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7/13/2007
Calculating your fuel economy is easy and can help you save big bucks at the pump.
11/17/2011
Planet Connect's Get Green Video Contest wants you to show how you can Green Your City with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
11/2/2012
Bill McKibben is doing a national tour to raise awareness about climate change and to build a movement around changing the way we use energy.
10/12/2010
Cam loves his four-wheel drive truck ... despite being an environmentalist!
6/6/2011
At this time of year, Cam feels a little overwhelmed by the gardening chores ahead of him.
6/24/2011
Cam has an exciting evening when his neighbor drops off another expectant cow.
7/18/2011
Michelle discovers a new threat to her basil plants!
2/17/2012
After 35 years together, Cam can still make Michelle laugh. He just has to try a little harder...
3/26/2012
Our 4 eggs a day suddenly became just one egg a day and so we had a mystery to solve!
4/17/2012
We've added a rooster to our small flock and he's fitting in just fine!
6/7/2012
Cam has found a new use for old rice bags - turn them into man purses!
9/4/2012
A chicken describes a typical day of treats at Sunflower Farm.
9/14/2007
5W-30? 10W-30? Be sure you get the right motor oil grade.
9/7/2007
You can boost your mpg by losing the cargo in your trunk. Then help reduce global warming emissions by sweating off a few pounds.
8/10/2007
Make new friends, save big bucks on gas, reduce pollution!
8/3/2007
Slow down and enjoy the scenery — you'll also enjoy a significant boost in your mpg.
8/24/2007
Here's how to change your car's air filter — do it yourself to save big bucks and boost your gas mileage by 10 percent.
12/10/2009
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras talks about the future of fuel-efficient, diesel hybrid cars.
9/2/2009
MAX needs an aerodynamic and easy-to-assemble roof. Plus it needs to look cool, be cheap, cost little, have a simple design and be reliable. No problem, right? So, do you have any ideas?
2/19/2009
MAX's aerodynamic makeover is underway with a new fender design.
8/17/2007
How long has it been since you checked your tire pressure?
8/31/2007
Green means go, but don't go too quickly.
10/12/2007
Here's another gas mileage myth busted: it's better to turn off your engine than to leave it idling.
10/5/2007
Sometimes the most direct route to your destination may not be the most fuel-efficient.
10/26/2007
Forget what your grandpa told you — there's no need to warm up your car every cold winter morning.
4/6/2010
At the time, it seemed like a clear car was a good idea.
10/23/2009
All computer data for MAX has been stolen. What next?
8/9/2010
Cam shares his love affair with garlic and explains the work involved with growing and processing organically-grown garlic.
8/16/2010
Cam grows a patch of wheat to see how much work is involved. He will never take a loaf of bread for granted again!
10/20/2010
Cam considers the effect of Peak Oil on our wandering ways....
10/24/2010
Cam considers how peak oil will impact our love of travel.
10/28/2010
It's been quite a fall for mushrooms around here...
11/30/2010
Cam learns to appreciate country music.
1/11/2011
Cam considers the care and upkeep of an outdoor skating rink as an art form.
1/17/2011
Sometimes the wildlife can get kind of wild around here....
2/7/2011
Cam appreciates his local volunteer fire department.
2/24/2011
Cam describes how an act of kindness many years ago has inspired him to help others.
3/2/2011
Cam has a feeling that this concept of "cloud computing" is all going to end in tears....
3/11/2011
Cam welcomed a group of high school students to his home/office recently.
3/22/2011
Cam enjoys a sense of accomplishment many times a day as he uses his sidewalk!
4/13/2011
Cam promotes the return to our independent roots.
5/20/2011
Cam describes a mosquito infestation INSIDE his house.
6/1/2011
Cam gives an update on his new chickens!
6/13/2011
Cam and Michelle enjoy having their first "HelpX" volunteers to help out in the gardens!
6/17/2011
Cam babysits a baby goat for the weekend.
