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  1. KunstlerCast 304 - Yakking with Architect and urbanist Douglas Farr - Kunstler

    Interesting discussion.

    Doug studied architecture for a noble cause.

    I am also concerned about our green house emissions and applied my studies to nuclear engineering.

    I am not 100% sold that a warming climate will be as bad as what is put out.

    I tend to think that it will create big winners and big losers.

    These gases were once in the atmosphere many years ago prior to them being locked away in the ground by ancient life and geology.

    What concerns me more is that we are running this experiment with our atmosphere and we don’t fully understand the consequences.

    Remember CFC gasses being outlawed in the early 1990s?

    We lack the political drive to formulate a fix.

    I watch a lot of propaganda and virtue signaling from the petroleum companies showing a bunch of promises about algae powering the planet.

    What makes me laugh is that they can grow the algae but they have never explained how to scale it up for industrial scale use.

    You could in theory use the Fischer-Tropsch process to make synthetic oil distallates.

    What they are not telling us is what the source of power is going to be to make this “magic” happen.

    The Germans used coal to power this process of converting coal into oil.

    If that is the oil company’s plans, it is already a bad idea.

    The only energy source remotely capable of scaling up while not emitting more CO2 is fission power.

    If we are going to use fission power, why not push for advanced fuel cell designs that use cheap and common materials to convert H2 into water vapor and energy?

    There are plenty of promising technologies in the lab that may lead to advances that make this possible.

    They need to get past the hurdles of storage and then to the part where you convert the H2 gas into electricity without using rare earth metals.

    The last and easiest hurdle to a fuel cell based energy system would be the actual production of H2 gas from a CO2 free source.

    I hate the way the cities are laid out.

    I wish there were better mass transit options in the form of high speed rail networks.

    I also like the sprawl of the suburbs,

    My dream setup would be to have dense cities with easy access out to the surrounding areas by high speed rail.

    You could setup a small homestead of a few acres for personal use.

    With the right planning, you could enrich the soils without ever having to use fertilizers simply by using mycorrhizal fungus, plants, and ruminants. Rotate the fields on a regular basis and you could grow resource intensive crops.

    I would simply be happy making an apiary with acres of grass land filled with native wild flowers and fruit trees.

    In addition to curbing the use of fossil fuels, we also must stop the over use of nitrogen rich industrial fertilizer.

    This stuff is washing into the lakes and rivers and causing a lot of problems with algae blooms.

    These blooms kill fish, and make toxins that are difficult to treat when making drinking water.

    I am especially sensitive to this because I used to live 200 yards from Lake Erie near Port Clinton, OH.

    Many of my neighbors used Truegreen (such a bullshit name) and synthetic fertilizers.

    Me on the other hand would on occasion spread a slow release material made from the waste products of poultry processing.

    The shit smelled aweful but it was a slow release nitrogen material that does not have the run off concerns.

    It would also add lots of calcium and phosphorous to the clay soil in my yard.

    I mostly enriched my grass by encouraging white clover to grow with the grass.

    I also encouraged Dandy Lions to grow by not treating them and showing my kids how much fun it was to blow the white puffs into the wind.

    The Dandy Lions were great at breaking up the clay soils.

    I eventually got to the point that each square foot of grass had tons of earth worms tunneling all over the yard.

    I will also note that my methods worked.

    My grass would remain green even when drought conditions setup.

    The Oak trees that I grew from an acorn have already grown over 3 feet this year and I have only had the yard for 8 years!

    I have recently moved to the DFW area for a job.

    I am looking at repeating my results with my lawn again.

    I am also looking at building my own house using the Monolithic Dome technology (when I say build, I mean that I build it all myself).

    I went to a workshop in Italy Texas last year to learn how to build it.

    I am now looking at ways to incorporate a Windcatcher and Qanat to a dome house like they ancient Persians did.

    Has Doug ever heard of this being done in the USA?

    I plan to make the house face the south and the front will have a large overhang to shield the house from the sun in the summer yet allow the sun to shine in during the winter months.

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  2. Upgrade #196: Workflow Siren - Relay FM

    Live from WWDC, Jason and Myke break down the major announcements for iOS, macos, and watchOS, including a close result in the Upgrade Keynote Draft, the emergence of user automation on iOS via Siri, and potentially big changes to the Mac App Store

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  3. Analog(ue) #134: Running Toward a Better Future - Relay FM

    We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for an important announcement.

