Archive for the 'Health' Category

“Bike Luminance” Bicycle Helmet Signals

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The Bike Luminance Kickstarter project expires September 16.
Resistance to bicycling as an alternative to driving doesn’t come only from being lazy and out of shape–there’s also a safety factor. Cars are big, dangerous things with drivers who are trying to avoid hitting the other big, dangerous vehicles on the road and not always noticing the […]

Nobody Talks About Rights Club

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Tom Paine’s Common Sense.
 A preliminary statement by Brad Linaweaver and J. Kent Hastings on behalf of their mutual friend, J. Neil Schulman.
Dear fellow libertarians, for some reason unknown to us, Neil Schulman thinks that our opinions will carry some weight in the current libertarian civil war between open source and IP. Since one of […]

KHC 5-16, Ben Pleasants: “Erotica v Porn”

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

From KHC Culver City’s Mike Everling:

Ben Pleasants “Erotica vs Pornography”BOOK TOUR

Dinah’s Family […]

Boing Boing on Bike Repair Videos

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Bicycle Tutor site featured in Boing Boing post, “Learn the basics of bike repair at home.”
Just in time for “Ciclodia” season. What Peruvians are calling their Ciclovia, according to SF Streets Blog, “Peru’s Traffic Menagerie.”
Los Angeles is having another CicLAvia April 10, according to the Huffington Post, “CicLAvia Returns.”
The most moving account of a Ciclovia […]

Toxic Cleaning Products: Fear the Future

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Looks like the glass spray I described in “Get Ready To Eat and Wear Glass” is being joined by “hairy surfaces” in the war against consumable toxic cleaning products.
The first description of the invention I read was a Slashdot post, “New “Hairy” Material Is Almost Perfectly Hydrophobic.”
According to the Science Daily article being quoted, “Water […]

Off-Grid Water Purification Breakthrough

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I’ve heard the Lifesaver bottle advertised on The Survival Podcast, but was not excited about it until I saw this TED Talk video from 2009 of Lifesaver’s inventor and CEO Michael Pritchard’s presentation at Oxford, England.
The Lifesaver system filters out contaminants larger than 15 nanometers. It’s 100% effective against the 25 nanometer sized polio virus […]

Electric Lovecraftland by the Bay

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Courtesy of
SF Weekly just published an article about Shaxul Records in their “In Store” column about local record shops in San Francisco.
Stone Clement runs Shaxul Records with a partner who, because of the exoteric absence in the article, evidently must not be named, in a hole in the wall joint specializing in Heavy Metal […]

Urban Farming around San Francisco

Monday, December 28th, 2009

This ABC 7 online article, “Urban Farming Gains Popularity in Bay Area,” features video of a small farm in Oakland, California and a store in Berkeley catering to increasing numbers of urban farmers in cities surrounding San Francisco.
In San Francisco itself, from the YouTube description posted July 30, 2009, a doctor at UCSF deals with […]

The Day That Was Thursday

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Josiah Warren began publishing his The Peaceful Revolutionist paper in 1833, and is most famous for promoting his version of “The Sovereignty of the Individual.” He ran a successful “time store” in Cincinnati based on his theories and later founded entire utopian communities.
Warren was the first of the American individualist anarchists. Wendy McElroy explains who […]

Giant Snakes Celebrate Monty Python’s 40th

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Geeks and nerds everywhere are celebrating Monty Python’s 40th anniversary. From USA Today:
“”We should have had the 37th anniversary or the 41 and 1/2 anniversary; 40 seems too predictable for Python,” says Michael Palin, one of six members of the comedy troupe that launched Monty Python’s Flying Circus in 1969.”
Don’t worry, Mike. Giant man-eating snakes […]

Mass Quarantines?

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Geo McCalip sent me email about forced innoculations on August 7th. (Quoted in full at the end of this post). I figured he got something wrong. Forced innoculations? I doubted it. He must have misheard some talk about childhood immunization requirements by some well meaning Obama health official. Bush/Cheney’s reign of error is over, isn’t […]

What Are You Afraid Of?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

I’ve been following Bruce Schneier’s career since I reviewed the first edition of his Applied Cryptography book for the Agorist Quarterly in 1995.
Just a few years ago, Schneier was talking about the probability of post-9/11 threats on a computer security podcast. The chance of any particular American facing terrorist violence is nearly zero. But there […]

Plants Clean Air, Lose Weight, Control Pests

Monday, May 4th, 2009

LifeHacker has a story about Kamal Meattle’s TED talk video on three common houseplants that clean indoor air.
Some wit remarked at the YouTube video page that a simpler way is to open the window. But seriously, if you’re in the bowels of a high rise cube farm, there ain’t no stinkin’ window.
And at a place […]

“Singularity U” Fights Hunger With Robotics

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Kurzweil AI post.
The supreme Chancellor says he loves democracy and will give power back to the Old Republic. Oh wait, this isn’t Star Wars, Sarah Connor, or Battlestar. This is real life.
Ray Kurzweil is the Chancellor of a new interdisciplinary college called Singularity University.
“The Singularity University aims to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of […]

