Monthly Archives: July 2006

Evil has a new name…

And it’s name is caffeine. I decided to give up caffeine starting today, and my head is paying for it now. Man, that’s a powerful little drug.

I’m doing this in a further attempt to remove processed foods (and drinks) from my diet. Even though I was drinking diet pop for my caffeine fix I think I’ll feel better (after the initial tough few days) when I don’t have a gnawing need to get my fix each morning. And besides, it will save me a ton of money. I don’t drink coffee so that isn’t something I have to worry about.

After I get past these first tough days I’ll be fine. And then I’ll just have to watch what I drink from now on. (And eat to a certain extent)

But it doesn’t feel like a very good choice right now.

You better watch out candy, you’re next.



Do you use oil?

If so, you need to check out this story.,0,3163462.special


Blogs I’ve come across to share

I came across this article on Cleverchip’s website. Thought I would share it here also. Cleverchimp writes about biking and living sustainably if you are interested in another place to read that kind of stuff. I just recently stumbled onto his site.

As an add-on to the article, when our family moved up to Iowa we lived with my in-laws for 7-9 months and it wasn’t nearly as bad as it has been portrayed in the media. We laid down some ground rules about the situation, the house was easily large enough for all 6 of us, (and all the crap my wife and I were moving) and it allowed me to move at my own pace when I was finding a job and a place for us to live. I think this is easily something that more families can do, but speaking from experience, each group of people need some personal space occassionally.

I’m not sure if I would feel differently if I knew that we would be living together forever. Hispanic families live this way in America, until they get too Americanized.

This blog is about energy dependence and Peak Oil, etc.
Moral Equivalent of War


Interesting composter

Check out this link.

It’s a home composter that’s shaped like a pig. I bet my neighbors would appreciate something like this rather than my unsightly pile. Might be an interesting way to get your children interested in composting and helping in the garden.


Zucchinni problem

Remember when I said I was going to have a zucchinni problem? Well, based on these pictures I don’t think I’m going to have a problem anymore. It appears that I will have one plant left because something has gotten ahold of them and they are all dying. My green bean plants are also getting eaten alive and are dying. Anyone know what the heck is going on here? I’m reading something about a disease brought on by aphids but I’m not sure that is what it is.

Green beans

Zucchinni plants wilted


How easy is it to steal a bike?

Check this out. (Link takes you to YouTube via Time)

Thanks to my buddy Tom for sending this my way.


Food article

I saw this article on Oil is for Sissies. Check it out. It’s about all the oil that appears in our food that we don’t even see or recognize.

I’ve read this book and it is top notch. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in our country’s agriculture system.

(Thanks to Jim for the link)