Monthly Archives: December 2010

Lies My Teacher Told Me and other books I’m reading

“Lies My Teacher Told Me” is one of the most powerful books I have read in years.  It is a really well written history lesson in the form of a brilliant critique of how high school history (the only history … Continue reading

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The People’s Republic of Malakoff

Malakoff is a suburb of Paris, at the far edge of the Metro.  We went to visit Annie and Yve, friends of Valerie that live in Malakoff the day after Christmas.  Annie and Yve’s daughter came to visit us for … Continue reading

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Cherche la truffe (Looking for truffles)

I decided to get my wife a truffle for Christmas  – the mushroom, not the chocolate (although I did find something that, oddly enough, combines both).  Here is the story of my search. } Hopefully you’ve already got a working … Continue reading

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Compact Flourescent Bulb Disposal in France

I noticed this CF disposal station at the Monoprix near Nation in the 11th arr in Paris.  Monoprix is a big department store with clothing, household items, and a large grocery supermarket. I wonder what happens once a bulb gets … Continue reading

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Student Strawbale Cabin

I once heard Geoff Lawton (a long-time permaculture teacher and designer from Australia – for an example of his work see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sohI6vnWZmk) say that local solutions for sustainable design problems are often durable.  This means that good local solutions will … Continue reading

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Maire de Paris and electric bikes

As this sign says, the city of Paris offers 25% off on the purchase of an electric bike (up to $400), and there are many shops that sell them.  Prices range from 1000 euros on up (Today 1 euro = … Continue reading

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