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You don’t need a new computer

It’s hard to believe, but it just might be possible to live without a snazzy new computer with multiple, blazing fast processors. Stephan Harding apparently does it, and writes great books at the same time. Here’s what he said about writing Animate Earth in an email to me this weekend:
I wrote a lot of Animate Earth on the Apple Mac ’emate’ – a very small seed pod-like machine designed for children in the early 90’s. A delight to use – grey screen with black letters – very ‘old fashioned’. One can use the emate outside – the screen is best seen in the sun. So I wrote outdoors during my travels – Arizona, Australia, etc. Easy download to PC. They cost almost nothing on Ebay – I have three of them. Could write a little piece on the joy of using them.
So there you have it. No need to buy something that took a huge amount of energy to produce and that you’ll be frustrated with inside of 8 months. Go for something tried and true; to paraphrase Parliament Funkadelic, free your mind of computer consumerism and your path to a small eco-footprint will follow.


Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start. Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes […] Read More..

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..