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Link Stop eating and drinking plastic? remote url Link 2004-08-05 2004-08-05
  I had thought I should get plastic out of my life. Upon seeing a display selling polycarbonate drinking jugs at "Rainbow Grocery":http://www.rainbowgrocery.coop/, I made a note. Perhaps it was "Pure Water Systems":http://www.purewatersystems.com/frig_bottle.php ("leaching of contaminants is no longer an issue with high quality polycarbonates"). Polycarbonate *is* plastic. Here is "Consumer Reports":http://www.consumerreports.org/main/content/display_report.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=341437&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=333139 ("Eight of the ten 5-gallon polycarbonate jugs we checked left residues of the endocrine disrupter, bisphenol A, in the water"). Here's the "Berkeley Wellness Letter":http://www.berkeleywellness.com/html/fw/fwLon12Water.html :<blockquote>Plastic containers are not as weighty as glass, but they can affect the water inside. Clear polyethylene plastic has little or no effect. Thick opaque containers can impart a plastic flavor. Big rigid polycarbonate water-cooler jugs can leave chemical residues.</blockquote> o "wikipedia on polycarbonate":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycarbonate o "google on polycarbonate":http://www.google.com/search?q=polycarbonate Two days later, I walked by the Berkeley ecology center and picked up their flyer on "Adverse health effects of PLASTIC":http://ecologycenter.org/erc/fact_sheets/plastichealtheffects.html. Two days after that, I left my tupperware that I'd been eating out of, microwave cooking in, and storing food in for years somewhere by accident. (and my favorite metal spoon). Now that I look into it even tupperware recommends not using such a thing for microwave cooking. From Goodwill I got a pyrex bowl and a plate to use for a top when cooking in the microwave. I already had a lightweight stainless steel cookpot. Real hobos use fire. Urban ones, whatever- Today I see this: The "culture change letter on plastics":http://www.culturechange.org/e-letter-plastics_enemy.html. And the article it links to, "Get plastic out of your diet":http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Plasticizers/Out-Of-Diet-PG5nov03.htm. I have yet to start carrying around a glass water bottle or no water bottle... (at earthaven some use mason jars). And the piping they use in new construction is plastic isn't it? This may be a quixotic endeavor. There's nothing wrong with "pyrex":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrex is there? In ceramics, lead is the killer. You avoid aluminum already? More on aluminum: o "wikipedia":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminum#Precautions o "More alarmist and includes Teflon":http://www.islamonline.net/english/science/2003/09/article18.shtml (with good references) "Pyrex-like glass or Corning ware-type ceramics are safest..." I'm not finding much on corningware. Also- what are those light glass coffee pots made of? o "less alarmist":http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/nov2000/974150903.Ch.r.html o Google on "aluminum+cook+toxic":http://www.google.com/search?q=aluminum+cook+toxic o Google on "teflon+cook+toxic":http://www.google.com/search?q=teflon+cook+toxic Plastic bags are another challenge&mdash;not to mention plastic clothes, and my foam sleeping pad which visibly deteriorates over time. I re-use plastic bags but should use light cloth... And for filling things up at the bulk bins? (Keep in mind I'm a pedestrian and without house). Small paper bags or animal skin, with tare weights... And with the animal skin, must consider tanning process. And if the animal was eating plastic. What is most likely to kill me? Cars (made out of plastic)? But this is about aesthetics, and living a beautiful life. Remember "Kitchen as Temple":http://carfreeuniverse.org/Members/colin/update00002#KAT ? My teeth have been sealed. I eat things from tin cans (inside coated with plastic)? I grind my teeth? This keyboard is plastic? This table? This carpet? ...
Link The Foundation Center remote url Link 2004-08-01 2004-08-01
  This place looks useful for those trying to get grants. Conceivably the following article could be of interest... but at the moment the highways.org site it links to is down: "Connections - Unclogging America's Highways":http://fdncenter.org/pnd/connections/conn_item.jhtml?id=73300002.
