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Archives for August, 2010

First, there’s the end of summer canning and preserving – the warm dry weather has meant the most astonishing harvest, all of which needs attention yesterday. Second, there’s the beginning of fall getting everything ready before winter on a farm, most of which involves carrying heavy things (hay, firewood, etc…) around). Third, there’s the start…

My Dream Job, Opening Up?

About a year ago I was sitting around with a couple friends and they asked me where I thought my career was going. They were genuinely curious – what does blogging actually lead to? What kind of career advancement might a blogger get eventually? Can you transfer from blogging to journalism? Get a job at…

How To Boil a Frog!

I give a lot of credit to people who try and make peak oil and climate movies – trying to overcome the natural impulse of most people to say “Let’s not go see that movie about how we’re all doomed, instead, let’s go see The Expendables” is one of those tilting at windmill things I…

“…and that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” – Guy Clark Guy Clark’s song is true – and over here we’ve got homegrown tomatoes and true love coming out our ears. The true love can be put up for winter until it is chilly and huddling together for warmth looks good, but the tomatoes, well, they…

Final Goat Roundup

Jessie finally kidded early Monday morning, giving us a solid ten baby goats, five does and five bucks. And on Thursday while celebrating one of my best friends’ birthdays, we set them almost all out on parade (we ran out of kids to hold them before we ran out of kids to be held): (From…

Armchair Farming

Phil-the-Housemate asked me recently for advice on getting his dissertation done. He’s ABD, and having a tough time getting down to it. Asking me seems odd to me – I eventually baled about 1/2 way through my doctoral dissertation, due to a combination of childbearing, agriculture, slackdom and change of focus. But I did write…

It is tempting to despair of all action. And sometimes those who despair are right. But sometimes they aren’t. And this, I think is an important and central point for everyone who hits those moments when they simply don’t believe society will self-correct in any measure from its impending ecological disaster. I should be clear…

Could Rationing Be Made Palatable?

The realities of climate change and energy depletion mean that at some point, we will encounter situations where there is not enough of an energy resource or one of the things it enables – whether food or transport or whatever, to go around. In fact, eventually we will enounter many of these shortages. Whether they…

A number of people, including Ilargi and Stoneleigh at _The Automatic Earth_ have long pointed out that the interventions that the government has made in the housing market hasn’t served the people. They observe, for example, that by propping up house prices artificially they’ve benefitted more affluent, generally older homeowners, at the expense of younger,…

On ye olde blogge, in 2008, I ran a post-apocalyptic novel reading club for about six months. Why, you ask? Well, why not? When you deal with real doom, mocking (or praising on the rare occasions when it is good) fictive doom is theraputic – and fun. All of us, I suspect, have a secret…