California’s Drought and What To Do About It

By this summer, due to the worst drought in memory, California will resemble the desert planet Arakis in Frank Herbert’s novel Dune. Not only will we be watering our lawns less, we’ll be drinking our own urine. Knife fights with a bikini clad Sting will break out and we’ll be trading our bikes for rides on the over-sized worms emerging from our compost bins. But I digress. Let’s cover what we’re doing at the Root S...

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Monday Linkages: The Blob, Urine Soaked Acorns

...ttp://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/09/real-adventures-alastair-humphreys.html … Sailboats Made of Corrugated Metal in Australia http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/09/sailboats-made-of-corrugated-metal-in.html … Bikes New issue of Urban Velo: http://www.urbanvelo.org/issue39/urbanvelo39.pdf … What To Do After an Accident When the Police Fail to Respond? http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/09/04/what-to-do-after-an-accident-when-the-poli...

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Climate Change and Personal Responsibility

...rt a people’s revolution. A Revolution of Reasonableness. It’s already happening. There’s been so much positive change on this front, even just in the last few years. Urban homesteading, slow food, organics, bikes, car share, DIY, all of it — it’s blossoming. It’s very hopeful.  I’m going to put the next part in italics because it’s so important: The pleasure and satisfaction that we all receive fro...

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Saturday Linkages: Passive Cooling, Cats and Three Mules

...-count/ … Eyes on the Street: the Ongoing Humiliation of the Spring Street Bike Lanes http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/09/23/eyes-on-the-street-the-ongoing-humiliation-of-the-spring-street-bike-lanes/ … I just backed the film, BIKES vs CARS – WE ARE MANY on @Kickstarter http://kck.st/1f7i1Xj  @homedepot @lowes: 2/3 of our food crops need bees! Stop selling bee-killing pesticides! #BeeAction @foe_us http://www.beeaction.org  Your Future in Fa...

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Saturday Linkages: Cheapskates and Controversy!

...… Instagramming Your Food May Signal Bigger Problem, Researcher Says http://huff.to/18Tnzw8  Will Google Glass End Distracted Driving?: http://blog.esurance.com/will-google-glass-end-distracted-driving/#.UYSRC4KyvdI.twitter … Bikes Bicycle hackers of 1948: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/08/bicycle-hackers-of-1948.html … For these links and more, follow Root Simple on Twitter: Follow @rootsimple...

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Saturday Linkages: Meditation Pods and Zombie Lawn Gnomes

...A classic work of entomology, available online in French and English: http:// boingboing.net/2012/09/28/a-c lassic-work-of-entomology.html  …  Health Mark Bittman: Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes? http:// nyti.ms/TykL5o Bikes Cyclists are safe and courteous, and your disdain for them is grounded in cognitive bias: http:// boingboing.net/2012/09/26/cyc lists-are-safe-and-courteou.html  …    Is It Time for Interbike to Dump Las Vegas? http://...

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The Big To-Do List

...ss for our first book The Urban Homestead we used a big piece of taped together paper to come up with our version of Heinlein’s skill set. Most of the subjects on that paper, everything from vegetable gardening to cargo bikes, ended up in the book or in our second book Making It. Now, we don’t expect everyone to master all the things in our books, but it doesn’t hurt to have a cursory knowledge of, say, greywater plumbing or com...

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Bean Fest, Episode 7: The Home-Ec Supper Club

...ye to that and hello Home-Ec Supper Club, also called the Beans and Rice Party. This is the deal that Ari, Erik and I came up with. We’d invite over a mixed group of friends with similar interests in home-ec, home arts, bikes, brewing, bees, homesteading, whatever you want to call it. Practical people, basically.  Erik and I, as hosts, would provide a simple, cheap big pot of something. Cheap being key, because we’re broke. We made ri...

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An Earth Day Rant

...omercial impulse purchases.Now, can we please, for once, have a review of a practical, inexpensive commuter bike in a mainstream publication? Even the bicycling magazines get caught in the novelty of $30,000 carbon fiber road bikes. Can we treat the bike reviews with the same level of seriousness and utility that we do cars and computer reviews? Can we drop all the other “green” argumentum ad novitatem, such as endless stories about v...

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Eco Blogging, Tin Foil Hats and Convention Mania

...that we could set up at our book appearances. She found the line of conversation tedious and told me to shut up. 4:30 PM I head with Colin and some bike folks to a downtown douchebag bar in the hideous Staples Center to talk bikes and get further information about Girltopia. 6:30 PM I arrive at the Root Simple Compound and collapse in a pile of swag. It takes several days to digest all those hemp and acai power bars....

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