Smashing Ideas

Bike Chain Reaction: A Social Business to Create Bike Commuters Through Crowdfunding

Today I set aside my blather to convey what may be a good idea. I’ve only had like two good ideas ever, and I’ll cut off my own hair and eat it if it helps to make this the third (this is a trick – because I’m hairless). I’d like Continue Reading →

Posted August 08, 2012 in Smashing Ideas | 2 Comments on Bike Chain Reaction: A Social Business to Create Bike Commuters Through Crowdfunding

How Whac-A-Gas Ruins Everything and Why Only Carbon Pricing Can Fix It

Because this is a long (but peppy…absorbing…nay bewitching) post, here’s a synopsis: There are a schmillion people addressing climate change in a schmillion ways, most of which won’t work without Carbon Pricing thanks to a horror I call Whac-a-Gas (if you don’t know what Carbon Pricing is, by Hera and Continue Reading →

Posted July 25, 2012 in Smashing Ideas | 11 Comments on How Whac-A-Gas Ruins Everything and Why Only Carbon Pricing Can Fix It

An experiment in bike infrastructure

Cities would be better off if bikes replaced cars for short trips for most residents. Bikes need less space and less infrastructure, they don’t emit the combustion byproducts that create both health problems and smelly/gritty air, they save us cash on fuel, they save us even more on health care Continue Reading →

Posted March 10, 2012 in Smashing Ideas | No Comments on An experiment in bike infrastructure

Balancing the negative and the positive in climate communications

It’s common advice in climate circles to avoid discussing the risks of climate change and instead to discuss solutions, to maintain a positive vibe. The rationale is that people don’t want to hear dark news and won’t be inclined to listen if you dwell on it. There’s evidence that this is Continue Reading →

Posted March 08, 2012 in Smashing Ideas | 13 Comments on Balancing the negative and the positive in climate communications

The Vasectarmy: Securing Our Future Against Marauding Sperm

[Note: at the bottom of the post I discuss objections to my argument, so check there before writing to list all the places I can shove it.] In following health care trends (which is what I do to relax – I also eat corn husks for dessert), I’ve been tracking Continue Reading →

Posted September 07, 2011 in Smashing Ideas | 14 Comments on The Vasectarmy: Securing Our Future Against Marauding Sperm

The Chain Fonda Project: A Social Business to Spread Bicycle Commuting

My ideas are like plane crashes: alarming and usually unexpected. Nonetheless today I offer an idea for a social business which could (I hope) save us money, help slow climate change and peak oil, and make us happier and healthier. Maybe it will also bring me fame so I can Continue Reading →

Posted May 25, 2011 in Smashing Ideas | 2 Comments on The Chain Fonda Project: A Social Business to Spread Bicycle Commuting

Front Yard Disobedience: How to Boost Food Security without Really Trying

Of the threats climate change and peak oil pose, we should be most worried about the threat to food.  I have young nephews, and there’s not much I wouldn’t do to keep their bellies full if you catch my drift and I think you do. God knows what I’d be Continue Reading →

Posted May 18, 2011 in Smashing Ideas | 10 Comments on Front Yard Disobedience: How to Boost Food Security without Really Trying

Death Ray Gardening: Tell Cold Weather To Piss Off, Grow More Food

Through history, it’s become easier to get food. Time was, if I wanted to eat I had to jump onto a bear and bite its jugular off before it tore out my kidneys*. Then for a while it was all about spreading seeds and diverting water, which was laborious but Continue Reading →

Posted May 11, 2011 in Smashing Ideas | 9 Comments on Death Ray Gardening: Tell Cold Weather To Piss Off, Grow More Food

A Spineless Cur’s Approach to Climate Activism

I’ve been banging my head on walls to understand what would make for winning climate change activism. The actions I see in the news don’t do it for me, nor do my own ideas. I’m cool on civil disobedience because it’s not designed for the kind of problem climate change Continue Reading →

Posted May 03, 2011 in Smashing Ideas | 10 Comments on A Spineless Cur’s Approach to Climate Activism

A “Brilliant” Idea to Improve Desalination.

Yesterday someone I admire called me out for pessimism. While the line between climate pessimism and realism is blurry to me, I know I didn’t say anything useful in yesterday’s post. Today I’ll try to say something useful. I’ve girded myself with an ungodly volume of coffee. As happens when Continue Reading →

Posted March 30, 2011 in Smashing Ideas | 5 Comments on A “Brilliant” Idea to Improve Desalination.

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