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Ian Cheney

Entries by Ian Cheney

Plant Your Toilet

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2010 | 11:02 AM

There is a clear consensus among young people that the best place to grow food is in a toilet.

This non-scientific conclusion came to me over the course of 12 school visits around New York City last week, as I traveled around in my 1986 Dodge Truck...

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Freezing in the Dark

(4) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 4:50 PM

In college, when our money got thin, my roommate instituted what he called "freezing in the dark." The thermostat was dialed down, the lights went out, and the utility bill plunged. I can't say I always enjoyed it. At times I imagined we could store frozen hamburger on our bookshelves,...

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Star Trek and the Farm Bill

(17) Comments | Posted October 16, 2007 | 2:34 PM

On Star Trek: The Next Generation, crew members get their food from microwave-like dispensers in their bedrooms called "Replicators." They walk up and mumble something and a lovely beef Wellington sparkles into existence. It's the ultimate vending machine, and nothing ever costs a dime.

Here in the 21st century,...

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