Mixed bag

8000000000

Today we hit the EIGHT BILLION mark.

A century ago there were 2 billion people on Earth.

Two thousand years ago we estimate 300 million people walking the Earth.

That is (out of control) exponential growth.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania are keeping our exponential growth “alive”. India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country in 2023.

Amen.

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Mixed bag

Amazong

You read that right.

Since I live 45 miles from the next grocery store and having no car I decided to give Amazon and free delivery a try.

First week of November I ordered a jar of peanut butter, amongst other things. The item was in stock, but no delivery date was given. Then, a couple days later I got a notice that the item would be shipped end of November. Wait, got an update! Now I’ll get an early Christmas present: Expected delivery date: December 21st.

At that rate, I must consider an overnight trip to town, on foot or by bike. We get Continental Divide hikers coming by all the time walking that distance in a day.

Mural, Silver City, NM

Not to worry, I am not going to starve, but do we have a peanut butter shortage?

Then there was order number 2. Being an environmentally conscious guy, I ordered an item from the closest vendor, 180 miles away. The item arrived within 4 days. Nothing wrong with that. When I looked at the shipment track, I noticed the package had travelled 528 miles.

What gives? I thought the traveling salesman problem had been solved many years ago.

It’s all good: Amazong.

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Inside Out

Let’s Plant a Tree

The true meaning of life

is to plant trees,

under whose shade

you do not expect to sit.

Nelson Henderson


I am not pretending to know the meaning of life, but the quote by Nelson Henderson reminded me of recent acts of kindness that I have experienced. This post goes to all people that have opened their home, fed and supported me unselfishly.

More than ever, this is the time to think about and act having our less blessed neighbors, close by and far away, and future generations in mind. We indeed need to plant trees and take other measures to ensure the well-being of our Planet.

Nelson Henderson was a WWI veteran and a farmer in Manitoba. Apparently he was not a man of big words. Nevertheless, the above quote from his biography “UNDER WHOSE SHADE: A STORY OF A PIONEER IN THE SWAN RIVER VALLEY OF MANITOBA” by his son Wes Henderson speaks to us loud and clear.

One of my favorite books is “So let’s plant an apple tree. The time has come.” by Hoimar von Ditfurth. The author proposes humanity as incapable of recognizing its own behavior as the cause of the threat to our environment and of changing course. I tend to agree with the author, although I wish otherwise…

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One Man's Paradise

Car(e)free

I will be without a vehicle for the next 4 months. This will be a test.

I am also considering living without a computer for a while. All this ever changing technology drives me crazy. For years I had a Web site that received no visitors, except hackers, that brought down the site. For weeks I have exchanged emails with support from overseas to no avail. So I am getting rid of it. This is going to happen sometime soon anyhow. The lights go out, and nobody cares. It makes me sad, but that’s the fate of digital photography.

I’ll be heading South, with a bicycle in tow. Let’s see if that lifestyle is more carefree than van life.

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One Man's Paradise

Ramble On

Leaves are falling all around
It’s time I was on my way
Thanks to you I’m much obliged
For such a pleasant stay
But now it’s time for me to go

Jimmy Page / Robert Plant

The dreaded supply chain got me trapped in Alaska. I know, there are worse places to be trapped. My van is in the shop and the parts are just not showing up. In the meantime, I am stuck. No transportation…

Luckily, friends are hosting me in the meantime, otherwise this would be an even more costly and unpleasant experience. Nevertheless, I don’t want to be a burden for much longer, so I am contemplating my options, one of them being a short bicycle trip to a hot spring. I do have a 4-season tent and a good, if heavy, sleeping bag. Last night we got 2 inches of snow and temps are not creeping much above freezing in the coming days.

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Inside Out

Sympathy

My host family went to a celebration of life and came back with a remarkable quote.

If you want sympathy you can find it in the dictionary between shit and syphilis.

Chris Zimmerman

How is that for tough love?

I was looking for some empathy today after dealing with frustrating bureaucratic issues. Couldn’t find it, neither in the dictionary nor in real life.

Life goes on.

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Inside Out

Nobel Prize Week

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

Carl Sagan

Yes, it’s that time again. Nobel Prize winners will be announced all week. I am not so sure about the Medicine Prize this year, but I have clue what the Physics Prize is about so that one must be ok.

I find science fascinating. No single human understands all aspects of science, but as a whole we, the human society, keep pushing the envelope.

Off course we also have lots of “experts” on social media, although none of them have been awarded a Nobel Prize, yet.

First snow, Finger Mountain
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