Thirst-day: Toilet Lid Sink Saves Water

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

This Toilet Lid Sink is a conversation starter. Here’s the product description:
“With each flush of your commode, clean water that would otherwise go straight down the toilet is first routed up through a chrome gooseneck spigot to dispense pure water for hand washing. The Toilet Lid Sink installs easily without tools, is attractive for any […]

Poverty, Politics & Permaculture

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I recently posted a comment against the shutting down of tax havens, proposed in an article headlined “Pin Striped Pirates” at the Australia Permaculture Research Institute site.
As the saying goes, “There would be no tax havens if there were no tax hells.” I’ve had my own personal tax troubles in the past, but not […]

Pedal Power For Bike Co-ops In Trouble

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Here’s a searchable directory of bike co-ops from They even had an exhibit in Las Vegas at the bicycle industry’s trade show, Interbike.
One of the listings led me to the following about a Bike Over Borders conflict:
“. . .we learned first hand that the policies of “free trade” are made for corporations, not for […]

Imitation Alka Seltzer For 1/20th the Price

Friday, December 19th, 2008

A Boing Boing post by Mark Frauenfelder links to this instructables article titled “Imitation Alka Seltzer For A Fraction Of The Cost.”
To be precise, the make at home version is probably higher than the manufacturing cost (not including packaging and distribution to markets). But the price of the ingredients is much less than any store […]

Make Your Own Detergent: “Laundry Gloop”

Monday, December 15th, 2008

From the UK’s Isle of Wight comes this Ventnor Permaculture post about making your own Laundry Gloop. The author, Angie, explains why in this excerpt:
“. . .laundry products are often the worst in health terms as they are in constant contact with your skin. I have been making and using Laundry Gloop for years as […]

THIS May Lower The Conviction Rate

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

There are advocates of hemp for biofuel, just as there are for tobacco.
That’s my excuse for including this anti-drug-war item on a permaculture blog. I’m also sick of seeing COPS style reality shows which glorify the destruction of our freedom. The latest atrocity is a new show called Heimatschutzministerium, or to translate from the […]

Va-poo-rizing Trash With Plasma

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Front page Digg item about a new garbage treatment plant that uses plasma to vaporize trash while generating energy.
But where does the poo go?
Excerpt from the inhabitat story linked from Digg:
“Recently St. Lucie County in Florida announced that it has teamed up with Geoplasma to develop the United States’ first plasma gasification plant.
The plant will […]

atLast!® Shrugged: autofocus “spectacle”

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Electricity can make crystals and other materials expand or contract. This is called the piezoelectric effect. I was thinking of that while discussing an idea for “software defined corrective lenses” with J. Neil Schulman recently, and he thought it was worth looking into.
Neil googled terms such as “programmable eyeglasses” and came up with futurist forecasts […]

Wanted: PVC Free Junkyard Wind Turbine

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

You can greatly exceed the $1 per watt price of new wind power systems by building your own homebrew wind turbine generator. [Update: I really meant that you can get the same value for a fraction of the price, but you probably understood that anyway. Typical small scale retail systems are more like $4 per […]

Mailbag: Algae News Thanks to Geo. McCalip

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

In an email message titled “watch the two videos,” Geo. McCalip wrote:
“The Algae Bioreactor Video and the HDVG Video are about 2/3 of the way down the page.”
This Google Video of a 22 minute Bloomberg interview with the Valcent founder back in June might be more accessible to various media players.

The vertical growth bioreactors […]

A Dozen Tips For Raising Chickens

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

While following a link about growing your own chicken feed at A Homesteading Neophyte blog, I found a reference to Backyard Poultry Mag in the comments.
The latest issue caught my eye with an article titled “One Dozen Tips and Tricks to Simplify Poultry Keeping” by Gail Damerow, with information about things to do for the […]

The Disinfecting Bamboo Curtain

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

An article at TreeHugger about bamboo sheets (and socks) was brought to my attention after reading that bamboo sheets and towels were required for LEED certification of sustainable hotels. Bamboo has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, thus requires no pesticides when grown.
“A quantitative antibacterial capability test was performed by the China Industrial Testing Center (CTITC) […]

Environmental Protection Without The State

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Stefan Molyneux speech from 2006 with a libertarian take on pollution, energy and the like.

“H+” Issue #1: Free PDF

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Boing Boing announcement by Mark Frauenfelder of the launch of H+: Humanity Plus, a new online magazine, helmed by veteran editor R.U. Sirius. The first issue is available as a free PDF download.
H+ “. . .covers the scientific, technological, and cultural developments that are challenging
and overcoming human limitations.”
One “mini interview” in the issue, by another […]

“Open Source Ecology” Ongoing Activity

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

The site has an active community applying the open source ideas from computer technology to off grid homesteading and local farming.
The folks are as enthusiastic about small scale cheap (and ultimately free) automation like RepRap “Wealth Without Money” ideals as I am, except they are actually deploying RepRap and other doodads applied to […]

O’Naturals: Local, Organic. . .Fast Food!

Monday, October 13th, 2008

The founder of O’Naturals, Gary Hirshberg, with five organic fast food restaurants running, is beginning franchise operations. O’Naturals began with his frustration with only junk food available on the run, so his chain serves up speedy organic meals, beyond only sprouts and tofu, and not “just to the Birkenstock crowd.” He plans to take on […]