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January 25, 2011

From Obama's State of the Union address:

"With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

"We need to get behind this innovation. And to help pay for it, I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow's....

January 17, 2011

A few weeks ago I took a look at a Wikipedia entry on some hiking trails I know well. Tonight I read Wikipedia's article on Laura Ingalls Wilder, about whom I know much more than the average fan, having researched her papers for many years. Wow, I'm appalled. Wikipedia is publishing's version of genetically modified crops: evolution of facts and interpretations hit us at lightening speed. Some of the changes are good, and many are bad. The errors explode hour by hour, and the corrections fight back minutes later, but what are we left with?

For years I have known that...

January 5, 2011
NYC's underground, as inspiring as Everest - nyc-map-center

Erling Kagge, a Norwegian climber, has started exploring the sewers and subway tunnels of New York City.

"The opportunity to see New York in a way  no one else has, from the inside out, is, for me, as inspiring as walking to the poles and climbing Everest," he told Alan Feuer, a New York Times reporter who went with him underground in early December.

People with the money to explore anywhere dismiss this kind of exploration as crazy. But I think not. A mistaken enterprise to me is to fly around the world and follow a path thousands of others are following,...

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