Link study abroad SFSU remote url Link 2004-07-25 2004-07-25
  SFSU study abroad
Link Christopher Hume - a carfree columnist remote url Link 2004-07-23 2004-07-23
  Any aspiring carfree op-ed writer should study "Christopher Hume":http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Render&c=Page&cid=970599109774&ce=Columnist&colid=969907619189's work. He is an architechture critic for the Toronto Star. A provocative Hume quote: "The North American ideal, which in many ways is profoundly anti-urban, is based not on the family, as we like to think, but on the home. Home is a place, a man's castle, inviolate and separate from what's around it. In Europe, on the other hand, a man's castle is his city. It is living room, dining room, backyard and vehicle. The streets are his hallways and the parks his garden." I had some bio information... but can't find it. "Google on Hume":http://www.google.com/search?q=%22christopher+hume%22
Link Triangulating Shakespeare remote url Link 2004-07-23 2004-07-23
  Found when searching for Greenblatt's *Shakespearean Negotiations*.
Link Andrew Moore's literature study guides remote url Link 2004-07-23 2004-07-30
  Notable. The Arden Editions of Shakespeare *are* much better (as Moore recommends).
Link How bad is your air? American Lung Association State of the Air 2004 Report remote url Link 2004-06-25 2004-06-25
  Breathing dirty air? You can find out with the American Lung Association State of the Air 2004 report. Click on your state in the map below to check YOUR air and learn how ozone and particle pollution hurts your lungs - and "what you can do to protect yourself":http://lungaction.org/reports/sota04_top10.html.
Link How to travel by train & ship... remote url Link 2004-06-10 2004-06-24
  This site is a treasure for "ecotravellers":http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/ecotravel. I discovered it when looking for an overland route to Thailand. <blockquote> Maybe you don't like flying. Or perhaps you just prefer classic travel by express train and ocean liner, where you eat in a restaurant, sleep in a bed, and get to see where you're going... This website will tell you how to travel comfortably by train or ship for many journeys where you might think that air was now the only option.</blockquote>
Link J. H. Crawford's collection of city photographs remote url Link 2004-06-04 2004-12-26
  An excellent resource if you want to see what carfree areas around the world look like or if you want to make visuals advertising carfree ideas. See also Joel's "carfree city design site":http://carfree.com/design/ and "Floor Area Ratios Illustrated":http://carfree.com/design/far/index.html.
Link autofrei wohnen remote url Link 2004-05-31 2008-03-05
  Markus Heller has a thorough awareness of actual carfree development. The Germans appear to be leading the way in reclaiming cities from the auto on a large scale. I earlier linked to "Marcus' Autofrei leben in Europa presentation":http://www.sujet.de/sign/projekte/autofrei/projektautofrei_fr.html.
Link EDF's Scorecard remote url Link 2004-05-31 2004-05-31
  Find out about the pollution problems in your community. Search by geographic area or company name, or learn more about environmental issues. Reports are currently available on: * Air Quality: Criteria and hazardous air pollutants * Land Contamination: Superfund sites and lead hazards * Waste: Toxic chemical releases from industrial plants and animal waste produced by factory farms * Water Quality: Clean Water Act status and watershed health Pollution Rankings Scorecard highlights pollution problems that put an area into the worst 20% of areas in the country, or in its own state, and spotlights the companies responsible.
Link New York City carfree escapes remote url Link 2004-05-30 2004-05-30
  1. Go to new jersey via path and take commuter rail to tuxedo park and find the trailhead to harriman state park (across a footbridge across the river) 2. A two hour ride on the LIRR to Fire Island... I haven't done this one but wish I had.
Link Cutting Your Car Use: remote url Link 2004-05-30 2004-05-30
  Save Money, Be Healthy, Be Green! by Anna Semlyen A pocket size book on changing travel habits Britain's first personal traffic reduction guide. Packed with constructive, easy to follow, best practice advice. 96 pages, updated Autumn 2003. Over 30,000 sold. Audience: People and organisations who want to reduce their car use and those who want to give up car ownership altogether Contents - o Introduction o Why cut your car use? o How are you using your car? o Looking at the alternatives o Changing your travel habits o Making better use of your car o Living without a car o Getting active o Talking to your employer o References o Directory The UK directory has 206 information sources with addresses, phone numbers, web sites & emails.
Link carsharing remote url Link 2004-05-30 2004-05-30
  Something about carsharing on carfreeuniverse? I think I might resign. Here's some links: "The World CarShare Consortium":http://ecoplan.org/carshare/ (look in the menu for "what is carsharing":http://ecoplan.org/carshare/general/basics.htm? for an explanation) "Google":http://www.google.com/search?q=carsharing "carsharing.net":http://www.carsharing.net/ I'm putting this under "transitioning to carfree" though I'm not sure if that fits...
