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Sat, Sep. 22nd, 2007 09:28 am

A 60 day comment period has been opened on the issue of Mountaintop Coal Removal Mining, specifically on the question of repeealing a rule requiring mining waste to be dumped no nearer than 100 feet from a stream, which has been ignored for years but at least is something that could be referenced in arguements. Bush has now pretty much opened up this practice entirely. While a statment has been made that its likely that comments won't have an effect, you should comment anyways.

To get caught up:
First read: Audubon Magazine's Article on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, replete with some stunning (horrifying?) aerial shots taken by this guy I know, and visit Stop Mountaintop Removal dot Org, and for a kicker, check out Grist's piece on the current and past matter.

But while doing so, please understand the difference between the campaign to stop this practice and thoughts to stop all coal mining, which can be done in a much better manner and is pretty much the only economy of Appalachia, as well as the current campaign to CLEAN up COAL burning through zero emission plants and carbon sequestration. Yes, I understand that "clean coal" is an oxymoron, but what it actually means is that since we currently have little to no chance of stopping it, we can at least reduce its negative impacts while working towards a better solution. Work against and for as needed.

Then, visit the Sierra Club Form Letter which is pre written, with the option to customize your message, and after you fill in your info, will auto-address it to the correct person.

OR, go to regulations.gov, click on "Environment" on the left, then on "Mineral Resources," and click on the rule dated "August 24." (this is down, it seems, until 6 p.m. today.)


Mon, Apr. 16th, 2007 08:30 am
Moving to Portland has been put on hold for a year, instead I'm living in Shaw/U St., Washington DC.

In exactly a month I'll be on a plane headed to Cusco, Peru by way of San Salvador and Lima.
I will then raft the Apurimac River (Class III-V), and Spend two days exploring at Macchu Picchu, and probably get ill from eating too much ceviche. Then I'll fly to Bogota and hang out with the little brother and check out the awesome revitalization work being done there and then go to Santa Marta for a few days before returning home.

whee, espanol.


Sun, Apr. 15th, 2007 11:02 am
when reading the news lately, I hear it i my head in a NPR-style voice, tone and cadence.

Thank you, NPR podcasts.


Fri, Mar. 30th, 2007 10:51 am
the remembered taste of foreign food weighs heavily on my tongue.
The subtly different way that foreign city smells and feels and breathes.

The cold marble of my athens flat on my bare feet with the sun shoving its way forcibly into the rooms.

The need to travel widely has me full force.
I am moving my home base to satiate it a bit, and obviously for other LARGER reasons.

Peru and Colombia in 6 weeks.


Thu, Mar. 22nd, 2007 10:04 am



Fri, Feb. 23rd, 2007 02:49 pm

This is directed at all my Friends in Charm City:
This Monday, February 26, your city council representatives are considering Smoke-Free Indoor Ordinance 05-0073 that will require all Baltimore City workplaces, including restaurants and bars to be smoke-free.

Call or e-mail your representative now! just one sentence, letting them know you are taking notice of this and you want it to happen!

go Here to find their contact info and Here if you need to find out who it is.

Come on, flex that democratic muscle!


Tue, Jan. 30th, 2007 08:36 pm

as in ... attacking me for it.

now they are running around with rice stuck in their manes, I can't hold onto them long enough to get it out.


Mon, Dec. 11th, 2006 09:55 pm

My christmas present to myself is a 15" Floor Standing Ridgid Drill Press.

Other wish list items, outside of my EcoCitology* related book list, are a 12" Dual Axis Bevel Mitre Saw and Table, and well, alot of other saws, and sanders, and uh, a thing called a fence and ...

I blame my father.

* Ecocitology = The science and art of investigating, describing, designing, and building healthy cities.


Tue, Oct. 10th, 2006 10:35 pm
So, I never really mentioned this while it was happening - didn't want to jinx it.

I have a new job, started today. I am working for an awesome civil engineering company, currently learning my way about the State Highway Administration. Which also means I can take the MARC train to work.

and, I am getting a diesel suv, most likely a vintage off roader like the 50 or 60 series landcruiser. There was an incident involving 5 kayaks and the windshield of my focus while unintentionally offroading at Gauley Fest in WV - its a great story, lots of hand motions, you should have coffee with me and ask me about it.

The house is really coming along, though I still need to find roommates since geiger left.

and the dogs will be leaving shortly.

I feel like I haven't talked to anyone in a long time - my fault, and my apologies.