6/29/2011
Cam thinks his chickens resemble Captain Jack Sparrow. Has he been spending too much time in the sun?
7/13/2011
Cam describes his weight loss program which involves lots and lots of gardening....
7/20/2011
Michelle knows how much work it is to grow strawberries.... and she's happy to be able to buy them at any price!
7/28/2011
Cam enjoyed another week with some volunteer helpers!
8/24/2011
Cam is getting worn out trying to keep up with watering during a drought.
9/23/2011
Cam has a great deal of respect for farmers.
10/14/2011
Cam shares six important lessons that he has learned from his chickens.
2/10/2012
Cam is appalled by how much stuff he has accumulated and how much stuff other people have too.
3/15/2012
Every fall Cam is tired of gardening and vows to make his vegetable garden smaller. Every spring he is excited about getting back in the garden and ends up making it bigger!
4/24/2012
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
5/10/2012
Cam ponders the wisdom of starting a CSA at the ripe old age of 52.
5/15/2012
Cam describes a recent encounter with some aggressive dogs.
6/5/2012
Cam is mourning the loss of his beloved dog Morgan.
6/19/2012
Cam found a way to expand his chicken coop without spending a lot!
7/10/2012
Cam is exhausted but exhilarated by the early success of his CSA.
8/14/2012
Cam is enjoying a bumper crop of onions this year!
8/28/2012
It's Week #11 of our CSA and we can't find boxes big enough to fit all of the great produce!!
1/23/2013
Cam discovers he isn't as young as he once was while enjoying a sense of community at the local arena.
6/21/2011
Lemony sorrel is the base for a classic Eastern European soup that's equally good served hot or cold. It's fast, easy and tastes of spring and early summer.
8/6/2009
Everyone should have a 100-mpg car, and know how to drive a manual transmission. MAX comes to the rescue on both ends.
11/11/2009
Jack explores how to test how body changes affect aerodynamics, and looks for inspiration from Wonder Woman.
10/1/2009
In the continuing pursuit of better aerodynamics, Jack takes a closer look at the design of MAX’s nose.
9/15/2009
How often, if ever, do you check your the gas mileage of your car or truck? Did you know it's super simple to calculate mpg, and observing it over time can help you improve your gas mileage and save money?
8/6/2010
Garlic is a very labour-intensive crop to grow but the rewards are worth it!
8/11/2010
Cam shares what he has learned about corn smut in his organic garden.
8/18/2010
The second post (of three) describing an organic gardener's attempt to grow his own wheat.
8/20/2010
The right dog can be a very useful member of the family when you are growing corn!
8/23/2010
Cam shares the results of his experiment growing wheat in his vegetable garden.
8/25/2010
Cam compares the population density of his home to some of the most densely populated countries in the world....
9/9/2010
What's the most efficient way to boil water?
10/4/2010
It's always wonderful to meet someone who is passionate about what they do!
10/8/2010
Cam shares some of the things he is grateful for....
11/2/2010
Cam describes some family heirlooms - especially his favorite one - a shovel!
11/16/2010
Technology allows us to live where we live, but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with!
12/20/2010
Being in control of your own home heating.
12/29/2010
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
1/3/2011
Cam hates shopping but occasionally he is forced to venture out....
1/13/2011
Cam has been playing with and skating on thick ice lately.
1/19/2011
Cam blames horror movies for his overactive imagination.
2/3/2011
Cam is glad to find out that he has been successful at encouraging people to embrace renewable energy.
2/11/2011
Cam finds getting around in the country, especially in the winter, so much easier with his 4X4 truck.
2/18/2011
Cam considers the environmental implications of using paper diapers vs. cloth diapers.
2/22/2011
Cam can't help but get involved and speak up when he disagrees with things. Sometimes it works!
3/7/2011
Cam speaks to a group of university students about "sustainable" development...
3/9/2011
Cam learns a lot by spending time with people who "get it."
3/15/2011
Just so you don't think it's all fun and games living out here in the country....
