Things Are Good: The Future of Economics is a Doughnut

Economists have focussed on just one thing for the last hundred years or so: making money. That might sound fine, but classically these economists have ignored the societal and environmental costs of their proposed money making schemes. Their willful ignorance has unleashed climate change on us all, and that’s precisely where Kate Raworth comes in. ...

cartoon life: Upcoming books for Tingfest exhibition

Building some books for Tingfest III 2016. I had to build the Londoner Comics book three times over memory issue crashes in Photos. 🙂 Three times today. My eyes hurt. Filed under: art, book

Things Are Good: Australian Library Puts its Collection Outside

Story Wall is an art project running at the State Library of South Australia with the goal of getting more people to read. Even if people don’t read they can enjoy the library’s collection since the works are being projected on to the library itself. “Through our conversations with the Library we were aware of ...

Things Are Good: The Slow City, The Good Life

Cities are often associated with the hustle and bustle of life and commerce. Whereas the countryside is associated with stillness and slowness. One author, William Powers, decided to see what life is like when you treat the city as a slow place akin to the countryside. Just like Thoreau, he wrote a book about it. ...

Things Are Good: Read This Book: The Optimistic Environmentalist

The Optimistic Environmentalist is a new book by environmental lawyer Dr. David R. Boyd. Much like this website, the book is also about taking a positive look on the otherwise endless onslaught of bad news we get in the mainstream media. David has worked in environmental law for many years, and he’s the first the ...

cartoon life: Merle Tingley 1958 book of cartoons is online

With help of espresso, and the driving drums of Kate, the last few pages have been scanned. The images have had only quick cleanup treatments, but now all 96 pages are up. I didn’t scan the inside front covers as they are blank. I expect to get into enhancing the quality of the scans and ...

cartoon life: Where can I find your free ebooks and stuff? Hmmm?

I can haz free cat books? I’m switching out stuff from Dropbox to Google Drive. The eight wallpapers I posted earlier have a new home, and all the free ebooks, cats and landscapes are also there. The 100 cats (nearly 150 cats only $0.99!) ebook is still at iTunes, along with the also free ebook, 20 ...

knitnut.net: Gender Failure: Highly readable, highly recommended

I got an advance copy of Gender Failure, by Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon. It’s not quite available in the stores yet, but it’s coming soon and I urge you to get yourself a copy. It’s an extraordinary book. I loved the show Gender Failure so I knew before reading it that I’d love ...

cartoon life: Get a More 22 cats book for Christmas

Download this book to view on your new Christmas tablet. It’s free. It’s a PDF. It’s digital. It’s tiny. It’s cool. A tiny delightful book of cat art Download from Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/alqodielyfhbazi/s7dVnVxyGA Mrrfy Crzzmzz! Filed under: art, book, drawing, iPad Tagged: Cat, cats, ebook, free download, free stuff

cartoon life: The More 22 Cats book has arrived.

Waiting impatiently all morning and now part of the afternoon, for the paper copies of the new cat book to arrive. Well, here it is. 20 altogether. Only 20 in the whole world. http://samupress.blogspot.ca/2013/10/the-more-22-cats-books.html Filed under: art, book, goods

cartoon life: 20 monsters ebook

  20 monsters ebook Now with the release of Mavericks, and iBooks installed on every such Mac, the ebooks I’ve put up at iTunes are also available on your Mac. 20 Monsters is free. Filed under: art, book Tagged: ebook, monsters

The Canadian Progressive: New book articulates Harper’s unrelenting war on Canadian science

“The War On Science: Muzzled Scientists and Willful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada”, a new book by Canadian author Chris Turner, presents “a passionate and meticulously researched argument” against the Conservatives unrelenting war on Canadian science. The post New book articulates Harper’s unrelenting war on Canadian science appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Things Are Good: Literary Fiction Enhances Empathy in Readers

Literary fiction, not popular fiction, can make people better understand one another according to a new study. Because literary fiction (i.e. books not for sale at airports) focuses on the psychology and inner life of the characters it gives people a window into the thoughts of others that aren’t covered elsewhere. On average, people who ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Love, sympathy and mutual aid are natural – we have to be taught to be greedy little narcissists

    During a California wildfire rescue workers ran out of crates to place rescued animals, forcing them to put a fawn and a bobcat kitten in an office together. When they got back they found that fawn and the bobcat cuddling and the pair became inseparable.   Yes, compassion, love and solidarity are natural. ...

Things Are Good: Suburbia Gone Wild

The idealized version of the American suburb has spread around the world and can be found in nearly every country. The banality of the spread has been ignored by artists, at least that’s the feeling of Martin Adolfsson who set out to document this changing global landscape. For example, it’s hard to figure out where ...

The Canadian Progressive: Astronaut Chris Hadfield to write “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life”

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad: Astronaut Chris Hadfield. (Photo: Canadian Space Agency) On October 29, expect an awesome book penned by recently-retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The book will be titled “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth”. Strange title, isn’t it? Gives the impression that the book is targeted at the astronauts corps. That it will discuss ...

cartoon life: Updated 100 cats eBook

I’m uploading just now, an updated version of the 100 cats eBook to the iTunes book store, with over 40 new drawings, and an animation file. Keep your furry toes crossed that all goes well. Filed under: art, book, iPad Tagged: 100 cats, cats, ebook

Things Are Good: Save the Environment, Live in a City

The IEEE Spectrum recently interview William Meyer who is the author of the book The Environmental Advantages of Cities: Countering Commonsense Antiurbanism. The book’s central thesis is that we need to change the discourse around cities from a negative one to a more positive conversation about the efficiencies of cities compared to lower density areas. ...

Polygonic: New projects, new horizons

Hello, all you phenomenal followers of Polygonic, who’ve put up with both my obtuse rants and my long, long silences with absolute aplomb. Your stamina and support bends my actual mind. I wanted to just update you on new projects (and, as the title suggests, new horizons as well… well, they were, at least last ...

Polygonic: New projects, new horizons

Hello, all you phenomenal followers of Polygonic, who’ve put up with both my obtuse rants and my long, long silences with absolute aplomb. Your stamina and support bends my actual mind. I wanted to just update you on new projects (and, as the title suggests, new horizons as well… well, they were, at least last ...

Things Are Good: Be Optimistic by Learning About It

The book Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Dr. Martin Seligman is not new, but it is to me. For others who have not heard about it before, it looks like an uplifting read. The central thesis of the book is to essentially learn what a worthwhile life is for ...

openalex: Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities that can Save the Planet

Alex Steffen, the man behind the excellent inertia defying and inspiring WorldChanging blog, has just released his new book. Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities that can Save the Planet is a short punchy introduction to some of the most important ideas that are shaping how we are thinking about, and creating, green cities. I worked with ...

openalex: Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities that can Save the Planet

Alex Steffen, the man behind the excellent inertia defying and inspiring WorldChanging blog, has just released his new book. Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities that can Save the Planet is a short punchy introduction to some of the most important ideas that are shaping how we are thinking about, and creating, green cities. I worked with ...

openalex: Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities that can Save the Planet

Alex Steffen, the man behind the excellent inertia defying and inspiring WorldChanging blog, has just released his new book. Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities that can Save the Planet is a short punchy introduction to some of the most important ideas that are shaping how we are thinking about, and creating, green cities. I worked with ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Encouraging Early Political Engagement: I Have the Right to Be a Child

  Early political engagement is a hot button topic for a number of us here at Politics ReSpun. As parents and/or political animals, we spend a lot of time  contemplating methods of public engagement that would draw youth into political culture, and foster both interest and comprehension of sociopolitical events. Apathy and disinterest are rampant in ...