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India's coal consumption recorded the second largest volumetric increase—accounting for 21 percent of global growth
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Several recent analyses of the inputs to our energy systems indicate that, against expectations, energy storage cannot solve the problem of intermittency of wind or solar power. There is not enough surplus energy left over after construction of the generators and the storage system to power our present civilization.
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Design Thinking seems to be getting a new life. We should bury it instead. Here’s why.
This is a slightly abbreviated repost of a piece by the same name that I posted two years ago today. It was reblogged in a few places, including, oddly the site of European design school. I was sur...
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To see that one has been mistaken in one’s manner of apprehending the past is not a loss but a gain. It is always better, safer, and more profitable, to know that one does not know, than to go on building on a basis that is i...
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The mercenary motives behind Eric Schmidt's appeal to green virtue.
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I was unaware that ALEC isn't trying to stop progress on climate change, as the article claims.

After a bit of research, I'm still unaware of this. Mainly because it doesn't seem true.

More than a dozen states have approved resolutions, with basic text provided by ALEC, calling plans by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions a “train wreck” that will harm the economy. In addition, a number of states from New Hampshire to Oregon have seen legislation, based on an ALEC document, looking to withdraw from regional climate change initiatives.
[http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/ALEC-enjoys-new-wave-influence-criticism.html]

Over the coming year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) will promote legislation with goals ranging from penalising individual homeowners and weakening state clean energy regulations, to blocking the Environmental Protection Agency...
[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/04/alec-freerider-homeowners-assault-clean-energy]

Those are things said about ALEC, here's what ALEC says for themselves.

Global Climate Change is Inevitable. Climate change is a historical phenomenon and the debate will continue on the significance of natural and anthropogenic contributions.
[http://www.alec.org/publications/natural-resource-reserve/]

Here's the "continuing" debate.

The scientific opinion on climate change is that the Earth's climate system is unequivocally warming, and it is extremely likely (at least 95% probability) that humans are causing most of it...
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change]
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Java can haz Lambdas (C# does haz for 10 years) http://zite.to/VXtH7e
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I began my career as an aerospace engineer. I designed control systems that involved mechanical parts, electrical or hydraulic actuators, processors, feedback loops, software, and human interfaces involving anthropometry, strength, reaction time and psychological factors - all at the same time. I liked the interdisciplinary nature of this work and the seriousness and responsibility associated with designing things that have expensive or deadly failure modes. I also wrote a textbook on probabilistic risk analysis for one aerospace firm. 

During the dotcom craze I was CTO of a 1200-person tech firm. At that time I did technology due-diligence for ICG and other venture capital firms. Later I started a software firm, made a commercial product with a few million reasonably happy users, and sold that company. I then did a lot of consulting work in pharma and healthcare. Now I'm working with startups in the mobile space.
 
In professional life, I've found that the two things that energize me most are multidisciplinary challenges and collaborating with truly bright people.

I enjoy hobby photography of all sorts and am a passionate scholar of ancient history, mainly republican and imperial Rome. I've shot around 30,000 photos of ancient marble portrait heads.

I currently have a Visiting Scholar Appointment at UC Berkeley in History of Science.

My wife is a far more creative and original photographer than I. I steal most of my ideas from her.

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