Friday, February 13, 2009



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Here it is, February 13th, almost St. Valentine's and I'm supposed to tell you that the way of life you know and cherish is kicking its own ass to the curb?

I don't think so...

Here's some music for your raging hormones...

---- "People are still having sex" by: "La Tour"


Peak Oil is a stretch, an arc, on a curve when we go from being an oil rich planet to being an oil poor planet. (More curves intersecting curves again, oil discovery, oil production, oil extraction prices going above oil sale falling below)

At the risk of seeming flip about it, "This is not a risk, its an opportunity".

Yes we're going to see a lot of changes and change always has its dogmatic enemies. (Sorry folks but as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, change will happen. Nothing lasts forever. Deal with it.)

The YouTube video which accompanies these posts is alarming and a bit of a bummer because it has to be. The word is not universally out there.

But you shouldn't be "that" alarmed about it.

We have plenty of time to start ducking the shovel that's swinging at our collective face.

---- "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll" by: "Ugly"


The best way to dodge a bullet is not to be in its path in the first place. That's simple physics.

However, this isn't about dodging bullets, avoiding shovels to the face, or even trying to juggle chain saws.

Its about seeing things and reacting intelligently.

My intended audience is all made up of college students. And at a Catholic private college, no less. You were all smart enough to get here.

You are probably going to be smart enough to see the writing on the wall (a scrawled oily smear saying "I'm dead and I was killed by... uh... uh.. [drops like a sack of potatoes.])

Coming from the eastern side of Canada and the United States, as I do I'm big on public transit. In Weisbaden, Germany I didn't need a car at all. I took their buses everywhere,

I'm even bigger on no transit at all.


Here's a question for you.

What form of transportation carries more passengers that all of the other form combined, planes, trains, buses and automobiles, in near perfect safety and with zero CO2 emissions?

The answer?

The elevator.


The biggest problem with trying to use an elevator comes from the fact that the holes are all in a straight line up and down.

Imagine if you could go sideways?

You not only punch in your floor (vertical destination) but your site (x & y horizontal destination.)

For most things, you'd never need to sit down so we just provided hand holds for lateral shifts.

Imagine being in a big building. A really big building. A friggin' humongous building.

Imagine you're on the "street level" of the Petronas Towers but instead of two huge cylinders for living spaces, there's like fifty of them, and instead of one sky bridge about half-way up, there's like twenty all shuttling elevator cages around up and down and across on mag-lev tracks with "film cog" carriers.

We already know how to build Petronas towers.

We already know how to build cog railway cars.

We already know how to program systems to handle elevator cars.

We already know how to build all of this zero emission stuff.

We've just never attempted it at the proper scale ... yet.

Okay, just so you know. I come from Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Its frigin' COLD in the winter time in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Like for a week in February it hovers around forty degrees below zero. That's friggin' cold.

Did you know that you could live on the south shore of the St. Lawrence river, get to work down town, across the river, go see a friend for supper in the north end of the city and get back home in the worst weather, (when its a blizzard outside or when its too cold to snow,) without even needing a woolen sweater?

The streets are deserted because of "Le Metro" [ ] which whisks almost a million people between work and home underground.

If you live somewhere with direct access to the Metro, you look at ol' man winter through the windows of a "brasserie" and never get cold and never get your shoes wet with slush.

And it the same with the hottest days of summer. We could ignore the weather...

Montréal is a nascent archology.

So I'm just saying that the system has already been proven to work.

---- "Jungle Juice" by: "All Crazy"

We got PSAs:


Campus Safety urges students, faculty and staff to sign up for text alerts, online @

This will be used to inform students, faculty and staff in an emergency.

This was useful last year in the bomb scare.

To sign up, students must know their Spirit ID # (Bring their Saint Peter's College ID.)


Here's a proper, honest to goodness, real promo. :-)



We've also got some cross promotion going with the web version of St. Peter College's own "Pauw Wow".

The perpetually available and comment capturing web version is "growing on" as opposed to the occasional "Dead Tree" edition which can only capture "a moment in time" for a minority of the news competing for a scarce resource, space with anything else on a fixed number of pages.

As Liebnitz famously once said: "The 'Power of the Press' belongs to those who own one."

But as anyone who can read will attest, the limitations of "that" business model are slowly bleeding to death all of the owners of the "dead tree" press.

The future of the press lies on-line with the internet mixing media according to their appropriateness to whatever is being reported.

From "Twitter" to IM, to e-mail, to FaceBook to Podcasts, to web-radio, to streaming content, to PDFs, to vodcasts, to YouTube, to MP3s, to app mash-ups, to whatever's next, the internet is emerging as the clear winner of the media wars.

So log on to and grow with the media.

---- "Turn Me On" by: "Valentino Casanova"


I'm not one for whining and bitching.

I'm not one for moaning and groaning.

I'm already too old for peak oil to do more to me that screw up my retirement, if I had any left after the financial melt down killed off my potential clients , took care of my retirement money and screwed over me but good. [Like the old Chinese curse says, I'm living in interesting times.])

So what can I do right now? And what can I see in the future as a way of possibly helping myself? And you too?

Right now, I'm getting rid of my car. Hey I can actually do it. I live within hobblng distance of public transit. In New York City and environs, owning a car actually detracts from your mobility.

If you don't live the same way, you'll have to move wont you.

I'm not going to sugar-coat it.

Forget about owning your own cars unless they're electric. Forget about needing cars too when you can take an elevator/people mover anywhere you'll need to go.

Forget living in the suburbs unless you are independently wealthy.

But there are plenty of ways we can live together, but apart, in archologies.

The farming too can be done in climate controlled conditions. No more worrying about the rains being late or coming too often. No more worrying about how to get the produce picked, or to get it to to market.

---- "Sexy Noises Turn Me On" by: "Salt-N-Pepa"


Montréal is an example, a starting point, showing us what is possible already.

Its got lots of problems that it inherits from its older infrastructure, but its a mile post.

Now lets think big, really big, and really modern.

(That should get the architects really interested. Build an archology and name it after yourself.)

---- "I'm Too Sexy" by: "Right Said Fred"


The show notes, incuding the complete text of this episode, and any and all links to the artists featured, are on a server ... somewhere.

And this show is also being podcast in m4a format, which means that it you use a compatible player, like iTunes, you get the content divided up into chapters with images and "hot links" to the the web, on the topic of the chapter or to accompany the music.

You can send me feed back. suggestions, or just some sign that there's anybody actually outside the studio.

Address email to charles at


And we're ending off with something originally composed by "Fats Waller" ( ) but I have no idea of where picked up this recording.

---- "Sextette from Lucia" by: "Royal Italian Marine Band (Musical group)"

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