Thu, Oct. 5th, 2006 12:10 am

Purebred Harlequin Great dane and Beautiful Wolf mix
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Fri, Sep. 29th, 2006 07:46 am
of course, the hot water heater waits until the morning of my big interview to be broken.
and, i dont want to try to light the gas water heater because cold showers leave you much more interviewable than exploding.



Thu, Sep. 21st, 2006 09:57 am

things have really heated up lately on planet earth and the question is, why? Is it simply the warming trend of our earths cycle? Or, has humanity sped that up a bit? Ha.

So, for the first time in recorded human history, there is direct, open water passage from the northernmost port of Europe to the NORTH POLE.

Article here.

"Perennial sea ice -- thick ice that is normally present year-round and is not affected by the Arctic summer -- had disappeared over an area bigger than the British Isles."

There is a problem, and it's not going away.

Maybe I shouldn't sell my home and move out west - it might become waterfront property in the near future.

On a side note, California is suuing carmakers over global warming. Here.


Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 04:45 pm

"Once upon a time she had suffered under the illusion that if only she exerted herself hard enough, the whole world would change."

read that last night, in Kim Stanley Robinson's Blue Mars. It definitely struck me, but I'm not sure yet how I feel about it.

Aside from that I have been in a bit of turmoil lately - I talk big about the way to live, yet here I am still living in a city that can't get its head out of its rear end long enough to actually let one of their public transportation plans come into existence, nor, of course, fix - or let their residents fix - the other myriad problems. So here I am, living 5 blocks north and 13 west of city center and still having to drive near everywhere I go. yeah, I could walk, or bike, and sometimes do - but in my neighborhood, thats a stupid idea at night (not that its stopped me, but ...) and well, thats all well and great for me, but anyone I may be doing something with, thats a no.

And then there is the issue of the water and the outdoors. I can't get into the harbor or the creeks for fear of very real bodily harm from untreated sewage, and worse. And I can't take my dogs to the parks because while I may have the sense not to chew on heroin needles and discarded condoms, they don't.

So the question is, do I continue living a life with a much larger impact footprint than I'd like, and hope that some of my effort for change will eventually catch on, and be miserable in the meantime, or do I stop being a hypocrite and move somewhere I can live the life I want? Like Portland ...

yeah, west coast jonesin.


Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 05:31 am

Since returning from Greece, my summer has been spent serving/drinking the best coffee in baltimore, kayaking like there is no tomorrow, and helping to get this club started and building it's website.

http://www.classiii.org - just soft launched.

I'm kinda proud of it, you should go take a look.


Sat, Jul. 22nd, 2006 08:25 am

Someone said to me, last night, that they got through a particularly rough situation, "just by the skin of their teeth." Seems to me that teeth have no skin, that I'm aware of - unless he meant that layer of stuff you get if you don't brush for a good bit. In which case this cliche advocates less teeth brushing? Man, I can not get behind that. I am all about brushing teeth.


Thu, Jun. 1st, 2006 09:57 am

I've been spending alot of time on my website, at the moment, specifically Wend.

Having wordpress on my own host is really giving me some freedom i like, though it is a bit lacking in the community over here at LJ ... errrr - and i have yet to really get into it, but yeah - its that next step in web stuffs i suppose. well, that or MySpace.

anyhow, as I'm continually strapped for time, its doubtful I'll get much of my stuff crossposted here, though I'll still be keeping up on my friends page for sure.

So yeah, this is just sort of a nudge to go see Wend, and maybe stop back by from time to time. big things in general are soon to start happening over at Teracity/Space domains - possibly even a spinoff for whitewater revitalization with ink and paper publication.


best to you all, I'm back on the 17th and it is my number one goal to catch up with everyone.

ok, go now.


Fri, May. 26th, 2006 08:06 am

just finished the third in a series of science fiction through time, From Heinlein to here which discusses the fact taht sci-fi doesn't so much accuratly predict the future, as some of it makes extrapolations, some of which are similar to later developments. I still go back and forth on that all, especially after a few summers ago when Joe and I sat in on a panel at BaltiCon where authors discussed their science development.

