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Link Paul Cooley's Carfree Family blog remote url Link 2005-02-27 2005-02-27
  Found from browsing the carfree yahoo group. The following is from his "first post":http://carfreefamily.blogspot.com/2005/01/entering-blog-world.html :<blockquote>We are also carfree. I find that to be the one saving grace in my life right now. I firmly believe that getting rid of the car greatly improved our quality of life. I'm working on a book about it, but I have no idea how to convince anyone who is not already convinced that our life is better. It seems that I can only preach to the choir in a book like that, and I am still trying to see my way through to a vision of the United States with more bicycle and pedestrian traffic than automobiles, frequent and comfortable trains, thriving local farming communities, and a well-educated, television weaned populace. I hope that's not taking on too much.</blockquote>
Link Ran Prieur remote url Link 2005-02-06 2005-06-08
  I can't tell if he's still carfree (since he bought land--Update: it looks like he has a car). But he's good to know about! He linked to the "Jeffrey Sawyer article":../../jeffreysawyer/livinginquiry/ in his "how to drop out":http://ranprieur.com/essays/dropout.html essay, and has so many readers that he started to show up in the site statistics.
Link Learning Org List remote url Link 2005-01-10 2007-06-28
  "George":http://georgekao.com/ wrote such a good description of the group that I'm taking the liberty of copying it here. If you want to be added, ask me, and I'll ask George. My original intention was that each person would start their own group for their own group of friends. But postings have been so few (none between June 2004 and January 10, 2005) we could use more members in ours. <blockquote> THE IDEA: Be amongst friends (and friends of friends) who are actively learning to live a life true to ourselves our callings in this world. We're not concerned about &ldquo;perfection&rdquo; but rather, about learning, growing, doing what we can to fulfill our highest visions for ourselves and for our world. And, our individual visions won't be exactly the same... the benefit of diversity is to learn from one another! Wouldn't it be cool if such knowledge were archived... and weren't so overwhelming? THE IDEA, APPLIED: Send us an update once every 3 months (no more) about what you're learning working on in the journey to live true to yourself and your calling in the world. LearningOrg will only accept 1 message per member every 3 months. If you want to respond to someone else's message, please put your reply within your own LearningOrg update, or respond to them privately. To keep the quality of the content high, this is an invitation-only group. I'll make sure you get no more than 1 LearningOrg message per day. LearningOrg was inspired by Colin Leath's idea of a place to &ldquo;share the most important things you have learned; challenge yourself with queries. What are your dreams for yourself? For society?&rdquo; His original idea can be found "here":http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FriendsOfColin/message/1. </blockquote>
Link Toxic Breast Milk? by Florence Williams remote url Link 2005-01-09 2005-01-09
  Once the free NYT (registration required) link expires, try: * "google":http://www.google.com/search?q=%22toxic+breast+milk%22+%22florence+williams%22 * "googlegroups":http://groups.google.com/groups?q=%22toxic%20breast%20milk%22%20%22florence%20williams%22 The process of civilization poisoning itself fascinates me. I do think we can learn from these stories and activists. Now, to get all plastic &amp; foam out of the house... But still we'll have the groups like the Plastics and Film Industry Association, or Dupont/Union Carbide who will assure us it is not their fault, that the activists are off-base, and that the world should use more of their products than before. And in many cases we will! (I spend money on computer-related hardware, at least, and all that that contains). I think what may happen is that through legislation, as with the banning of lead in gas, more of these toxins will be banned. The challenge is developing and institutionalizing a system or stance where these problems are less likely to arise in the first place, such as is suggested by the "precautionary principle":http://www.google.es/search?q=precautionary+principle.
Link Intentional Community Database remote url Link 2004-12-24 2004-12-26
  I keep forgetting to add this. icdb.org is a self-serve, open, free, multi-lingual and paperless database/directory, serving intentional communities, and their organizations, individuals and groups searching for intentional communities, and curious aliens observing the evolution of the earth's future civilization (and/or beyond) from afar... "Ofek":../ofek made it.
