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Archives for December, 2009

Not long ago I was out at a dinner of climate activists, at the beginning of a conference I was at, and as we were climbing into the car of one of the program leaders, there was talk about whose car was messier. This is a competition I always win – I mentioned to them…

Low Energy Basics: Laundry

I’m doing the laundry! – The Tick A new reader, Karen, (yay, new readers!) writes: I really want to use less energy because my husband is out of work and I care about the planet – can you write about how you do it? We try and conserve, but our utility bills tell me we’re…

The seed is starting to take shape as the site and symbol of freedom in the age of manipulation and monopoly of life. The seed is not big and powerful, but can become alive as a sign of resistance and creativity in th smallest of huts or gardens and the poorest of families. In smallness…

Does Relocalization Make You Stupid?

I made myself swear that I would not argue with any of my fellow Science bloggers for one full week after my arrival here, no matter what. Fortunately, my first week wound up yesterday, and with the arrival of Greg Laden’s essay on the political and intellectual dangers of relocalization, I’ve got good fodder for…

The son seems to have taken a prior (and extremely common) teenage interest in “agriculture” and turned it into an actual interest in agriculture. I suppose you could see it as sinister, but I don’t – I think anyone who wants to grow things, even pot, bad enough to move out to the desert and…

The IEA has pretty much conceeded peak oil, announcing that growth to meet demand in the coming decades will come from entirely mythical sources. Ok, they didn’t say that, what they said in the latest World Energy Outlook was that the majority of oil production by 2030 will be coming from “fields yet to be…

There’s an old Far Side cartoon, with a split panel, one side showing St. Peter greeting people passing the pearly gates, saying “Welcome to Heaven, here’s your harp.” On the other panel, the Devil greets folks at the gates of Hell, saying “Welcome to Hell, here’s your accordion.” My guess is that getting off the…

I realize this has nothing to do with energy, food or environment, but it amuses me, so a brief hiatus from relevance will be taken. As y’all know (or don’t) Chanukah starts this weekend, and the household is awash in preparations, many of them involving glue sticks and song. During the course of my life,…

When the Power Goes Out

We’re just about at the one year anniversary of the Northeastern power outage that had many people out this way out for a week or two last year, and what’s the forecast up at our place? Snow, followed by sleet and icy rain and more ice. This seems like a recipe for trouble. Being of…

I was about to post the Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding recipe that I left out of my food waste post, when I found myself worrying a little bit about whether posting recipes is appropriate for my new forum. You see, I tend to think of Scienceblogs with the first syllable pronounced just like Thomas Dolby in…