My Kindle (and Darwin?), illegal plastic, and an addictive website…

Hi, this is Geoff,

We’ve been back home for about a week now, after what seemed like being away forever. And although we loved our time in Malaysia and Jordan, as the great Dorothy once said: “Oh, Auntie Em, there’s no place like home!”

And what a home it is 🙂

With no further ado, and before I make a quick run to the beach to play with my new board (it works better on the beaches of Australia than in the Dead Sea :)), let’s jump into this week’s Friday Five…

The Middle East, Bombs…and Laughter: Confused yet? I’m not going to spoil the surprise…you’ll have to see it for yourself here.

Fascinating Website: The simple promise of the website? “Watch the world change over the course of nearly three decades of satellite photography.Check it out here, but be sure to put aside 30 minutes – or 3 hours – because this site is highly addictive.

What I’m Reading: Since I picked up a Kindle, I’ve returned to my old habit of devouring books, and often reading multiple books at the same time that are in some way connected to one another. I’ve been having a wonderful time reading Chris Thomas’s Inheritors of the Earth. It was so well-written that it made me want to go back and cross-reference one of the all-time classics, Darwin’s Origin of the Species, which I’m loving all over again 🙂 If you’re short on time, the Guardian did a decent review of Inheritors here.

Draconian or daring? From the New York Times late last month: “They are sometimes tucked into bras, hidden in underwear or coiled tightly around a smuggler’s arms. They’re not narcotics or even the illegally mined gold and diamonds that frequently make it across the border into Rwanda. But they are, at least in the eyes of Egide Mberabagabo, a watchful border guard, every bit as nefarious. The offending contraband? Plastic bags.” Intriguing article about radical policies surrounding plastic bags in Rwanda. I’m tempted to say this should happen everywhere 🙂

In case you missed it: A few pieces of interest this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute, ably curated by PRI’s editor, Jason Freibergs (thank you, Jason!):

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That’s it for the Friday Five. As always, if you have comment / reactions / a different point of view, please comment below.

Cheers, and have a great week,

Your friend,


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