Link ChangeThis - PDF Manifestos remote url Link 2004-12-21 2004-12-21
  I first learned of this from planetizen's weekly news email in their link to Greusel's manifesto "Legalize Neighborhoods Again!":http://www.changethis.com/sp-5.LegalizeNeighborhoods I didn't put a link here then because I wasn't that impressed..., I liked "kuro5hin.org":http://kuro5hin.org better. But now, months later, I wanted to see what new manifestos they might have, and couldn't remember the web site. So here's the link. Their idea is similar to what I was thinking for the carfree magazine, at least in the pdf-centric approach. From their site: <blockquote> ChangeThis is creating a new kind of media. A form of media that uses existing tools (like PDFs, blogs and the web) to challenge the way ideas are created and spread. We're on a mission to spread important ideas and change minds. </blockquote>
Link Dvorak with Spanish characters for Windows 2000 + remote url Link 2004-10-31 2004-10-31
  I've been dealing with trying to type Spanish characters in various applications on Windows 2000 using the dvorak layout. Thanks to "Matt Frear's work":http://marcs.uws.edu.au/research/software/dvorak.htm, I was able to make a layout of my own... All my problems are not fixed, however as "vim":http://www.vim.org is doing strange things with some of the deadkeys (instead of making "" it produces "' 1", for example). But, "here's my layout":kbdvspc.zip. It includes characters such as and (&#161; and &#191;) and (&#252;) that Matt's does not. It also does not use the ` character or let you make any of the characters with the accent grave&mdash;this layout is only for Spanish. I do wish I were using linux, but until I have time to see how "suspend to disk":http://softwaresuspend.berlios.de/ works on my laptop with the new kernels&mdash;a project I'd rather avoid, though time costs of dealing with windows are adding up&mdash;I'm stuck dealing with the MS OS. One thing I've done to get some more exposure to Spanish is to change all the UIs I can to that language. Unfortunately, unlike with Linux, it costs $$ to legally switch the win2k OS base langage to Spanish. Note that I associated this keyboard layout with the *Spanish (Spain)* language, unlike what Matt did with his. On the Macintosh OS X it is easy to type these characters even in the dvorak layout. I have heard that newer versions of windows come with a dvorak international layout.
Link PRO-URB list on the practice of new urbanism remote url Link 2004-10-30 2004-10-30
  This is the main list for discussion of new urbanist topics. It is very high-volume&mdash;as many as 10 messages/day&mdash;with over 650 members. You'll need to petition the list owner to be added as a member and to see the archives (write a bit about the reason for your interest). Some other new urbanist lists that do / did not require membership approval are: o "CNU@LSV.UKY.EDU":http://catalist.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=CNU&H=LSV.UKY.EDU o "Next Generation Urbanists":http://listserv.miami.edu/archives/urbangeneration.html Here are the list guidelines for pro-urb: a. no more than 2 messages per day unless forwarding material without comment (newspaper articles, weblinks, etc) b. no one liners like "I agree" or "thank you for that" c. send messages meant for an individual or a few subscribers off-list, not to the entire group d. no flaming. Be nice e. IMPORTANT: STAY ON TOPIC: urbanism, codes, city planning, technical issues like transit/transportation, issues of design and architecture related to urbanism, and such, and avoid discussions that are rehashes from days of yore (e.g. Seaside and picket fences, NU and nostalgia). Philosophical observations are welcome, so long as they directly pertain to the topic of urbanism and the list's defined issues. f. REMEMBER THAT Pro-Urb is NEW URBANISM SEMINAR 5010, it is not New Urbanism 101. As such, submissions must be substantive. Questions about real problems to solicit solutions and discussion by experts are welcome. However, please do not post questionnaires. g. You may post images 100KB or less, and if you have a question about images, please contact me off-list before you post. h. If you accidentally send a posting meant for an individual to the list, please do not post an apology for doing so back to the list. i. JOB POSTINGS, RFQ's, and RFP's of interest to the list are welcome. Please do not post resumes or job solicitations by individuals. Faculty may send out brief statements if they have graduating students they feel are particularly qualified for employment in the field, with a request for potential employers to contact offlist. If you have problems posting, unsubscribing, or changing settings on your subscription, please contact the list owner. She'll be happy to help.
