Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
(Pet peeve: why is it that when student teams get describe, so often their NAMES are left out and it's just their school, as in the article linked above, or their professor? Our expectations of what young people can accomplish may be rising but it's vestiages of Old School like this that bug me!)
(And how do you tell that a faculty/student team isn't ready to really be a venture yet? When the students don't call the professor by the first name. Or am I wrong on that??)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects
Product Description(OK. Maybed WIRED has some value but not as a paid print subscription. Via Bruce Sterling @ WIRED, "What the Hipsters are Reading" LINK)
In the waning days of the American empire, we find ourselves mired in political crisis, with our foreign policy coming under sharp criticism and our economy in steep decline. These trends mirror the experience of the Soviet Union in the early 1980s. Reinventing Collapse examines the circumstances of the demise of the Soviet superpower and offers clear insights into how we might prepare for coming events.
Rather than focusing on doom and gloom, Reinventing Collapse suggests that there is room for optimism if we focus our efforts on personal and cultural transformation. With characteristic dry humor, Dmitry Orlov identifies three progressive stages of response to the looming crisis:
- Mitigation-alleviating the impact of the coming upheaval
- Adaptation-adjusting to the reality of changed conditions
- Opportunity-flourishing after the collapse
He argues that by examining maladaptive parts of our common cultural baggage, we can survive, thrive, and discover more meaningful and fulfilling lives, in spite of steadily deteriorating circumstances.
This challenging yet inspiring work is a must-read for anyone concerned about energy, geopolitics, international relations, and life in a post-Peak Oil world.
Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late eighties and mid-nineties. He is an engineer and a leading Peak Oil theorist whose writing is featured on such sites as www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net and www.powerswitch.org.uk.
Thank you for your recent cover story titled "Attention Environmentalists". You've shown me why I love WIRED. The article didn't even try to be more than an attention getter designed to sell magazines. The light weight of its analysis and arithmetic made me realize that WIRED is little more than Vogue magazine for gadget whores like me. And now faced with the underbelly of my own superficiality, I'll be saying good bye. I can't be bothered to cancel my subscription but I won't be able to bring myself to renew.
This person compares it to Playboy not Vogue: LINK
Sunday, June 22, 2008
That story they printed is a big nail in that magazine's credibility.
Quote from RealClimate: "WIRED got the story egregiously wrong, and not just because they did the arithmetic wrong. In their rush to be cute, they didn't even make a half-baked attempt to do the arithmetic."
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
As fuel prices climb, and more people bike, here's where the Exustar Stelvio comes in, for those who need to transition right to the office from the bike. Now if only Zoza hadn't gone bankrupt and still made that suit with secret trouser cinchers. (review LINK for the shoe; Zoza LINK and LINK)
The article concludes with:
"But bananas have always been an emblem of a long-distance food chain. Perhaps it’s time we recognize bananas for what they are: an exotic fruit that, some day soon, may slip beyond our reach." NYTimes LINK
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Looks like a Renault!
There's an amusing take on the car, from last year's Jalopnik (LINK), as well as an article on hypermiling this car and the massive Audi Q7 diesel in which they got 70mpg in the Honda and 35mpg in the Audi. Their point: all the bellyaching from US manufacturers (including Toyota but notably not Honda) that they don't have the technology to get such mileage is complete and utter bs (LINK).