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    The Air Conditioning Dilemma

    by I sometimes think that air conditioning is both the cause and downfall of our society. On the one hand, it’s let us comfortably expand as a species into jungles, swamps, and deserts, and build large cities there. On the other hand, it’s let us comfortably expand as a species into jungles, swamps, and deserts, and build large cities there. It keeps us comfortable in those more temperate locales where it only get particularly hot for a couple of months of the year. That’s the benefit my family is after right now. We bought a house built in the 1960s with baseboard heating. Owners in the 1980s put a gas…

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    What I Did This Summer

    by Let me follow this vaguely back to school title with the note that, just like physical health, everyone is responsible for their own mental health. Period. Don’t blame the world or other people or things beyond your control. These may be causes, but they are not excuses. Take responsibility, take action, do what is necessary to get better. For my part, a combination of things in various aspects of my life drove me to centre on my family and tune out the rest of the world a bit. That second part really isn’t healthy, either, stealing from one part of your well being to feed another, but I figured…