Link New Urban Living Magazine remote url Link 2004-10-30 2004-10-30
  I wrote my initial proposal for a "carfree lifestyle magazine":../carfreeliving only two weeks ago. And now I find this (from a post on "pro-urb":../pro-urb seeking classifieds for their mag). They said it is at present free to post a classified ad. I'm not able to find a statement of purpose on their website, but here are some culled from links to their site: <blockquote> Lifestyle magazine for residents of Traditional Neighborhood Developments.</blockquote> <blockquote>A supplement to our print publication, New Urban Living magazine. In addition to the news-related articles found online, New Urban Living Magazine carries profiles of communities, features, award-winning homes, quality of life articles, home and outdoor tips, resort features, community tips, event coverage, book reviews, plus much more.</blockquote> Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the founder of the mag, Stephen Martin (I believe), may not be carfree. Here are some posts from the "Celebration, Florida discussion":http://www.34747.org/ forum: <blockquote>"2004-04-27":http://www.34747.com/forum/display_topic_threads.asp?ForumID=1&TopicID=2105&PagePosition=1&get=last I am with New Urban Living magazine. We are trying to locate someone who owns a Porsche in Celebration for a quick photo shot.</blockquote> And there is even a "Celebration Exotic Car Celebration":http://www.celebrationexoticcars.com! "Adam Parish":http://www.garageapartments.com/v3-ap-bio.asp also is/was working with the mag. I found my vision in reality with a vengeance! In truth, though, they are targeting a different market than what I had in mind, though I hoped the carfree mag would benefit from having some high-income readers&mdash;the ones *New Urban Living* is focusing on.
Link Photograph America for $$$ remote url Link 2004-10-23 2004-12-26
  Walking around the College Heights, San Diego suburbs I saw another pedestrian. He was taking pictures of every house on the street. I stopped to talk and found he was paid by ZAIO to do so. He said he was a professional photographer, but that ZAIO would train you and give you a camera (you pay them back with your work) if you didn't have a camera. It sounds nice to walk around all day taking pictures... In some neighborhoods where the houses are more spread out, a bike would be useful. Cars are not useful because one must get out each time to photograph or it is more difficult to manoeuver (what a hideous word). Later on, like next year, he said he would drive by with a laptop and verify the photos, taking new ones if necessary. He said when he got out early every day he'd be making $800/week (in a dense neighborhood). I couldn't quite figure out how to sign up on the website... They've got a smart way of doing things so that you pay to occupy virtual territory (and for a software licence). Sounds visa/"chaordic":http://chaordic.org/ like.
Link William Rawls, Super-Human Computer Programmer remote url Link 2004-10-17 2005-10-04
  One of the greatest people I have met. I don't doubt he has problems like the rest of us (hating exercise, for one), but if there ever was a real-life Falstaff (who Howard Bloom calls the smartest of Shakespeare's characters), this might be him. I wish there was someone like him in my life now! I only worked with him for a year or less. His pet project at the time was "sliceanddice":http://www.sliceanddice.com/ --if he could play it right, it could lead/may have already led to great things. Here is his "Primer for Ablitic Programming":http://www.sliceanddice.com/cpp.html, which I confess I haven't read carefully, at least not recently, that if combined with his portrait of himself captures some of what he's like in person. I hope you're well William!
Link Kimpire remote url Link 2004-10-17 2006-11-18
  I think this guy's in Germany... (Someone told me Hong Kong is the correct location.) He appears not to be confined to any particular location. . .
Link Ecopolitics.ca's Carfree Zones page remote url Link 2004-10-16 2004-12-26
  Very nice, shows pictures of car-clogged areas next to carfree ones. I've thought of doing the same around here--there's an awful corner with a "Carefree Autocare" place on it. The link to newurbanism.org's "pedestrian page":http://www.newurbanism.org/pages/519562/ is nice too.