3/18/2011
Cam has always enjoyed playing with water. Now he lets his solar-powered pump do some of the work!
3/24/2011
Cam appreciates all four of our seasons!
3/28/2011
Cam and Michelle enjoy a visit to their neighbour's "sugar shack" during maple syrup season!
4/4/2011
Cam is hoping that the Queen attends his gardening workshop this weekend at the Royal Botanical Gardens....
4/6/2011
Cam describes the challenges of winter driving and cutting down trees.
4/8/2011
Cam makes himself laugh sometimes....
4/11/2011
Cam describes a natural disaster on a small scale near his home.
4/18/2011
Cam is getting burned out on technology and considers growing food to earn a living.
4/22/2011
Cam considers the environmental implications of different forms of transportation and urges people to stop flying!
4/25/2011
Cam loves growing his own heat!
5/4/2011
Cam describes how our solar electric system has evolved over time.
5/9/2011
In our ever-growing quest to produce our own food we've acquired two egg-laying chickens!
5/13/2011
Cam describes the building of his chicken coop.
5/16/2011
Cam considers one of the causes of high gas prices....
5/18/2011
Cam describes "double digging" as a way of creating a new garden without losing precious topsoil.
5/25/2011
Cam has a "reality check" moment and realizes how lucky he is!
6/15/2011
Our HelpXers Mike and Melissa share their experiences as volunteers here at Sunflower Farm.
6/21/2011
A cow is born at Sunflower Farm!
6/27/2011
Cam has found another way to save money - his wife cuts his hair now! He also describes how even though he isn't artistic he creates and enjoys the masterpieces from his garden.
7/5/2011
Cam enjoys a visit with Ken & Madeline who farmed this property many years ago and Cam realizes how hard farming was back then....
7/7/2011
Cam battles with scarabs in his raspberry patch.
7/11/2011
Cam discovers that his chickens have unique personalities....
8/5/2011
Cam has been doing some radio and podcast interviews lately with some interesting hosts.
8/12/2011
Cam loves growing and selling food!
8/15/2011
Cam describes a recent adventure involving round bales, train tracks and a stressful drive home.
8/29/2011
Cam considers how Peak Oil will affect our lives....
9/12/2011
Cam celebrates his daughter's engagement but considers the impact of flying across the world for the wedding.
9/21/2011
Cam has been busy harvesting and sorting potatoes.
9/29/2011
Cam appreciates the simple things like rotten hay and beautiful vegetables from his garden.
10/7/2011
As we approach the celebration of Thanksgiving here in Canada, Cam reflects on what he is thankful for.
10/11/2011
Cam has been an Apple Mac fan since the beginning.
10/18/2011
This summer Cam became a market gardener and actually got paid for something he loves to do - grow vegetables!
10/21/2011
Cam was generously offered the loan of a small backhoe and had a whale of a time getting jobs done!
10/31/2011
One of the realities of country life is having to get your septic tank pumped every few years.
11/4/2011
Cam notices how many chicken-related expressions we use in our every day language!
11/8/2011
Cam enjoyed a recent workshop he held at Sunflower Farm, and the participants seemed to enjoy it too!
11/10/2011
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
11/23/2011
Cam discusses the decision to go off-grid or on-grid and shares his experience with batteries and the dangers of high winds to solar panels.
12/5/2011
Cam loves living in a place where he can enjoy the night skies.... even if he doesn't completely understand what he's looking at some of the time!
12/7/2011
Cam dressed up as a bunch of blueberries for our local parade, and spoke to a group of university students about peak oil. Never a dull moment....
12/9/2011
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
12/12/2011
Cam battles with the flying squirrels who want to inhabit his guesthouse using some unique weapons.
12/14/2011
Cam rationalizes his hoarding behaviour....
12/28/2011
Michelle and Cam continue to debate whether a real tree or a fake tree is the better choice from an environmental perspective.....
1/10/2012
You might be surprised to read Cam extolling the virtues of television!