Link The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) remote url Link 2004-05-30 2004-05-30
  Note that they are having a "conference":http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/history.htm in September 2004 in Vancouver, BC. The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is the major program of the Bicycle Federation of America, Inc. (BFA), a national, nonprofit [501(c)(3)] corporation established in 1977. Our mission is to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities. The NCBW is not a membership organization; our revenue comes from grants, contracts, and consulting fees. In 2001, the NCBW was awarded a multi-year grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to provide information and resources to communities and professionals working to create more activity-friendly communities. This program is referred to as Active Living's Technical Assistance Center, or ALTAC for short. The grant is part of RWJF's efforts to provide improved opportunities for Americans to be physically active on a daily basis in the communities where they live and work. It is the largest grant ever awarded to the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. Ongoing NCBW activities include: * providing specialized consulting services in the areas of long-range planning, policy development, public involvement, route selection, planning and design guidelines for bicycle and pedestrian facilities * training programs for public health and transportation agencies * economic development and tourism planning and analysis * organizing and managing workshops and conferences, including the biennial Pro Bike / Pro Walk conference. In addition, we produce CenterLines, our bi-weekly electronic news bulletin, as well as the quarterly NCBW Forum. All of our publications and programs are supplemented by our comprensive web site (www.bikewalk.org), supporting the efforts of individuals and organizations working on bicycling and walking initiatives. Finally, the NCBW works with local, state, and national bicycle, pedestrian, and transportation advocates to bring about changes in government policies, programs, and procedures to help create more bicycle friendly and walkable communities.
Link New City Spaces: documenting the invasion, abandoning, and reconquering of public space remote url Link 2004-05-29 2004-05-30
  I've been looking for books with visuals that best document the motivation of the carfree movement. From the "TCFCIII Conference":http://carfreeuniverse.org/Members/colin/TCFCIIIConferenceReport, or more directly, "Public Spaces - Public Life: Urban Design with the Pedestrian in Mind":http://carbusters.ecn.cz/conference/transcripts.php#gemzoe, I thought this book would be the best, if I could get my hands on it. The first chapter of "life between buildings":http://www.rudi.net/bookshelf/classics/lifebetweenbuildings/index.shtml is online! New city spaces details in particular the reclaiming of copenhagen from the automible over 20 years.
Link Michael Washington remote url Link 2004-05-29 2004-05-29
  Wow is about all I can say. I saw him around SLO, and today saw him again and stopped to talk. His website says most of what he told me, and the pictures look current. He's waiting for the wind to change to start heading north to his workshop in Cape somewhere in south-central Oregon. He doesn't have a stash of money that he lives off of. He can make $300 - $500 a week busking, and has many other skills. He was a dancer. He does smoke roll-your-own, but he's a hell of a lot tougher than I am. I don't think he has a SLO address any more... He camps out every night (an easy thing to do here) in an undisclosed location. Here's the text from his main page, but you should see the pictures. <blockquote> Car Free since 1961 - Biked 3/4 million miles - Averages 70 miles a day - Ridden from top of globe to bottom of globe 30K miles - Biked across 6 of 7 continents with Africa next including: - Biked across US 8 times (4 round trips - first TransAm 1961) - Southernmost tip of S America, Patagonia to Ashland OR 16K miles, 2001/02 - Greenland bikeable perimeter 40% - Australian outback.[1] - Arctic Circle (with rode there from Laguna Beach) '87 - Antarctica '88 (from Arctic Circle) - Russia (Leningrad to Istanbul Turkey) '82 - Europe 5 times from '68 to '98. N to S & E to W - - India '68. '71, '74, '76 to see Yogi Ramsut Kumar China 83 - Made own shelter (modular to fits six people, weighs 6 lbs, houses bikes & gear, goes up in seconds with or w/o poles, storm proof, wind proof, water proof and camouflage - will show people how to construct until he creates package for sale - Made own stove, knives, hatchet, survival tools (fire start kit, [shovel, hatchet, can opener, knife in one]), 7-1/2 gram truing stand that fits in palm of hand, invented shop stands, and most of all tools bike shop he owned - Designed Blue Sky hitch for Burley and collects royalties - Won Mt Shasta hill climb while out on tour 1987 Has patent on fully suspended one wheel trailer that holds 500 lbs: o Turns into a boat o Turns into a cart that will also carry bike o Has spoilers that can act as brakes on fast downhills to slow it down and stabilizers in cross winds .. [1] 1100 miles, 49 days, 48 rolls of film. Slept at nite in 90 degree heat vs. 110 avg day. Constant Wind. No roads. Flat. Used GPS to navigate and also find water. Planned it for several years including location of springs, some of which he hit that were dry. Nothing cold to drink for whole trip. Saw no one for 43 days, no shower either. Rode 8 to 36 miles in a day. One of 4 to do it solo. Packed 68 lbs water, 48 lbs dried fruit. Shot snakes, birds and lizards for food. Planned trip for two years. </blockquote>
Link Go by bicycle remote url Link 2004-05-28 2004-05-28
  A Portland cycling zine.
