the year in books 2010

And so the year draws to a close, and I continue the one tradition you can rely on here at Click Clack Gorilla: a list of the books I’ve read over the past year. What can I say, I’m a book geek, and I keep a list. For any other book geek bloggers reading this, […]

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the road

What do you want? In our hyper-consumer society, it may seem like a complicated question, with an answer an itemized list ten miles long. My own answer is simple, however, and it is not about what shirt or gadget I want to own or what I want to do next week or year. What I […]

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soup season

Last year I put my dumpstered tulips in the ground in December. This year the ground was already frozen solid before the grocery stores had started throwing away the plastic mesh packages of bulbs that they sell every fall. The winter this year came suddenly. At the end of November it put its big frost-bitten […]

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christmas according to dolly freed

“Christmas doesn’t exist for us. December 25th is just another day here. ‘Tis the season to be greedy, ostentatious, treacly sentimental, frenzied, hysterical, morbidly drunk and suicidal, and we see no reason to pretend otherwise. So we ignore it in the hope that it will go away. Christmas has become like a horse with a […]

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rock n’ roll jesus

If you’ve been around here for a few years, you might remember my satirical German Christmas market report from 2008. No? Well The Christmas Market Gauntlet: A Guide to Dresden Christmas Markets is still sitting around, bored and lonelier than ever with the holidays on their way again, like the only one at the nursing […]

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biofuel, bioschmuel

Last week at work I wrote up a little diddy about how Lufthansa is going to be testing out biofuel on one of its domestic routes next year. If you’d like to read the article, it can be found here. For those of you who aren’t going to bother reading the article, I’ll summarize. Lufthansa […]

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recycling for the apocalypse

“Sometimes, lost in post-apocalyptic reverie. I imagine that even the landfill may not be the final resting place in the empire of scrounge–that someday, when the present world of mindless hyper-consumption has finally failed, those thousands of tools and bicycle parts and lengths of copper pipe that I know are buried there will be dug, […]

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possum living by dolly freed

Dolly Freed’s call to simple living and to abandoning ship on the money economy/wage slavedom is the simplest, yet most poignant I think I’ve come across yet. “It’s feasible. It’s easy. It can be done. It should be done. Do it.” Well, well, well, if it wasn’t a freegan manifesto. Dolly doesn’t call her book […]

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the weather outside is frightful, let it snow, etc

Going into town these days means being inundated with Christmas songs, means ending up with a lot of rather unfortunate tunes stuck in my head. Or as the Germans would call ‘em, “ear worms.” (Isn’t that just a delightfully pictorial translation of having a song stuck in your head? I heart languages. May the world […]

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calling all ghost chasers, camera experts, and skeptics

Explanations are in order, and I have none to offer. Please fill the comments with your expert knowledge and philosophical musings. Whatever the explanation, I think I feel an album cover coming on…

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