Id Eco Super Eco is brought to you by a guy named Dave.

Born and raised in central Maine, Dave, as a young adult, found his way to the Boston area for a double undergraduate degree in geology and sociology, and thereafter to the Washington DC area for graduate studies in physical geography. His work has taken him through an array of fields including the environmental sciences and water resource planning, musical instrument sales and quality control, and even a stint in the toy and game industry. The occasional odd job as freelance copywriter and substitute wedding band saxophone player are peppered in for good measure. Currently, twice-daily written musings (mostly along the lines of good, interesting, and fascinating tidbits from the world of science news) may be found at Tonic.com.

A probable bout of tinnitus that was actually interpreted to be the mothership’s beacon frequency (along with a smidge of wanderlust and eagerness to shake things up) prompted Dave to once again leave the State of Maine in late 2000, arriving in San Francisco after a week-long cross-country drive.

Since late 2006, Dave lives with his impossibly kind and charming partner (as of 2008, make that spouse, yo) in Oakland, CA, where he does his level best to pick up a pen, a paintbrush, a saxophone, or fire up the word processor in an effort to achieve some manner of creative flow during his free time.

Dave’s pet peeves include raisins in baked things, papercuts, gristle, and right wing talking points. He enjoys a well-crafted Belgian-style ale (or, rather, used to until gluten went out the window, now I fancy a nice Pinot), the song stylings of Maceo Parker, his local farmer’s market, and a most-certainly pathological level of writing implement hoarding. That’s not your Sharpie. That’s MY Sharpie.


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  1. Hey, You’re amusing and your point A to Point B to Point C, landing, finally, on Point D, travelogue looks REMARKABLY similar to my own, although since I am writing under a pseudonym I cannot divulge much more than that or else I will have to go all Get Smart on you. =) I will clarify 2 bits. 1) I never actually lived in the vicinity of Point C, but I’ve been there 3 times and Freakin’ love that place. I’m a total political junkie. 2) While Point D is your current landing pad, I have moved from Point D, to a mysterious Point E – a mystical place with a lot of tree-huggers. I feel so at home.

    And, finally reaching my point, can I link to you? Just for the sheer fact that you wrote about a 65th crayon and a new vowel proposal with commentary by some of the other 26 members of Alphabet Congress. I like your stuff.

    Before you say yes you might want to read my blog a wee bit. I am bipolar, and I’m quite good at being a balanced bipolar, so I mentor and tell stories, and create visual meditations, and that sort of thing. I write about trees every now and then, but I am not an environmental website, nor do I have any Latin bits lying about. None. Whatsoever. Rather sad actually. Let me know if you have suggestions.

    So, I shall await your reply b4 I proceed. Lastly, prior to my imminent departure, I just saw a link to PsychoNotArt that I am going to check out Now. Cracks me up. I’ve always referred to Art therapy as Psycho Art. I find the blog name catchy… and off I go.


    oh wait, PS, Dan can vouch for my niceness. Not psychotic in the least, just your everyday, run-of-the-mill, well-adjusted bipolar chick.

    [ dmb edit: hi sophie! grateful for the thoughtful kind breadcrumbs you’ve dropped here. i’d be thrilled to swap links with you.

    glad you stumbled across the psychonotart link–the ringleader of that site is a friend and former co-worker of mine here in sf. i’m one of the handful of folks he asked to contribute images. currently, the front page features some lady chipmunks of uncertain moral standing he asked me to draw. i was very pleased with how that came out after he added all the color in photoshop.

    anyhow, great to ‘meet’ you!]

  2. Dave, thank you so much for appreciating my enthusiasm about Maine and saying so. After reading some of your posts, I want to thank you also for your attitude about coincidence and for reminding me that I have that copy of the Andy Goldsworthy film sitting on my shelf over there that I really, really want to see. All the best, Lynn Fantom

    P.S. I was on MDI last week and did two tastings of the local malt-style ales. Very good — only distributed within 100 miles.

