• Capitalism
  • Deeper is not Better

    Over the past couple years Automatic Earth has become one of my favorite economic blogs and Ilgari’s Christmas Eve post is a good example of why I venture there daily. Ilgari makes the point that the past year’s economic developments were, essentially, about the transfer of private debt to the public. This picture just gets […]

  • Climate Change
  • Copenhagen Aftermath

    I’d planned on writing about the recent climate change talks but Asymptotic Life has a great post on the Copenhagen Aftermath to get it started. I may add more later. The leader of the G-77 group of developing nations said, “It is asking Africa to sign a suicide pact, an incineration pact in order to […]

  • Uncategorized
  • Failure?

    Reading through the comments in an article at The Automatic Earth I came across this: As I talk to colleagues who are unable to see our civilization is already dead, it occurs to me their self-absorbed denial comes from a terror of recognizing how badly they’ve failed their own children, providing so little of essential […]

  • Energy
  • Roger Ebert reviews Collapse

    Not only does Roger Ebert write an excellent review of Collapse, but does a fantastic job of explaining peak oil, the issues surrounding it and what some of the details will look like in real life. I have no way of assuring you that the bleak version of the future outlined by Michael Ruppert in […]

  • Climate Change
  • In Transition 1.0

    In Transition 1.0 is Now Available!! » Transition Culture: “‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination […]

  • Nature
  • Birds!

    For some reason last winter, my first as a full time resident, I did not feed the birds. Of course I watched them as I do all year but winter feeding of birds is always a treat because it seems to bring so many in. This year I noticed that they noticed the chicken scratch […]

  • Living Simply
  • Loretta Missing

    I’ve not seen her since Friday night. This is only the second time she has not returned. The first time she did not show up for a day. Given that it’s been three days I’m guessing she has flown away or gotten hurt, hopefully the first. I don’t know much about their habits other than […]

  • Climate Change
  • Wood Stove Thermal Mass Update

    First, a bit of background for those not familiar with the construction details of my cabin. It is standard 2×4 walls with R-13 insulation, R-19 in the ceiling and inside walls finished with plywood beadboard. While the floor is not properly insulated I did very carefully stuff MANY layers of bubble wrap in this fall […]