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Harryupp

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
— Abraham Lincoln

I am good at giving a damn.

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    Pimp the Pavement: A Brief History of Seedbombing via magazine.good.is

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    What Do You Have in Common with a Low-Income Indian Mother? More Than You Think via magazine.good.is

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    A 'Circular Economy': Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, Not Manufactured via magazine.good.is

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    The Poison We Never Talk About in School via magazine.good.is

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    Connecting Broadly Won’t Replace the Importance of Connecting Deeply via magazine.good.is

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    Harryuppover 1 year ago

    Today we discusssed how this reliance on technology often tends to make us so efficiency oriented that we do not find it efficient to look att problems from every angel, including a couple "stupid point of views".
    Often the solution lies hidden in the "stupid and inefficient" or in slow, outdated and lowtech stuff.
    Having the latest Ipad, Iphone or Imac does not in any way increase your personal brain capacity!
    With the things we nowadays have there is an amazing capacity to produce multimedia communication for the community around us. But how many of us use these resources?
    I experienced this similar "unplugged bliss" when I went to the mountains for a week. Down in the valley you have stores electricity, media and modern accomodation but once your'e 1000 to 3000 feet up on the top of the mountain you have to carry all things you need with you including firewood, and though a phone with a GPS-function is handy, it makes it harder for you to be at one with nature.

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    The Future of Biking, and How Good Design Can Help via magazine.good.is

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    Adele Petersover 1 year ago

    That's a really interesting perspective. I really love separated bike paths—they're one of the things I love about Copenhagen and some other Scandinavian cities. I felt I had a completely different experience biking there than in NYC, where I live now; I really felt completely safe, even though I see your point about the danger of street crossings. One thing that helps make things feel safer, I think, is the sheer volume of bikers in places like Copenhagen; cars have to pay attention.

    Harryuppover 1 year ago

    I thought that cyclists are generally more respected on the roads in Denmark since the cycle lanes in Copenhagen and some other cities there are way better than in Stockholm, Helsinki or Mariehamn (where I live). But on the countryside the motorists tried to "force" you to use the very narrow and lowgrade cycle paths along the roads. It is not a good thing to let the people that travel by car think that only they are entitled to use yhe public roads.
    On the other hand we cyclists have to get better in coexist with the cars in the traffic.

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    Harryuppover 1 year ago

    I agree with "mxbunster" that there is a lot of money being spent on building separated bikepaths that end up being less attractive and useful route alternatives for the commuters and utility bicyclists than the regular streets and roads. I have found that this "safeguarding cyclists through separatiion" makes the environment more dangerous for cyclists when cars and cyclists meet where the street/road is crossed by the cyclepath in a level crossing. The cardrivers think that they have more rights i the traffic then slower cyclists.

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    Frank Zappa Was Getting Out the Vote Before it Was Cool  via magazine.good.is

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    Why We're Giving Up a Day of Profits for Democracy via magazine.good.is

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    Harryuppover 1 year ago

    We have last weekend had a municipal election in Finland. Amazingly only 58,2 percent of the population voted! Even if it now is very important to have a competent municipal representation since within a couple years nearly 50 percent of the local municipalities will have ceased to exist since we here in Finland have been planning a merger of 2 to 4 neighbouring municipalities into new larger and more efficient municipal counties. Only in the most affluent and smallest municipality did the cast votes reach 76 percent! This because they would rather carry on being a rich well governed small municipality than be joined to their bigger neighbouring municipality at lose their independancy in municipal matters.
    In Finland we have the opportunity to cast our vote one week before the election day at the local postoffice if we can't vote on the official election day that is on a weekend and is a sunday.
    I myself do not find it such a big deal to cast a vote. It only takes an hour of my time to go to the poll and vote and if then the rest of the day is left for sports and other activities.
    But it is important to participate in the elections! I find it disturbing that 2 out of 5 people don't want to have their say in how their society is governed, be it municipal elections, elections for our congress, election for president or elections of representatives for the general assembly in EU in Brussels.
    If a "Holiday for Democracy" would get more people to vote it could be a good idea, but here in Finland I don't think it would work. The right to vote or to participate yourself as a candidate in an election is not being appriciated enough.
    Well perhaps this indifference is not that strange since there has been some unrest in several of our political parties due to unclear or fraudulent funding of the candidates election campaings in the last elections for President here in Finland. The corporate funding and lobbying has also become a larger factor in finnish politics during the last twenty years.

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    Climate Change Is Forcing Entire Countries to Migrate via magazine.good.is

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