Monthly archives: December 2010

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, I’d love to see your own list. If you make one, link up in the comments below, pretty please with a frozen cherry on top.
This year was rather P.K.Dick-heavy, as I reread my entire collection of his works. Best of the [...]

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 want is direct access to clean food, air, and water. That’s it. Everything else is secondary because everything else is secondary to my survival. If I have clean food, air, and water, I can build and heat a shelter, play in [...]

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 foot down, and it just hasn’t stopped snowing since.
I love snow. I love the way it muffles sound and reflects moonlight. I love the way it dabs a bit of magic on everything, dressing up the ugly, adorning the already-beautiful. [...]

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 broken leg. You can’t enjoy the horse and simply ignore its broken leg—the only decent thing to do is to put it out of its misery and be done with it. If you’re religious, you surely realize that the [...]

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 home who isn’t expecting to get any visitors come December.
In Germany at this time of year you can hardly walk out your front door without tripping over a Christmas market, and I have a love-hate relationship with them. That is, I hate [...]

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 and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) are going to spend 6.6 million euros testing biofuel on a Lufthansa passenger plane. CO2 emissions will be reduced, the environment will be saved, air travel will inch toward becoming sustainable, and we’ll all live happily ever [...]

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, reclaimed, reinvented. In that regard I figure that, as an urban scrounger, I’m practicing for the apocalypse”
-Jeff Ferrell, Empire of Scrounge

Behold the recycled door! Fashioned from a metal car-advertisement board that showed up one morning from nobody knew (or could rightly remember, [...]

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 Possum Living that, probably never even heard the word “freegan,” but all the ingredients are there:
(a) Fuck the money economy (Who wants to work a full-time job when you don’t have to?)
(b) Wean yourself off of your obsession with material possessions [...]

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 never become so globalized that all but one language is extinct.)
This evening the Beard and I went into town and braved the Christmas market in exchange for a cup of mulled wine spiked with schnapps. Mondays are a pretty good [...]