June 25, 2009
Life gets busy… really busy at times. You turn around, and half a year has passed by.
I haven’t posted in recent months for a few reasons. Mostly because I’ve been really busy at home and work. For all the pronouncements of immanent economic recovery, I still know more people losing their jobs than unemployed folks finding new ones. Seeing as I still have a great job, I’ve been working hard to make sure that situation stays the same.
There’s also that issue of burnout. There are plenty of great sites out there that cover similar topics, and I often felt like I was simply regurgitating and repeating what others were writing versus offering a whole lot of original thinking. Taking some time off to concentrate on other things has been good for me. The more I focused on the subjects this blog covered, the more negative I would be in other parts of my life. I’ve been able to recharge my batteries, so to speak, and it’s felt good.
In the last year I’ve been focusing more on economic issues rather than straight peak oil and sustainability. As other bloggers are noting, peak oil has changed a lot. Before, it was assumed that the increasing cost of dwindling supplies of oil would sooner or later hamstring the global economy and we’d all be screwed. As it turns out, we’ve managed to make a hash of the global economy all on our own, and as a result we’ve curtailed oil usage to a degree that has bought us some breathing room to adapt to different energy technologies as well as different patterns of daily life. The end result is still the same: lower standards of living (in both energy and economic terms) and massive debts for the common person. The difference is that there won’t be the catastrophic ‘liberal apocalypse’ that some peak oil proponents have written on endlessly for the last five years or more. Instead we’ll see more of a gradual lowering of living standards and unwinding of many components of the global infrastructure as we slowly fail to keep more and more parts of them operational.
The fact that our economy is badly hurt shouldn’t be news to anyone, so I fail to see the point in writing about that fact several times per week. If your eyes are open, it’s obvious. I have better things to do that continue to harp on this stuff, and you’ve got better stuff to do that read the same, re-hashed crap multiple times.
Two interesting posts that did catch my eye recently:
Devolution: 20 Predictions
I’ll try to post ever so often as the muse dictates. In the meantime, I sincerely hope that all of you are doing as well as you possibly can, and are making your own plans to adapt to the coming changes.
March 1, 2008
Life has been hectic, and I haven’t had the time or excess brain cells to write anything worth posting recently. I hope to be back with something worthwhile soon.
December 27, 2007
Long-time readers of this blog may remember that I wrote a longish post in December 2006 looking at what 2007 might be holding in store for us. I thought it would be interesting to see how things have stacked up compared to what I was thinking a year ago.
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October 5, 2007
Just a short note to alert folks to the new “Videos” page. I’ll add to this over time as I run across stuff.
It’s mostly long films right now, based off of ones I’ve previously viewed. I hope you find some of these titles of interest. Some of them you’ve probably seen before, but perhaps there’s something new that you can use.
Also, I’d like to welcome to new readers that came here via “The Oil Drum.” Professor Goose & associates were kind enough to link my post on Jeffrey Rubin’s interview on their DrumBeat page and I saw a nice spike in traffic today.
June 1, 2007
Happy June, everyone. I hope life has been treating you well.
I haven’t been posting much recently for a few reasons. First, I simply don’t have that much to comment on right now. I make it into work and then go right home, and being on crutches means I’m not doing any outdoor work of any sort, so all of the updates I was planning for my garden and landscaping aren’t happening. I’ve had plenty of forced downtime to read, and I’ve been using it to start working through the stack of purchased yet unread history books that I’ve bought over the years. The short break from documenting everything that’s going wrong with the planet has been refreshing, for I’ve been reading and thinking about such things for most of the last year, and all that worrying makes Bart a dull boy. As I get more mobile again I expect that I’ll be posting more frequently again.
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March 22, 2007
A quick note of thanks to the person who purchased a few books off of my booklist this week. I get a small referral fee for each item purchased via this site (it costs the purchaser nothing). Eventually, it’ll add up to be enough for me to get a free paperback book or something similar.
February 9, 2007
So Jim at Oil is For Sissies links to one of my recent posts yesterday, and today the site traffic spikes. Looking at the log of what links got clicked the most, guess which one link saw a spike in traffic from all of the cyclistas?
You’re welcome, Matt.
January 6, 2007
This really isn’t on-topic for the blog, but I’m not seeing this story get out far enough or fast enough.
If you drive and you have small children, or know anyone who does, read this Consumer Reports saftey warning about child car seats now. The failures they are reporting on aren’t just buckles coming loose. In some cases, the whole seat is getting ejected. I heard a report on this on NPR last evening, where the expert from Consumer Reports was talking about how cars are being designed to withstand side crashes, but car seats are not. Imagine getting T-Boned in a car crash and your infant seat, with infant strapped in, getting bounced around the inside of your car. It’s like a pinball machine with your child being the pinball…
I’ve got small kids, and know plenty of other people who do as well. Please help spread the word.
December 16, 2006
I’ve accepted an invitation to contribute to the blog at Groovy Green. I’ll be posting more sustainability-related stuff over there, while focusing more on peak oil, political and economic stuff here.
If you haven’t checked that site out, I encourage you to do so. There’s a growing community of writers over there reflecting different facets of the green living crowd.
December 13, 2006
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