Anyhow, came across this today, which will only mean much to those of you who either read Clarke's 3001 (no, I didn't miswrite 2001, its the fourth and final in that series) or much cyberpunk. Controlling and input for various electronic devices by brainwave ... yes, this is a logical evolution, but is it one that occured along these lines, or at this time just because, or due to prompting by the sci-fi field? And further, the thought to adapt this to a cap style device, wearable andd usable on the run, is it just me or does this exactly fit Clarke's description from 3001? Again, logical coincedence, or? Either way, it probably would be a wise decision to invest in wigmaking firms pretty soon.

and, on a slighly lighter, possibly more whiny, note - why can't the american media be as fun as the BBC? The link from their main science/nature page to an article on a cloaking device breakthrough reads "To boldly hide where none have hidden before." In my experience from within the daily media machine, this would not fly. It is assumed that not enough of the audience would appreciate, or hell, even understand that. I got sick of insulting my audience, so I quit journalism, cold turkey.

Monetarily speaking, I'm doing no worse - and the sun shines again for me.


Thu, May. 25th, 2006 02:03 pm

Unable to live in the now
hot salty breeze
easily breaking sea waves
bring to mind only the
misty cold fogs floating
across deception pass point

I’m in Greece, the cradle of true intelligence and civilization in our world, walkin down streets amid thousand year old buildings reading signs in ten thousand year old scripts, catching glimpses of the acropolis between newly minted apartment buildings and staring down through glassed in viewports at random bits of ancient architecture running beneath the city. Sitting on pristine beaches with crystal blue waters breaking on the sand. But I want PacNo, the recently new, or Mars the hopefully soon new.

its beautiful, Im developing a greek tan and vocabulary. I walk in front of traffic as no new yorker would ever dare, staring down the taxis, that is when i even consider their presence. Every corner I turn sparks another thought or connection and already I have filled two sketchbooks and written 87 pages of poorly cohesed rambles.

I’m inspired, but the more time I spend here the more I want to be back home, applying.

Also, the heat. Dubai will be put off until later this fall, as I can hardly stand the 97 degrees here. There is no way I could take 110+. I shall instead adjourn to PacNo for the remainder of the summer. Fly into Boise, rent a car and a kayak, drive up the coast from Long Beach (hi Nick) to Seattle, with stops at Portland (Hi Sam), Yachats and Northbend (hi grammas), and where the hell ever else strikes my fancy. Perhpas I'll be the third woman in the maternal line to snap a photo of the lone cypress while in her early 20's.

received also a reply on my inquiry to one of the three prophets of the NU movement, who is a professor/dept. head at U Miami. funny, how so many roads can lead to the oddest of the same places. Florida. hah. looks like a fall/winter road trip is on order - It'll be leg one of my whitewater revitalization tour, as well as perhaps a NU study trip: Stuart and Coral Gables vs. Aqua on Allison Island. Though I suppose I can't really complain too loudly about Aqua, as they did just what NU advocates, picking and choosing.

greek men piss me off.

No adonis’ walk the streets now
but neither have the young men forgotten
the buggering ways of the ancients
in dress at least

so disjointed.

One more week until I’m on a boat.


Fri, May. 19th, 2006 03:38 pm
There is no light in the lobby to my second floor athens flat. The glass door has been done over in an impressive stained glass motif, and lets in no light from the street. Lightly, I close the door, making sure it clicks home by use of a hip thrust.

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Mon, May. 8th, 2006 12:10 pm
I'm leaving for Greece in just over a week, and I'll be there for a month. Then I shall return for a week or so only to leave for two weeks in dubai, followed by a return to MD only long enough to shower and head out to the Pacific Northwest for a car trip of my favorite states.

I may post pictures here from time to time, but mostly you can watch my travels at http://karja.teracityspace.com - a blog I got all css'y on and which has a photostream from my flickr account.

enjoy your summers.


Wed, Apr. 26th, 2006 03:03 pm

egyptian karim: whenever i hear his name two things come to mind: his poor performance in the mockery of a movie, daredevil , and his dumb blonde hair when he's making out with a guy in alexander
egyptian karim: i just get the impression that he made his way into hollywood purely by luck and he said to himself "i'm going to sleep with as many people as possible before everyone realizes i have no talent"
IneptSleep: well, you didnt see some of his other stuff, the obscure stuff is actually quite good
egyptian karim: i'll take your word for it hehe
egyptian karim: meh i'll stop putting myself above him. i would try and sleep with as many people before being exposed as a fraud actor too
IneptSleep: wouldnt everybody?
egyptian karim: exactly
egyptian karim: we're all colin farrell at heart
egyptian karim: scratch that
egyptian karim: we're all colin farrell at crotch


Sat, Apr. 15th, 2006 09:19 pm
I'm seriously considering not taking my laptop with me to Greece.


