Doomstead Diner Podcasts: On Quitting

Film, WWOOFing in New Zealand,

Age of Limits Conferences, and Collapse

So I'm surprised to say that lo and behold, not only am I back on the Internet after five years off, not only do I have a blog/website, but I've also now started doing podcasts. That would be with the folks from over at the Doomstead Diner, RE and Monsta. They regularly do interviews with various writers from the collapse blogosphere, in a series which they call the Collapse Cafe. Similarly, each Wednesday RE puts up a new podcast "rant" on the latest happenings in "the world of doom." If you haven't heard either of them, the Collapse Cafe interviews feature some primo authors (John Michael Greer, Ugo Bardi, and others), while the "rants" take the gloom out of "doom and gloom" and are more like "doom and bust your ass laughing."

Both RE's rants and the Collapse Cafe podcasts appear on the front page of the Diner (as it's referred to), or, can be found on the Diner page on Soundcloud. (And if you have the Soundcloud app for smartphones, then I'm sure you can hook that up yourself.) In the meantime, if you'd like to check out a roundup of the most popular podcasts over the last year, as well as the countries and cities racking up the most hits on Diner podcasts, RE recently put up a post covering it all. (Oddly enough, Toronto, where I grew up near to and attended university in, is at the very top of the list, which is none of my doing since I have yet to tell any Torontonians about the Diner, nor have I listened to any of the Diner podcasts while there. So enjoy all you Torontonian "doomers"!) As just one rant example, you can check out Swissie Capitulation!

Moving on to these two podcasts, the first of them involve me blabbing away about my various hesitations with delving into the life of a filmmaker, then move on to my time WWOOFing in New Zealand. The second part goes into an overview of my two visits to the Age of Limits conferences in Pennsylvania, then moves on to a discussion about collapse – slow? fast? break your back? The plum tree collapse analogy I convey is something that came to me just a few days before the interview, and which I expect to soon flesh out with a bit more thought and insight into a blog post of its own.

And if you liked these, there'll be more to look forward to. An upcoming podcast will delve into how my New Zealand trip led me to discover why places like Canada and Australia are not "authentically multicultural" (and which will tie into peak oil), while my yapping away about refraining from making films (and then ditching it all) is a lead-in to another podcast on why peak oil doesn't seem to be sinking in very well.

Last of all, much thanks to a mate of mine, Dean Murray (owner of some fine plum trees), for allowing us to use his song "Stop Throwing Stones" (which unfortunately came out rather crackly).

(Note to self: speak slower next time!)

Part 1: On Quitting Film and WWOOFing in New Zealand

Part 2: On Age of Limits Conferences and Collapse

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Johnny
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Mar 2015
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So how did this years Age of Limits conference go? Considering that some think collapse itself is right around the corner, it must have been filled with people all discussing everything from high priced fuels they couldn't afford to buy to put in their car to get them to the conference, food shortages, the brownouts rolling across North America as ever increasing natural gas supplies aren't used to generate electricity, all sorts of good topics!
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Allan Stromfeldt Christensen
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johnny: Actually, Age of Limits is held in May, although unfortunately there is no event happening this year. Four Quarters InterFaith Sanctuary (4Q), who hosts the event, has decided to focus on paying off a large parcel of land they have recently acquired, and may possibly hold another Age of Limits conference in three years or so. Glad to hear about your interest though, and perhaps we'll see you there in three years!

(A more thorough explanation on the Age of Limits hiatus can be found here)
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Well that is unfortunate. As it operates as a campground, I have often considered stopping in and tent camping for an evening, but my schedule just hasn't worked out with that plan.
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Allan Stromfeldt Christensen
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Johnny: They also have some bunks and rooms in a nice cabin, but yes, tent camping is also allowed.

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