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Saturday Tweets: RIP Mary Oliver

“What is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?” RIP to Mary Oliver. Here’s her reading “A Summer Day.” https://t.co/LQPIIeySI2 pic.twitter.com/JRpjH7V0Ab — Thomas Rainer
A Better Garage Organizational System

A Better Garage Organizational System

I gave übermaker Federico Tobon a tour of the garage when he visited the Root Simple compound back in 2017. He took one look at the pegboard and asked, politely, if I liked it. I could tell by his

Saturday Tweets: Bad Data and Cats

According to technocratic fantasies, data will soon make politics irrelevant, and those who refuse to accept “what the data says” must be malevolent or stupid. It should come as no surprise if this

Water Harvesting Rock Star Brad Lancaster

Spend an hour with Brad at his Tucson compound circa 2016: He calls the 1/8th of an acre site he shares with his brother’s family, his “living laboratory”. Here he plants around the greywater from his
Who Would You Like to Hear on the Podcast?

Who Would You Like to Hear on the Podcast?

If I had to assign a letter grade for my ability to email, schedule and book guests for the podcast I’d have give myself a big “F.” Which is why, dear readers and listeners, you have not had a Root
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

Image an economy in which you were paid to do the things you like to read about on this blog: gardening, beer brewing, jam making, beekeeping etc. Or how about a world in which teachers, nurses and

Saturday Tweets: Hello 2019

The sad decline of One Times Square. From beautiful Beaux Arts flatiron, to modernism, to giant billboard. And despite the shortage of land in NYC, the building has been vacant for years.
Leave Your Leaves Alone

Leave Your Leaves Alone

Our friends at the Wild Yards Project (episode 126 of the podcast) have posted an interview with plant guru Barbara Eisenstein, “Leave Your Leaves Alone, and Let The Wild Things In!” Eisenstein has a
2018: The Year in Review

2018: The Year in Review

As Kelly noted in our Christmas letter it was a non-eventful year and sometimes that’s a good thing. We had no visits to the emergency room and no unexpected problems or crises. We have full stomachs,

Saturday Tweets: Goodbye 2018

Photos Document the Decorated Clay Houses of a Royal African Village https://t.co/u46HgnlFNu — Root Simple (@rootsimple) December 27, 2018 Centennial at Tejon Ranch https://t.co/DMXelleR6H via
That Time I Got Deplatformed

That Time I Got Deplatformed

There’s been a lot of publicity, including an article in today’s New York Times “Patreon Bars Anti-Feminist Hate Speech, Inciting Revolt” about “deplatforming” or being booted off internet services
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Many thanks to all of you, our dear readers and listeners for your kind comments, input and support. In lieu of sending a gift to each and every one of you, we offer this link to a downloadable

Christmas Eve Tweets

CHARGING YOUR PHONE ON MY XMAS LIGHTS???
The Art and Architecture of C.F.A. Voysey

The Art and Architecture of C.F.A. Voysey

As a tangential way of following up on my overly hasty post on turn of the last century street scenes let me begin by saying that I’m not interested in an uncritical nostalgia for the past. Rather,

Street Life in San Francisco, Paris, New York, Victoria and Vancouver

Steven Pinker be damned! If you’d like evidence that history is more complex than the misguided notion that everything is always magically getting better I’d point you to these films showing city life

Saturday Tweets: Rocket Emissions, Tarkovsky and Borges Quoting Furby

Why it’s time to study how rocket emissions change the atmosphere https://t.co/Kf4AgCMsjS via @Verge — Root Simple (@rootsimple) December 14, 2018 "To improve energy security, we need to make
Lessons and Carols this Saturday

Lessons and Carols this Saturday

I have a recurring daydream that the beautiful and just world envisioned by William Morris in his novel News From Nowhere is what we get instead of Costco. When it comes to Christmas, in place of
I Fix It: A Guide for Repairing Electronic Devices

I Fix It: A Guide for Repairing Electronic Devices

Nothing makes me more cranky than the care, maintenance and repair of all the electronic devices we all just can’t seem to do without. I’m always on the verge, in the words of author Corey Pein, of

Saturday Tweets: Rainy Day Tweets

Great resource for LA County urban farmers! https://t.co/gFgitxww6i — Rachel Surls (@RachelSurls) December 8, 2018 L.A. Adds Lanes For Cyclists To Recover From Getting Hit By Cars
So Much Stuff

So Much Stuff

Over at Granola Shotgun, a blog you should follow if you don’t already, Johnny has a post on what happened to all the stuff he and his tenants stored in the basement during an earthquake retrofit.