Volcano Bombing outlawed

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The National Park Service suspended commercial bike tours from the peak of Haleakala down the side of the volcano after the third fatal accident this year. It’s still open to riders who want to shuttle their bikes to the top of the mountain in their rented Seabring convertible, but they’ll have to supply their own brightly colored jumpsuits and futuristic white helmets. These volcano-proof suits are probably causing all the problems—pants getting stuck in chains, people putting on helmets backwards. It might be time to update the equipment, these people look like 1970’s mountain bike racers who need to repack their hubs halfway down.

via Bike Hugger

By Rocky Thompson
From Backcountry.com: the Goat

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iJesus Frightens and dismays

This is crazy! From OhGizmo! I wish I had one of these things when I was in youth group!! Not…

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By Ryan Nill

Chinavision, a wholesale electronics dealer famous for its startlingly worthless products (Skype Mouse-Phone, Handheld USB Paper Shredder, Laptop Cooling Pad), has decided to bring us a wonderful cross-shaped digital music player. Boasting 1, 2 or 4GBs of internal memory, a two-color LCD, a built-in speaker, a FM tuner, an integrated mic, seven equalizer modes and a multi-language menus, the crucifixion inspired MP3 is promised to make a “fashion statement.” Oddly enough, it was apparently designed to be given away at youth groups or while on a mission. It costs between $22.47 to $48.14, but you can save (zing!) even more by buying in bulk.

[ Chinavision ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Holy Spirit Sustainability (by Brian McLaren)

blogactiondaybanner.jpgBrian McLaren writes a good article here regarding living a more sustainable lifestyle. I highly recommend it. (There’s a link in the side column as well)

He starts out by saying:

According to the World Wildlife Fund, each of us needs about 2.5 acres of arable land to be sustained with needed food. Then we need to add another two acres or so – enough land to sustain the plants and animals that keep our ecosystem balanced and fertile. So, each of the 6.7 billion human beings requires, at minimum, 4.45 acres of fertile land.

But the math stopped working in the latter part of the previous century. The fact is, we’re using about 5.44 acres per person on average, which exceeds the carrying capacity of our planet. And these numbers are skewed by our disproportionate ecological footprint as Americans – we require over 23 acres per person to sustain us at the standard of living to which we have become accustomed.

Perhaps we can be forgiven for developing this unsustainable lifestyle because we didn’t know what we were doing. But now, as the information becomes available – and increasingly incontrovertible – we have a new responsbility and opportunity. And here is my firm belief: whatever the pleasures that come from living an unsustainable, and therefore unwise, life, the pleasures of living a wise and sustainable life will be far greater. (More)

I wonder if we are on the road to being more sustainable. I know I have a long way to go. I wonder if perhaps Christians can begin to really make a difference in promoting this kind of lifestyle.