1/17/2012
Cam enjoys a magical walk through a winter wonderland while cutting and hauling firewood.
1/20/2012
Cam sees the bright side of having to deal with a flat tire.
1/24/2012
Cam shares his enthusiasm for the sun and the wind at his off-grid home.
1/27/2012
Cam believes in the Boy Scout's "Be Prepared" motto when it comes to all aspects of his life....
2/3/2012
Cam shares the "joys" of a living in a house with a metal roof.
2/8/2012
When you only drink one cup of coffee a day, the mug you use is pretty important.
2/15/2012
Cam thinks people worry about the small things (bugs), when they should be more concerned about the big things (climate change).
2/28/2012
Cam has a (temporary) job outside of the house and he has gained a new appreciation for being self-employed.
3/1/2012
Cam loves sharing his homesteading skills in Hands-On Workshops at his off-grid home.
3/8/2012
Looking after your chickens in the winter and cutting with a solar-powered electric chainsaw.
3/9/2012
Cam is reminded to be grateful for what he has.
3/21/2012
Cam & Michelle recently enjoyed a visit from an ethnographer who is studying off-gridders.
3/23/2012
Sometimes being off grid doesn't necessarily mean that you're green.
3/28/2012
Cam often finds himself relating to song lyrics.
4/12/2012
The second of the 3Rs is re use. Cam has been a re-user for a long time!
5/1/2012
We call our homestead Sunflower Farm and now we have the sign to show for it!
5/8/2012
Cam always wanted to be the kind of guy who could swap out a motor and now he is!
5/22/2012
Cam is frustrated by new technology that just doesn't work - and prefers old-fashioned DVDs to watching movies online.
7/18/2012
Cam finds an new old-fashioned way to keep the wildlife out of his garden.
7/23/2012
Cam has a recurring nightmare in which the land across the road is being developed and his peace and quiet and isolation is threatened.
7/25/2012
The drought conditions at Sunflower Farm are making Cam rather cranky.
7/27/2012
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
7/31/2012
Cam contemplates the meaning of life while picking strawberries.
8/10/2012
It's an aromatic time of year at Sunflower Farm - time to clean the garlic!
8/16/2012
Cam undertakes an experiment to see how much food he can produce on his one acre of garden space.
12/18/2012
Wind turbines kills birds, but not as many as are killed by tall buildings and other hazards.
1/11/2013
There's more reason than ever to be prepared for natural disasters, no matter where you live!
1/18/2013
The challenges of dropping out - going off the grid - and living your authentic life.
2/13/2013
Cam can't think of anywhere he'd rather be than on his own private skating rink.
7/16/2013
Watermelon rind is this frugal pie's summery secret ingredient. Think of it as summer mincemeat.
1/5/2011
Cam is not a big fan of "ebooks."
1/4/2012
Cam's wife Michelle considers the economics of keeping egg laying chickens.
5/12/2011
Cam responds to a negative comment about a previous blog.
12/18/2013
Readers responded eagerly to our call for recipes to use up green tomatoes. An Ohio woman wowed the judges with her entry.
12/18/2013
Cam learns the hard way why it's never a good idea to procrastinate about important jobs!
2/23/2011
Our expert explains what really happens when fuel additives are put in a gas tank, and how this may cause more harm than good. If you really want to increase your mpg, our expert has a few tips for that as well.
7/20/2007
Want more gas for your money?
7/27/2007
Don't rip yourself off at the gas pump — stop topping off!
8/15/2008
MAX has a three-wheeled distant cousin that's a diesel-electric hybrid.
9/16/2008
The fine art of automotive design, especially high-mpg design.
9/23/2008
MAX will enter a race, uhhhh we mean event, and will run on veggie oil.
10/2/2008
What does MAX have in common with and old action, adventure, paranoia, social commentary BBC TV series of the '60s?
2/2/2010
Could MAX pass federal safety standards for mass-produced cars? Nope. Should that matter?
