- Post-Scarcity Prophet: Economist Paul Romer on growth, technological change, and an unlimited human future. – Reason Magazine – An excellent interview with Paul Romer from Stanford, who has apparently been thinking along the same lines as I have about the deep differences between material and informational goods (he calls them "things" and "ideas"). I don't think he's skeptical enough about the motives and powers of large "market" players to subvert the markets they participate in, but he certainly gets that all growth, in the fullness of time, must be based on knowledge and not stuff. Malthus and Erlich aren't wrong, they just haven't been right yet. Will have to look up much more of his writing! (tagged: economics science history capitalism technology growth non-linear wto corporations interview )
- This is not "socialism" – Semantic arguments are both catastrophically boring, and necessary. What does "socialism" mean? Is the Wikipedia socialist? Is the Internet inherently socialist? Do the ideas associated with "socialism" even have meaning when considered in the context of informational goods that once produced, are non-rivalrous and non-excludable? Why are so many people unwilling (unable?) to try and understand what a speaker or writer actually means, instead tending to just attach all their own cultural baggage to the words they use. All important words subtly change their meaning… (tagged: economics capitalism politics internet socialism copyright technology lessig )
- bikewise – Hooray!!! Somebody implemented basically exactly what I wanted in a bicycle issue reporting system, and licensed under Creative Commons to boot! It lets you report hazards, crashes, and thefts, register your bike, subscribe by e-mail or RSS to changes in your area, etc. Absolutely fantastic, clean, and easy to use. I'll populate it single handedly for Pasadena if I have to! (tagged: bicycle transportation maps wiki google planning policy )
- Housing and Transportation Affordability Index – a nice little application that allows you to browse geographically through several interesting slices of census tract data, looking at transit and housing affordability in various big metro areas in the US. (tagged: maps economics transportation economy urban )
- A Low Impact Woodland Home – A beautiful hobbit hole in wales. Left alone for a century, it would just melt back into the hillside, like many well-designed things. (tagged: sustainability green design architecture )
- Dennis Threndyle on Shades of Green
- Bill Streifer on Nuclear Energy by David Bodansky
- katmainomad on Shades of Green
- Another City is Possible: Cars and Climate | Flat Iron Bike on Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air by David MacKay
- Another City is Possible: Cars and Climate | Flat Iron Bike on When do fuel costs actually matter?
- High Plains Aquifer Dwindles
The fossil waters underlying the Great Plains, left over from the Pleistocene, are giving out. We done sucked 'em dry. Any hydrologist could have told you it was in the works. We'll see the end of fossil ground water pumping in the 21st century, whether we like it or not.
- Communicating sustainability: lessons from public health
Some lessons from public health for sustainability and climate campaigners. Our choices are largely not our own -- context and norms are far more powerful forces for behavioral change than abstract attitudes. Most people just stick with the default settings. We need to change the default settings.
- Every drone strike in Pakistan visualised
A simple but effective visualization of all the drone strikes in Pakistan, from 2004 to the present. 3100+ people dead, 1.5% of them "high value" targets. More than 75% alleged combatants (males of plausibly military age... 14+ years old) or "other". 5% children. 17% "civilians".
- The Water Footprint of Crops
A fairly exhaustive accounting of the water embodied in various crop products in a 2011 paper by Mekonnen and Hoekstra. For each kg of rice, 14,000 liters of water. For each kg of beans, 5000 liters of water. Wow.
- The NYT on Green Muni Utility Efforts
A piece largely referencing Boulder, talking about cities trying to wrest control of their electricity systems from major utilities. At this point I think I'll probably find any media coverage of this process hopelessly one dimensional, but still, it's nice to know they care.
- High Plains Aquifer Dwindles