geekgirl (r)osiex aka the metal cupcake publishing about interesting things for a really long time!
  • “I Like Being 98″ [#geekgirl] [#wonderful]

  • Jane Goodall: Seeds of Hope [#geekgirl]


    [From an article at which publishes an excerpt from Jane Goodall’s new book Seeds of Hope] “Right now the biggest new gardening trend in the United States is the elimination of fertilizer-dependent and water-draining grass lawns. Instead, gardeners are discovering the joys of creating more environmentally friendly habitats with native trees and plants — those that have been living in the area for hundreds of years and are adapted to the climate.

    My botanist friend Robin Kobaly is an advisor to people who want to grow drought-tolerant gardens with native plants in the Southwest. She says that people are especially enthusiastic about native plants when they live in arid areas, but even in other parts of the country, where there’s more rainfall, gardeners are getting sick of the amount of water it takes to keep grass lawns green. At the moment, gardening with drought-tolerant native plants is just a popular eco-conscious trend. But soon, five to six years from now, Robin believes, “it will be imperative for everyone to change how they landscape and garden as the overriding reality of the lack of water becomes apparent.”

    This new gardening movement not only reduces water waste but also provides an attractive habitat for the local wildlife…even the smallest of gardens can make a difference for the wildlife that is struggling to survive. Almost everyone I meet wants to save wild animals and insects, but they often don’t realize how important it is to preserve the anchors of the wildlife community — the native plants.

    In urban areas where the gardens and yards are often small, some communities are joining together to create wildlife havens. There is, for example, the “Pollinator Pathway” in Seattle — where a group of neighbors have transformed the scruffy strips of grass in front of their homes, between the sidewalk and the street, into a mile-long bee-pollinator corridor, planted with native plants that attract and nourish bees. Other neighborhoods and individual properties are havens for migrating birds. Robin tells her gardening clients, “Think of your garden as a gas station for migrating birds, a place where they can fill up their tanks — they can’t migrate if they don’t have fuel.”

  • Orcas….Yes Pls! [#geekgirl]

  • “What’s the moral of this?” [#geekgirl] [#bravo]

    ‘”What’s the moral of this?” is a new storytelling event which provides a platform for ESL learners to enhance their oral English in a supportive and entertaining environment.

    Hosted by Lincoln Daw and Julien Leyre, founder of the Marcopolo translation project.
    The idea is that learners of English relate a short story (2 – 5 minutes) about some experience/s overseas. Then as a group we talk about the meaning or MORAL of the story.

    Where: Saturday 29 March 4.30 – 6.30pm Multicultural Hub 506 Elizabeth Street Melbourne City.’

  • “How to treat a lady right…” [#AnimalKindness] [#geekgirl]

  • “Seeking asylum is a human right…” [#geekgirl] [#MarchInMarch]


  • “Be My Eyes: Connecting Blind & Sighted” [#geekgirl]

    [Image from "Be My Eyes"]

    “The non-profit app Be My Eyes will connect blind people with a community of normal sighted volunteers. Both parties install the app and when the blind person needs help he/she uses the app which calls out to the network of volunteers and sends a live video stream from the blind person’s device to the screen of the volunteer’s device. This way the volunteers can “be the blind person’s eyes” over the smartphone – therefore we’ve named it Be My Eyes!

    Want to know more about the story behind Be My Eyes?”

  • I Am Not Lost! [#geekgirl]


  • Plan Your Meat Free Day [Geekgirl]


    Go Meat-Free!

    [From the always fabbo "1 Million Women"] “Our sources estimate that one individual maintaining one meat free day a week results in 300kg carbon savings and save 10 000 liters of water a year.

    To celebrate national independence from meat day we have a special treat — an amazing recipe set of sides, starters and/or snacks to keep your next Meatless Monday sufficiently delicious. All thanks to wonderful 1MW ambassador Maeve O’Meara!

    Lebanese hummus bi tahine


    • 2 tablespoons of Bicarbonate-soda
    • 500 grams. Dried chickpeas
    • 30 ml. tahini (ground sesame seed sauce)
    • 1-2 cloves of garlic
    • 20 ml. lemon juice
    • 2 tea spoons of salt
    • extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tea spoon of paprika
    • finely chopped parsley


    Place chickpeas on pan containing enough hot water to cover up to 10cm over their volume (as they absorb the water and increase in size), to this add the 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate-soda and leave soaking overnight.

    After soaking the chickpeas, rinse them with water and put them to boil for approximately 1 hour (or until their skin layer peels off).

    Once the chickpeas are soft and most the skin has been removed drain and allow them to cool down.

    Place the chickpeas in a food processor blend until soft and creamy. Then add tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt; blend again until the mixture is well combined and smooth.

    Place the mixture in a serving bowl and make a well in the centre just deep enough for the oil to be poured in.

    Decorate with cooked chickpeas. Sprinkle paprika and parsley on top.

    Makes approx 4 cups

    The addition of lemon, salt and tahini can be regulated according to your personal taste.

    Can be refrigerated for approximately 4-5 days.”

  • “PyLady” Grants Available for PyCon 2014 [#geekgirl]

    [From Sebastian Porst] “Over the last couple of days, I have worked with PyLadies and the Python Software Foundation to make a special grant available to give a PyLady from a developing country a fully paid trip to PyCon 2014 in Montreal, Canada. To learn more about this, see if you qualify, and what the application deadline is, please see“.