Brandt’s Postings

May 6, 2010

Reading Responses

Week 2: Cronon and Sullivan

Week 3 (1/27/10): Abbey: Desert Solitaire

Week 4 (2/3/10): Red

Week 5 (2/10/10): No Class

Week 6 (2/17/10): Nature I

Week 7 (2/24/10): Presented Nature part II with Jack

Week 8 (3/3/10): Eating animals

Week 9 (3/10/10): Spring Break

Week 10 (3/17/10): How to Be Idle

Week 11 (3/24/10): Breakfast of Biodiversity

Week 12 (3/31/10): Lawn People

Current Environmental Events


Lawn Neighbor

Liscense to Ill


Human Activity Integrated into Future Climate Models

Power in Ocean Currents

Jeremy’s Final Course Evaluation

May 5, 2010


Week 1: The Meadowlands

Week2: Trouble with Wilderness

Week3: Desert Solitare

Week4: Red

Week 5: No Class

Week 6: Nature, No Post

Week 7: Nature, No Post

Week 8: Eating Animals

Week 9: Spring Break

Week 10: How to be Idle

Week 11: Breakfast of Biodiversity, No post

Week 12: Lawn People, No post


I presented Red via PowerPoint.

Current Events:

Leave no Trace Ethics (Bottom of Meadowlands Review)

Oceans Role in Climate Change

Calling all IPhones

What to Do With Robbie Williams’ Latest CD

Now on to the Veggies

The Cove



Look at that View

Reading Response: How to be Idle

May 5, 2010

This book was one of the original motivations to take this class. I remember sitting on the lawn with Chris Drover while slacklining. He would randomly shout out phrases while he read them. We would then continue to talk about them with me. This book was one of my favorites in the course. Hodgkinson brought up many good points about the work ethics of Americans.

I also, believe that many of the suggestions he has in the beginning of the book are not able to applied. I took many of his suggestions with a grain of salt. If we could convince society to live by a more relaxed pace, I think we could still be just as productive while being much happier.

I really liked the chapter addressing long lunches. I believe that lunch should be a time to rejuvenate, just as he suggests. I also believe that this would allow us to break up our day and make us more productive in the latter half of the day.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was an easy read, and would suggest it to anybody who has an open mind and is willing slow down a little to get more out of life, not just more money.

Ben Pepe’s Final Evaluation

May 4, 2010
  Reading ResponsesWeek 2 (1/20/10): Meadowlands

Week 3 (1/27/10): Abbey: Desert Solitaire

Week 4 (2/3/10): Red

Week 5 (2/10/10): No Class

Week 6 (2/17/10): Nature, Part 1.Nature pt. 1

Week 7 (2/24/10): Nature, Part 2. Nature pt. 2

Week 8 (3/3/10): Eating Animals

Week 9 (3/10/10): Spring Break

Week 10 (3/17/10): N/A

Week 11 (3/24/10):Breakfast of Biodiversity

Week 12 (3/31/10):Lawn People

Presentation: I did my presentation on Lawn People I focused on the second half. Lawn People Presentation 2nd half

Current Events:

Toads Detects Earthquake

Whales Save Seal

Recycled Jerseys

Cat food used agaisnt Toads

Crabon Calulator

China and Clean Energy

U.S. grain Crops


Intro to Me

Cronon Review + Current enviro News




Charlie’s Final Evaluation

May 4, 2010

Reading Responses

Week 2 (1/20/10): Sullivan: “Meadowlands”

Week 3 (1/27/10): Abbey: Desert Solitaire

Week 4 (2/3/10): Williams “Red”

Week 5 (2/10/10): No Class

Week 6 (2/17/10): Nature, Part 1. This is the one reading response that I did not do and I am not going to make up, reading the second half of this book was all the Nature I could handle.

Week 7 (2/24/10): Coates, Nature ch. 6-9

Week 8 (3/3/10): Foer, Eating Animals

Week 9 (3/10/10): Spring Break

Week 10 (3/17/10): Hodgkinson, How to Be Idle

Week 11 (3/24/10): Vandermeer and Perfecto: Breakfast of Biodiversity

Week 12 (3/31/10): Robins, Lawn People

Presentation: I did my presentation on Breakfast of Biodiversity with Kyle. I focused on the first half of the book, while he focused on the second half.

Current Events

Onion Article

Killer Asian Carp

Shamu is not so Cute

10 Most Endangered

My view on lawns

Nashville Underwater

Project Shtuff

Project Ideas One

Project Proposal One

Project Proposal Two

Project Outline

Desert Solitaire round 2

May 4, 2010

I am 100% sure that I already did this reading response but I can’t seem to find it on the blog anywhere. I guess I did not post it the right way and I never checked or thought about it until trying to get all of these organized. I really liked the book and I liked the things that I found out about Abbey from doing some research about him. It was a pretty long time ago so I do not remember too many specifics but I definitely liked the writing style that Abbey used and the way that he told his story about living out in total seclusion and use that to try and help prove other points. I also liked the few times that he did see people during his time in the desert and it really showed how diverse the world is.

I also really liked the part about the flaws that are found in the idea of tourism to places of “natural beauty.” It is really interesting, and to a large part true how he says all of the luxuries and other things that people want on a vacation take away from the natural beauty of a place and just turn it into another touristy slice of American pie. I have always been a person who likes to go to National Parks that are secluded from other people and things such as cars, hotels, and things like this. I spent a month in the Wind River National Park in Wyoming and we saw fewer than 100 people outside of our group of 12. It was great to be surrounded by nature all of the time and really feel like you are a part of it. One highlight for me came when I was about a mile from camp trying to find water and stumbled upon about 20 elk. The alpha male of the group looked at me for a while then made a barking noise and they all ran. It was very cool to be able to see something like that. I liked this book and I wish I had my original review of it.

Is that New Orleans during Katrina? No, it’s Nashville

May 3, 2010

So I thought I would make up one of my missed current events with this piece of evidence that God is very unhappy. This weekend shattered the record rainfall for Middle Tennessee, including my hometown of Nashville and has caused major flooding throughout the state. I have a few friends who’s houses have flooded and others who have lost their cars to the flood waters. So far I think that my house survived without any water damage and as far as I know all my family and friends are safe but it is going to be a long road back from this, which i am kind of excited about since I am interested in urban planning and might be able to get some kind of a job from this thing. In true southern fashion I found a video of a trailer home, it was actually an outbuilding from a local shool, floating down the interstat, which looks more like a river. Now I really want to get home and see the damage, should be interesting.