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Darren is a writer, marketer and technologist. He's spent the last decade working for software companies in Canada and Europe. He regularly speaks about marketing and Web 2.0–at events like Les Blogs, Blog Business Summit and Northern Voice and for associations like the STC, HTCE and eBusiness Connection.

Before starting Capulet, he spent two years in Dublin, Ireland as a technology evangelist for Cape Clear Software. Previously, Darren was Manager of Technical Communication at MPS, and has consulted for EA Sports, Radical Entertainment and sundry start-ups in Canada and Ireland. Darren maintains a personal weblog at www.darrenbarefoot.com.

Darren has been involved in many wacky online activities over the past decade. One of the most memorable was when he and Jeremy Wright rented themselves out as professional bloggers on eBay.

Cutting Nukes First: The Economic Burden of Nuclear Weapons

Cut nukes not clean energy

As I write this, US leaders have just two weeks to make a deal on how to cut the deficit to prevent the nation defaulting on their debt commitments.

President Obama said that, in terms of budget cuts, “everything is on the table.” Of course, that includes crucial programs such as research for clean energy. But one aspect of US military spending doesn’t seem to be getting much attention: the $600 billion the US will spend this decade on dangerous and useless nuclear weapons.

And the US isn’t alone. As President of World Security Institute (and co-founder of Global Zero) Bruce Blair wrote on Time.com, the nine nuclear nations will spend more than $1 trillion on their nuclear programs over the next decade:

Nine Days to Save the Great Bear and a Ban on Trophy Hunting

The Great Bear Rainforest has been in the news a lot over the last couple of months. First off, the BC government is coming down to the wire on following through on its promise to protect the region.  Three years ago, the province of British Columbia committed to protecting this region under a new conservancy.

IKEA Touts Its Green Ways

Dabbler.ca writes about a new Canadian IKEA website, TheIKEAWay.ca. It's a website espousing and discussing about IKEA's environmental and CSR practices.

Mowing Down Pollution

The folks at the Clean Air Foundation recently announced this year's version of Mow Down Pollution. It's a campaign, started in 2001, that encourages Canadians to turn in their old and busted lawn mowers. When I first heard about this project I was, like, really? Lawnmowers are big polluters? As it turns out, they matter:

Only Five Days Left in Our Photo Contest

Just a quick note to encourage any late entries in our Greenest Photo Ever contest. We've been overwhelmed with the responses, as there are now 284 photos submitted. Act fast, and I'm afraid you've got a bit of competition.

Image courtesy of Fort Photo.

We Won a WebAward

Just a quick post to say that we recently received an “Advocacy Standard of Excellence” award from the good folks at WebAwards. We're not exactly sure what that means, but we're always pleased to receive some online award love.

152 Photos and Counting For Our Photo Contest

Just a quick note to say that our Greenest Photo Ever contest on Flickr has taken off and exceeded our expectations. We're less than a week in, and we've already got over 150 photos submitted.

If you haven't submitted yet, feel free to head on over to the group, and add a few photos. Also, don't forget to 'favourite' some of the ones you like best–that's how we're choosing the finalists.

That photo is a very green rendering of yours truly, courtesy of Jordan Behan.

Pick Your Favourite of The Greenest Photos Ever

We received over 350 entries and we’ve narrowed them down to six finalists, based on the number of ‘favourites’ the photos received in Flickr last month.

Take a few seconds and vote for the one you like best. Voting will last until Monday, October 22.

Congratulations to the winners in our Greenest Photo Ever Contest:

First Place: “Pure Green”

Check Out Our New Widget

We recently developed another way for you to get news from DeSmogBlog. It's a widget (or, if you're on Windows Vista, a gadget).

What's a widget? In a nutshell, it's a little program that sits on your Apple OS X or Windows Vista desktop and does something neat. There are widgets and gadgets for nearly everything, and now there's one for DeSmogBlog lovers.

Our widget displays current DeSmogBlog news. Plus, it's got a counter that shows the planet's estimated accumulated carbon footprint since January 1, 2007.

Visit our widget page for more information and to download our widget/gadget.

A Big Thank You To Our Operation DeSmog USA Donors

Just a quick post to say a heartfelt thanks to everybody who has donated to our fundraising campaign. We've already raised $1425! We're well on our well to achieving our goal of raising $10,000 to help us expand our work in the USA. Keep those donations rolling in!