Showing posts from February, 2007

Clint the vegan

So there's no doubt that I read too much and get myself worked up about things.
A while back I was reading books like Blue Gold about the looming world water crisis. That got me all annoyed about how Canadians are by far the world's worst wasters of water.

Then I moved on to peak oil and started anticipating the day that gas prices went up by a factor of 10 and all those cars were off the road so that I could ride my Cervelo willy nilly on the major expressways.
Then I did some reading on suburban sprawl and how all this farmland is paved over for striphousing. For years I've been reading things like A Short History of Progress and generally thinking that screwing up the planet is built into our DNA.

And now I'm on to factory farming because I've been reading The Way We Eat and will probably try to get my hands on Food Revolution next.
I've been a vegetarian for a few years and am now taking steps towards veganism largely because of what I've been reading about …

Cela est bien dit, repondit Candide, mais il faut cultiver notre jardin

At my book club last night, we got talking about Myers Brigg personality types. I thought I'd do an online test and see what my type was, and chose this site simply because it was the first one in my google search. God knows if this is at all close to a real Myers Brigg test.

So - the result is that I'm an ISTJ - with a HEAVY emphasis on the I and the J.
ISTJ stands for Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging

Here are some ideas about what I'm supposed to be like:

ISTJs are often called inspectors. They have a keen sense of right and wrong, especially in their area of interest and/or responsibility. They are noted for devotion to duty. Punctuality is a watchword of the ISTJ.

As do other Introverted Thinkers, ISTJs often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. Effusive expression of emotional warmth is not something that ISTJs do without considerable energy loss.

ISTJs are most at home with "just the facts, Ma'am." They seem to perform…

Saint Peter don't you call me, cause I can't go

I forget how I came across Instructables but it's a pretty neat site. Basically it is loads of "do it yourself" projects for geeks who are good with their hands. If you do a search on bikes or bicycles you could even find this project, which allows you to put fancy light displays on your wheels.

Before I forget - have you signed this amazing petition yet? It is almost time to wrap it up. I'm going to wait until after the bike show is over and then send all the pages to Olivia Chow to present to Parliament.

I am soooo tempted to sign on with the "August September 2007 Cycle Across Russia, Mongolia and China" team (see previous post). It's not even all that expensive - their estimates are for around $2000.00, but hey, even if we double that and say $4000.00 that's not all that terrible for two months of your life.
One problem is that, due to Visas and getting people to do various pre-trip tasks, they would like firm commitments by early March.

I don't…

somewhere i have never travelled gladly

My favourite epidemiologist in the whole world sent me an interesting email today. Some folks associated with the U of T Centre for the Environment are organizing a cycling trip through Russia, China and Mongolia in August/Sept 2007. (See below for a few more details).

Oh my God that's tempting. The contract I'm on runs out in September and in theory I could just leave early and head to Russia! Somewhere I have never travelled. I'm not all that convinced the tour would raise much awareness about the environment (I think sending emails and letters to your local politicians and annoying the hell out of them would be more effective), but then there's the whole "how much suffering can I take" aspect - what could be worse, and more personally satisfying, than cycling through the Gobi desert?

Picture from Wildcat Bike Tours in Scotland. These should be the Khangai mountains on the edge of the Gobi desert.

A group of enthusiastic individuals is looking for other potent…

Gonna manifest my destiny

I don't have much new to report. I'm trying to wrap up the cycling petition but it's probably going to go slowly.

I thought I would report on a bunch of books and articles I've read recently. I read voraciously and sometimes think I should turn the old book club blog (which is never updated anymore) into my own reading list blog, but since I'm finding it hard to update "Tuco Rides" I doubt I'll get around to it.

The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason has been good so far. Basically they follow the food choices of three different American families and show how "ethically" that food got to their tables. Even the preface was interesting, when they discuss how impossible it is for reporters to get into hog/chicken/cattle farms because the meat farming industry knows that nothing good can come from Americans actually seeing how meat gets to their table.

WorldChanging is really pretty cool. Basically it's an enc…

At night, the ice weasles come...

I'm not really a Valentine's Day kind of guy, and rather than a quotation from Neruda or e.e. cummings I'm going to give you this one from Matt Groenig: Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra which suddenly flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.

Still, I found some cute photos to post for the occasion, and I sincerely wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day.

I haven't been blogging much. If anyone is curious - my job has been nuts ever since Christmas, I'm starting to job hunt seriously again (this commute between Toronto and Oshawa is insane - no matter what way I do it), and in general life has been busy. I do see blue skies on the horizon though, so hopefully I'll get posting regularly again.

Plans are afoot to get the cycling petition wrapped up, which you can still sign here if you're so inclined. It's up over 3000 signatures now.
The best article on the petition so far just appeared in Momentum Planet out of Briti…