2/17/2010
In which Jack departs a little from his fashion sense and MAX gets new racing seats. But not just any racing seats: safer seats with real head restraints.
12/3/2010
MAX gets a couple of cheap and easy thermoformed headlight protectors, to keep light from getting out and rocks from getting in.
9/29/2008
Make the winning suggestion for the next X PRIZE and win $25,000.
5/30/2013
A big crowd likes MAXine better than MAX, and I’ll see you soon, at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash.
8/17/2009
MAX Puts the “Ex” in X Prize
1/29/2009
Sequestered indoors, Jack goes to work on streamlining MAX's body.
2/3/2009
From the Science Channel, watch the Brink TV show's spotlight on MAX and its victory in the Escape from Berkeley race.
4/29/2009
Thoughts on the potentially fuzzy math of mpg calculations.
9/21/2009
We're excited for the second annual Escape from Berkeley rally. Last year, MAX won the inaugural event from Berkeley to Las Vegas. This year, it's a run for the Mexican border!
10/25/2010
An after-the-fact analysis of MAX's accident on the way to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair, and the dangers of "getthereitis."
9/23/2010
En route to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, Jack listens all too well to GPS and ends up on dirt roads in the Oregon Outback.
9/24/2010
So here you have it: MAX with a crumpled rear fender, crumpled trunk section, a turn signal bashed out, a door knocked loose, and a flat tire. It's fully reparable, but not today, and not in time to drive to the MEN Fair.
3/23/2010
A reader recently raised concerns that MAX is illegal in Uncle Sam's eyes. Here's the skinny.
12/9/2009
This potential body style looks hard to beat, in more ways than just physically. What do you think?
7/12/2010
The Rally Green starting flag drops in Knoxville Iowa, Sunday August 15, beginning a cross country fuel economy rally ending in San Francisco the folowing Saturday. MAX will be there and going for the gold.
9/7/2010
Mother Nature has a way of filling in the blank spots....
11/8/2010
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
1/7/2011
The difference between power and energy and how it relates to toast!
1/24/2011
When it's -30 degrees outside you can make your own snow!
1/26/2011
Cam shares his experiences getting lost in the woods.
1/28/2011
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
2/14/2011
When you live in an off-grid house in the country, it's important to be handy!
2/16/2011
A typical winter morning chore - cleaning off the solar panels.
3/30/2011
Cam leaves his lights on during Earth Hour since he generates his own electricity with solar and wind!
4/15/2011
Some of Cam's best inspirations come to him in his sleep!
4/27/2011
Cam describes some recent speaking engagements including the thrill of being "piped in."
5/2/2011
Cam talks about getting mistaken for a garden centre employee and also the time that his house appeared to get sold out from under him!
5/6/2011
Cam admits to admiring Oprah and watching her show from time to time.
5/30/2011
Cam is back riding his solar-powered electric bike and he loves it!
7/15/2011
Cam describes the benefits of writing this blog and his recent book.
7/25/2011
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
8/10/2011
Cam describes why he was anxious to leave the city for a life in the country.
8/18/2011
Cam prefers the view from his office in his country home.
9/15/2011
Cam wonders why more people don't prepare for blackouts.
10/26/2011
Cam is getting burned out on technology and seeks solace in his "low tech" garden.
1/31/2012
Cam describes his ongoing inner dialogue concerning his carbon footprint.
3/6/2012
Cam thinks its important that we all have a Plan B, no matter where we live.
4/4/2012
Cam recently spoke to a Transition group about the challenges ahead and how to prepare for them.
5/17/2012
Cam has been collecting old windows for years and has finally put them together to make a greenhouse!
6/12/2012
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
6/21/2012
Four new hens joined the flock at Sunflower Farm and it has taken some time to re-establish the pecking order.
7/3/2012
Cam describes the method he used when planting his sweet potatoes this year with hopes that he'll end up with a prettier finished product!
7/16/2012
Cam contemplates his place in the universe while weeding his corn patch....
