Tag Archives: Efficiency

We’ve Hit Peak Stuff

“If we look on a global basis, in the west we have probably hit peak stuff. We talk about peak oil. I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff … peak home furnishings,” Steve Howard [IKEA’s Head … Continue reading

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The Shocking Truth

I have always believed that seeing things is important.  Here’s a photo of my bike from 1980+/-: See that white thing on the handlebars?  That’s a gen-u-ine bicycle headlight, vintage late ’70s, run off of two C-batteries, contained in the … Continue reading

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Cars Are So Hot!

A while back, I opined that cars stink.  And they do.  But they’re just so hot! And how hot are they? Well, OK.  Usually not that hot. But ask any cyclist who has had to wait next to a car … Continue reading

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What’s it got in its pocketses?

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything along the “almost perfect” sort of line that I used to jump-start myself back into blogging.  So I thought it was time. Those who have been with me from the beginning, or … Continue reading

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The Hissing of Summer Air Conditioners

My relationship with air conditioning is ambivalent.  I grew up in Minnesota, and my parents didn’t get AC put into the house until I had graduated and was “away” at college.  Consequently, I endured many hot, sticky nights with the … Continue reading

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What If? A Response and Another Response.

A few days ago, I posted a thought experiment, suggesting that maybe some things could change.  My son sent an email in response, and I responded to his email.  The entire exchange is reproduced below, with my response to his … Continue reading

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What If? Some Poorly-Linked Thoughts on Utopia

Everybody needs some power I’m toldTo shield them from the darkness and the coldSome may see a way to take control when it’s bought and sold. From “Power,” Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), 1979 Yesterday was trash day in … Continue reading

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