Link Community Service / Solution- small communities, & peak oil conference remote url Link 2004-10-16 2004-10-16
  These guys are on an intentional community, "the vale":http://www.smallcommunity.org/vale.asp, and organizing "conferences":http://www.communitysolution.org/conf1.html around the issue of peak oil. Their mission: <blockquote> Community Service is dedicated to the development, growth and enhancement of small local communities. We envision a country where the population is distributed in small communities that are sustainable, diverse and culturally sophisticated.</blockquote> They have another site: "smallcommunity.org":http://www.smallcommunity.org/ It looks like they got going in 1950, closer to the era of "Scott and Helen Nearing":http://www.goodlife.org/ than "the farm":http://carfreeuniverse.org/Members/colin/thefarm. No actually, the "IC directory":http://directory.ic.org/records/index.php?action=view&page=view&record_id=1237 says 1960, and currently has 22 adults and 18 children. The organization, Community Service, was started in 1940. And, in fact, started the FIC, it "says":http://www.smallcommunity.org/vale.asp! My issue with the peak oil focus is: <blockquote> Unless the developed world embarks on a strong program of curtailment, our deteriorating social environment of poverty, violence, etc., will continue. This deterioration is already reflecting the decline of oil. </blockquote> If oil weren't declining I don't think that would make things better. The issue is building communities meaningful to live in regardless of how much cheap energy we have access to. I'm sort of babbling here. Very cool! In addition to the people from "ecocity builders":http://www.ecocitybuilders.org/index.html, Patricia from "Earthaven":http://carfreeuniverse.org/Members/colin/earthaven will be there!! "We envision a country where the population is distributed in small communities that are sustainable, diverse and culturally sophisticated." This caught my notice--My dream is a library in the woods accessible only by foot, water, or rail... But I've gotten so many of my dreams, or, I've adapted/cut it down to simply having a college campus with library I can use and walk to--for the time being.
Link The conference bike remote url Link 2004-10-16 2004-10-16
  "The conference bike is a tricycle pedaled by 7 riders sitting in a circle. One person steers, while each person is free to pedal or not as the bike moves effortlessly along." It looks like a new one could be bought for &euro;9,500 +. "Eric Staller":http://www.ericstaller.com/about/ in the Netherlands appears to be the artist behind it.
Link Car-Free Mayland, DC, Virginia remote url Link 2004-10-09 2004-10-09
  The Washington DC metropolitan area is host to some of the worst traffic in the nation. This group is for people who want to talk with others of like minds in Maryland, DC and Virginia who are or want to be car-free. The focus of this group is to explore alternatives to vehicular ownership and dependency, the benefits to becoming car-free, and special problems certain people may face (such as those who live in suburban areas or regularly need to travel long distances, etc) This group also advocates the belief that all people should have the choice to walk, bike or use any other mode human mobility as transporation.
Link New Urban News Newsletter remote url Link 2004-10-09 2004-10-09
  NEW URBAN NEWS is a professional newsletter for planners, developers, architects, builders, public officials and others who are interested in the creation of human-scale communities.
Link Breast Cancer Industry Awareness Month remote url Link 2004-10-06 2004-10-06
  From "about.com":http://environment.about.com/cs/healt1/a/envirobreast_2.htm : <blockquote>The National Cancer Institute stated in 1995, "Breast cancer is simply not a preventable disease." In 1997, the American Cancer Institute offered a similar opinion, that "there are no practical ways to prevent breast cancer&mdash;only early detection." Soon after the NCI made that statement, a study was released which linked the output of internal combustion engines with increased risk of breast cancer. NCI was quick to hop on board into a collaborative research program with General Motors (GM). 140,000 female GM employees aged 35 and older were invited to participate to assess their risk for developing cancer. The employees with the highest possible risk were then eligible to participate in the NCI's "Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene" (STAR)program, which randomly assigned daily doses of either of the two drugs to the healthy women for a period of five years. Yet again, the cancer industry relied upon a study based on chemoprevention, rather than focusing on determining the source of the problem, pollution prevention, or creation of less-harmful alternatives. At this time, it should be noted that the reason the cancer-treatment drug *Tamoxifen* is shrouded in controversy is due to the fact that the drug itself is a potential carcinogen, and may cause uterine cancer, liver cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. After two years of use, tamoxifen has been shown to increase uterine cancer risk by two to three times. </blockquote> The main site to visit is "Breast Cancer Action":http://www.bcaction.org/. "A useful flyer (pdf)":http://www.bcaction.org/PDF/NCIMFlyer.pdf "google on BCI":http://www.google.com/search?q=breast+cancer+industry
Link HouseYourself - collected creative housing thoughts remote url Link 2004-10-03 2004-10-03
  Personally I've taken the live with relatives or be homeless in California where there are no bugs, no rain, and plenty of free food approach, but for those of you who don't shudder at the thought of living in a structure of your own, this book might be of use.
Link Condorcet better than Instant Runoff Voting? remote url Link 2004-10-02 2004-10-02
  That's what this site says. The U.S. needs help and one of the ways it needs help is, perhaps, in developing a representative voting system. That and eliminating "corporate personhoood":http://carfreeuniverse.org/Members/colin/poclad/. It may be a while before I read this site carefully and try to understand it...
