Sunday, August 31, 2003

getting rid of some stuff...the painting is one of the animator's :-)

Thursday, August 28, 2003

This will keep me busy: 50 things to do instead of shopping.

The University of East Anglia School of Environmental Sciences is working with the community to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60% in 25 years (twice as fast as the government target) and this is why it is important:

We are all responsible for the 500 million tonnes of CO2 the UK puts into the atmosphere every year.
These emissions include those from the generation of the electricity we use, the transport we rely on, the heating and hot water we need for our comfort.
But hidden from our view are the CO2 emissions associated with the things we make, the things we buy, the food we eat and the things we throw away.
On average all of these activities add up to 9 tonnes of CO2 every year for each man, women and child.

The team suggest simple things we can all do - like unplugging our phone charger when it is not in use.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Okay, I have a whole bunch of links for you about Mike May who regained his sight (or at least partial sight) after being blind since he was three.
This article raises some interesting points about how we learn to make sense of the world, while The Guardian's story focuses much more on the human angle. These last two are bonus links to Mike May's company website: new perceptions and his public speaking. I guess we could all use a lesson in seeing the world anew.

Good news for the bon vivants!

On a more serious note, the animator and I try to be careful what, how and why we consume. But even we sometimes - and usually when money is tight - get the urge to splurge on DVDs, clothes or other unecessary purchases in an effort to 'treat' ourselves. Which is why Alan Thein Durning's article really struck a nerve (via The Path). This blog is part of a conscious move on my part (I wanted to keep a tangible record) towards living more frugally and with greater respect for the environment - yes there is some in central London. I'll keep you posted on how I do.

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Today's topic is one I've been thinking about a lot recently - it just seems to be coming up more and more - the way medicines, and consequently illnesses, are being aggressively marketed to us. Today's Guardian has this to say. This is obviously a massive issue and, with the relaxation of legislation preventing the advertising of medicines to consumers, one that is going to become increasingly important. I recently read a similar article in the Boston Globe (via the always excellent Rebecca's Pocket) about the 'fashion' for prescribing HRT, unfortunately it seems that it is no longer online. I am deeply suspicious of medicines that claim to treat 'conditions' that are a natural part of our life cycle, especially when their treatment raises such large revenues for big pharma.

Incidentally, the Blogger interface on the mac is significantly different - and much harder to use. Home updates might be the order of the day.

Monday, August 25, 2003

Something to be proud of - happy carnival to you all.
How would you define forgiveness and what are your limits? Rwandan women are giving the rest of us a lesson. An entirely humbling and heartbreaking story.

Sunday, August 24, 2003

Must stop counting my posts as that will soon get boring, if it hasn't already... Not up to much today. The animator is in a funk, we are currently losing the cricket and my maiden attempt at making bread with live yeast failed, due to live yeast showing a distinct lack of vital signs. Back to using the reliable dried stuff I guess.

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Well, second ever post (actually third, since in a moment of techno muppetry I just deleted all that I had spent five minutes typing).

Today is a day for thinking about life goals and mine involve building an of these.

Ideally, on a brownfield site in the centre of a city. Melbourne is the current front runner, since that is where the animator is from. Incidentally, today was supposed to be an animation-free day, the first in six months! Perhaps that is why I'm so keen to think about goals, for the first time in ages the animator and I have spent time talking about other things.

So back to the earthship (yes I know it is a ridiculous name for such a noble construct). I'd like to reclaim a warehouse site. Build the earthship inside of the old redbrick structure. I'm not referencing 'The Good Life' here...just in case I had you worried. The animator and I are far too lux to want to wear aran sweaters and wellies, but sustainability and living lightly on the earth with respect for the environment and society is important to me.

At the moment, we are about as far away from realising that dream as it is possible to be: geographically, financially, career-wise. However, that doesn't mean the dream can't come true. And then I'll have a site like this one (only our earthship will be better looking!)

I herby officially launch the Urban Badger - god bless her and all who sail in her!

This is going to be (with any luck) an online repository for my thoughts, links and maunderings. As such, it will supplement my journal. Hopefully, it won't replace emailing people individually.

There also might be photos soon - when I've worked out the techno joy side of things.