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  4. Rework Mailbag 2

    Rework is a podcast by the makers of Basecamp about a better way to work and run your business. While the prevailing narrative around successful entrepreneurship tells you to scale fast and raise money, we think there’s a better way. We’ll take you behind the scenes at Basecamp with co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson and bring you stories from business owners who have embraced bootstrapping, staying small, and growing slow.

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  5. KunstlerCast 303 - Jack Alpert on Unwinding the Human Predicament - Kunstler

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  6. KunstlerCast 302 - Yakking with Chris Nelder about Energy Transition - Kunstler

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  7. The Testosterone Crisis With Jay Campbell

    In this episode we have Jay Campbell on as a guest to discuss the crisis of low testosterone in men.

    Not only that, but he breaks down a series of questions designed to help men reclaim the elixir of masculinity, their testosterone

    Jay Campbell can be found on Twitter: @TRTExpert

    His Blog:


    ‘Testosterone Optimization Therapy Bible’:

    ‘The Metabolic Blowtorch Diet’:

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  8. The Testosterone Crisis With Jay Campbell

    In this episode we have Jay Campbell on as a guest to discuss the crisis of low testosterone in men.

    Not only that, but he breaks down a series of questions designed to help men reclaim the elixir of masculinity, their testosterone

    Jay Campbell can be found on Twitter: @TRTExpert

    His Blog:


    ‘Testosterone Optimization Therapy Bible’:

    ‘The Metabolic Blowtorch Diet’:

    Original video:
    Downloaded by on Thu, 05 Apr 2018 22:17:11 GMT Available for 30 days after download

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  9. Dating Single Moms, Passion, and Authentic Living with Alexander J.A Cortes

    In this episode Craig and I discuss dating single moms, developing passion, and living authentically with our first guest on The Family Alpha Podcast Alexander J.A Cortes.

    You can find Alexander J.A Cortes on twitter at:

    His site:

    Also be sure to check out

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  10. Gretchen Rubin

    Elizabeth and I have a beloved, if somewhat odd, sisterly ritual: every time I visit her, we clear her clutter. This is tremendously satisfying for me, and Elizabeth graciously cooperates.

    In one of my very favorite Happier episodes, episode 10, Elizabeth and I recorded ourselves as we cleared clutter in her home office. Boy that was fun.

    This time, we tackled her home office. It was especially in need of clutter-clearing because Elizabeth’s renovation has thrown the whole house into an unusually high level of clutter. Just the kind of challenge I love to tackle!

    I find it particularly fun to clutter-clear with Elizabeth, because she’s easy. She has plenty of room (unlike many people, especially here in New York City, who live in spaces that are too small for their stuff), much of her clutter takes no time or effort to deal with (she has a habit of keeping empty bags and boxes that take up a lot of room and can be instantly put into the recycling pile), and she doesn’t buy much.

    I’ve always loved before-and-after photos, and here are some from her office.



    Some tips and hacks we discussed as we cleared:

    Don’t put something down, put it away.

    Have a specific place for everything.

    When clearing clutter, set yourself up with necessary supplies: garbage bags, boxes for give-aways, Sharpies, Ziploc bags, a pad and paper for to-do lists. We made a pile of recycling stuff to deal with later.

    Don’t use high-value real-estate, like your office (or your clothes closet or your kitchen cabinets), for things that you use only rarely, like holiday items. These can be stored in less accessible places, since you deal with them just once a year.

    Finally hang your framed pictures.

    Surfaces should be used for activity, not storage.

    Things get messier before they get tidier.

    One benefit of being organized? Even if you don’t actually remember where you put something, you can look in the place where you keep that kind of thing, and find it there.

    Make sure something that’s being kept as a memento really does hold precious memories. (Usually, paradoxically, having fewer mementos allows you to hold more memories than having many mementos.)

    Have a place where you keep all your manuals. Or just throw away the manuals, and look up the information  online.

    Remember, you are the master of your technology.

    Spaces that are clear tend to stay clear, and spaces that are messy tend to get messier.

    Consider tackling visual clutter first, because for many people, it’s very calming to see an orderly environment — even if the cabinets and drawers are messy.

    Elizabeth’s Demerit: Even though it’s Elizabeth’s turn to give a demerit, I gave her a gold star instead, because she deserves such a giant gold star for putting up with this clutter-clearing.

    Gretchen’s Gold Star: Elizabeth gives me a gold star for my clutter-clearing.


    1. If you’d like to get the PDF collection of readings for weddings, or for memorial services and funerals, you can get it here.

    2. If you’d like to get a free coloring book sheet, from my coloring book, get it here.

    I do a weekly live show on Facebook called: “Ask Gretchen Rubin Live.” Usually, I do it on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. To join the conversation, check the schedule.

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