My Craft name is Ben Gruagach. I'm an eclectic Wiccan author and have been active in the Pagan community for a few decades now.

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Fun guy chillin’ in South American rainforest finds plastic-eating fungi
Seriously, though this is kind of a big deal. Know that big problem we have? You know, the one involving a crapload of used plastic hanging around in landfills with nowhere to biodegrade for a couple million years? Well, Jonathan Russell might’ve solved that problem. See, Russell and his fellow Yale students went to Ecuador, where they found a new kind of fungus they’re calling Pestalotiopsis microspora. Big deal, you’re thinking. Anyone can find fungus anywhere! Well, something his fellow students found out after the fact is that this fungus can live on a diet of polyurethane alone — and even crazier, it doesn’t even need air to do so! In other words, we could potentially put it at the bottom of a landfill and cover it with plastic, and it would do the rest of the work. This might be game-changing if it works as advertised. (photo via Flickr user dbutt; EDIT: Updated with link to research abstract) source
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Very interesting find — I hope it works!

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Seriously, though this is kind of a big deal. Know that big problem we have? You know, the one involving a crapload of used plastic hanging around in landfills with nowhere to biodegrade for a couple million years? Well, Jonathan Russell might’ve solved that problem. See, Russell and his fellow Yale students went to Ecuador, where they found a new kind of fungus they’re calling Pestalotiopsis microspora. Big deal, you’re thinking. Anyone can find fungus anywhere! Well, something his fellow students found out after the fact is that this fungus can live on a diet of polyurethane alone — and even crazier, it doesn’t even need air to do so! In other words, we could potentially put it at the bottom of a landfill and cover it with plastic, and it would do the rest of the work. This might be game-changing if it works as advertised. (photo via Flickr user dbutt; EDIT: Updated with link to research abstract) source

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I got a statuette of Athena today!

I got a statuette of Athena today!

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This is why they tell you not to leave candles burning unattended.
I was sitting upstairs in my room when I noticed a smell like candle smoke. I figured that my mom might have forgotten to blow out a candle before she left about two hours ago, and that the breeze coming through the windows had snuffed it out. Still, I decided to check on it, because I thought it strange that I would smell the smoke so clearly.
I could see no candles smoking or otherwise on the first floor, but the smell persisted. I tracked it down to our bathroom there.
Now, some background. When my mom has company over, she likes to set a small votive candle burning inside a fancy glass holder, and place that in the bathroom. She’d had had some ladies over this morning at around nine, and doubtless had done that.
Which means when I poked my head into the bathroom to investigate, this particular votive had been burning unattended for six hours.
When I opened the door, I saw that a corner of the glass holder had been blown away and had landed in the sink. The flame of the votive was burning far higher than that tiny candle had a right to burn. Probably because the flames were starting to consume the little aluminum cup that the wax had filled. Yeah, not only had the glass exploded, but the flame had gotten hot enough that it was starting to burn metal.
So please. Whether you’re trying to freshen up a room with a pumpkin spice candle you got to celebrate the season or are making offerings at a personal altar, do not leave your candles burning unattended. 

I had a candle in a jar that I’d purchased crack its jar and melted wax leaked out everywhere.  Luckily escaped wax was the only thing I had to deal with.  It could have been much worse if I hadn’t checked on the candle.

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This is why they tell you not to leave candles burning unattended.

I was sitting upstairs in my room when I noticed a smell like candle smoke. I figured that my mom might have forgotten to blow out a candle before she left about two hours ago, and that the breeze coming through the windows had snuffed it out. Still, I decided to check on it, because I thought it strange that I would smell the smoke so clearly.

I could see no candles smoking or otherwise on the first floor, but the smell persisted. I tracked it down to our bathroom there.

Now, some background. When my mom has company over, she likes to set a small votive candle burning inside a fancy glass holder, and place that in the bathroom. She’d had had some ladies over this morning at around nine, and doubtless had done that.

Which means when I poked my head into the bathroom to investigate, this particular votive had been burning unattended for six hours.

When I opened the door, I saw that a corner of the glass holder had been blown away and had landed in the sink. The flame of the votive was burning far higher than that tiny candle had a right to burn. Probably because the flames were starting to consume the little aluminum cup that the wax had filled. Yeah, not only had the glass exploded, but the flame had gotten hot enough that it was starting to burn metal.

So please. Whether you’re trying to freshen up a room with a pumpkin spice candle you got to celebrate the season or are making offerings at a personal altar, do not leave your candles burning unattended

I had a candle in a jar that I’d purchased crack its jar and melted wax leaked out everywhere.  Luckily escaped wax was the only thing I had to deal with.  It could have been much worse if I hadn’t checked on the candle.

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