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Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Bikes

A friend once described Seattle to me as very “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”… things are constantly moving around in that city, whether on land or by water, and it’s a lot to take in, but thrilling all at the same time. Portland is much the same way, although to a lesser extent.  One thing that […]

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On the future of ecocities

Interesting news today out of the United Arab Emirates, where Abu Dhabi has been trying to build the world’s first real “ecocity” from scratch in the 50,000 person Masdar.   Applied Materials last week announced the end of its SunFab solar business, thus effectively killing the manufacturing lines on which Masdar PV was relying.  This […]

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Loss / Gain

Dear readers, I apologize for my absence over the majority of the past month.  My life, since my 100th post, has devolved into what can only be described as a hot mess.  There are several very interesting things that I thought about and wanted to share with you, but I could not muster the time […]

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Rendered speechless

I thought about posting something around Earth Day, since it was the 40th anniversary this year, and since I spent that day watching the awesome PBS special Earth Days about the inception of the holiday in 1970. I thought about posting something, and then this happened. And now I pretty much just don’t know what […]

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PDX’s Pedal Nation Bike Show

I went to the Pedal Nation Bicycle Show in the Portland Convention Center over the weekend.  I don’t think it requires that many words to tell you how awesome it was; I would rather show you.

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LILAWAC rides again!

Back in February, I wrote a post here about my experiences living in Los Angeles without a car, and how I thought those stories were worth sharing, which resulted in my starting a blog by the same name (Living in Los Angeles Without A Car, or LILAWAC for short).  Shortly thereafter, my friend Erin – […]

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Thank you, Senators

“Thank you” is not a phrase I imagine many of us utter in the direction of U.S. Senators these days.  I, myself, tend to think that there are many Senators who are so far deep in the pockets of corporations that not only are they NOT representing the interests of the American people, they are […]

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How much land do we need to power the world with the sun?

This is a question that I think about a lot, but fortunately someone else has already done the calculations for me!  Behold this graphic from the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), which projects how much of the Earth’s surface we would need to power the ENTIRE world… on solar power alone! The LAGI did this […]

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So long Cash for Clunkers, we hardly knew ye

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced this week that after a wildly successful and very brief run, the Car Allowance Rebate System, aka CARS or Cash for Clunkers, will end this Monday, August 24.  I took a screen shot of the Web site just in case it isn’t there when you click the link. Soooo… […]

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My 14-year-old car got 40 mpg today.

Not that I’m boasting but, wow….that’s kind of amazing right?  I guess that’s the flatness of California’s central valley combined with my car’s wind-friendlier profile and small engine.  I’ll take it, in any case! That said, I’ve arrived safely at the first stop on my Unemployment Tour, Palo Alto.  Situated conveniently in the southern part […]

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