Category Archives: Doof

The New Yorker published my letter

on September 26, 2022 in Doof, Fitness, Freedom, Nature

In its August 22 issue, the New Yorker published a piece, Africa’s Cold Rush and the Promise of Refrigeration: For the developing world, refrigeration is growth. In Rwanda, it could spark an economic transformation. August 22 happened to start my fourth month of my experiment disconnecting my apartment from the electric grid, which is to say 3.93 months longer than I expected to make it. The article was about bringing[…] Keep reading →

Polluting less isn’t extreme. It’s traditional.

on August 22, 2022 in Addiction, Doof

People call me extreme for not flying, taking years to fill a load of trash, and unplugging my fridge, but compared to most how people lived for almost all of human existence, I’m approaching normal. Refrigerators, for example, barely existed one hundred years ago and cost nearly double a Model T. For most of human existence, people didn’t have refrigerators. We ate more fresh food. Today people consume doof, increasingly[…] Keep reading →

American culture today: “Here’s why I can’t” (especially among conservatives, liberals, and libertarians)

on August 7, 2022 in Doof, Nature

I grew up learning that American culture meant can-do. That we took on challenges as a nation and as individuals. When the going got tough, the tough got going. The bigger they come the harder they fall. Now we face a challenge: our lifestyles are lowering Earth’s ability to sustain life, already killing tens of millions a year, projected more. Anyone can tell that we as a nation and every[…] Keep reading →

We won’t run out of fossil fuels, why that’s a problem, and long history

on July 28, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Doof, Freedom, Nature

People once wondered if we would run out of fossil fuels. People who liked fossil fuels delight in showing how we keep finding more. “Ha!”, they imply, “we’ll never run out. It’s not a problem. Anyone who thinks we’ll run out is a fool.” We could talk about the finite number of molecules of oil, coal, and gas under the Earth’s surface, but when an economist like Julian Simon says[…] Keep reading →

My cereal shame and recovery

on July 18, 2022 in Doof, Nature

I grew up seeing the cereal aisle as normal. Shelf after shelf of boxes, all colorful, with a nutrition label on the side, some game or distraction on the back, a plastic bag inside a cardboard box, and a few companies making them. Inside them were things I didn’t think to ask where they came from or what they were made of. It just seemed normal to me to see[…] Keep reading →

Doof isn’t cheaper than food

on July 13, 2022 in Doof

The refrain: “poor people can fill their stomachs with more with a dollar at McDonald’s than with healthy food,” often implying if you can afford healthy food, you don’t know what it’s like for people who actually have to struggle. I’ll leave the ad hominem part for another post. As for the claim McDonald’s somehow saves money, it’s wrong. Citing the USDA, Forbes reports, “Despite the rumor that government subsidies[…] Keep reading →

When did they start making ice cream that doesn’t melt?

on July 3, 2022 in Doof, Nature

Picking up litter every day in a neighborhood with a few ice cream stores, I find a lot of discarded containers still containing ice cream. People wonder how we waste so much food, yet look the other way when it’s themselves. I’ve noticed a lot of the ice cream doesn’t melt, but stays in a semi-solid state. Though I used to love ice cream, now it seems cloying and disgusting,[…] Keep reading →

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