Steady State Revolution Is On Hiatus

I’d love to say that I have tons of time to write and maintain this blog right now, but it’s far from the truth. So, much to my personal chagrin, I’ve put Steady State Revolution on Hiatus for the time being. I’ll be back once things calm down a bit in my personal and professional lives.

What have I been doing?

  • Building a Movement with the Post Growth Institute. Check out our campaigns – Free Money Day and The (En)Rich List.
  • Creating My WordPress Development Business. I’ve been working on websites pro-bono for a long time, now I’m officially doing it for some income, too. Learn about my WordPress development services.
  • Building a Strong, Healthy Family Life. It’s important, and now is the time to focus a bit on my family’s health and well-being.

So, I’ll be back on Steady State Revolution – hopefully finishing up my numerous draft posts – soon enough. For now, I’ve got a lot on my plate.

I’ve launched my personal site, where I will occasionally blog from now on.

Miracle Technology Found, Solves All World’s Problems

Scientists Discover Wonder Element

It was announced late last night by a Swedish research team that a new wonder element has been discovered. The team says that this element, Unbelievium, can be used to generate large amounts of pollution-free energy, with it’s resulting by products being easily used to create carbon fiber, desalinated clean water, and hydrogen (which can be used again in fuel cells for more energy). It can be easily created by a combination of nearly anything and sea water, including most waste products – from carbon dioxide pulled from the atmosphere to random trash or nuclear waste.

Government’s around the world rejoiced, especially after the Nuclear disaster in Japan bringing to light the face that nuclear energy is not a safe or feasible source of energy. President Obama held a short press conference shortly there after saying that new power plants could be built easily and inexpensively. He went on further, saying,

“This breakthrough in technology presents a great opportunity for the world’s economy to continue to grow and bring prosperity to all. Swedish researchers have graciously agreed to release all their research data to the free peoples of the world. This new technology should be easily implemented and readily available to produce 100% of our energy within 10 years.”

Swedish researches say that this technology goes against all we thought we knew about thermodynamics. The first and second laws, which are generally present in everything we do and limit our ability to grow continually on a finite planet, seem to no longer apply to the process that creates Unbelievium. Some medical researchers in the US have even said that this element might even be used to treat some diseases, potentially extending life spans. Food technologists (yes, it’s a real job) working alongside the Swedish researchers say that this new element can condense nutritional aspects of food and even aid in the growing of our food too!

Further, it’s thought that Unbelievium can be used to turn just about anything into raw elements. The example given by researchers was “turning piles of dirty diapers into iron, through a fairly low-energy process using Unbelievium as a catalyst.”

Turns out, a finite planet can support an ever increasing material throughput –  we just needed to wait for technology to save us after all! Well, guess that’s it for this blog, I’ll have to go get a job as a stock broker or something. 😉

(Happy April Fools Day!)

Image Credit: Flickr Creative Commons.

Post Growth Institute

New Post Growth Site

I’ve been silent for the past few weeks for a couple reasons: my wife’s been working through her finals and I’ve been working on the new Post Growth website. Check out the new Post Growth Institute website

I’ve also been working on a guest post for The Daly News, which will hopefully be finished in the next week or two. It will partially be a much revised, updated combination of two of my older posts, “Decoupling Demystified” and “The Limits of Efficiency.” Keep an eye out.

Also, I’ve started a Tumblr blog here. This site is going to act similar to how I’ve been utilizing twitter, just expanded: a place for ideas, conversation and brainstorming – as well as the occasional rant, rave, and random thoughts. Check it out.

My point? I’ll be back on Steady State Revolution in usual force soon. Don’t you worry, there’s still plenty of things to talk about – we’re not sustainable yet. 😉

Two Years Later…

Two years ago I started blogging on a small blogger account, ranting about the economy and ecological limits. Since that time I’ve seen this blog blossom until a larger medium for discussion and broadcasting. I’ve really enjoyed the connections made, the on-going research and opening this topic up to others. You, my readers, have been a constant inspiration for me – the comments, emails, and feedback are always great! I am looking forward to the next two years, especially in light of the coming challenges (and opportunities) our world faces.

