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03 December 2007 @ 03:49 pm
No Impact Man  
The year of the No Impact Man and the initial project ended on November 20th:

http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2007/11/time-to-live-in.html

I can't wait for the documentary.

This project has had a huge impact on my life and as we begin to wind down 2007, I'm going to take some time to ponder and report on what philosophies and activities have changed in my life, thanks to and independent of the No Impact Man project.

Thank you, Colin, for leading by example!
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sculptruth on December 4th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
I've been following him since the beginning, and I'm cynical, impressed, horrified, inspired, bitter, but ultimately driven to do more and better than ever because of his experience.

Pretty awesome.
Kburgunder on December 4th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Oh man, you said that so much better than I did. I started following a few months ago and read the entire back log.
sculptruth on December 4th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
I have a lot of issues, ha! I commented on his blog that I was excited now that he would be living a normal life and facing the same temptations and challenges as the rest of us. I think it's going to get even more interesting now.

Hopefully, more accessible as well...
Varnvarn_ix on December 4th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
A cynic's perspective
Our use of mains electricity (we survived with the one lamp provided by a single solar panel, a lot of beeswax candles, no fridge and no laundry machine)

Hippies.

Seriously, they should be searching for solutions sustainable by the general population. I doubt there's enough beeswax for everyone, and no laundry machine? Good luck selling this to your 2.4 kid family.

My (romantic) model for living close to nature were some elven settlements around Elvandar. Tree houses, clothes of natural materials, and so on, but a sophisticated culture nevertheless. Problem is, these books rarely discuss the workings of their economy, and some lifestyles just don't work with really large communities. (Such as, say, metro areas.) Another such community would be the Amish, but who wants to live like that?

Finally, I can't imagine Hudson-grown oysters being good for anything other than filters for the river. Who'd want to eat that?
Kburgunder on December 4th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: A cynic's perspective
I haven't read about Elvandar, I don't think - what book is that?

Agreed on the Hudson-grown oysters. Heck, who'd want to eat oysters, in my opinion? But then: more for everyone else.

As for the "searching for solutions sustainable by the general population", that is, in fact, exactly what the project was about. They spent a year trying out all the ways you can make an impact to see what was actually sustainable for an urban family. If you read more about the project, you'll find that living without a laundry machine wasn't something they felt was sustainable for most families.
Varnvarn_ix on December 4th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Elvandar
I was referring to Magician by Raymond E Feist.

A good book, especially if it's an introduction to fantasy, as it was for me; but sequels are mostly onedimensional.