Link Jim Bell, ecological designer remote url Link 2004-10-02 2004-10-02
  Another significant San Diego Activist. His HQ is on Voltaire street in OB just down from "Ocean Beach People's Co-op":http://www.obpeoplesfood.coop/, and from the Green Store. OB could be called a surfer & transient & dog ghetto, with a few green and progressive people hanging on below the noise of the overhead jet traffic. I wish Colleen Dietzel of the Green Store had a web site to link to-- I visit her when I'm there and the store is open and help feed the fleas which live in her carpet and which usually have only a scrawny, perhaps vegan cat to chew on. What are differences between these independents and the institutionalized? The Green Store reminds me of Bill's urban ecology storefront in Seattle on University Ave, which I liked a lot when I was there. I can't find Bill on the web, and only "UW's (neglected?) urban ecology center":http://www.urbaneco.washington.edu/ shows up. Jim Bell, at any rate, seems to be another hard worker outside of any sort of organization but his own. He also runs as green candidate for various things (mayor at least). I hear he's looking for interns, or was. His new book, "Long Range Planning, Creating a Sustainable Economy and Future in the San Diego/Tijuana Region A Case Study":http://jimbell.com/LongRangePlanning.htm, which I haven't read, impresses me at least with its ambition, and seems to be the thing we need more of. When I last walked by his HQ, on September 18, 2004, they were having a good-sized eco-party there later in the afternoon. I didn't see anyone at the time, but was moved to wonder at who these people are and how it is they keep doing what they do... I guess it isn't that amazing. But I'm not doing it. And when someone has vision or madness--I guess it is just vision and patience to work with institutions and political systems--to attempt something like "Creating a Sustainable Economy and Future in the San Diego/Tijuana Region," or building a carfree city, I at the least nod in respect and some wonder.
Link San Diego Earth Times remote url Link 2004-10-02 2004-10-30
  "San Diego Earth Times presents articles covering a wide variety of local, national and international environmental topics." Carolyn Chase, the editor, is a significant local activist.
Link Wookie and Sara Janes walk the pacific coast trail remote url Link 2004-10-02 2004-10-02
  Another long walking adventure for the archives. I don't think that many people do the coast trail (as compared to the crest trail). I've thought about doing an article an all the various non-motorized North American trail projects, for people and for animals (e.g., "the wildlands project":http://www.twp.org/). For now, here's a link to "coasttrails.org":http://www.coasttrails.org/.
Link Snakegirl dot net, home of Beverly Thomson remote url Link 2004-09-11 2004-09-11
  I may have her last name wrong. I found her web site by searching for "squat nyc" back in 2001. I sent her an email, and later ran into her on the subway, recognizing her from a picture on her website. The cool sort of thing that happens in the pedestrian world of NYC. We don't keep in touch (except perhaps this way), and *friend* isn't quite the right word for someone I've only spent a bit of time with. But she amazes me, as she seems as made for the academic world as I am circumspect and hesitant about it, and she is a hard-core activist, a la "starhawk," and these counter-culture rock stars I like to keep in the corner of my eye. There are parallels in my mind between her and "Rebecca Spencer":http://genetics.mgh.harvard.edu/LeeWeb/lab%20personnel/rebeccaspencer.html, and also with "Patrick Wong":http://www.geocities.com/utpwong/, but only because I'm thinking of like-aged people I know in academia... and Patrick really tore that up. On the other hand&mdash;
Link Peter Kolbe remote url Link 2004-08-13 2004-08-13
  A good friend in NYC. I met him at a "hostel":http://www.jimsdeli.com/new-york-city-hostel/ny-connection.htm in Williamsburg when I visited NYC in January of 2001. In August I stayed with him for two weeks while I found my first place... (back in the days when I paid rent). He's really into bikes (bicycles), but because he relishes remembering his days of driving a pickup truck with nekkid woman mud flaps in Charleston, SC (or was it Charlotte, NC?), he is loathe to endorse the carfree vision! He learned how to ride my "recumbent":http://carfreeuniverse.org/Members/colin/reynoldsWeldLab in one evening. Someday I'll get to see him again... and I'm not sure he wants this page here... but this is to make it easier for me to see if *his* website ever changes.

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