R.I.P., Peepadeep

Peepadeep in fuller-feathered days, back in May

Regular readers will remember that Peepadeep was struggling, but he put up such a strong effort, for so long, there was hope that he might live on for many more years. Alas, it was not to be.

So sorry, Sandy.

Fire and Water interludes

Our first fireplace of the season, with music from the Free Music Archive, Philipp Weigl — The Scent of Cedars

The movie is a little thin on plot. Title: Roasting iPad by an Open Fire.

And now the water part ,,, a lovely song sent by Joni who says, “Doreen and her grandson, Mashkoonce, give permission for everyone to share this song… sing it to the water every day.”

Ne-be Gee Zah- gay- e- goo
Gee Me-gwetch -wayn ne- me — goo
Gee Zah Wayn ne- me- goo



I was taking a few photos at the Colombo’s home the other day. This one wasn’t requested, but I had to grab a shot of the gorgeous gnarly tree in their back yard. Coiled like a Chinese dragon.

My friend McPhail

What’s in a name? Disappointment, sometimes. Ancestor.com revealed that the family name is a Celtic derivative of the apostle’s name “Paul”. McPhail says he had always thought it was a derivative of “phallic”.

Since you ask …


After this summer’s stink about Nestlé’s bottled water permits and practices, the government wants to know what to do. I asked them not to renew Nestlé’s permit and to expropriate the well the company just beat the township out of.

Let’s do better than charge more for groundwater, Rick. Let’s simply stop selling it to purveyors of single-use water bottles and eliminate a lot of unnecessary plastic waste.

Happy Birthday, Thorne

bookIf you haven’t opened your present yet, too bad … I’m spoiling the surprise.

I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I like the way the book starts off … with a quick history of the rise of corporations and a clear outline of problems caused by the “growth trap” on digital steroids. Identifying problems can be a first step to solving them.

As you read on, Thorne, you may feel that Rushkoff’s ideas weaken as he ponders answers to income disparity, rapacious consumption, joblessness, and so on. I haven’t discovered anything new so far … shortening the work week, guaranteed annual income, sustainable business models. Maybe it gets better in the later chapters, but so far the perils seem much more powerful than the prescriptions.

Danica points out that reduced work hours often just send people out to get a second job. Guaranteed incomes? Maybe in Canada, but in Rushkoff’s anti-socialism USA? Even here, it would be a hard sell and probably too little to live on.

A ride-sharing company called Sidecar is offered as a sustainable alternative to super-aggressive Uber. Sidecar is already out of business.

Nevertheless, the book does address socio-economic issues that we cannot escape. It reveals business trends that I was unaware of and it avoids easy finger-pointing and blaming that simply won’t help.

Maybe we’ll have an interesting discussion about Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. No hurry. See you in September!