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The always-brilliant “Peak Oil Hausfrau” Christine Patton has a wonderful piece addressing the calm and reasoned Roman response to the recent “Foreign Barbarian Invasions: Impacts, Mitigation and Risk Management” report. Proponents of the so-called “barbarian invasion” theory today warned of the “potentially disastrous” effects of hundreds of thousands of Visigoths, Huns, and Vandals plundering the…

Touchdown, Baby Goat Style!

It isn’t that I’m not athletic, I am – but my strengths in the athletic zone were never speed and agility – more forceful forward motion and tough elbows in basketball games. I’ve never been the kind of person who makes that rolling catch to save the game. Until now. You see, I’ve got a…

Garden Doom…No, Not Really

I wrote this post in 2008, which was one of my worst gardening years ever – I made the insane mistake of setting the deadline for _A Nation of Farmers_ for June 1, which meant I spent most of the planting season in front of my computer. But I knew I wasn’t the only one,…

My children are pirates right now. There’s a fallen tree in the woods that makes a superb pirate ship, and my children have boarded and captured it. And they are singing pirate songs. Loudly. It is a very good thing that we live so far from other human habitation – if we lived in the…

Perhaps my two previous screeds about Earth Day were unfair. After all, this could be the next major shopping holiday, with a lead in that rivals Christmas. Check out the New York Times for a sense of the range of products available So strong was the antibusiness sentiment for the first Earth Day in 1970…

It is funny, when you interact with people on the internet, you develop a mental image of them – or at least I do. And sometimes people look pretty much like you expect, but sometimes not. I’ve found this situation to be particularly acute at science blogs, where I rapidly developed strong mental images of…

After all that work, you’ll want to plant good seeds. Glenn Beck approved seeds, ideally. Well, Stephen Colbert is right on board, aware that in a disaster, we’ll all want raddichio. He’s even started his own crisis herb garden, because, “I may be ready for a world where the streets run with blood, and zombies…

First of all, I present to you, the cover for my new book (not yet finished, but it will be really soon) forthcoming this fall. I didn’t think it was possible that they could come up with something prettier than the cover for Independence Days (which you can see on the sidebar), but I think…

Well, I’m headed off for my weekend away – I’ll be at NOFA NH on Saturday giving the keynote and at the NESEA Building Energy Public Forum Panel on Tuesday night. Posting will be intermittent while I’m gone, but I figure I’d leave you all with a laugh at my expense. Eric had a horrible…

Snow Envy

So for those of you getting ready for Snowpocalypse, as the mid-Atlantic faces, gasp – a whole foot of snow, I have to tell you something. I’m jealous. I mean really, really jealous. I want your snow. A general pattern of winter storms in my area (upstate NY) is that they come down from Canada…