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Saturday Linkages: Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind

Saturday Linkages: Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind

Ornament Making in the Octavia Lab ‘The Best Thing You Can Do Is Not Buy More Stuff,’ Says ‘Secondhand’ Expert Do This Before It Snows! Snow Blower Maintenance A wheel education: the environmental
Bozos in Space

Bozos in Space

Many thanks to the Root Simple readers who left comments on my post about my ambivalence on selling things through Amazon on this blog. One reader suggested IndieBound’s affiliate program and I just
136 Garden Fundamentals with Robert Pavlis

136 Garden Fundamentals with Robert Pavlis

On this 136th episode of the Root Simple podcast we talk to author and gardening expert Robert Pavlis about how to improve your soil, how to start seedlings in the winter, how to take care of
Saturday Linkages: Squirrels, Sharks and Nudists

Saturday Linkages: Squirrels, Sharks and Nudists

How the all-hands meeting became a way for bosses to give you the finger Use it and abuse it Safe Streets Advocates Stage Die-In to Protest Garcetti and City Council Lack of Vision Zero Progress Oil
I’m Fed Up With Amazon

I’m Fed Up With Amazon

News of Amazon’s atrocious labor practices, creepy surveillance deals, and Jeff Bezos’s idiotic techno-utopian space fantasies means that I can no longer use their affiliate program on this blog. For
Starbucks Moderne

Starbucks Moderne

Capitalism, despite the hollow claims of “efficiency” of its zealous devotees, has a tendency to create a crap ton of useless and/or ugly objects. Unless you’re cursed with some sort of art background

A Rogue Mariner on the Upper Thames

Roger Barnes describes himself as an architect, writer and artist. But, while he promises to get around to an architectural video someday, he fills his YouTube channel with advise on sailing and
Thankful for the New Rain Garden

Thankful for the New Rain Garden

One day during a high school English class, here in Southern California where I grew up, it started raining. The entire class spontaneously got up and ran to the window to view the downpour. Our
Saturday Linkages: Trash Panda Paradise

Saturday Linkages: Trash Panda Paradise

Jessie Newbery: embroidery as art Reflections on Larry Korn’s Passing, the Preciousness of Elders, Friendship, Love, Kindness, Care How to Say I Love You in Greenlandic An Arctic Alphabet The Secret
Chicken of the Woods

Chicken of the Woods

Am I the only person confused by mushroom taxonomy? Root Simple friend, Brother Lee, let us in on a well kept secret stash of delicious Chicken of the Woods mushrooms growing out of a diseased carob
135 Larry Korn: Rest in Revolution

135 Larry Korn: Rest in Revolution

Root Simple reader Pat just informed me of the passing of Larry Korn, who was a guest on our podcast in October of 2015. Larry was probably best known as the translator of Masanobu Fukuoka’s One Straw
I Canceled the New York Times

I Canceled the New York Times

This morning I came to the conclusion that I needed something better to do than spend a significant part of every morning hate-reading the New York Times. As if last week’s condescending coverage of
Saturday Linkages: And So On . . .

Saturday Linkages: And So On . . .

Florence Caulfield and ‘The Illustrated Needlework Book’ This might be the most 2019 thing I’ve seen Sasquatch or Wendigo? Mysterious howls in Canadian wilderness spark confusion (Mini editorial: I
RIP Joseph Shuldiner

RIP Joseph Shuldiner

I’m very sorry to report the passing of designer, food educator and author Joseph Shuldiner. I worked for Joseph teaching bread classes at his Institute of Domestic Technology. We had a lot of fun on

Climate Crisis Summit

Climate scientist Peter Kalmus, a friend of Root Simple and a guest on our podcast (116 and 39), took a long train trip this past week to be a part of the Climate Crisis Summit in Iowa with Bernie
Saturday Linkages: A Big Post of Random Stuff

Saturday Linkages: A Big Post of Random Stuff

Mist Showers: Sustainable Decadence? $1.50 for 1000 hens: Hamilton man desperate to rehome birds after accidentally winning auction Gary Nabhan requests career counseling from a pomegranate tree
Learn to Embroider at Trade School Los Angeles

Learn to Embroider at Trade School Los Angeles

Due to my ostentatious Facebook embargo, now in year two, I rely on comrade Lee of nearby Mixville Heights to pass along important notices via an awkward but mostly reliable chain of semaphore
The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour

The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour

I’ve sprinkled references in the past few posts to a book I just finished reading, The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour. The central thesis of the book is that we are all writing more than we
Embroidering the World

Embroidering the World

I suspect that I’m not alone in feeling like I spend way too much time looking at screens to distract from the dystopia that surround us. Neuroscientist Marc Lewis says, breaking an addiction requires
Saturday Linkages: Get Off the Internet and Embroider!

Saturday Linkages: Get Off the Internet and Embroider!

Want to learn embroidery? Natalie Richards shows you the stitches on YouTube. Unraveling the Secret Origins of an AmazonBasics Battery All Right Already By now, we know where Facebook’s allegiances