    [dmb edit: Hi Lynn, thanks so much for popping by and for the kind words. Really enjoy your documentation of your travels to and within Acadia–as I recall having written, I’ve got a soft spot for my native state. I trust fully that you will or already have by now enjoyed Rivers and Tides immensely; delighted to have provided an inadvertant nudge. Best, Dave]

  3. David, David, David, you have been on my mind lately and who would have known all I had to do was google-you and you are here? How do I write to you without letting it all hang out for your following to see? This computer doohicky is still a mystery to me….you can take the girl out of the woods but you can’t take the woods out of the girl…. I’d love to reconnect. I miss you. Jen

    [dmb edit: enter dave, gobsmacked… well, i’ll be dunked in dog dirt. i will look forward to learning how you found me by this humble outpost on the intertubes, as well as any and all manner of updates that you’ll care to toss my way. good gravy, what a wonderful surprise this is! wow. check yer inbox. delighted that you tracked me down…]

  4. Let’s hear it for the Bois! Good stuff on here as expected, Dave. I shall be checking in regularly.
    Incidentally, I would saw off and sell my extremities wholesale to try me some El Chupacabra. (The brew, not the sausage, thanks very much.) It sounds fabulous.
    Keep up the good work, hoss… and, from the way-back machine, hello Jen! Ain’t technology cool?


    [dmb edit: many thanks for the drop in and bread crumbs. much appreciated. Save for the required number of bottles for submission to the Sam Adams homebrewing competetion, the El Chupacabra batch was exhausted during our weekend redwoods junket three weeks ago. It turned out well, a truly comical batch: “hmmm, there’s some heat in this, better have a swig to douse that…hmm, more heat! it tastes like burning! better polish it off and grab another…” etc., etc.]

  5. Time for a good long Friday afternoon in the blue room at 28 electric, stack of discdiggers booty and a couple of sixes, fighting over what to play first. Somebody else decide, I’m taking the first hit–and hogging the markers.

    PS Time to scan the green pads?

    [dmb edit: oh, charles—if that IS your real name—you certainly do conjure up far simpler and sillier times with that. i tip my hat, and jangle my beads in your general direction. as for markers, my problem of writing implement hoarding not only persists, but has grown more dire. which ultra fine point green sharpie would you like to borrow? i believe i have seven. cheers, dave]

  6. Dude! Just read a piece by you on Tonic then stumbled over here to see what you’ve been writing lately. Love the Steak is My Hero post. I’m linking here as of about a minute and a half from now, hope that’s ok.

    [dmb edit: many thanks the kind words and for the link (which i’ll gladly reciporocate!)…that is most unsour of you! best, dave]

  7. Dave! It’s your long lost friend Ginny, aka the Queen! I think of you often, often, often! I thought to google you this evening and stumbled across your awesome blog. I’ve been in touch of late with the Arkansas contingent Noel, Chaddie and Karen, all via Facebook. So glad to read that you are doing so well in such a cool place, with a creative outlet like this. More on me soon — email me your email address! Lots of love sent via the winds…

  8. Forgot to check the Notify me via email box….ps: diggin’ the Tonic stuff too! Can’t wait to tell you about me own science writing! -G.

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  10. Dave, although I laud your article on Tonic re Cubesats, NASA is very late in the game, and they are very cheap in their implementation of Cubesats. Cubesats were started 10 years ago at Cal Poly and Stanford, and have grown worldwide faster then here at home. Also, in the last 2 years, they have come of age and are now doing real science/missions, all without NASA’s involvement. Here is a short article on what USC is doing, as an example. There are many other schools and organizations doing far more sophisticated operations than what NASA is even considering. The fact that NASA is requesting the organizations to put up their own money to “drive” a cubesat is a bit facetious, because for $50k any school/organization can build their own.

    Regards, David


    PS, didnt know how to contact you outside of your blog.

    • yes indeedy.

      as i wrote directly to dr. barnhart, he pretty much nailed-to-the-wall the risk i run daily in my very quick, general-audience distillations that are filtered through my own decidedly armchair status as a scientist.

      i’m grateful to have been so politely set straight regarding others whose work stands closer to the bleeding edge than nasa’s, and regret the incomplete presentation of the matter of cubesats.

      for reference, the offending piece may be found on the tonic.com website here:



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