Summary: I like riding in airplanes and to me, it’s normal. And I’m under social pressure to fly. But when I confront the science of climate change, air travel seems immoral. Should I stop? Will I stop?
I’m writing this because it’s been on my mind and:
- Posts & articles are typically about “this thing I did” not “something I’m considering.” I want to show that making decisions is messy.
- If I decide to stop flying, which may seem drastic, this will show I was considering it…
- … and if I keep flying, this will show I considered it – which could make me look thoughtful, or more likely, weak and unprincipled.
The climate situation is dire. I can’t overstate this. Read coverage of the most recent (Oct 2018) IPCC report and/or Joseph Romm’s book Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know. Humanity is on pace to destroy the world. And the worst polluters are well-off Americans like me. Because we do high-carbon luxury things that most of the world can’t afford. Flying is one of the most-polluting activities.
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Somewhat belatedly, here’s what I plan and hope to do in 2018.
Early in 2018, I’d like to finish up a couple of ongoing open-source software projects:
- (DONE) Release janitor v 1.0. I have worked hard on this, it’s 99% done as of this writing, and I enjoy the benefits of the new
tabyl() functions every day – but until it’s on CRAN, the impact is limited.
- (DONE) Participate in Kaggle’s March Mania challenge, ideally updating my how-to resource.
Then perhaps a break would be healthy, during which I spend more of my free time away from code and the computer.
I used to build things. Including complex projects like my electric home brewery. I’ve fallen out of that. In 2018 I’d like to again build some small physical things:
- A keg washer like Colin’s (DONE)
I’d like to finish drafts and ideas I have accumulated. Including:
- My proposal for a Maple Road Bike Highway (DONE: The North Maple Cycle Track)
- Several cargo bike posts
- The cargo bike changed my life
- My process for lime-softening well water for homebrewing
I’ll probably get involved in campaigns given what a busy year it looks to be politically. Which means I should focus on other things before the fall.
I’m especially interested in the voting access and anti-gerrymandering ballot initiatives, the gubernatorial race, and of course Ann Arbor City Council.
To spread the joy of practical biking, I’d like to lend my cargo bike to at least 3 people/families this year.
- I hope to again log 1,200 miles on a bicycle.
- I want to ride:
- To Dexter and back, and
- To Ypsi and back. (DONE 2x in July, including once with a kid on the back)
- And get both kids riding pedal bikes. (DONE and it’s beautiful)
Things I won’t do
Taking things off my plate to make room for others. A small example: I’m not entering the National Homebrew Competition this year. Perhaps I’ll keep vegetable gardening to a minimal level.
I’ve been taking a break from following Ann Arbor news, though that may change during election season.
And the best for last:
Expecting another child this summer is the biggest event of the year. But unlike resolutions and plans above, that one will by default get all the attention it needs.