Archive for December, 2007

What is happening?

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

The experience of an icelandic woman in the USA:

…they were treating me like a very dangerous criminal. Soon thereafter I was removed from the cubicle and two armed guards placed me up against a wall. A chain was fastened around my waist and I was handcuffed to the chain. Then my legs were placed in chains. I asked for permission to make a telephone call but they refused. So secured, I was taken from the airport terminal in full sight of everybody. I have seldom felt so bad…

There’s more.

Is this a failure of our system at the institution of draconian immigration policies, or the abuse of power by megalomaniac immigration workers? Either way, why in the hell is this allowed to happen?

Some environmentally friendly links

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

EcoGeek is a blog dedicated to the geekier side of all things environmentally friendly. Their most recent post: Researchers Extend Lithium Ion Battery Life 10X or, some new in vitro technology that could conceivably yield batteries for cars containing more energy than a tank of gas. What is really cool here is that these cells absorb so much electricity they literally swell when charged.

Nanosolar Is Gunning For Coal via TechCrunch. This company has been around for a lot of years, and they have finally rolled out a commercial solar panel that is cheaper than anything else available ($0.99/Watt…end price is about the same as coal. That’s right. Solar Power is now as cheap as Coal power). This is going to change the world. Seriously. Nanosolar does this with a technology based on carbon nanotubes that basically prints the solar panels out, rather than making them in a process similar to silicon chips like most other commercial solar panels are made. These things are also thinner and longer lasting than conventional solar panels. Yes, I am sold.

And Matt, it’s not that I have nothing to say, it’s that I rarely think to say it.

Overall market indicators of my personal satisfaction are improving year by year

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

I’ve realized recently that the last 2-3 years of my life have seen dramatic overall improvement. This is marked by at least the following three significant changes/factors:

  • A shift away from cynicism: I no longer immediately attempt to find the fault in things. Instead, I evaluate strengths and weaknesses to identify value and limitations
  • A shift from observing to doing: For a long time I have watched the world. Reading blogs, watching movies, attending meetings, whatever. Lately, I find that I want to participate. I realized that all of the interesting people I read about and know have one significant thing in common: they are doing things. I no longer even think that it maters so much what exactly you do, so ling as you participate actively.
  • General shift towards thinking positively: This falls in with the shift away from cynicism, and marks my own general change in perspective and attitude away from my former default negativity and into a mode of thinking positively. How I think about events, issues, people, and even myself has a profound impact on the way I feel and on my level of motivation in general.

It’s my Birthday

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

I’m 28. Who wants to touch me?

Early Morning Grumbling

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Damn it slate.

There are few things I hate more while trying to read something online than having some flash as move unceasingly near the text. It gives me a headache. You think I want to come back to your website? What is your beef with plain old text-based ads?

It’s funny how a thing gets into your blood

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

When I am away from the mountains, I miss them. It is a sad, uneasy, restless sort of feeling.

I’ve spent so long with them right beside me and now I can not see them at all. I’ve been ripped away.

At home, they are always there. A constant unchanging fact. Something that I never think about until they are gone. And once away, I realize how much a part of me they have become. And I a part of them.

Oh, how easily I take things for granted.

But I am strong.

I will adapt. I will learn. I will live.