30 September 2009

Being Human

The Human body contains perhaps 100 trillion cells.

And around 90 trillion of those cells are actually bacteria.


We are travelling around the Sun at about 67,000 miles per hour.

22 September 2009

Anaïs Nin said:

We don't see things as they are,

we see them as we are.

Marshall McLuhan said:

side A side B

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's jobs with yesterday's tools.

We drive into the future

using only our rear view mirror.

Erich Fromm said:

Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world.

Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before.

19 September 2009

Fortress of Solitude

Melting Ice Caps Expose Hundreds Of Secret Arctic Lairs

"Claiming it to be one of the most dramatic and visible signs of climate change to date, researchers said Monday that receding polar ice caps have revealed nearly 200 clandestine lairs... once buried deep beneath hundreds of feet of Arctic ice."

17 September 2009

Earthship Perrine in Normandy


"This wonderful self-catering house is suitable for families and couples, sleeps six and is entirely off-grid: meaning it isn’t connected to any mains utility lines such as gas or electricity. It produces all of its electric power with solar panels and wind turbines. In the event of the end of civilisation, in theory one could survive here - once they get the vegetable patch and chicken coup up and running that is."

12 September 2009

No more talk about the old days it's time for something great

Farm Lab, LA
photographed by Kris Cohen

New World

Arundhati Roy said:

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. And on a quiet day, if you really listen, you can hear her breathing."

06 September 2009


Janine Benyus said: "I don’t think any technology is unnatural. We are biological, and we created technology, after all."



‘Biocentrism’: How life creates the universe

"In biocentrism, what we call space and time are forms of animal sense perception, rather than external physical objects."

"We carry space and time around with us like turtles with shells."



Stewart Brand and the new face of environmentalism


"There are two main elements that are changing things. One is the younger generation, which is pretty comfortable with technology and doesn’t regard it as inherently evil. So something like synthetic biology or genetic engineering looks like something they can figure out and put to use. And when it comes to nuclear engineering, they don’t remember the Cold War or Chernobyl. The other element is climate change. It was taken seriously early and often by environmentalists, and they’re now living with the consequences of having been right about it. They paid attention to climatologists, to the scientists, to the IPCC, so they are more comfortable with a scientific approach on other issues."

Libertarian Municipalism

libertarian municipalism an overview

"The Social Democratic Party in Germany, the Labor Party in Britain, the New Democratic Party in Canada, the Socialist Party in France, and others, despite their original emancipatory visions, barely qualify today as even liberal parties in which a Franklin D. Roosevelt or a Harry Truman would have found a comfortable home."

"Whatever social ideals these parties may have had generations ago has been eclipsed by the pragmatics of gaining, holding, and extending their power in their respective parliamentary and ministerial bodies."

"It is precisely such parliamentary and ministerial objectives that we call “politics” today. To the modern political imagination, “politics” is precisely a body of techniques for holding power in representative bodies – notably the legislative and executive arenas – not a moral calling based on rationality, community, and freedom."


Hackney Environment Network:

Profile - Russell Higgs

Blog - Russell Higgs