Sunday, March 28, 2010

Please sponsor me

I'm doing a CN Tower stair climb for the WWF on April 15.

The event is few weeks away and I wanted to thank everyone for pitching in a few dollars here and there to help meet my fundraising goal.

One of the reasons I choose the WWF has to do with kinds of research that they fund, and the impact that the resulting research has on understanding how humanity and nature can reasonably coexist ecologically. I saw this video some time ago (TED, among others, has replaced TV for my daily viewing) that I thought was very interesting and encouraging.

A 20-year tale of hope: How we re-grew a rainforest: Willie Smits on

Read all about Willie Smits' 20-year tale of hope

So if you're interesting in what the donated money does, check out the links.

If you idealize a world where we/NGOs help people help themselves, while respecting cultural sensitivities and norms, the above example tracing Willie Smits' work is right up there with Micro finance, Green Energy, and carbon footprint/Global warming work.

Take a peek and let me know what you think.

Truly outstanding work.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Speaking of grains...

Clean energy adoption won't be about any single big idea. It will be the cumulative effect of major technological advances being utilized in simple, small ways. Bloom Energy has developed a type of fuel cell that is cheap to produce (silica sand is a major ingredient), runs with little maintenance, and can utilize a range of available fuel options. It is scalable, and stackable!

Seeing the simplicity of this device and its potential make me sad it is not being touted more widely nor loudly, but I like what they've done with their product development and the clear marketing plan - sell it by using it!

Take careful note of how they not only demo'd the device, but outed the many (!) commercial customers who are already using the devices. It seems eBay is getting 15% of their LA campus' energy needs from a small farm of these Bloom Boxes. Ditto a range of top tier corporate clients.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Grain #1 redux

Dropping in!

Funny I posted this thought in 2007 just because I felt I *had* to write it down. I was setting up my google profile and up popped this page - I was sure it was someone else's. Thinking it wasn't mine I thought it was a neat piece and tried to comment...I logged in and there I was. So weird.

So given this is my only blog post on my only true blog. I must inherit my orphaned self.

Continuing the meme I like the idea that my thoughts from several years ago are foreign to me. Is that a good thing or merely an indication that I'm divorced from myself? Ah well. I'll find that out if I write more.