There are a few of us post-growth bloggers and activists that are working on a project. It isn’t out yet, so I can’t say much about it just yet. Between my work with that, having a wife in college and having a toddler who refuses to sleep through the night I am pretty burnt out right now. So, for the next week or so I will be taking a little mini-vacation from the blog world. I’ll be back (with a vengeance!) hopefully a week or two before the holidays.

In the meantime, please check out the work going on at The Daly News, Make Wealth History, Post Growth, Cruxcatalyst, Growthbusters and nef’s Blog. I hope these guys (and girls) can keep your sustainable economics hunger satisfied for the next few weeks. And to have something to look forward to here, these are some of the drafts I’ll be working on turning into upcoming posts:

  • How To Tell Your Growth Friend’s They’re Crazy (working title),
  • The Economic Hierarchy of Needs (economics through maslow’s viewpoint), and
  • The Universal Law of Diminishing Returns (no, really, think about it: this law applies to nearly everything!).

And, please feel free to comment, suggest/request on post topics. Lord knows sometimes I could use the motivation.

Have a good couple of weeks, my friends!

New Theme (Mostly)

You might not notice much of a difference, but Steady State Revolution is now running the highly customizable Thesis theme. We’ve been working on using it over at Post Growth and I thought this blog could use some revitalization as well. So, I’ve set up Thesis to look pretty close to my original theme. In the transition, though, please let me know if you notice anything odd or non-functioning. Most of the improvements are on the back-end of the site, but the front-end has some minor changes as well.

Also, I’m looking for some help on the graphic design and a more thorough site overall. I will always love my home-made header and theme – I love the current look, but I feel that we might need a change soon and would love to have an even slicker look to the site. I’m pretty good at the code-side, but if you have any experience of know of any good leads on (free/barter/trade) graphic design and want to help out, please let me know.

Meanwhile… back to the writing/tweeting board. Hope you are all well!

Bike Out, Bike In

Surly's Long Haul Trucker
The New Car

Thursday was a very interesting day. I was fighting the flu for the previous two days, of all things in the middle of summer! (I blame climate change 😉 ) Anyway, I woke up and decided that I should go to work regardless of my overall malaise, only to find that my bike was gone.

That’s right! Stolen from my carport! Generally it’s stored closer to the house, a little more out of sight. Of course, this time it was left a little more visible, and in our nice little neighborhood someone nicked it! That’s the bike out.

A little back story before the bike in portion: We recently moved in a great house across from a wooded park, close to our sons new day care, and within 2 miles of my work. An added benefit is that we had no excuse to have two cars. So we finally sold my rig (the less fuel efficient one). With that money I planned on upgrading my bike, paying down some of our debt and putting some money into savings.

My Son's New Bike
Start Steady Staters Young, My Son's New Bike

So, as horrible as it is to have your bike stolen from you, it is just as fortunate that I have the money to finally get the bike of my dreams. I have been putting a lot of thought into what would fit me (tall guy) and my riding style (road, light touring). I went with the Surly Long Haul Trucker (photo above). It’s the first bike since I was my son’s age that actually fits me perfectly. I love it!

How does this relate to the steady state economy? Being a “steady stater” involves living within your ecological means without undermining the ability of future generations to live a similar life. Part of that is removing fossil fuels, a dirty, non-renewable resource that is destroying our planet, from your life. What better way than to bike instead of drive? Pick up a bike on craigslist or freecycle or a local bike shop and try to integrate biking to work a few times a week.

Do The Ends Justify the Means?

Growth is a tool, to be used to satisfy some need. What do we need it for now?

I recently had a conversation with Rob Dietz, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) that sparked some thoughts. A little background about me is needed first, though.

After growing up in small town suburbia and graduating from high school I went off to college. This is the standard model in America – “Go forth, get a degree, get a high paying job, become happy!” I was sold on the Dream that all I had to do was go to college, get a job and the world would be my ouster. All I had to do was work hard and be rewarded.

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