Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Not the “Doomsday Seed Vault” But Rather the “Vault of Doom”
The Vault is “supposed to last for eternity”, yet didn't take the effects of climate change into consideration. What about the “unknown unknowns”? [part 1/3]
Jul 21, 2017 7 min read comments
Move Over Perpetual Motion Machines, There's Now a Perpetual Data Machine – Big Data!
The economist's economists at The Economist have apparently found a replacement for oil, and it isn't even a form of energy
May 26, 2017 6 min read comments
Book Review | When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation
Are renewable energies enough to maintain the trucking industry in order to maintain the... renewable energy industry? Hmm...
Apr 30, 2017 9 min read comments
Money Doesn't Grow on Trees, Industrial-Scale Renewable Energy Does
The amount of hype, wishful thinking, and arguably outright lies that the renewable energy industries deal out ultimately does renewables more harm than good
Apr 19, 2017 8 min read comments
Money Doesn't Grow on Trees, Industrial-Scale Renewable Energy Does
When you wish upon a star the Blue Fairy sends Tinker Bell, who plants a magic seed, which grows into a giant beanstalk, which leads you to the goose that lays golden eggs, which can buy you all the renewable energy you could ever want. The End.
Fanfare Ciocărlia | A Retrospective
A quasi-review and sample songs from all eleven Fanfare Ciocărlia albums [part 6/6]
Mar 31, 2017 14 min read comments
From the Gutter of The Lounge Lizards' Confidence Schmuzic to Fanfare Ciocărlia and the Peak of Music
With an array of musical styles, 2000+ concerts given, and incessant criss-crossing of the globe, Fanfare Ciocărlia may very well qualify as the peak of music [part 5/6]
Mar 27, 2017 13 min read comments
From the Gutter of The Lounge Lizards' Confidence Schmuzic to Fanfare Ciocărlia and the Peak of Music
The sounds of the Romanian countryside, unleashed by Fanfare Ciocărlia for twenty years and counting (photo © Arne Reinhardt)
Bands of Gypsies, Assisting Us in Achieving Harmony in the Face of Collapse
By being seeds of music, can bands of Gypsies help bring harmony and light to the world, particularly in what appears to be the coming years of darkness? [part 4/6]
Mar 21, 2017 13 min read comments
Bands of Gypsies, Assisting Us in Achieving Harmony in the Face of Collapse
Fanfare Ciocărlia's lead vocalists (and trumpet players) Rădulescu Lazăr and Costică "Cimai" Trifan, as well as the late Ioan Ivancea
Onwards to Mars, or Onwards to the (Ten) Fields?
No, we're not going to Mars, but perhaps the (wedding) music of Fanfare Ciocărlia can help us make our way back to a marriage with the fields [part 3/6]
Mar 15, 2017 12 min read comments
Imposing Limits to Music in the Age of Limits to Growth
With Spotify's “infinite” catalogue providing the equivalent of the musical one-night stand, might it be worthwhile to think about placing some limits to music? [part 2/6]
Mar 8, 2017 11 min read comments
Imposing Limits to Music in the Age of Limits to Growth
All digital reproductions are equally made with zeroes and ones, although some zeroes and ones are more equal than others
The Music Industry: Aiming for the Singularity But Hitting Collapse Instead
The music industry managed to stem its piracy-induced hemorrhage. Nonetheless, and like the rest of industrial civilisation, it's on its way to collapse [part 1/6]
Mar 1, 2017 10 min read comments
The Music Industry: Aiming for the Singularity But Hitting Collapse Instead
The appearance of the music industry's various formats, plotted along M. King Hubbert's 1956 projection of worldwide oil extraction rates