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A couple plugs

Beo has an interesting post up about how some people can afford all the crazy luxury items they’ve been buying.  It makes sense to me, and finally answers that question for me.

I’m going to plug a story of mine at GG too.   I want people to move over and vote in a poll I linked to.   While you’re voting, vote for the new GG layout and let us know what you think.  There’s a poll in the right hand side bar.



I’m getting ready to start posting some things.  But first I wanted to clean up a whole mess o’ links I’ve been saving up for a while.

Here is a news story from almost 2 months ago from the Onion that you might enjoy.  And don’t think he wouldn’t do that if he could.

This is an interesting read.  I can’t tell if it’s the real deal or not.

Ka-bar has another good post up with good links to check out.  And a couple of good thoughts from Sharon here and here.

Make sure to read this story by Aaron at Groovy Green.


Let me see that blogroll…

There has been a few good posts written lately that I think need more coverage.

Liz at Pocket Farm wrote a nice little piece about consumerism.  (Follow the links to get all the details.)

Ka-bar at Moral Equivalent of War wrote a very sobering piece about the true obligation levels of our federal government.  Just our federal government.  You have to follow the links to get everything out of it.

Steve at Groovy Green wrote a nice article about how to make candles.  A skill that will be more important as energy costs continue to rise in this country.

John Michael Greer at the Archdruid Report has written a very good multiple part piece of a possible world after peak oil and after global warming really kicks into gear.  I’ve linked to his blog but scroll down and start on Christmas Eve 2050 and read upwards for each blog post.  Very good creative writing.

Now, someone out there needs to write something up about how to render lard because that’s something I need to know how to do.


A random walk through the blogosphere

I’m sadly without any subjects lately to write about so I thought I would provide some links to some great articles I’ve read lately.

Transition Culture had a great piece Monday about the male role in Peak Oil.  Raises some very good points. 

Did you know how easy it is to make Mozzarella cheese?  Or that you can grow your own luffa sponges for the shower?

This is a nice little writeup about coal and it’s use to make energy for us.

I snagged this from the Oil is for Sissies site.  Interesting demonstration.

All for now.


A trip around the web

I’ve been saving up some links for a while and I wanted to share them here tonight.

There is a new Bobolink up at GG written by yours truly.

I’ve read thus Cuba story plenty of times but I want to share it with those of you who haven’t seen it.

Interesting piece on GG about the need for woman involvement in the discussions surrounding how we’ll live after Peak Oil.

Our president uses “the google”. The comments are hilarious. Even I’m more hip than this guy. (HT:Liz)

Some sites I like to go read for your reading pleasure.

This guy lives in the Midwest and has some good information about ethanol. I’ve read all this informaiton numerour times but he did a good job compiling it all into one long post.

I’ve decided that these look really darn tasty. And this does too.

All for now.


Friday’s links

I’m going to start compiling links that I think everyone might be interested in and posting them on Friday’s so you can have some extended reading over the weekend. Enjoy!

Here is a story about a fuel cell powered bike light. Seems pretty cool. I wonder how you get the hydrogen though. It’s not like that is being sold down at 7-11 next to the Mountain Dew.

This is kind of cool way to grow herbs for use year round. Anyone have any ideas on how to save a basil plant and overwinter it? I have a fantastic basil plant in my garden that I would love to keep going all winter. Is it as easy as just repotting it and putting it in a sunny place inside? Seems too easy…

On the same topic, I need to preserve some of the basil and I’m not really interested in making pesto. Anyone have any other ideas, other than drying?

Organic milk is more healthy than other milk. In other news, the world is round.

Here is an entry about eating locally. Follow the links for some info about a farmer putting up a greenhouse and other Treehugger stories.

A Toyota Motor Company subsidiary has developed a green roof system. Looks pretty darn cool. Also, some American groups that have them are Green Grid Roofs and ELT Green Roofs. The attic space in our house in unbearable in the summer because even with insulation the heat comes through and it is stifling. Maybe having a green roof would help that…

The blue Mega Mart is trying to get people to switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. I like the initiative but I’m not sure how they are going to get people to switch. Make sure to follow the link to the actual article which was a lot more detailed and was really, really good. Currently I see more emphasis at the hardware store for these bulbs than the last time I was in Wally World. Have you switched yet? You should have. Check with your utility company. Ours gave us a rebate back up to 50% of the cost of them. You need to switch, you’re just throwing money away otherwise. If you have money to burn let me know, I’ll give you my address.

New study by Edmunds says that Hybrids pay for themselves in less than 2 years. While the numbers work (statistics are what they are) they are assuming that people drive 15K miles a year. Hey!! If you want to save money drive less. It doesn’t matter if you have a fancy hybrid or not, you’ll save money. Break out that rusty bike for the short trips around your house.

After reading Garbageland and noting in my post the other day how much industry fills up our landfill this story about Subaru recycling and reusing items in its factory was kind of a nice read. Of course, they still make cars, but it’s a start.

I think this is a great idea. All that greywater going down my drain has been bugging me for a while…I’ll have to see if they sell it in America…what Uncle Sam doesn’t know won’t hurt them… right???

I’ve been mulling this idea over for a while. One of my projects this winter is to get something like this built and running for next spring. We have an electric water heater and pre-warming the water that enters it should greatly reduce our need to heat the water up. And I’ve got a perfect spot lined up in the backyard where the logistics of the pipe runs will be fairly easy. You’ll see the information here for sure.

Why work so hard to grow non-native plants when there are native plants that are easy to grow? Jerusalem Artichokes next year in the garden me thinks. They sound good. Easy to grow and taste good. I was going to grow sunflowers to attract beneficial insects but perhaps this one can take that place instead.

Will “green” fuels work?

Need a program to reduce your carbon output on the world? Follow the PHD diet.


Oil fields are depleted?

The Moral Equivalanet of War blog has some interesting things to say about Peak Oil. Check out his recent posts from Sat Aug 5 and Thursday Aug 3.

It would be interesting how fast our world would change if it became public knowledge that the Saudi fields were depleted.

I’ve often thought it was strange that the Saudi’s keep saying they have excess capacity even when oil is around $70 a barrel. That’s billions of dollars they are just letting sit out there if they really do have excess capacity. Doesn’t seem right that anyone could pass up that kind of money.