Okay, I lied. I promised no mentions of Sarah Palin but I couldn't resist sharing the above photo from 2007 of the just-resigned governor of Alaska/shrill headline queen perched in her office amidst some truly disquieting dead animal decor (is that giant stuffed crab reaching for a TV remote?) There, I got it out of my system. 
Moving on, below you'll find 10 noteworthy green home news items (it's July 10, after all) that you may have missed this very busy and very strange week. So sit back, relax, take 10, and I'll see you on Monday. 
TreeHugger keeps the 10 theme going strong with a compilation of "10 Overlooked Low-Tech Ways of Keeping Your Home Cool." On the list: attic fans, ivy and awnings. 

Architectural Record does 10 x 10 with a list of the top 100 green design firms in the U.S. 

The Independent introduces us to Kathy Dimock, Britian's oldest "eco-warrior." At 101 years old, Ms. Dimock still manages to keep quite the green home: she recycles, grows her own veggies, and has made the switch to energy-efficient light bulbs.

The New York Times heads to NYC's housing developments (there's a total of 2,600 buildings in the five boroughs) to see how cliché-defying residents are going green. 

The LA Times tests out an arsenal of water-saving garden hose nozzles. 

Natural Home tours a sustainable, candy-colored jewel box of a home in Venice, Calif. 

Ecorazzi reports that Guy Ritchie (AKA Madonna's ex) is giving his 18th-century English country estate a sustainable, self-sufficient makeover by transforming the estate's formal flower gardens into down n' dirty vegetable plots. 

Re-Nest paints the town green with a list of 2009's 12 best zero-VOC and nontoxic interior paints. 

Dwell says "how eggcellent!" with no shame in a review of the Eglu by Omlet. The Eglu is a sleek, modern henhouse for pet chickens.

Design-Milk spotlights an odd but meaningful piece of interior decor: the My Life Urn, a modern "planter" designed to grow a tree that gets its nutrients from your placenta. When you die, the urn can also house your cremated remains. Yikes. 

Photo: Anchorage Daily News

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.