7/20/2012
Cam describes a typical summer day at Sunflower Farm using tweets.
1/28/2013
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
1/31/2013
Use care when cooking red kidney beans in the crockpot. The beans contain a toxin that can be activated if the beans are raw or undercooked.
10/11/2012
Cam enjoyed a very successful sweet potato harvest!
2/9/2011
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
6/5/2012
Easy-sew step-by-step instructions (with photos) to repurpose feed bags into handy totes.
1/3/2014
Cam looks back at the challenges of moving to his off-grid home.
1/30/2014
Our chickens aren't fond of the snow and the wind, but we found a way to let them enjoy the sunshine from the comfort of their coop!
12/12/2013
Canadian homesteader Cam Mather sinks into the village life and discovers the joys of small-town living.
3/19/2014
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
3/31/2014
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
4/4/2012
Comparing today’s cars that get 40 mpg or better to the high-mpg cars of a few decades ago is neither an accurate nor fair comparison.
8/21/2008
MAX is back from the dead after its infamous wreck. So why is the frame gray?
10/10/2008
MAX is hitting 60 mpg. That's better than a Prius, and before we get serious about streamlining.
10/10/2008
MAX is encountering robust competition at Escape from Berkeley
11/5/2008
It's the age-old tug of war between good looks and streamlined, aerodynamic design. 
11/19/2008
Brink TV show seeks "low-budget mad scientist." Jack and his MAX project fit the bill!
11/26/2008
It's time to calculate MAX's aerodynamic drag. Enter champagne science on a beer budget!
12/5/2008
MAX needs a roof, stat.
5/15/2010
We're modifying the Lola race car's nose to fit MAX's chassis. The first step is cutting the nose down the middle so we can move the fenders apart a few more inches, which will let us steer enough for parking and other normal street activities.
6/9/2010
There's a new automotive fuel efficiency contest coming up -- the Rally Green -- and now MAX has a tachometer, a digital wonder called a Tiny Tach.
8/3/2010
The clock is ticking and I've been taking some shortcuts on getting MAX ready for Rally Green ... and some have turned into long cuts. I need to work smarter, not faster.
8/25/2010
MAX is back at the shop, awaiting diagnosis and correction of an overheating problem, plus some additional body work before its next venture.
5/4/2011
Using MAX to test a tubing streamlining material, resulted in a significant reduction in drag.
6/5/2011
Learning from experience, I've put some impact-resistant structure on the back of MAX.
7/5/2011
MAX got a smog test at an Oregon DEQ Vehicle Testing Station, and passed with high marks.
3/22/2012
Conversion kit install to convert a hybrid vehicle into a plug-in electric and improve your gas mileage by 25%.
8/23/2012
An introduction to DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes' 2D CAD software. It's professional quality and it's free, and Jack is converting all the MAX fabrication drawings to DraftSight .dmg documents.
12/14/2012
Using an MPG app may help reduce your consumption of gas, and make your commute and road trips more economical and green.
9/19/2012
Does 100 mpg fuel economy justify cross-country recreational travel? Maybe so and maybe not, but I need to be careful—increasing fuel efficiency can increase fuel consumption if you increase your driving, too.
2/16/2012
A video demonstration of MAX's windscreen, which deflects air around the driver's face with minimal aerodynamic drag.
3/4/2012
To improve MAX's versatility, the passenger seat is removable, which converts MAX from a couple carrier to a cargo carrier.
5/15/2012
How much power and performance does a car need for a guy to get a gal's attention? According to MAX fans, not very much.
10/21/2011
The "High Mileage Car Show" at the latest Mother Earth News Fair, and the pleasure of driving a fuel efficient car.
1/15/2012
MAX at its first autocross. Hey, it's a sports car, right?
12/26/2011
A car's electrical consumption adds to its fuel consumption. For MAX, turning off the headlights improves fuel economy by roughly 4 mpg.
