After four years in the film studies program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Allan Stromfeldt Christensen decided to turn his back on filmmaking and refrained from submitting what became his final film into the short film program of the Toronto International Film Festival. He is currently finishing off his first book, which will (somehow) be followed by the starting of the seed saving, fruit fermenting, booze brewing, billy goat browsing, experimental, demonstration, and educational farm: The Centre for Recovering Filmmakers.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Seed Saving-Cum-Taxidermy (part 2/3)
As odd as it sounds, I can’t help but think that it’s so ridiculously easy to point fingers at the short-sightedness of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault that not only is it also all-too-easy to label it as the “Vault of Doom”, but that this can lead one to miss out on the much more dire issue of what the Vault represents in the present.
July 26, 2017
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Not the “Doomsday Seed Vault” But Rather the “Vault of Doom” (part 1/3)
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is “supposed to last for eternity”, yet didn’t take the effects of climate change into consideration in its design and construction. One might wonder which “unknown unknowns” it’s not quite ready for either.
July 21, 2017
When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation: Review
So don’t let a title like When Trucks Stop Running give you the impression that Friedemann’s book is simply one about the energetic options for the trucking industry, since what it actually does is use trucks as an interesting starting point for how to understand the viability of the various energy options available to our declining industrial way of life.
May 8, 2017
Failing States, Collapsing Systems: Biophysical Triggers of Political Violence: Review
…[A]n unfortunate side-effect of the explosion of information that the Internet has provided us with is the even further erosion of the signal-to-noise ratio.
February 13, 2017
Movie Un-Review: Wendell Berry, the Not-Quite Rock Star Seer
To me, that’s the big question when it comes to film. Is such a thing possible, or does making a film – even one about Berry – not have a net effect of legitimizing film even more, spurring the making and watching of even more films (eco-type films in this case), rather than inspiring viewers and filmmakers themselves to “turn the television [and camera] off and go outside”?
January 20, 2017
Gene Logsdon, 1932 – 2016
But along with these, 2016 also saw us lose an agrarian outside the world of Permaculture, that somebody being the aptly named Contrary Farmer, Gene Logsdon.
January 5, 2017