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joe breskin
Works at Envirosearch, CH2M Hill, Foresight Science & Technology, City of Port Townsend,
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This looks like it might turn out to be something really important

"The encyclopedia, compiled by five shamans with assistance from conservation group Acaté, details every plant used by Matsés medicine to cure a massive variety of ailments. 

The [Matsés Traditional Medicine Encyclopedia] marks the first time shamans of an Amazonian tribe have created a full and complete transcription of their medicinal knowledge written in their own language and words," - Christopher Herndon

More about Acate:  http://acateamazon.org/acate/our-team/
In one of the great tragedies of our age, indigenous traditions, stories, cultures and knowledge are winking out across the world. Whole languages and mythologies are vanishing, and in some cases even entire indigenous groups are falling into extinction. This is what makes the news that a tribe in the Amazon have created a 500-page encyclopedia of their traditional medicine all the more remarkable.
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You should check out the book Disciples of the Mysterium. It is along the same philosophical lines.
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I actually spend quite a bit of time explaining the guts of how batteries work - and why they stop working - to people. This article is very useful - especially the graphics - not only for understanding what is going on inside the battery case, but also for understanding what goes wrong. 
https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/news/2015-06-17-study-finds-way-prevent-fires-next-generation-lithium-batteries.aspx
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The separator penetration graphic works well for the Nickel dendrites that form inside NiCd and NiMH batteries, as well. These dendrites make the battery self-discharge and limit its power capacity. In a NiCd battery I can sometimes shove a lot of current @ reversed voltage into the battery and vaporize the dendrites w/o causing a fire or explosion. Do not try that with a Lithium battery unless you are prepared to deal with potentially serious and even explosive consequences.
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""Sponberg and his team created a computer model of the moths' behavior; it suggested that if the insects slowed their visual systems to catch more light, it would affect their flight. The model predicted that at certain frequencies of flower movement, the moths would overshoot the flower, moving past where the plant ended up — and that’s exactly what happened when they replicated the conditions in the lab with live moths.""
Moths are impressive insects. They can hover over swaying flowers and gather nectar in the dark — conditions that would make most diurnal animals, like us, essentially blind. That's why researchers...
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An utterly riveting conversation about musicality. It's long so I am listening in sessions. "Everything is usable but everything overdone or overused becomes boring ..."
The tangents they follow can go almost anyplace and each can turn the whole conversation on a dime, but the way they keep trading of the lead, the back and forth interplay, is truly fantastic. The stuff about beat frequencies written into the score in a symphonic bass line that comes around 6:00 reinforces my presumption that the turbine engines in the extremely noisy FA-18 jets flying over us are out of sync, making beat frequencies that were not considered in the  NAVY's noise models.
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this is really cute
http://www.readthetpp.com/
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+andrew mcneil posts GREAT antenna explorations and this one looks particularly useful for my situation. If you are using WiFi, you probably ought to know how this stuff works. 
You can simultaneously extend your coverage and reduce your exposure, if either of those considerations matters to you. And you can do that at extremely low cost. I subscribed to his channel a while back and this video just showed up in my youtube feed.
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+joe breskin Thanks Joe
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Best way to do a graphs-based infographic that I have seen in a very long time. And it's from Bloomberg, of all places.
Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise
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it of course has to be viewed along with this one:
http://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations
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If you have failed to understand how serious and complex a problem Hillary Clinton the candidate presents, the following 2 short paragraphs should remove all doubt. And this should provide a compelling basis for discussion of strategy: here is a single-issue confrontation that reflects and thus reveals a deeper problem, further dismantling of the protections provided by an already compromised and corrupted regulatory environment, yet it also seems to segregate along classic redstate bluestate divides, at the county level, at least in states that have taken GMO labeling to a vote ...


"In this one-minute video, hear from Nina Fedoroff, the former Science and Technology advisor to U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, on why she blames intense regulatory demands for the lack of nutritionally valuable GMOs.

Trained as an agricultural biotechnologist, in recent years, Fedoroff has turned her attention toward swaying the public to accept genetically modified foods."
In this one-minute video, hear from Nina Federoff, the former Science and Technology advisor to U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, on why she blames intense regulatory demands for the lack of nutritionally valuable GMOs. 
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But Joe, thank you for doing this.  I have a deep unease about GMOs - but it is also unease about the radiation+selection breeding of plants.  The pressure from supermarkets is to have food that looks great and lasts on the shelf.  That in turn means, if possible, knocking out the hyper-sensitive response, which is a protection mechanism plants have but that also causes leaves to yellow and wilt.  My expertise is in software.  I did research in DNA database searching.  I found the mechanisms in molecular biology beautiful and far more subtle than the information processing in computers.  And I found that molecular biologists barely understand how little they understand.  And that worries me, when business then goes to tinker with it.

I value the care with which you research and write.  If you'd like to chat by email off list I'd be interested to exchange views/impressions about GMOs.  james.k.crook@gmail.com
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interesting discussion.
“From an architecture standpoint, it looks like these two modules are separated,” he says. “But when you open the device up, you can see they’re actually connected with a serial cable, and they’re connected in a way that you can actually change the core software on the pump.”

An attacker wouldn’t need physical access to the pump. The communication modules are connected to hospital networks, which are in turn connected to the Internet. “You can talk to that communication module over the network or over a wireless network,” Rios warns.

