Monthly Archives: February 2007

Blogging as Performance Art

 Jon Husband has picked up an interesting concept from Evelyn Rodriguez and Matthew Dallman: that blogging could be considered a form of performance art. This has a kind of ego-stroking visceral appeal to bloggers (it sure beats the mainstream media depiction … Continue reading

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Peak Oil is Here, and Conservation is Nowhere in Sight

 The latest production data analysis by the Oil Drum makes it clear that we are now at the peak of oil production (about 85 mbbd or 30 bbby), and we can expect a rapid drop-off over the next twenty years … Continue reading

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What’s New in Innovation: Five Trends Worth Thinking About

I haven’t written much about innovation lately, but that’s not because it isn’t important. It’s mostly because, at levels of energy that have a broad social or environmental impact, there simply isn’t much of it going on. Lots of R&D, … Continue reading

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Sunday Open Thread – February 25, 2007

What I’m planning on writing about soon: What’s New in Innovation: Five trends worth thinking about. Blogging as Performance Art: Jon Husband’s new meme. What a Fair Tax System Might Look Like: Taxing bads (to discourage socially and environmentally destructive … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week – February 24, 2007

What It All Means This Week: In Case of Emergency, Don’t Rely on the Government: Once again, a well-intentioned government bureaucracy fumbled the ball in a crisis. This time it was in Eastern Pennsylvania, where an ice storm and blizzard … Continue reading

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How Stuff Gets Done

Something remarkable has happened in the workplace in the forty years since I first entered it. Virtually every job in now unique, and no one knows everything about anyone’s job, or how to do it well, except the person who’s … Continue reading

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Jim Kunstler’s Agenda (and Mine)

Red line: Sustainable population/sustainable total footprint at prevailing levels of consumption, with no provision for any non-human species. Green line: Sustainable population/sustainable total footprint at prevailing levels of consumption, with provision for a healthy level of biodiversity. In 1980 we … Continue reading

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The Need to Make a Better World Easier

Here’s a few questions for baby boomer readers: Was there a seismic shift in thinking in the 1960s and early 1970s? If not, how do you account for the political forces that brought about the end of the Vietnam War, … Continue reading

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a small indiscretion

the train is fulland you squeeze into one of the window seats,two seats facing two others,and two weary commuters plunk down, one beside youthe other beside the seat oppositeand begin to chat about the day’s events ñ you place your bag … Continue reading

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What I Would Do If I Weren’t Blogging

If you weren’t blogging, what would you be doing with the time instead? This is, of course, a loaded question. Is blogging your excuse for not doing some things you would rather not do, or don’t want to admit you’re … Continue reading

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