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Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy HannuKwanzMas

We've been working hard to get our new Peak Oil page together, but it looks like that won't be ready till after the beginning of the new year. So we're devoting the week before Christmas to solutions in our new video, links, books, movies and funny web shorts on the site. Here's a great solution right on youtube -- passive houses.



They don't leak heat -- and they come in psychedelic colors!





2007 has been a banner year for problems -- the news has been pretty dreadful -- and we here at How to Boil a Frog wanted to take a moment out to say: You're not crazy.




Watching the evening news.






Everybody tells you, nowadays, that it's okay to be depressed during the holidays, just because everybody except you is having a wonderful time maxing out their credit cards on stuff that other people will be returning on Boxing Day. But nobody tells you it's okay to feel depressed that the Arctic is going to be ice water before you pay off your student loan, or that it's okay to be feeling anxiety about the fact that it may soon be cheaper to run your car on that $216,000 a bottle Cognac than gasoline.




Another growth industry - just purchased by China!

Well, we're here to tell you it's perfectly normal to feel like running off screaming, and recommend a warm mulled cider and an even warmer hug. Also, taking a small action doesn't hurt. For instance, if you live in Vancouver, or love someone who does, you can sign the Vancouver Peak Oil petition to start a task force and get our city prepared for that part of what's coming our way. And instead of buying someone an iPod for Christmas, try a water buffalo at Heifer International. Even a small change is a way to start other changes tumbling.

Social change, Canadian style. But we always apologize afterward.

So make a small start on changing the world, take care of yourself, and check back with us in January. 2008 is going to be a great year. We look forward to seeing it with you.

And a non-denominational wish for good cheer from Lou!

(For an excellent holiday activity, he recommends hopping naked around the lily pad.)