Bike commuting to ease stress? We wish.

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bike commutingI mean, we really do.  But to a recent Treehugger article advocating commuting by bicycle as a form of stress-relieving exercise, many bike commuters (me included) responded with warnings about the seriously stressful rides they endure to get to work and back.

Though the responses at the Treehugger site were light, the responses on Treehugger’s Facebook page were more illuminating.  Riders complained about anti-bike car drivers, bad roads, lack of bike lanes or road-sharing arrangements, and lack of office clean-up facilities (or just plain hard weather) as highly-stressful biking realities.  Continue reading

What killed prognostication?

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DVD cover of Who Killed the Electric Car?The beginning of the new year is always the time when people will either traditionally ask, “What do you predict will happen in the future years?” or they’ll traditionally tell you.  I’ve been avoiding making outright predictions of what will happen in the future… and the reasons go back to 1980, and a slam-dunk future that turned out not to be. Continue reading

Working Awesome Con

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Awesome ConIt’s official: I will be working at the upcoming Awesome Con, in Washington DC April 18-21, on two of the discussion panels.  I’ve been asked to participate in a discussion on traditional vs self-publishing, and one on the philosophical subject: “Are Heroes Getting Smaller?” Continue reading