I just watched Mark Frauenfelder’s appearance on the Colbert Report and thought it was well worth passing along. I may be a bit biased, since in my opinion all Colbert Report videos are worth watching, but this was all about DIY. Mark is editor-in-chief of MAKE Magazine, co-editor of the blog Boing Boing and author of the books Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World and Mad Professor: Concoct Extremely Weird Science Projects. Want to make your own Useless Machine (featured on the Colbert Report)? Instructions from the inventor can be found on Instructables.com.
Sweet Juniper Family bicycle - awesome!
Ugh! I was already annoyed at myself for driving to work almost every day lately. And then I came across the above, which in turn led me to the blog of an amazing mom in Portland, OR. If she can run errands with 3 boys under age 8 without a car, toting them on this awesome bike and city buses, then I should be able to transport myself to work without a car.
She even transported a baby, a chicken, some veggies and who knows what else all in one trip! (Yeah, that’s a chicken in the pet crate.)
We limit our driving somewhat by owning one car between the two of us. We’ve never had more than one car and it’s always worked just fine. A few years ago, Matt was driving to work while I took the bus to school. Occasionally I would ride my bike. Now Matt buses to school and I drive to work. I know it doesn’t have to be that way. I just need to get back in the routine of busing.