dirty diet of college students) and class so I wanted to get a prompt out to those who are in need.

Through the magic of Twitter, I have become aware of the earth tremble that hit the East Coast. Since it happened while in the middle of my 5-layer burrito, I am a little behind in relaying that to anyone who cares.

Today the prompt will focus on opposites.

PROMPT – Write a character that has just been through a disaster, that is on the edge of being a shut-in kind of shy (no offense to anybody who is that shy).

With this earthy shake as a possible back drop, force the character out of their comfort zone and into the strange and crazy world of a post disaster land. Try to really write up the hystrical people in your character’s background, could make for a more believable world.

If in the next couple days something horrible happens, please remember this was written before that and in an completely Writing Prompt kind of way.

Have a great Tuesday.

Sir Drewster III

Give Me not a Dragon! (Writing Prompt)

Hey Everyone!

If you care at all about my well-being, I have settled back into the dorm environment rather smoothly. I have yet to get my bed from storage, but roughing it isn’t too bad. Just another thing to do this weekend, on top of the million other things I have to do before school starts on Monday.

I thought I would get a Prompt out before I went to my first Newspaper meeting. This Prompt is inspired by the new kitten that is a great distraction from my writing. Even though writing calls to me at all hours of the day, a kitten that loves to play in the water is too cute to pass up (in the middle of that sentence she came at me and demanded some petting).

PROMPT – Write me your Fantasy pet. Write me a Fantasy inspired pet that has a personality. Write me a Fantasy inspired pet that has a personality that is not a Dragon. Nothing against Dragons, but when you have a whole section of Dragon Adventure in the now extinct book store, it may be over used.

NOTE – If you do write me a Dragon, write it like Patrick Rothfuss did it, ORIGINAL. SPOILER ALERT if you have not yet read The Name of the Wind, but it isn’t really a Dragon, but that scene is amazing (while writing that sentence the kitten called Phish, just explored my head, then decided my ample shoulder space was a good spot for a rest.

Hope you have a great Friday. I will keep you updated on the Newspaper articles. I may have to add another “Writing” to the group of aJonester.com contributors.

Sir Drewster III