Link Carfree Seattle remote url Link 2004-05-28 2004-05-28
  Be sure to visit "Your Guide to Going Car-Free," which has short bios of carfree and nearly car-free people. <blockquote>Carfree Seattle is but a small part of the global carfree movement, an ongoing campaign aimed at making automobiles obsolete in urban areas where population density favors mass transit and other more efficient and environmentally friendly modes of transportation, such as walking, bussing, cycling. Overuse of automobiles makes people lazy and antisocial. It also fosters a dependence on oil resources which has short-circuited America's foreign policy while totally screwing the environment. Any move away from auto dependency is a step towards sanity and sustainability. The future is in your hands. Your every action has an impact. Carpool, ride mass transit, walk, bike. The phasing out of the automobile is an evolutionary step. ----------------------------------- Who Do We Think We Are? We are a loose coalition of artists, students, parents, teachers, children, and alternative transportation activists organizing to spread the idea that cars are a problem. Cars suck and we demand better options. The goal of this website is to provide information and materials to spread the car-free concept. We seek to empower and enable individuals to make positive changes in their local communities. We need your help. Distribute flyers, hang posters, share information. Lead by example. Take the initiative. No one is going to do it for you. Your participation is the solution. A better world is possible. Car-free Goals: * Raise awareness of alternative transportation, especially non-motorized modes * Reclaim the streets with fun events * Celebrate walkable communities * Send the message that cities should be organized around PEOPLE, not cars * Provide a networking opportunity for alternative transportation activists * Set a precedent for other communities to follow </blockquote>
Link SLO carfree activism announcement list remote url Link 2004-05-28 2004-05-28
  This is a one-way (newsletter-type) email list for people who wish to be informed about San Luis Obispo area carfree activism. If there is demand for a general discussion listserv (I hope there is) it is easy to start another. Specific projects ideas include: o organizing educational presentations (such as for the June 5 2004 <a href="http://hopedance.org/new/greenfest.html">GreenEarth festival</a>) o starting a local affiliate of <a href="http://carfreeuniverse.org/Members/colin/americawalks">America Walks!</a> o starting a U.S. affiliate of the <a href="http://worldcarfree.net">World Carfree Network</a>.</li> o finding ways to support the <a href="http://carfreecity.us">carfreecity.us</a> project. o supporting carfree and pedestrian-friendly development in SLO County. o Establishing an ecovillage along the lines of <a href="http://earthaven.org/">Earthaven</a> with the goal of developing an entirely carfree village economy of 200 or more people. And any other ideas you might have.
Link business cards / recycled cardstock remote url Link 2004-05-24 2004-05-24
  A collection of links for business cards and business card stock. Many times, especially when bicycling across countries, I wished I had something easy to hand people with some contact info and web site addresses. In addition, a common NYC advertising tactic is small cards stuck in phone booths or other visible places. Little cards could also be left in campus library carrels, or under windshield wipers on cars. Business cards seem fairly expensive. I'm collecting links here on places where it looks like I can get cards or cardstock with at least some recycled content. Using normal paper and cutting it up is another possibility. A google search brings up lots of junk. One of the best sites seems to be from "msn shopping":http://www.eshop.msn.com/fts/ftsresults.aspx?pcid=8393. For large orders, "keysan":http://www.keysan.com/ksu1168a.htm might be competitive? Any other ideas of companies or business card alternatives?