Sat, Apr. 15th, 2006 04:28 pm

to work on this


to gain experience for this



Thu, Apr. 13th, 2006 10:30 am
I'm trying to be at once extraordinary and extra ordinary, and am realizing that its not actually possible. So do I eschew the facade of normality and go for the stars, or do I give up on my dreams so I can fit in with society?

Be amazing, but don't be quirky, people ask. Be astounding, but don't push at the bounds of social norms - if you do, you will be lonely, often eschewed by those just like you, who are brilliant, but still hoping to also fit into that standard round hole that no one with any true wit or personality can squeeze, but trying, all the same, trying so hard they step on those just like them, just perpetuating the crime.


Tue, Apr. 11th, 2006 04:19 pm
have a friend whose last name is Meister, lucky.

spent the day getting the passport all taken came of and picking a teach yourself Greek book. One month.


Mon, Apr. 10th, 2006 11:50 am

I just let go of the journalism. It was time, this is the time.
life can only hit you upside the head so many times before you start to get it.

I shall conduct my fellowship study of traditional commuity design in greece, i shall return and go back to school for architecture and environmental design with gusto, and get cracking on my personal projects and business.

and I shall be poor, but i shall be happy.

no more rain cloud over my head.

on a side note, if anyone is interested, the examiner will probably be hiring for a GA position shortly.


Mon, Apr. 3rd, 2006 11:23 pm

north on charles street at saratoga, midnight, my reverie is broken by three loud clinks and the scuttle of bottles across the pavement and into the gutter, clink, a final bottle makes its way off the manicured fingertips of the passenger in the black honda coupe in front of me.

maryland license plate number 93242, you are on notice.


Mon, Apr. 3rd, 2006 11:08 pm

Ana and I are sitting at the explorer lounge, the restaurant at the five star hotel where we have the gym membership that came forcibly with the boat slip (no more scruffy sailor types here it seems) and The bartenders just locked over at me and said conspiratorially to the server and the maitre 'd that she thinks I must be one of the miss America contestants, in town for Some event.


Wed, Mar. 29th, 2006 01:38 pm
my sister has never seen American Psycho. Atrocious, I know.
which is why there will be a showing at mi casa tonight and/or tomorrow night.
Uncut version.

everyone is invited.


Wed, Mar. 29th, 2006 10:19 am
so, chevy is holding a commercial contest for the tahoe.

seems they haven't gotten to screening all of the entries yet.


quick, before they get word and pull it.


Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 12:44 am


i seriously need to get a monitor that doesnt flash green-hued and stick that way for long periods of tiem if i am goign to continue this type of thing.


Thu, Mar. 23rd, 2006 12:31 pm


Thu, Mar. 16th, 2006 06:56 pm

in which a pretzel dog plays god and I join the baltimore social elite.

the health club that I just received no-negotiation membership to along with the boat slip i leased for the summer to keep the boat I'm permanently holding onto for the forseeable future in (long enough participle phrase? is that even the right description? I hate grammar) actually has a floor called the Hampton suite, and its health club on the 7th floor has an outside rooftoop deck and hands out apples as you leave. the elevators have crystal chandeliers. apparently living on boats is no longer for sea dogs.


Mon, Mar. 6th, 2006 01:03 pm

so, the final monday at the old job really takes the cake.

woman calls, informs me what paper she gets and where she lives, and then tells me that we need to run a story on identity theft because she watched the news and apparently people can do things like get your tax information and make charges to your credit card that YOU WILL NEVER KNOW ABOUT, and since its tax time people will be possibly leaving important papers out with the recycling. and oh my god another nine minutes of more and more frenzied talk, I could even hear the spittle.


ok, so yeah, identity theft = a reality, and shit, no good - but hey, ease up.
and uh, if someone is stupid enough to put their w2 or some shit out with the recycling, they kinda get what they deserve.

finally, towwards the end, the bit of information comes out that, in fact, a truck of some sort that may not have been the official recycling rounded up all the paper recycling left out for the next morning, and, it may in fact be an attempt at identity theft.

hey! now THERE IS SOMETHING PERHAPS NEWSWORTHY. but now I'm kinda worn out from all the rant and spittle, and you also sound kinda crazy, and I don't reeally think i can take any more iterations of how you told your neighbor all about identity theft.


Mon, Mar. 6th, 2006 11:11 am

Thought causes motion.