Your Questions About Paper Trading Site

Ken asks…

What is the best choice to travel from NYC to Niagara Falls?

I am planning my holidays for this summer, and I will visit NYC. I would also like to get to the Niagara Falls. What is the best way to do that considering:

1. I have four days to do the round trip (back to NYC).
2. I would like to visit awesome places on they way (towns, monuments, whatever).
3. Consider a trade-off between time traveling, money and maximizing the excitement of the trip.

I can imagine that Boston would be one stop, am I right?

Or is it better to go by plane to a airport close to the Falls (which one?) and then visit some bearby beautiful places …

Yeah … I know I need a travel advisor, but I willing to get actual tips 🙂

all proposals are appreciatted.

John answers:

Your method of travel can be bus train or private car. You do not have to return to NYC after going to Niagara Falls and can continue your holiday in many other places. If you wish to cross to the Canadian Side you need papers for crossing the Border into Canada.
Many historical things in the North East on both the American and Canadian sides of the Border. Make a circular route so that you get a chance to see more places on your travels.
Look for special events for your time of travel.

Thomas asks…

Why are people jealous of Al Gore when he had the vision to invest in carbon credits?

California is a huge economy and billions will be traded as they help create a better world. Moreover, they are building many sq miles of solar and windmills. Al Gore had the foresight to see this vision and will be a hero to latter generations.

John answers:

… Wow, Well let me poke a few holes in this. 1. Windmills are inefficient and the power regulation circuitry is costly. Without a government grand wind is not worth the “harvest”
2. Solar is a good technology, however to harvest it in high humidity areas you receive about 30% less power than in non humid climates. That and there are line losses in the wires connecting those remote areas and metropolitan sites, basically energy density (at this moment) is too low, maybe in 10-20 years.

3. Al Gore is a person profitting off of these things, When he flies around in his Jet to talk to people about global warming/climate change dont you think its a bit hypocritical? He did lie about creating the internet(DARPA created the internet) so chances are his statements are as valuable as used toilet paper and their contents.

4. For solar to work it needs a partner product to last into the night time hours, aka battery technology needs to get better, maybe in one or two generations of this technology will we get something that is high energy density and low cost of manufacture.

It is cheaper to go one more generation on a nuclear fleet, and foster the next generation of power generation so that when it is implemented each individual house will produce what they need and not have a grid for personal use.

Use some common sense and do some good research on the things people say before believing them.

Lizzie asks…

What is a good way to get rid of a new math textbook?

Its a 2006 pre algebra text book and dvd which is in almost perfect condition. Unfortunately, though I spend almost $150 for it about 2 years ago, no website is buying the book and it doesn’t look like it ever will be worth anything since theres a new edition out. I don’t want to trash it, but I also don’t want to give it to the thrift store which will most likely sit there for years to come. Does anyone know of a good book donating site that recycles huge textbooks?

John answers:

“Many of us love books and find them incredibly hard to part with. But if you’ve made up your mind to declutter your shelves, these top tips will enable you to release your treasures to new homes without an ounce of guilt or trash!

When you consider that only 24 books are produced for every tree felled, it makes sense to spread the love by passing our books on to other people.

Throw a book swap party. Get a few bottles of wine (organic and fair trade, of course) and get together your friends, family or neighbors for a book-swapping party. You can make up “rules” if you wish, or just let people dive in and help themselves.
Donate your books to your local library. You can feel great knowing your old books will be read by hundreds more people.
Take them to your local charity, thrift or goodwill shop. Profits raised from your books can help other people benefit from a better life.
Donate on Freecycle. You might even find yourself a like-minded friend from your neighborhood in the process!
Sell them on Green Metropolis. If you’re in the U.K., you can sell your books on Green Metropolis, which donates money to the Woodland trust for every book sold.
Sell on the Internets. Make some money on eBay, Amazon or in a second-hand bookshop.
ReadItSwapIt. Do as the name suggests, and ReadItSwapIt. You’ll meet a virtual community of people who want to read your book and swap their own. Paper Back Swap offers a swap site for U.S. Readers.
Become a Book Mooch. BookMooch offers a similar system, but instead of swapping, you earn “points” for every book you give away, which you can use to “buy” other people’s books.
Set your books free. BookCrossing is a wonderful idea — you just leave your books on a train seat, in a restaurant or at a hotel for a new reader to find! You can “tag” your book with a unique code and follow your book as it travels across the world.
Share the love. A local hospital or hospice would love to take your old books from you for patients to enjoy.
Educate others. Take children’s books to a local school and specialist textbooks to a local college or university.”

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Sharon asks…

Will you join me and ask bookstores and publishers to save trees?

I have written to Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores and asked them to persuade publishers to use post-consumer, recycled paper or alternative fiber (such as kenaf or hemp) to print their books on. I also asked if they could sell used books.

Do you think this is a good idea? I also plan to e-mail as many publishers as I can. What are your thoughts?

John answers:

It is a good idea BUT … Right now recycled paper is often more expensive than new paper. It has to get to the point where recycled paper becomes more widely used before the prices go down until it becomes more affordable. Besides, there are more steps in the making of recycled paper and one of them involves a bleaching process to remove the previously printed words. Many of those inks involve heavy metals and the bleaching process has to be very carefully regulated to dispose of the waste water so it doesn’t end up as runoff – all of which adds to the expense.

SO – recycled paper alone is not the answer. We have to start using water based and soy inks as well. A lot of the contamination on the site of the World Trade Center was heavy metals – related to thousands of tons of burned papers that were houses inside the building. Again, soy and water based inks won’t be cheap to use until enough people are requesting them for them to be produced in large enough quantities.

It’s kind of like shopping at Costco – things are cheaper because they have so many outlets and purchase things in bulk. If enough people start using these materials the cost will come down, but for right now, it is cheaper to print a book with new paper and dangerous heavy metal based inks. So that is how it is done for the most part.

So in your next letter, suggest those types of inks, too. And remember there are many different grades of recycled paper – different percentages of post consumer paper. The goal is to get to 100% post consumer paper with soy based inks.


Betty asks…

What can I use scrapbooking paper for?

Besides scrapbooking. I have a ton of paper and I don’t scrapbook anymore, what are some things that I can use my paper for? I have a lot of really pretty paper and I hate that it’s just sitting.

John answers:

You can make hand made greeting cards:

Three dimensional crafts:

You can start making Artist Trading Cards and swapping them:

You can re-purpose nice boxes and tins:

You can make pretty notebooks:

You can wrap presents with it, cover books, or frame a particularly nice piece to decorate your home.

Or you can package it up for sale in eBay or a similar site.


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