By The Barista

A thinker, a coffee drinker.

Pod coffee’s bad taste for the planet

The pod problem:

But what bugs me most about pods isn’t the marketing. It’s the needless waste. Those 186m capsules used in Britain last year all had to go somewhere. So far, most aren’t going in the recycling. Dolce Gusto mixed-plastic capsules “cannot currently be recycled in the UK”, though a spokesperson says Nestle is “exploring a number of possible solutions.” Tassimo T-Discs are “fully recyclable with Terracycle,” though so far there are only 40 UK recycling points.

Convenience comes with a price in both taste and the environment…

The many people within Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum in a burgundy top and black skirt
The demure Emmy Rossum

If there’s one thing that make me fall in love with a FashMag photoshoot, it’s when they take one person, and create many people from them. There’s no single image, but a range of looks, or moods that show you different sides of a person’s personality. This shoot of Emmy Rossum, found via Forever a Fan Girl, is just a perfect example of that. The look above is sexy, yet with an edge of sophistication, and demureness. (Is that a word? It should be.)

This look, though?

A sexy photoshoot image of Emmy Rossum
Sexy Emmy Rossum

Despite the white dress, and all the connotations that brings, this is a sexy image, almost to the point of raunchiness. It’s a lovely shoot from Zooey Magazine.

The video’s a fun watch, too. It’s exactly what a behind-the-scenes video should be:

Plastic Solar Panels?

This is potentially good news:

A new discovery from a chemist at the University of Texas at Austin may allow photovoltaic solar cells to double their efficiency, thus providing loads more electrical power from regular sunlight.

Not only that, but it’s way cheap. Chemistry professor Xiaoyang Zhu and his team discovered that an organic plastic semiconductor could double the number of electrons harvested out of one photon of sunlight. Yep, plastic.