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Colder and cloudier summers in the Pacific Northwest?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I came here for the weather. Seriously. East Coast winters (cold) and East Coast summers (Triple-H: hot hazy humid) drove me bonkers. But global warming is making me feel a bit like Rick in Casablanca: misinformed. Misinformed – you know, that great line where Louis asks Rick why he came to Casablanca, to which Rick […]

Ecothinking and Marx

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Here’s a plea to connect the dots: watch the video, consider rising food prices, and read about Marx today. Dare you!

Despoliation of the environment, high finance, mountain top removal

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Two articles that need your attention: one, in the Wall Street Journal, Trader Holds $3 Billion of Copper in London, which describes how some trader is sitting on 80-90% of circa 50% of the world’s exchange-registered copper stockpile, squirreled away in a London warehouse. We don’t think a lot about where those metals come from. […]

On re-reading Biophilic Design: Taking Love to the Street

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Since I’m fuming in a conversation over on Facebook about the City of Victoria’s Department of Engineering (which seems to me benighted), I was reminded of my 2007 article, Biophilic Design: Taking Love to the Street (the link goes to the Scribd version). Not to sound too much like I’m tooting my own horn, but […]

Serendipitous visual learning: forests and trees

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Amazing things crop up on the internet, sometimes found serendipitously – with nary a memory of how they were stumbled in the first place. For example, I came across a useful page from British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests and Range, specifically the Forest Practices Branch: check out the Visual Landscape Design – Interactive Multimedia Training […]

Public spaces in lush lands

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

I live in a ridiculously lush part of the world, and I’m not talking about the Canadian propensity to drink alcoholic beverages. In Victoria BC, on southern Vancouver Island, it’s green year ’round. By February, people are mowing their lawns. By mid-summer, the climate turns nearly Mediterranean (after a winter and long spring of cool, […]

Figuring out religion in God’s Brain: great interview with Lionel Tiger

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Lionel Tiger’s new book, God’s Brain (coauthored with Michael McGuire) offers a scientific and anthropological explanation that finally makes sense of the religious impulse.

Keep flying…

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

It’s busy around here, which is why posting to the blog is sparse (to put it kindly). But the other day — really in passing, the way a bird might fly past the window, and the window is your life as you’re standing there and living it, except I was moving and the window was […]

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