Rush on the Colbert Report

I feel the need to report on how excellent the report was tonight, it was great to see Rush be made fun of, especially concerning the lengthyness of their music. I hope many skeptical americans will become fans.

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Cabin Feever Four

Cabin Feever four, as expected, was a great success. The group was smaller this year – Nick and Emmerson arrived from their Naramata/Nelson adventure, Neal drove up with Hillary and Drew, and I brought Erin and Scary. We arrived, as usual, late on Friday night.
It’s difficult to express CF in propositions, so I will mention just the highlights. Jamming with Drew – I actually played mostly guitar, was very enjoyable. Neal’s fire was epic, it made night swimming a pleasure. Learning that I don’t float – there must be something wrong with me. Dinner (always excellent), was eaten in the living room (very 70s), and the highlight was Neal’s kimchi pork. Drew: “I declare today to be, Awesome Day!”. Erin: “Tristan, you arn’t in the Vacation spirit”. Tristan: “Why won’t the friggin boat friggin start!”.

After I retrieve photos from my camera, I will post them here with captions.

There is much interest in another winter Cabin Feever – especially from Neal who wants to do ski touring in the area. Bring on CF 4.5!

Why Auto Travel is part of a greener future

I recently drove a crew of 6 people to Portland, and several hours east of it, and back again. The trip in total was about 1350km, and even with six people and all their luggage on board, and a ridiculously un-aerodynamic roof bin, the car averaged 9.4L/100km. The total cost of fuel was such that the fare was only 30 dollars per person – leagues below what bus fare would cost. Furthermore, we were able to drive exactly to our destinations, and were mobile in the cities we visited (and yes, that city fuel economy is included in the overall figure).

But some people will be unimpressed by the fact driving can still be an exceedingly cheap and convenient way of traveling. Some will not even be convinced by the inherent joy of road trips, the songs heard and made up along the way. No, there are some who are purely concerned with how much the trip poisons the planet. So, I’ll consider that now.

First, the car recently passed air care, and produces about the same carbon monoxide and NOx as it did when new. This is because the car has always been in proper tune, and therefore the catalytic converter has never had a chance to wear out. However, these may be beside the point with the advent of global warming – what we are really concerned with is carbon.

In a sense, I have already given the carbon production – it is exactly the same as the fuel economy (9.4L/100km). However, people seem to like to express it as a static figure. Ok, 126 liters of fuel. No, not good enough? I see, although that is directly proportional to the carbon dioxide produced, it is not actually the mass of the carbon dioxide in tonnes. Alright, multiply by 2.32 and we get 292kg of carbon, or, 0.292 tonnes. Further, divide by six people and we get 48.7kg each. Let’s compare this with other travel options.

If we’d traveled by inter-city bus, according to http://www.treecanada.ca , the 1350km trip would have produced 76kg each, or 456kg between the six of us. Rail travel (and there is an Amtrack line to Portland from Vancouver) is worse, 140kg each – 840kg total (almost three times as much!). In fact, to equal the train, I would have had to average only 27L/100km. That’s 8 miles per gallon. Or, put otherwise, to beat the train I would have needed only 2 people in the car, not 6.

So, take that you people who think the personal automobile can’t be part of a sustainable future. If you’re right, then neither can buses or trains.

Mathias and Kiersten’s wedding

This morning I arrived from M and K’s wedding in Portland, Oregon, followed by a 3 day honeymoon party at the Cheesecake cabin near Trout Lake, Washington. I plan to write a thorough description of these events, as they are important not only for my own personal development as a human being, but also for anyone interested in pursuing the seemingly archaic practice of marriage. Here are the chapter headings:

1. The Ride Down (Team Portland/Clown School/Puppetry equipment/Olympia/South East Portland)

2. The Ceremony (Preliminary remarks/the bridal procession/the vows/the feast/the guests/the family) (Special condirations to traditions – catholic/mormon/pagan)

3. The Adventure Continues (Jack and the bus station/freeway troubles/leaving Portland – the voyage to the cheesecake cabin/arriving at the cabin/arriving at the cave)

4. The Cabin (First Cave Adventure/description of the cave/meaning of the cabin-the portal)

5. At the Cabin (Second Cave Adventure Jam/Running in the Storm/All in the field/Team Town/At the Creek/Shadowjam) (Critique of Body Hermeneutics)

6. Departure and return (Packup/Mount Hood Tourist town/Portland Experience/Team Vancouver (fart song)/Last Rest Stop/Border/Vancouver Taxi)

The most important concept of the weekend is the retrieve, because this is the basis of Marriage (enacting the repetition of a bond more original than state or religion). The most important attunement of the weekend was acceptance and respect. The theme was respectful critique (intellectually) and welcoming jam spaces (artistically). I both participated in intellectual discussions on the history of metaphysics, and, jammed with my voice, guitar, and poorly tuned ukelele. I may even be invited to burning man.