Category Archives: Visualization

Thanksgiving, Wine, Moderation, and More Appreciation

on November 23, 2023 in Tips, Visualization

The BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) found that wine glasses hold seven times more volume today than 300 years ago. Do we enjoy wine more or just more wine? I see people plow through volumes of food and doof without appreciating it. I contend we can attain as much enjoyment with the smaller amount. Not just wine, the whole Thanksgiving dinner. How? Expect to drink less but to appreciate the[…] Keep reading →

You Don’t Need a “Christmas” Tree—a pagan tradition. A reminder of the waste you can avoid.

on November 20, 2023 in Nature, Tips, Visualization

We’re entering Christmas season, when Christians in the U.S. celebrate with a clearly pagan ritual of celebrating a birth in Bethlehem with chopping down fir trees. Presumably this tradition began in northern Europe, unrelated to the middle east. I propose instead of celebrating birth with death and mixing paganism in with Christianity, recognizing that cutting down trees was not likely ever appropriate, but not now. Look at this mess from[…] Keep reading →

Images that changed how we see the world and ourselves. Images that will change us more.

on November 13, 2023 in Nature, Visualization

Before I was born, the image of Earth from space changed not just a generation, but forever how humans saw the Earth and ourselves. It’s hard for me to imagine how seeing that image affected people seeing it for the first time. Here’s one: Here’s another: Projected images after sea-level rise Can you imagine how we’ll feel about the Earth and ourselves after more sea-level rise? I’m sure you’ve seen[…] Keep reading →

Foraging urban food waste

on October 4, 2023 in Visualization

I hope I don’t embarrass my mom with this post. I’m not sure how she feels about me scavenging food from others, though I learned composting from her. When I drop off my food scraps for composting, I see from what’s in the bins that people waste tons of perfectly good food. The bins mostly contain scraps of inevitable parts of plants. As a non-coffee drinker, I’m always surprised at[…] Keep reading →

Free markets? Meat subsidies are insane, as is consumption in the U.S. and a few other places

on October 3, 2023 in Doof, Nature, Visualization

I like free markets. I wish we had them, but as far as meat is concerned, we don’t seem to. Here is a chart of Subsidies for Meat Production From Industrialized Countries (OECD Members), Estimates for 2012, in Billions of Dollars. Can we end this corporate welfare? And here are Current Worldwide Annual Meat Consumption per capita. I didn’t realize the U.S. would stand out so much. I thought Brazil[…] Keep reading →

My deep-sea sailing trip, part 3: the cliffs of Newport, Rhode Island

on September 27, 2023 in Stories, Visualization

Following up my last two posts, on my recent sailing lesson, we ended up in Newport, Rhode Island. The others wanted to go to a boat show held there that week. Our skipper/teacher had hosted a booth there for years, though not this year. I was open to going but didn’t want to do something big and commercial that much. One of the other crew members told me about Newport’s[…] Keep reading →

Graffiti with my name: Who is King Joshua?

on August 29, 2023 in Art, Visualization

I don’t know who is making this graffiti with my name on it, but I’m not complaining about it. I wonder who King Joshua is: Apparently someone else wonders too: I also didn’t color it red, nor remember seeing concrete etchings filled in like that before. Others are keeping it simple, I guess someone born thirty-one years ago. I was in college in 1992. EDIT: Another sighting, this time on[…] Keep reading →

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