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August 11, 2009


Filed under: Features,peak oil — duncan @ 2:34 pm

Contact: Andre Angelantoni, 415-462-1626

Online Peak Oil Preparation Classes Now Open

Raising Chickens, Growing Food and Making Money After Fossil Fuel

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2009) — An online school based in California is teaching students how to prepare for a coming world without oil.

“Right now, oil production is at or past its peak. The days of cheap oil are numbered,” said AndrĂ© Angelantoni, president of Post Peak Living. “The sooner we acknowledge that, the sooner we can start making realistic plans for the next phase in human history.” has opened registration for its new “UnCrash Course,” a six-week online program that teaches people how to succeed in a world of declining oil production. Students may also register into the “Sustainable Livelihoods” course, which concentrates on the skills that will earn money as the economy changes.

With 18 hours of instruction, the UnCrash Course gets students ready for the major areas of life after peak oil. Topics covered in the course include: transportation, food production and storage, finances, shelter, post-peak jobs and health. Expert instructors provide individual feedback to students on all homework assignments. Students also learn from each other in online discussion forums.

“As a civilization, we are completely addicted to oil. Nearly every aspect of modern society depends on cheap, abundant fossil fuels. The clothes we wear, the food we eat, the roads we drive on are all made with petroleum products,” Angelantoni said. “No matter how hard we try, we are not going to bailout our economy so long as it is based on a rapidly depleting supply of increasingly expensive oil.”

But preparing for a post-peak oil world isn’t all doom-and-gloom, Angelantoni said, because many new businesses will form in North America as foreign imports become too expensive. “Our course instructors dedicate a lot of time to showing people the opportunities they have to redesign their life after oil,” he said.

The Sustainable Livelihoods course is a two-hour examination of how the work world will change and the specific kinds of jobs that will be in demand. It is taught by Sarah and Paul Edwards, authors of “Middle Class Lifeboat, Careers and Life Choices for Navigating a Changing Economy.”

The number of people who are aware of peak oil is growing. But they are still few and far between, so it is vital that these courses are available to anyone with access to the Internet, Angelantoni said.

The UnCrash Course begins Sept. 5 and continues for six Saturdays. Sustainable Livelihoods: Now, In Transition and Post-Peak takes place Sept. 13.

In addition to these courses, Post Peak Living also offers “Chickens 101″ and “Introduction to Sustainable Gardening.”

For information, visit or call André Angelantoni at 415.462.1626.


Media coverage resulting from this press release:

Can You Survive Life After Cheap Oil? It May Be Time to Find Out
Huffington Post, Sept. 17, 2009

Would You Know How to Survive After the Oil Crash?
AlterNet, Sept. 17, 2009

Meet the Planet (Radio)
Aug. 30, 2009

August 3, 2009


Filed under: #TroyCrazy,Business,Features,Troy NY — duncan @ 2:57 pm

For Immediate Release
Contact: Neil Grabowsky (518) 833-6807


Celery Bridges Technology Gap Between Generations

TROY, N.Y., (8/03/09) — A service called Celery lets computer-shy seniors Twitter with handwritten notes on paper.

“We all have at least one older person in our life who just doesn’t use computers. It can be as difficult for them to stay in touch with us as it is for us to stay in touch with them,” said Neil Grabowsky, founder and CEO of Troy, N.Y.-based Celery, LLC. “Our service acts as a go-between for non-computer users and their tech-savvy friends and loved ones.”

Celery works with any fax machine, which customers use to send and receive email, facebook and Twitter messages. They can even receive blog posts without ever going online or using a computer.

Celery converts handwritten outgoing messages into email, Facebook status updates, or tweets. Incoming messages or photographs are faxed to Celery clients in real time or according to a predetermined schedule.

“I never nag my kids to ‘call your mother’ anymore, because I hear from them all the time,” said Carol, a 70-year-old Celery customer in upstate New York.

Founded in 2006, Celery currently serves customers in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Service plans start at $8.98 per month. For those who don’t already own a fax machine, Celery will provide a customized Lexmark X5070 fax machine for a one-time fee of $119.

“Our mission is to bridge the technology gap,” Grabowsky said. “We added Twitter capabilities to Celery this June when it became clear to us that our customers could benefit from being able to send and receive tweets. Twitter is so popular now, we didn’t want our customers to be left out.”

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Contact Neil Grabowsky at (518) 833-6807 or


Media coverage resulting from this press release:

This story went viral and received more media coverage than I can link to here. Key media placements include: Reader’s Digest, Mashable, Neatorama, BuzzFeed, Treehugger, The Red Ferret Journal, The Stranger (Seattle), NewsMax, Tosh.0 (Comedy Central), John Hodgman’s Twitter Feed, KCTV5 (Kansas City, MO), The New Zealand Herald, and many more. Here’s the local news video that kicked off this campaign: