Can't get enough of that time capsule!

While the time capsule was getting all the attention (you can read more about her in the preceding posts or in the Greenpoint Gazette), I snuck off with some of the real stars. That's right.  Below, you can catch the exclusive interview that The Puru managed to snag with the 5th graders from Ms. (Julie) Feinberg's class at PS 31, who contributed a book about sewage to the capsule and may be the only people alive to see it in 50 years. What will Newtown Creek look like then?  What does a digester egg do?  And why is "feces" the preferred term for that stuff that comes out of our bottoms?

5th graders aren't afraid to tell it like it is.

A most productive President's Day to you, and peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

a journey through time and a wastewater treatment plant

Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 was a day that will be celebrated by civilizations far into the future.  I expect that President Malia Obama herself will lift a glass on Feb. 11, 2061, when she unveils the time capsule installed 50 years before at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Mark your calendars now; it's gonna be a hot ticket! For legitimate, journalistic coverage of the event, look to the Newtown Pentacle.  Otherwise, watch this video!

Peaceful pooping,

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

No President ever pooped in a time capsule

This past Friday, Feb. 11, your Puru, Shawn Shafner, took many different trains to arrive at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He, well,, I was there to witness the unveiling of a time capsule interred that morning at the center.  I brought my new camera, with the intention of making a video-blog (or "vlog" as I hear the kids call them).  I had so much material, I made three. Presidents are great, and in their honor, we'll (yes, we just switched pronouns again) post one part of the video each day of their special holiday weekend.  Today, we bring you Somewhere in Time: Part II, which condenses the highlights of all five speakers in under five minutes.

Peaceful pooping to all our Presidents, and all of us.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

This Friday: the future of New York City's Feces

CALLING ALL NEW YORKERS! Brown is soon to become the new green.  Only yesterday, the New York Times ran an article on how New York City will soon be turning its citizens' waste into a resource.  As it turns out, the city is already making use of the energy sources that can be recaptured through wastewater treatment.  But the city's hoping that by next year, your home could be run off your own natural gas.  As the article details:

About half of the methane produced by the city’s plants is already used to meet about 20 percent of the energy demands of the city’s 14 sewage plants, whose electric bills run to a total of about $50 million a year. Now the city wants to market the other half, which is burned off and wasted.

Through a partnership with National Grid that is already in the works, officials said, the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn is expected to add enough methane gas to the city’s natural gas network next year to heat 2,500 homes.

And that's not the only way they're looking towards the future.  This Friday, you can join NYC Environmental Protection Commissioner Caswell F. Holloway for a time capsule ceremony!  (Click here for a pdf of the invitation.)

There will be remarks from the Commissioner, a special presentation from a local school, AND a tour of the Newtown Creek facility starting at 11:30.  I will definitely be there.  Will you join me?

Peaceful pooping,

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner