Month: April 2010

Every single day is a decision you make

httpv:// This is where I just had a melon and kiwi breakfast. Every single day we make a choice how we want to live. Every. Single. Day. We have spare beds and open arms.

Farm life

I’ve just applied to go on a programme called “Farm Life”. I figured the answers were quite interesting (especially if contrasted with Ali’s). EXPLAIN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR CO-APPLICANT. Ali and I have been going out for about a year now. She’s lovely. Such a great friend and ally to have in this adventure. We compliment ...

"We are now a 3 party country"

We are now a 3 party country John Humphries, Today, Radio 4 We have been a 3 party country all my life. More than that, in fact. The media has failed to represent this truth fairly and is now acting surprised like it’s not their fault that the LibDems haven’t been taken seriously. When people ...

Notes from the Pyrenees

A first tentative vodcast… Music muchos gracias to the overwhelmingly talented Nathaniel Slade (Licence)

Temporary Autonomous Zone

A TAZ is the socio-political tactic of creating temporary spaces that elude formal structures of control – the best way to create a non-hierarchical system of social relationships is to concentrate on the present and on releasing one’s own mind from the controlling mechanisms that have been imposed on it. Temporary Autonomous Zone, by Hakim ...

Growth or no-growth?

Economic growth or no economic growth? Which way is best? As with most questions with only two allowed answers, the real answer is “almost certainly both, and neither.” We have plenty of resources, if only we were to use them properly. Whichever model we choose we have to start from where we are right now ...

John Maynard Keynes

Capitalism is “the astonishing belief that the nastiest motives of the nastiest men somehow or other work for the best results in the best of all possible worlds.” via John Maynard Keynes – Wikiquote.

Travel Forever and Live Rent Free

Fact about bottle water

Via Webecoist

Interesting little site. See who near you is getting big old farm subsidies from Europe: Note, of course, that this does not mean they’re minted, just that they get some money from them. See also:

Principle of double effect

The principle of double effect is a set of ethical criteria for evaluating the permissibility of acting when one’s otherwise legitimate act (for example, relieving a terminally ill patient’s pain) will also cause an effect one would normally be obliged to avoid (for example, the patient’s death.) The act itself must be good The bad ...

Design for America – govt. of/by/for the people

It’s stuff like this which gives civilisation a hope: Our goal is simple and straightforward — to make government data more accessible and comprehensible to the American public. We hope to enliven and engage new communities as partners and participants in making government information more engaging to the American public. Redesign of a Government Form: ...

Clear skies

Ah, summer!

God is a stress reaction

An interesting article in the WSJ today about how belief in God is not innate. Because humans are hard-wired for religion, it must be reformed rather than refuted to better fit the modern world. People are genetically preprogrammed to be pious because it confers a selective advantage that enhances reproductive success. If it were so ...

Looking for a happy, well paid job? Become a gardener

1 acre of land = £43,000 income per year for about 30 days work.. Every time they harvested anything from their modest 1600 square foot (150 square metre) garden, they recorded it and compiled these figures into a spreadsheet and came up with an amazing 834 lb (380kg) of total harvest. From this they computed ...

Kim Stanley Robinson on BldgBlog

It seems Kim Stanley Robinson and I are in accord. The more we can live in keeping with our evolutionary history, the happier we are likely to be. Simple pleasures which put us in “the zone”, mind and body working in harmony, within our comfort zone, but occasionally brushing up against the edges to keep ...

AC Grayling

I love  AC Grayling’s incredibly clear articulation. Try to create meaning and purpose in one’s individual existance, always remembering that that are as many individual meanings and purposes as there are people who pursue them. Try to life a life of flourishing and achievement and learning and good relationships. It’s not complex stuff, I’m sure ...

Efficient & Affordable Wood House Made From Shipping Pallets


Turn an old plastic bottle into a 50W lightbulb

Fill a plastic bottle with water, add a small amount of bleach to keep it clean, stick a film canister over the cap to stop it corroding in the UV, stick it in your roof, and hey presto an everlasting prismatic 50W lightbulb! httpv:// via and Slashdot

Shel Silverstein