Tree Debt Revisited

Another perhaps more straightforward way to look at tree debt is to consider the following: what population of trees do I need to personally plant and sustain to equal my carbon emissions? Thinking of it this way tries to equalize two rates: the rate of emissions on one hand and the rate of absorption by … Continue Reading

Life on Concrete

A few weeks ago there was a mouse in the street. Upon a closer look, it seemed like it was confused or injured, running in circles. The road was busy with cars and I almost jumped out into traffic to try to usher the mouse to the sidewalk, but was prevented from doing so (maybe … Continue Reading

more minimalism

There’s a knock-knock joke that goes like this: Knock-knock. Who’s there? Knock-knock. Who’s there? Knock-knock. Who’s there? Knock-knock. Who’s there? Philip Glass. Which is a hilarious dart aimed at another minimalism.   But I found myself thinking of it upon looking at this recent NYTimes piece on minimal living, which sings the same old song.  … Continue Reading

happy cycling

About two years ago I got rid of my car (a gas-hungry ’92 Mazda Navajo) in the hopes of buying a used motorcycle.  I figured that as long as I lived in Southern California, I’d at least sometimes need a motor vehicle, but if I had to own one it might as well be fuel-efficient.  … Continue Reading