Saturday, November 07, 2009


I'm a complete slacker on posting to my blog. Spreading myself a bit thin with writing here, on Facebook and Here are a couple of my latest articles at the latter:

How kids affect the environment - I talk a bit about how perhaps the best thing that a couple can do for the environment is to make the courageous decision NOT to have kids.

"Green" Book recommendations - I'm reading a great book right now called Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed that analyzes the failures of societies in the past due to societal and environmental pressures.

I'm working on a whole bunch of movie and book reviews that I will post here. I haven't been slacking on watching and reading ... just on posting about it. I saw both Amelia and The Fourth Kind this weekend. Neither is that special and won't probably be worthy of a whole post. I may be forced to go the Twitterature route and dedicate a whole 140 characters to my appraisal of them. It will lend some brevity and levity that was sorely lacking in the films themselves.


CyberKitten said...

Collapse is on my reading list - or at least in the pile o' books. I read one of his - The Third Chimpanzee - a while back and will read his other book - Guns, Germs and Steel - in the New Year (probably).

dbackdad said...

Collapse is very good. For being a large book (I think it could be used as a weapon), it is not a boring book at all.

I want to read Guns, Germs and Steel also.

Books like these that get more into the meat of how societies work are fascinating and, I think, a more accurate protrayal of why societies fail. It's convenient to just say this country defeated this country because of this or that, but the truth is much more nuanced.

wunelle said...

Curious to read your review of Amelia. I've not seen it but am inclined to.

I have a couple of Jared Diamond's books but haven't yet read them. Currently reading Max Blumenthal's "Republican Gomorrah." Depressing but vital; I'll review it when I'm done.