I was reading about some real estate in Italy. A bit north of Rome, including the southern portion of Tuscany. Reasonable price per square foot, so long as you don't need to be on the Mediterranean. And, to be honest, not unreasonable on a comparison basis even if you do. What struck me was the size of the properties being discussed. Mostly older apartments and small houses, they ranged from 500 to 700 square feet. The article spoke of this as acceptable since, after all, it was proposing them as vacation or second homes. Not someplace you'd live year-round.
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September 6, 2011
August 31, 2011
It seems the political party that's been prattling on about the failure of the US education system is absolutely correct. But they're not going to like the evidence.
August 30, 2011
On NPR this afternoon, I happened to catch the end of an interview with Michael Specter, a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. Specter, who seems to make a living in the interstices between scientific knowledge and American public opinion, was speaking about his recent article on the subject of in vitro (artificial, grown in the lab) meat.
August 25, 2011
Pretty much everyone in the USA who's concerned with environmental sustainability is aware that Bill McKibben was arrested and held for two days in D.C. for demonstrating against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The two-day detention, given that charges were then dropped, seems more like attempted intimidation than any objective standard of justice. And many of us agree with Bill that what happens to the Keystone proposal will be the acid test of the Obama administration's environmental policies.
August 23, 2011
An old friend gave me an old book. Not old by the standards of literature, or even of the publishing industry. But old by comparison to most of the work-related books I read. Copyright 1990, it's a series of interviews conducted by Farley Mowat, titled Rescue the Earth!
August 18, 2011
The past couple of weeks have been a wild ride. Financial markets around the globe have been rocky. Significant numbers of Brits have been hitting the streets. The Republican party is offering to decide that what the country needs is another Texas governor in the White House. Meanwhile, federal legislators have gone outside the Beltway so that they can ignore the needs of their constituents on a more personal, individual basis.
August 17, 2011
Right up front -- when I moved to Backboro, I pretty much stopped paying attention to professional sports. College sports are pretty much the only game(s) in town. And, of course, the tickets are a whole lot cheaper (at least, on average). But as a vestigial remnant of an earlier life, I hate the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, one of the phrases that sticks in my memory comes from the back of a T-shirt: "Beat Dallas twice. Lost to everyone else. On the whole, not a bad season."
August 16, 2011
A white paper recently crossed my desk. Issued by TRIRIGA, a facilities management consulting outfit recently purchased by IBM, it purports to be based on a study conducted by the Gartner Group. The title is "Crossing the sustainability chasm: strategies and tactics to achieve sustainability goals."
August 11, 2011
Providing opportunities for students to get physically involved -- with meeting their needs, with the surrounding community, with modifying the campus -- is becoming an ever bigger part of our sustainability strategy at Greenback U. Breaking folks out of that passive consumer mindset is a necessary first step on the road to them becoming active and engaged citizens.
August 10, 2011
Yesterday, I got an email from an acquaintance of long standing -- a national leader in the field of sustainability-meets-education. It invited me to join a group " that brings together business and academia professionals to collaborate on what is needed to educate students" about sustainability. So I follow the link, and find myself on a page with a logo for the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation. Seems like a reputable outfit (McGraw-Hill having been around for a bit).