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Archives for February, 2010

I shouldn’t complain – the Telegraph’s energy columnist, Rowena Mason is technically affirming that even non-crazy people can believe in peak oil. Her essay, titled “You Don’t Need to be a Mad Max Survivalist to Take Peak Oil Seriously” at least acknowledges the point. Her equation of Mad Max survivalism with “grows root vegetables” is…

Winter Husbandry

You’d be surprised at how warm our barn is on winter nights. A few nights ago, the thermometer read -10 as I headed out the door, and the wind was howling, but inside the barn it was below freezing, but surprisingly tolerable. Close down a comparatively small space, insulate the floors with dry bedding and…

What Else Should I Write About?

Not promising anything – and definitely not promising anything until the book is done, but does anyone have topics they’d like your blogiste to cover? What do you want to hear me go on about? BTW, if you are interested in more in-depth going on (plus a whole lot of awesome other stuff), Aaron and…

Totally Awesome!

Once upon a time, before I descended into parenthood and dull stability, I was out with a group of friends who had, let’s just say, been drinking quite a bit. One of the young men in this group proposed to two others that they do something that was, to put it bluntly, totally moronic and…

Pick Up Your Hat

In _Depletion and Abundance_ I write about the difficulty of committing to a lifestyle change in a world where you always seem to have more time, where defining events are always on the horizon but never present. I use the phrase “time to pick up your hat” which I take from a short story by…

Increasingly, the cost of staying wired is eating up a huge part of people’s budgets accordinging to The Times: It used to be that a basic $25-a-month phone bill was your main telecommunications expense. But by 2004, the average American spent $770.95 annually on services like cable television, Internet connectivity and video games, according to…

Weather vs. Climate…Again

A lot of big snowstorms get people who do not grasp the difference between weather and climate all excited. Consider the VA Republican party who claimed in an ad last week that if it snows, we can’t have global warming. But it isn’t just the skeptics and denialists here – among the believers we routinely…

Get Thee Over By Me, Satan

Note: This is a lightly revised version of a post from ye olde blogge (actually ye older blogge, the original Casaubon’s Book). At the time I wrote it, I didn’t know about Dan Savage’s brilliantly funny book on the seven deadly sins _Skipping Towards Gomorrah_ and if I had, I probably wouldn’t have written this,…

I’ve often wondered what I should write after everyone is already living the Zombie attack and is bored with hearing about how to grow food and mend your socks. I figure at some point, the market will be saturated by such things, and people will want to escape – and I should start thinking now…

This morning, during school time, Isaiah asked me just how many Aunts and Uncles he had. Asked to clarify what the parameters of the question were, Isaiah asked me how many people he would call by the title “Aunt” or “Uncle.” Which led me to do some quick addition – and to a number that…