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__:__ i'm an evolving open-source ego, always open to advice...stretching body, stretching mind...letting go, facing fear, taking on big dreams...open to try it all __:__
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...reports...

the NYTimes piece pasted below got me thinking about our community's dedication to super-optimistic abundance...

i think the author is both right and wrong...right to caution people about empty, selfish optimism....wrong to discount the radical power of optimism to help us conceive previously unthinkable possibilities...
but i'm still not clear what i believe yet...(in one of my alternate universes, i'd like to go back to school for economics and help re-engineer the whole system)...

i... read more
Wed, September 24, 2008 - 4:40 PM permalink - 1 comment
 
www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/0...ment-70930

a fun thought experiment...

lightweight free public cars that turn into elevated streetlamps at night...solar/hydrogen powered, of course...
just walk up, swipe your ID, and the car lowers, and its GPS guidance system whisks you away...
like zipcar meets free google bikes (from burningman)...

where could this work?
how about in abu dhabi, in norman foster's new eco city!
http:... read more
Thu, February 7, 2008 - 4:33 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
US citizens will not have to drive less or read in the dark to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but they will have to buy more efficient cars and appliances, a report from two business groups said on Thursday.
www.planetark.com/dailynews.../story.htm

and now the icky news:
If the warm, wet tropical climate is spreading poleward, the dry subtropic climate may head for the poles too.
Those dry subtropical bands could include some of the most heavily popula... read more
Mon, December 3, 2007 - 12:58 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
Wow...

The rice and beans myth is like a bad chain email about a little girl with cancer who will save sesame street if bill gates forwards his bank account number to the deputy finance minister of a small African nation!

Beans, rice, whatever...MOST PLANT FOODS ARE COMPLETE AS THEY ARE!

from:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_combining

"With three important exceptions, there is little danger of protein deficiency in a plant food diet. The exceptions are diets very heavily dep... read more
Mon, November 12, 2007 - 11:07 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
don't miss cinnamon twyst and co doing a roundup (not the M0ns@nt0 kind) of all the grooviest on the green fringe!
farmlab.org/2007/07/farm...th-lewis.html


also, bone up on these reports:

bioneers summary
farmlab.org/2007/10/four...bioneers.html

redesigning open space in LA
(will it be creating a new Central Park? or will it be a grass-roots greening of rooftops and alleyways?)
farmlab.org/2007/11/open...mmit-draws... read more
Sun, November 11, 2007 - 6:06 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
Salted, Dead Soil Transformed to Living Gaian Flesh, Rich with Nutrients and Life!
See how it was done on one farm in Jordan:
www.youtube.com/watch

The techniques in this video are very similar to the techniques used on Essential Living Foods farm in Topara, Peru...
www.essentiallivingfoods.com
There, instead of using swales, they have cachement reservoirs built into the hillsides surrounding the valley...the entire farm is watered using gravity alone! Every... read more
Sun, November 11, 2007 - 1:31 AM permalink - 1 comment
 
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i designed this correlation of moon phase with tide cycles...yellow is daylight, black is night
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