EarthTalk ® From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: I recently saw a reference to “Enertia houses” that require little in the way of external sources for heating or cooling. Do you have any information on this housing design? -- Alan Marshfield, via e-mail
Book review: Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth
“Ray Charles said the secret to life is timing. He was right on, especially when it comes to writing a book. When I handed in this book back in April 2009, Barack Obama was riding high and I was a happily married man. Now, it’s more than six months later. Barack’s approval ratings have fallen and so have mine.
Mandatory marriage counseling ruins vacation in battle-of-the-sexes sitcom
Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) are on the brink of separating. She hears her biological clock ticking, but their visits to a fertility clinic have been futile due to a low sperm count caused by testicular cancer. Before throwing in the towel, they agree to go for marriage counseling at Eden, an idyllic retreat on Bora Bora billing itself on the internet as the ultimate playground for adults. Besides couples’ therapy, the Polynesian getaway also offers jet skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing, drinking, dancing and all the rest of the amenities one would expect to enjoy at a tropical resort.
Book review: “Dream Big! O’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Life”
Fifteen minutes. That’s how long it took you to read the magazine you bought at the check-out counter. Oh, sure, you know all about some starlet’s beach vacation. You’re well-versed on the latest Hollywood gossip. Other than that, you learned nothing and you threw out a few dollars’ worth of paper.
This sleazy Harold Ramis-directed Judd Apatow production is unfunny from beginning to end, starting with the moment when Jack Black’s character informs us that he’s slept with his own mother. But such behavior is ostensibly okay since he-man Zed (Black) is a Neanderthal, and the same can be said of his sidekick, Oh (Michael Cera), who conks a woman on the head with a club in order to have his way with her. How charming.
Like an outrageous cross between The Best Man and Waiting to Exhale, Truth Hall is a daring melodrama revolving around the very eventful reunion of five best friends who had been inseparable in college when they pledged the same sorority and lived in the same dorm, Truth Hall. Now, this once tight-knit quintet of accomplished and attractive black women is getting back together for the wedding of one of their sorors.
It’s Boston in 2017, a time when people live in near total isolation from one another. Instead of ever leaving their homes, they send remote-controlled robots out into the world as their virtual emissaries. In this scenario, you are legally allowed to rely on a surrogate that looks like a younger version of yourself, although it’s a felony to control a computerized clone registered to someone else.