10/21/2012
MAX finally got a deer deflector, after three years of writing about how much it needs one. It'll give a bit of extra rollover protection, too.
8/6/2012
MAX gets a temporary mash-up of old and new style body parts (the new nose is at the fiberglassers' having a mold made so we can make more of them) to get road-legal for a trip to Canada.
5/21/2011
Some burglar wanted my Millermatic 180 more than I did, I guess. Here's why I liked it and why I'm going to get another one.
4/4/2011
Engine efficiency depends on rpm (among other things) and slower isn't always better. More wisdom from the Honey Bear.
8/18/2011
On a summertime cross country trip from Oregon to Ohio, I restricted MAX's radiator inlet air a little at a time, demonstrating that very little inlet area (28 square inches) provides sufficient air for cooling.
7/29/2011
We're cleaning up the details on MAX. One of the finishing touches is clear streamlined headlight covers, and here's how I made them.
8/7/2011
MAX ran with the motorcycles in the Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge, with surprisingly high marks--127 miles per gallon. Surprising to the author, at least.
9/23/2011
MAX gets a lightweight belly pan under the engine, to further reduce aerodynamic drag.
6/29/2011
MAX got some new lager diameter wheels. They should do the job and the price was right, and as a bonus, they look terrific.
7/22/2013
A searchable index for the MAX Updates posts, and a few more thoughts on the Progressive Automotive X Prize.
12/31/2012
The second attempt at weatherproofing MAX involves a convertible top which flips open to get in or out of the cockpit. Not perfect, but not bad.
2/5/2013
The first civilian-built MAXes are nearing completion, and here are a couple of them that are rolling under their own power.
12/23/2008
MAX turns heads and makes an impression at The EG, aka the Entertainment Gathering.
1/7/2009
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.
1/16/2009
Could MAX be the perfect car for driver's ed?
10/14/2008
MAX wins the Escape from Berkeley race!!
7/14/2009
Perhaps if we had just listened to the deer all along, we never would've ended up in this gas guzzling mess.
6/9/2009
In the pursuit of 100 mpg, cardboard is a nice medium for conceptualizing design features, but it has its limitations.
3/11/2009
MAX is well on its way to 100 mpg, if the lessons from these 100+ mpg motorcyles are any indication.
3/26/2009
MAX needs 25 percent more horsepower to get from zero to 60 mph in less than 18 seconds. Got any suggestions?
4/9/2009
One would think a car wouldn't need a mechanical inspection at 5,000 miles. But when you're building a 100-mpg car from scratch, and the builder is meticulous, it's wise to look for problems even when there are no signs of problems.  
8/28/2008
MAX version 2.0 is underway.
9/8/2008
MAX version 2.0 is about to start moving. This may come as a surprise, but Jack is going to try it with biodiesel.
7/11/2008
We're at work on a 100-mpg DIY car! Come meet MAX and take a seat for what will be a long, but fun, journey.
7/16/2008
Is the glass half empty? Half full? Or is there just too much glass? I'm designing MAX to be just the right amount of "glass" for the vast majority of our driving. Here's to efficiency.
7/25/2008
MAX gets a small favor from high-end luxury sports cars.
8/5/2008
Breaking News: MAX Totaled
11/17/2010
We're looking at a handful of low cost improvements, and since MAX is undergoing repairs at the moment, this is a good time to make them.
11/6/2010
A treatise on the difference between a gasoline engine throttle and a diesel "throttle," what that means for MAX, and how the difference was overcome.
2/21/2011
Hybrid cars save fuel by shutting the engine off at idle (among other things). Does MAX burn enough fuel at idle to be worth the effort? Our honey bear can tell us.
1/31/2011
Technology marches on. It comes at a price, but a FloScan fuel consumption and mileage meter could give me instant feedback on MAX's fuel efficiency.
3/6/2011
MAX got a new set of high efficiency Goodyear tires, and a second set of wheels so we can do comparison testing. Will the difference be detectable to our low budget testing technology?