Link San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition remote url Link 2004-05-24 2004-05-27
  The initial meeting was June 26, 2001 at "Hostel Obispo":http://hostelobispo.com! The coalition, the hostel, and hopedance mag, and the greenearth festival are all reasons I've come here (and the campus, and the openspace, and the train). Note that last I heard you must email Joe Gilpin directly to get added to the announcement list. From their site: <blockquote> We're slowly transforming SLO County into a safer and more livable community for cyclist and pedestrian alike! Our Mission To transform San Luis Obispo County into a safer and more livable community by promoting cycling and walking for everyday transportation and recreation. Our Values * Public Access to Open Spaces * Sustainable Land Use Planning and Urban Development * A Healthy Population and Environment * Economic Vitality * An Efficient Transportation System that Provides Equal Mobility for All Our Goals Our Goals for 2004 will be posted shortly Our Vision We envision the County of San Luis Obispo as a vibrant community with a vital economy; a community where walking, cycling, and convenient mass-transit make personal mobility safe, simple and fun. Central downtown areas would be designed for pedestrians and cyclists. Well-planned mixed-use neighborhoods would offer a balance of high and low-density housing with commercial resources nearby. Abundant open spaces would make easy access for all. A thriving eco-tourism industry would emphasize the use of public transportation and outdoor recreation. We also see a future where county residents value and enjoy clean air, active lifestyles, and the natural beauty of their surroundings. Opportunities would abound for people to interact more frequently and courteously in public because they would rely less on the automobile. Pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers would all use our county roads with mutual respect and cooperation. A majority of students would frequently walk and ride their bikes, and as a result young people of San Luis Obispo County would shift their focus away from automobiles as their primary source of transportation and recreation. Employers would offer incentives to workers to commute to work by bicycle or public transportation. An efficient multi-use tranportation system would make commuting easy by linking the communities of the county to each other, the state, and nation beyond. More personal and public resources would be channeled into making the county a great place for people to live with less emphasis on accommodation for motor vehicles. Citizens would not only be informed about current events but also eagerly participate in decision-making on all levels with equal say. Visitors and residents alike would appreciate the healthy, harmonious environment of our county.
Link Permaculture Credit Union remote url Link 2004-05-24 2004-05-24
  The history of financial institutions is one of focus on the bottom line which results in overexploitation of the earth's resources. Now, an innovative new financial institution - Permaculture Credit Union - has been established to allow its members to share their excess with other members of like mind who would use it for sustainable projects and, at the same time, take care of the Earth. Permaculture Credit Union utilizes a unique strategy of combining sound financial business practice with earth care ethics to supply its members with a growing set of financial services. I found this in "hopedance":http://www.hopedance.org/new/issues/44/article3.html.
Link Path to freedom - Urban homestead remote url Link 2004-05-21 2004-06-28
  Our objective is to live harmoniously and sustainably as possible in the midst of the city. On our urban homestead project incorporates many back-to-basic practices, permaculture methods, and appropriate technologies for our present circumstances. We minimize our car use, buy in bulk, prepare seasonal meals from our garden, and much more! We enjoy sharing our knowledge and helping others develop along their journey. It's a massive site... I've only looked at a bit of it. Lois Arkin on the "urban ecovillage list":http://urban.ecovillage.org/join/discussion.shtml points out "ecohome.org":http://www.ecohome.org/ as another, related, LA area project.
Link Carless surname geneology and meaning remote url Link 2004-05-21 2004-05-21
  In "hopedance mag":http://hopedance.org, I encountered an "article":http://hopedance.org/new/issues/44/article9.html by "Sally Carless":http://globalvillageschool.org/staff.html. I thought she might be like Susan Lee Solar, who changed her surname to make a point. But it is a real last name. In fact, there is even a "Petrochem Carless Ltd":http://www.petrochemcarless.com/ : <blockquote>Petrochem Carless is the leading European refiner and supplier of high performance speciality hydrocarbons, advanced automotive fluids and speciality chemicals.</blockquote> Here's one "Carless geneology forum":http://genforum.genealogy.com/carless/. If you have any information on the history of this name, please fill me in. (I'm too afraid to register on the site and ask the forum for fear of what they'll do with my email address). Anyone for starting a new line in the Carless family tree? Colin Carless... hmm. Aha- googling "carless family name origin" led to: <blockquote><h1><a href="http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~alan/family/S-Carelesse.html">The origin of the name <i>Carelesse</i></a></h1> <h2>derivative of <i>Carless</i></h2> English (chiefly West Midlands): nickname for a carefree person, from Old English <i>carleas</i> (a compound of <i>caru + leas</i> <tt>grief, care + free from, without</tt>). <p> Variants: <b>Careles</b>, <b>Careless</b>; <b>Corless</b> (Lancashire); <b>Curless</b>. Cited from: Hanks and Hodges 1988, _A Dictionary of Surnames_. Oxford University Press </blockquote>

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