worth watching

•August 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

amazing animation, but even more amazing what he has to say.

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Congregations.

•August 1, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I swear that someday, far in the future, I will stumble into a corner of the house and find a congregation of tape measures.  I swear they must walk or scoot or something to get away from me.  I know we own at least 5 or 6 and can I find ONE, no not one.

I don’t think that they breed.  It’s not like socks that go disappearing in the dryer and then weeks later a different looking single sock will pop out of the dryer.  They just go.  I wonder if they’re meeting and comparing measurements, how we use them, or what.

Or maybe they’re going extinct.  I don’t think that they die from old age.  I swear we need one of those lock boxes for fires with the glass that says “break in case of an emergency” and then you can flip the switch and get water or whatnot.  We need those positioned around the house with tape measures, and locks on them too so they can’t run away.

Maybe they’re congregating to compare their yellowness or chromeness and rust spots.  Who knows, I just know that they go and it’s quite frustrating.

See we can adapt…

•July 31, 2008 • Leave a Comment

to global warming:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/31/fashion/31shorts.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Too bad the plants and animals are, in vast majority, unlikely to deal with rapid rapid ecological change.

what I wouldn’t give for a…

•July 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment

muumuu.  Yes, indeed.  That thing my grandma ran around in that looked like a big tent.

Why you ask?  Because running around starkers, as the British say, is not an option.  Something about roommates.  What a drawback.  Bedroom about 92 degrees by 10pm.  Office about 96 degrees by 10pm.  That’s with the fan last night.

So yes, the most unsexy, unattractive piece of clothing ever invented I lust for.  That is one that is sleeveless and covers all the bits while allowing some airflow as I move and work.

I make myself laugh.

•July 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment

somehow I skyped to the malik that MSO has another love.. silicon and has gone to see her.  And then I realized, the irony, the irony. … that he has a girlfriend named copper but truly loves silicon….

the elements of it all!

It makes me happy that the balance has shifted and I’m now getting more of a parnership with a bit more equal contribution and valuation of eachother’s part in the relationship.  It makes me sad to watch the endgame of a 20+ year marriage.  One half of that marriage is crashed in our guest room at the moment and I truly feel sorry for both of them – so much pain and struggle for answers.  It makes me look at MSO and I and realize how far we’ve come and some hope for us holding together in the long run.

feedback mechanisms

•July 14, 2008 • 1 Comment

One of the largest problems with the average person being capable of making changes in their lifestyle is that environmental impacts are carried out on a much longer time scale the the average person thinks in.  Our bodies have many many feedback mechanisms but they work on a very short timescale and so transferring the thoughts and reactions of a short timescale to a longer timescale makes many people think that there is “nothing wrong” as their day to day life isn’t directly impacted or the impact is so small that they figure it’s random variation.  The one thing we, as a society, need more of are feedback mechanisms that help average people make better environmental choices.  Higher prices for water and electricity come to mind first.  There would need to be a “basic allocation” at a basic price, ie enough drinking and washing water for a family of four, and then the price would go up significantly giving the right pricing indicators for people to conserve their water use.  Paris, of all places, seems to have come up with another feedback mechanism, one that is innovative and just a bit of fun!

http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/14/paris-visualizes-air-quality-via-color-changing-balloon/

Energy costs…

•July 13, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I came across this today

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/13/business/coal.php

Which has interesting implications for the price of energy in general and oil in specific.  And then add that to the Economist’s retraction regarding Simmon’s writings in 2005.  It’s not often you see the Economist say they got something wrong.  But it’s so very glaring now-a-days that they kind of had to fess up to it.  I wonder how many other naysayers will do so in the relative near future?  Or how much anger the grandchildren will have at our generation for doing, effectively, nothing in the face of real data.

http://www.maxgladwell.com/2008/07/peak-oil-prophet-plans-for-apocalypse/