4/8/2010
Is MAX an actual modern-day vehicle, or just a high school shop class experiment? In this update, Jack answers sharp questions from an automotive engineer.
7/22/2010
Results of the long-awaited cooling system test, which shows how little air MAX needs through the radiator.
7/27/2010
In the interest of making MAX a smidgeon safer, I've added side bumpers to the passenger compartment. Here's why I made them this way.
8/22/2010
Jack missed Rally Green and MAX has a mysterious overheating problem.
5/23/2010
MAX's bodywork continues, as Jack modifies the race car nose to fit over the Kubota engine.
6/4/2010
More progress on MAX's streamlined body, using a laser to make curved body parts fit on a flat frame.
6/22/2010
A primer on fiberglass mold making and molding fiberglass parts, using MAX's nose parts (hood and bubble) as examples.
8/4/2010
An introduction to Cam Mather's off-grid home and lifestyle.
2/28/2011
Cam is amazed at the level of awareness concerning Peak Oil amongst today's youth.
4/21/2011
Cam has had to learn lots of new skills living in his off-grid home!
8/30/2012
Cam contemplates the amount of energy that goes into our food production and shows how he prepared corn for freezing the zero carbon way!
4/17/2012
Michigan invasive species order takes aim at heritage and Old World hogs.
11/18/2011
During World War I, the federal government ordered people to keep a backyard flock of chickens. What happened? Why is it so hard today?
2/2/2012
Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified seeds and the toxic herbicides used to drench them, is calling itself a supporter of sustainability. You’re kidding, right?
8/5/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is proud to announce the release of the How to Can app, a free app to help you safely put up summer's bounty in a jar.
11/18/2011
In my 7,500-plus mile adventure in MAX this summer, one lesson really stands out: Haste Makes Waste.
3/23/2012
Why pre-1960 race cars were more efficient than post-1960 race cars, and thus a better example for high efficiency highway cars.
4/30/2012
The tail end of MAX's bellypan (diffuser) gets tuft tested, and the attached video shows the results. This was the finishing touch that got MAX its 100 miles per gallon on the highway.
12/7/2011
A surprising benefit of MAX's streamlining is the increased luggage space.
6/29/2012
Jack has dismantled MAX's body and is making molds from the body parts, so other MAX-like car builders won't have to duplicate his work.
6/1/2011
By making a pattern and a mold, we can now reproduce rear fenders as needed.
4/22/2011
Save money and gas this Earth Day — and every day! — by using these five green driving tips from the Car Care Council.
8/29/2011
Jack took MAX to a local car show and found that even if they're not looking for high mileage, folks think MAX is cool.
6/20/2011
MAX has very low rolling resistance, as demonstrated by this three year old kid pushing it around the building.
10/15/2008
MAX debuts by taking the checkered flag of the 800+ mile, no gasoline consumed, Escape from Berkeley race.
7/1/2009
Considering deer, it’s time for a roll bar.
7/21/2008
Conservation over corn.
9/8/2010
MAX is getting prepped for paint, and all the essential bodywork is done for the new, streamlined roadster body.
9/3/2010
Craig Henderson and his Avion high mileage sports car went from Canada to Mexico at 119.1 MPG. He plans to produce Avion kits.
2/21/2011
Use a digital tire gauge and learn how to check tire pressure regularly to get better gas mileage. While other types of gauges exist, the digital tire pressure gauge is an accurate and simple way to keep your tires properly inflated. Read this digital tire gauge review to see what digital tire pressure checkers you can buy.
2/7/2011
Volkswagon's high mileage (1 liter of fuel per 100 kilometers) car is getting closer to production. Expect to see 100 of these available to the public in 2013.
12/23/2010
MAX gets a low cost, high accuracy, and none too attractive fuel gauge. Two out of three ain't bad.
1/5/2010
I hate to say it — because electric cars may be the salvation of transportation someday — but much of the current hype around electric cars is smoke and mirrors. 


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