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photo 2016-12-17 13:24
A Christmas Rebellion

I think our rulers have not completed highjacked Christmas from us. When we make it our celebration, it becomes an act of rebellion. Here’s my Christmas message for 2016.




Source: rayfoy.com/rays-journal/a-christmas-rebellion
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photo 2016-04-23 02:07
The Mountain Bike Trail

I believe that much of literature, whether fiction or not, is a recounting of what we do and what we learn. My second hiking excursion was enlightening to me and I wrote a journal entry about it.




Source: rayfoy.com/rays-journal/the-mountain-bike-trail
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url 2016-04-16 01:05
Hitting the Sandhills Trail

I have so much going on right now: much work in the day job, possible consulting work (IT), pushing on my novel to get it ready for editing, some book reviews due, checking out a local writer's group. 


In the midst of it all, I need to stay active, and I want to follow in the footsteps of some literary hikers. So I'm foraying into the world of hiking and backpacking. Last week, I journaled about my training. I also took my first hike on a real trail in a State Park. I journaled about that too.


You can find the journal entry here:




Sandhills Trail Bridge

Source: rayfoy.com/rays-journal/hitting-the-sandhills-trail
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review 2015-11-29 00:00
The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World
The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World - Oliver Morton Morton begins his synopsis of the possibilities of geoengineering by establishing the necessity of it. He begins with two questions: do you think climate change is bad enough to do something about it? do you think reducing emissions enough is very hard to do, maybe impossible? He answers yes to both questions, and says that most of today's politicans and environmentalists today answer no to one of these questions and yes to the other, depending on their political leanings. But, he says, if we need to do something about climate change and emissions reductions are not enough, we have to look at geoengineering.

The primary action he examines is injecting aerosols into the stratosphere. That would, in effect, shade us a bit, so that we can have high carbon dioxide levels but not so much heating. He's definitely a cheerleader for this, but he's aware of the objections that have been or will be raised as this possibility works its way into the mainstream discussion about climate change.

He includes a wide-ranging historical analysis of how humans have changed the climate, both intentionally (or considered doing it intentionally) and unintentionally. This discussion was wide and detailed enough that he lost my interest a couple times, but I'll credit him with being thorough. And he does make his point. We are now and have been for at least a few decades, if not centuries, influential enough to change climate on a geologically noticeable scale.

He doesn't side-step the fear that intentionally changing the climate excites in most people. He addresses objections one by one in a more or less fair manner. He makes other forms of geoengineering, such as pulling CO2 out of the air and storing it, or seeding the ocean with nutrients to sequester CO2 that way, seem interesting but insufficient. In the latter case, it may even hurt the cause. And one of the biggest objections is that people may think that spreading sulfates as a shield would mean that we don't then need to reduce emissions... that's absolutely false, we still would, and he clearly states that over and over. So on the whole I thought he presented a responsible picture of the possibilities and risks of trying to construct our own climate.

In the end, I'm not as enthusiastic about geoengineering as Morton is, but I'm thankful for the well-researched, well-written book, and I walk away more informed and open-minded than when I started. That's a good outcome for any book on the topic, I would think.

I got a free copy of this from Net Galley.
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photo 2015-06-20 13:00
Struggling With Our Martians

I have reread HG Wells' "War of the Worlds" and was struck by its application to our times. See my journal entry:

Source: www.rayfoy.com/3/post/2015/06/struggling-with-our-martians.html
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