Notes for a real future

Some random notes I took while at the Cradle to Cradle event last year… found them today and was inspired by them and love ’em.

There is a distinction between Efficient vs Effectiveness:  Efficient is doing something right or perfect.  Effectiveness asks What is the Right thing.

If you perfect (maximum efficiency) the wrong thing, then you are perfectly wrong.

Design is the signal of human intention.  If we look at our designs and their impacts, we can ask “what is our intention as a species?”

A tree is not carbon neutral.  A tree is a carbon positive:  not less water, clean water; not minimal carbon, but cleaned up carbon and more oxygen;  not less soil or same soil, more soil;  not less or same, but more shade, more food, more habitat, etc.  X neutral can be a trap (create something that goes beyond).

No ant is jobless.

Celebrating abundance


Water Gremlins

I must have angered them, for yesterday the water lead into my hot water tank also ruptured and began to wettify many things in my garage and all of the floor therin… in the midst of the water damage/work/repairs already in progress in the house.

Fortunately, I’ve been given a secret recepie that ought to keep them distracted for a while until I can make peace with them.

The wheel turning

Was up in the city last night and hooked up with a friend to see the film Samsara, the sequel of sorts to Baraka, both done by Ron Fricke.  And like Baraka, it was great.  Beautiful imagery and a haunting score presented without narrative, overarching context or direction, leaving the mind open for free association and introspection, and conversation.  Well worth seeing.

Now to get the film score…

A Great Burn 3

And here we go, things cleaned and put away, loaned items made ready to be returned, Sifu’s truck safely back at its berth, and getting used to a world not made up of dust, heat, dust, sun, dust, wind, dust, music, dust and dust, with a side order of dust.  Did I mention dust?  While not the dustpocalypse that was predicted, it was indeed much dustier this year than the prior two, and if I was suffering any lingering effects in the lungs from mold it was surely killed by the dust.  Dust, however, didn’t matter.  For it was another great burn.  Continue reading

QotD, RIP Neil Armstrong

“While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

— From a statement by Neil’s family

I heard about his passing soon after arriving on the Playa.  For such a desolate place, much like the moon or mars and the explorers who go/will go there, it was somehow appropriate.

Back now from the burn and getting caught up… full report to come soon.