This book helped me learn the names for different templates for common themes in northwest coastal native art. I am particularly interested in a groupThis book helped me learn the names for different templates for common themes in northwest coastal native art. I am particularly interested in a group of people from the Queen Anne Islands, the Haida people. There are ample examples and photos of Haida artifacts and information. ...more
Great book for young readers. I really enjoyed the story, but I got tired of all the monotonous lists. He has a great schtick and I could put up withGreat book for young readers. I really enjoyed the story, but I got tired of all the monotonous lists. He has a great schtick and I could put up with it for the duration of this book, but I doubt much more than that. we read it aloud on a road trip to Los Angeles and it was a great way to keep the co-pilot awake. ...more
Great book for all kinds of tips on puppies. I have learned a great deal from this book, but I do have some discrepancies on techniques. All that asidGreat book for all kinds of tips on puppies. I have learned a great deal from this book, but I do have some discrepancies on techniques. All that aside, these monks spend an incredible amount of time with the dogs and have a keen awareness of dog psychology. I would highly recommend it for anyone getting a puppy, or people who are training a young dog.
I got this book when my pup was 5 weeks old. I was half way done the book when Py was 9 weeks old and I had the book in the back of my car. I was in the library getting CDs and Py ripped out lots of pages in the middle of the book. Fortunately I had already read this part of the book, but it was clear that Pyle had no need or care for the advice. I like to say that my dog ate the book on puppy training. ...more
This book is a terrific introduction for those interested in working metal. It gives a wonderful historical perspective of the smith and his keystoneThis book is a terrific introduction for those interested in working metal. It gives a wonderful historical perspective of the smith and his keystone position in the development of European and American cultural identity. It traces the history of European iron and steel manufacturing and gives a detailed description of the processes as they developed from the beginning, with large fires and iron ore mined from the ground, all the way through the 19th century, focusing on antiquated processes. It scarcely covers modern, industrial steel manufacturing, however this book is a historical understanding and absolutely fascinating for those interested in becoming artisan metal smiths. While reading the book there was almost an olfactory sensation, and my head was left ringing with the pulsation of the ringing anvil. ...more
My mom gave me this book to read while I'm home visiting and it is a quick read. It was entertaining and informative and I reconsidered many preconceiMy mom gave me this book to read while I'm home visiting and it is a quick read. It was entertaining and informative and I reconsidered many preconceived ideas about old age and really nailed home that your perspective creates your reality. If you think old people are helpless and treat them as such then they will be more likely to act the way they are treated. I have never had a fear of growing old because the majority of the people I respect and view as role models are old people. Everyone is constantly changing and developing and if you fit yourself into a mold and an identity you may just pigeon hold yourself from what you have the potential to become. I believe in the teleological suspension of reality. ...more
Roy Underhill is the man. I love his show on pbs. The last few seasons are on the pbs website if you want to get a feel for Roy's hilarious demeanor aRoy Underhill is the man. I love his show on pbs. The last few seasons are on the pbs website if you want to get a feel for Roy's hilarious demeanor and extremely insightful lessons. ...more
This book has detailed descriptions and pictures of all types of country woodcraft projects. They have great info on the workshop, agricultural implemThis book has detailed descriptions and pictures of all types of country woodcraft projects. They have great info on the workshop, agricultural implements, and household crafts. I was particularly interested in the spoons and shaving horse. ...more
This book has some incredible photos of do it yourself artisan homes. It has influenced my design projects with practical, simple ideas. Lloyd House'sThis book has some incredible photos of do it yourself artisan homes. It has influenced my design projects with practical, simple ideas. Lloyd House's Leaf House is one of my favorite structures and I am inspired by the beauty of human capacity captured in this project. ...more
I am absolutely in love with this book. Dan Price is a man seeking a simpler life, building structures and researching ancient cultures. I was profounI am absolutely in love with this book. Dan Price is a man seeking a simpler life, building structures and researching ancient cultures. I was profoundly influenced by this book and as I brainstorm ideas for my new house design, many of Dan's concepts will leach through. Dan is creating a piece for people who desire to break away from our resource intensive culture and try a more human technique of living. I will definitely check out his moonlight chronicles and recommend this book to all people who built forts as kids and have always dreamed living off/with the land. He truly is a modern day Thoreau. ...more
