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 Thursday 29 Aug 20022002-08-29 20:43
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  • When I was in Denmark, the cars we were renting were running on miljø (environment) diesel. Nothing special we did. It is just something that is very common there. That is, oil that either is made from some kind of local vegetable source for the purpose, or leftover or re-used oil from other sources. And once in a while the exhaust gave it away - I was driving a car running on former deepfry oil from McDonalds or some such place. And note that not only did the car have excellent acceleration and milage, the diesel was also cheaper than any other kind of fuel, and it hardly pollutes. ...But now I'm back in the U.S., and here there would only be a few eco freaks who had even heard of the possibility, or who had pursued converting their cars. But over there I'm talking about the TDI engine in completely standard Volkswagen car models, and standard rentals from Avis. Not Woody Harrelson's bus. And you buy it from any local gas station chain, such as Q8 - Kuwait Petroleum. See their specs. (in Danish)

  • Bruce Baumrucker puts my attention on Communities of Practice (CoP). "They may be a great 'Force Multiplier' to bring about the kind of open, exploring approaches we need to bring our world in line with our values. Below are some references." [link] [link] [link] [link]. I don't completely get it yet, but I think it is about a community defined by shared activity and knowledge, but cutting across any artificial ways of dividing things, like the departments in a company. Hm, so where's my Community of Practice? I want one.

  • I was teaching a Dahn class today. I do that only occasionally to help out in the local center. It is also kind of a nice boost to do so, from seeing a room full of people get really energized. DahnHak is a Korean system which is like a combination of Yoga, Tai-Chi, meditation and energetic healing.

  • "I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it". --Dwight Eisenhower


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