Hospira knows this, he says, because this is how it delivers firmware updates to its pumps. Yet despite this, he says, the company insists that “the separation makes it so you can’t hurt someone. So we’re going to develop a proof-of-concept that proves that’s not true.”
A hacker could change the dosages of drugs delivered to patients and alter the display screens on the pumps to indicate a safe dosage was being delivered when it wasn't.
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Most people already know that I live in a crazy place, but this is a really perfect demonstration of just HOW crazy this place gets in the summertime. 
Fifty-four vessels started off Thursday from Port Townsend, Wash., in the 750-mile event. To the winner goes $10,000; to second place, steak knives.
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Holy, I'll say "his river of chi runs deep" and then some!
I am wishing I had even a teeeny tiny bit of this kind of center.
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It hardly matters what sort of music you listen to or play, if you play melody on your guitar, this short video will give you something that you needed to know how to play. Watching Blake dissect the Cuban stuff - that segment starts around 7:00 - hits like some sort of revelation. And what he has to say early on, about what is really involved in advancing the music of the guitar, by listening to what people are playing on other instruments, is really really important.
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+joe breskin what type of styles is it im interested in learning
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    develop immune system, 1953 - 1965
  • university of washington
    ethnomusicology, ethology, physiological psychology, 1965 - 1973
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I can fix anything but your broken heart or your organization that is falling apart
Introduction
Putting it in point-blank terms: I am here hoping to find people who I can play with, build teams with, have mutually enlightening conversations with, do amazing things with. 
 
If I post something, I care enough to dig back and find the source. If I have time I try to add context, and let you know WHY something matters to me or why I think something might matter to you. There are a lot of demands on my time in meatspace so sometimes I just don't have time to post every fascinating thing that crosses my path.

For example - I am currently designing a heat pump based soil heating system 
for a commercial greenhouse operation - a system that for most of the year will simultaneously provide the majority of the chill needed for their cold storage facility and the goal is to have it up and running by the first of the year.   

I don't follow a lot of people and I really only post publicly,  Generally I add folks who post interesting stuff that I have not seen elsewhere already or gets closer to the source than the other posts I've seen.  

I have already done a lot of things in my life, but I am gambling that I have time for at least one more BIG project, so I am designing a low-cost, easy-to-manufacture permanently affordable "zero energy house" that actually works in this challenging climate. It is unabashedly low-tech but is based on several highly detailed computer models of airflow and heatflux and leverages work done decades and in some cases centuries ago. Design integrates
cheap, relatively low temperature heat storage, multiple loop thermosiphons, trickledown open loop SDHW collectors, air heaters, and multistage heat recovery at every exit point, avoiding PV, wind, and other high cost and high embodied energy technologies entirely. Also working on a compost powered "living machine" aquaponics system based on black soldier flies.  

For the past 18 months I have been derailed into a black hole attempting to stop a hedge-fund's biomass waste-to-energy cogeneration incinerator project that has captured the regulators at all levels, state and local, while holding the employees of the largest private employer in the community hostage, basically implying that if they can't use taxpayers $$ to increase airborne toxics nearly 3X, chew up the local forests, and import construction and demolition debris to burn to sell for "green power" RECs and PTCs so they can export $$ they will shut down and leave the employees and the community twisting in the wind. 

In an earlier life, I helped build a successful commercialization thinktank (that's still going strong) that cherry-picks useful technologies from the federal labs and independent R&D labs and finds good homes for them in industry,  And before that I did policy work for local government and before that did a software startup developing scientific visualization tools and before that I built a LOT of interesting stuff: huge auditorium soundsystems and seakayaks, and a bunch of big custom sailboats including a few that sailed nearly around the world and one that has gone around twice, 
Bragging rights
Saved/protected the watersheds of two rivers on the Olympic Peninsula from logging and saved a community from having to spend USD $15 million on a water treatment plant they did not need. Directed a bunch of Federal money into watershed storm-proofing, the first projects on the Olympic to do prevention instead of post-disaster repairs. Projects based on sidecast haulback and culvert removal. Saved the estuary of Chimacum Creek from development. Wrote a "smart" building code for a temporary city called Oregon Country Fair which is the literally the fifth largest city in Oregon one weekend a year. Did a lot of "swords into plowshares" work - finding socially useful commercial applications for technologies developed at the federal labs before the Bush coup turned us back into a war-based economy. Played World-fusion Chamber Rock in NYC in the Winter of '66 and Acid Rock in Seattle the Summer of Love in 1967. And have I fixed an awful lot of stuff that other people who claim to be good fixers have broken: software hardware mis-communications, you name it. I have also failed to turn around some organizations that really needed to be turned around, and I am currently seen as a pariah by a lot of people who will thank me for what i am doing, eventually.
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Senior Generalist, Engineering Design Consultant, public policy wonk and general purpose pariah. I also fix complex interesting things that don't work.
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  • Envirosearch, CH2M Hill, Foresight Science & Technology, City of Port Townsend,
    CTO, Architect and Visionary, 1991 - present
  • joe breskin design
    engineering design consultant, 1976 - present
  • Seven Seas Boat Works
    General Manager, 1976 - 1988
  • Seven Seas Software
    CFO, 1983 - 1989
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mercer island - seattle, new york city
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