I am a Neoclassical Economist. My analysis, though I am not a Gate Keeper, is the ebb and flow of the market system look bleak from a long term persp I am a Neoclassical Economist. My analysis, though I am not a Gate Keeper, is the ebb and flow of the market system look bleak from a long term perspective. It is only a matter of time before economic crisis brings about further justification for changing socio-sci prerogatives. The current situation of mass consumer culture and population expansion in light of a limited resource (oh no I'm Malthusian!) is apparent. The production methods of our culture will not last, the crisis is at hand. An economic depression crosses many academic boundaries, therefore the community of experts effected vastly expands. Kuhn argues that the people within the community have a strong incentive to maintain the paradigm in which they operate. Max Planck is quoted on page 151 revealing, “a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because it's opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” For the time being and for as long as the paradigm of the neoclassical community in control rolls on without significant anomalies, little attention will be paid to an alternative culture that is developing. Though there are strong incentives to maintain the current socio-sci paradigm, the new paradigm is manifest. Scientists from all disciplines are recognizing the serious situation for the future of our life source. Kuhn references many examples of scientific revolutions. He gives two qualities of the individuals who become praised as the revolutionaries: they are young and have an intense concentration on the crisis. Many times they come from non-traditional backgrounds. Is trans-disciplinary research the holy grail? This is the solution that Kuhn is offering (161). Crossing fields, creating new fields and unifying paradigms offers new perspectives on scientific research. The recognition of the connection of all sciences is essential and is hinted upon numerous times in the text (x, 2, 30, 40, 42, 93, 160, 162-164). In chapter XIII the notion of progress is brought to the attention of the reader. “With respect to normal science, then, part of the answer to the problem of progress lies simply in the eye of the beholder. Scientific progress is not different in kind from progress in other fields, but the absence at most times of competing schools that question each other's aims and standards makes the progress of a normal-scientific community far easier to see.” (163). However, the insulation of science has resounding effects and are “intensified” by the linear view of scientific history (164-165). Kuhn finishes the book with a very important analogy for the judgment of progress in science. On page 172, he explains Darwin's theory of evolution was so controversial when it was released because there was “no goal set either by god or nature”. Kuhn builds upon this idea by using this analogy to explain the current state of science. It is constantly evolving, but it depends on the paradigm for one to assume if it is progressing. The evolution of all sciences to a shared ethic of continuity and resourcefulness is essential. These characteristics as an ethos have been dormant since the great depression, but are destined to resurface. ...more
amazing. This book really helped me identify many parts of my life that i was scrutinizing over and let them go. We only have right here and right nowamazing. This book really helped me identify many parts of my life that i was scrutinizing over and let them go. We only have right here and right now. ...more
I had to read this for a class and here is my response essay. Feel free to plagiarize me, I really do not care.
“Freedom from Oil” is an important intI had to read this for a class and here is my response essay. Feel free to plagiarize me, I really do not care.
“Freedom from Oil” is an important introduction to understanding political interest group’s persuasive techniques. It has little weight in actually offering advice to reduce our nations “dependence” on energy. Mr. Sandalow has done a terrific job rubbing the backs of a bunch of people that could potentially profit from shifting away from oil. This is an important technique to utilize, however the underlying problem of our nation’s addiction to energy is superficially mentioned.
Out of the 215 pages of this book, 7 pages are dedicated to the built environment. I laughed through all 7 of the pages about “smart growth” and I would enjoy reiterating what I sardonically digested. I have been researching about “smart growth” for about 2 years. I cringe at the mention of term because it is transformed into a dichotomy of walkable urbanism versus drivable sub-urbanism. Walkable urbanism is so commonly, that it is almost sad, mentioned in stark opposition to the suburbs. The problem with making things black and white is everything is either suburbs or “smart growth.” I am not a fan of the jargon of “smart growth” or of the development practices that are commonly referenced as examples of “smart growth” but there are very important concepts that are couched within this title. These concepts are age old. They stretch back to the way humans have built since they started building things. They only strayed away from this model 60 years ago when the federal government supported a single pattern of development.
The text reinforces the uselessness of building intelligently. Sandalow makes blanket statements explaining how smart growth is ineffectual. “Policies often take many years to implement, during which time other variables (such as oil prices and characteristics of the vehicle fleet) change substantially” (Sandalow, 152). Also, “To reduce traffic congestion, congestion pricing is a far more effective tool,” (Sandalow, 153). He gives 7 pages to explain about “smart growth” and spends most of the text explaining how it is ineffectual. As I sit in the wee hours of the night and contemplate why a man who is the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs and was a senior fellow at Brookings Institute from 2004 to 2009 cannot find anything better to say about building differently then the patterns that have put us in this energy crisis I cannot fathom why.
The icing on the cake in this book is always the key points “From the Desk of the President.” The points mentioned, in a nut shell, are “Americans drive more and enjoy it less”, “more roads don’t cure traffic congestion”, “federal policies favor road building over mass transit,” and “telecommuting can cut oil use while improving productivity and quality of life.” (Sandalow, 157) All of these are points that can be deduced from the essay, however the one solution gathered from the text is telecommuting, at least go with the increase mass transit! I am a huge supporter of telecommuting, but this does not even address the fact that people have (this is a perspective/paradigm) to drive everywhere they go. Making all cars run on ethanol and batteries does not solve the issue. We can not sustain traveling huge distances to get what we need. It does not fit into the model we have to live in, reality. ...more