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Playing with brainR

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

BrainR is small web app from Germany that lets you do simple brainstorming. Here’s my question (in German). Feel free to chime in.

Btw, I’m interested in both the topic and the tool.

Dinosaur flatulence

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Dana Rohrabacher, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing California’s 46th congressional district, in his rebuttal to the testimony of Susan Solomon, co-chairwoman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and three of her colleagues and co-authors before the House Science & Technology Committee in today’s Hearing on the State of Climate Change, explaining the findings of their recently issued Climate Change report (IPCC Fourth Assessment Report).

Sure, pre-historic changes in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere may have had natural causes, so why not this time? Except, wait, dinosaurs aren’t around anymore…

Rohrabacher kept bringing up the question of what percentage of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is regularly caused by humans (he says 10 percent). Well, as far as I know that’s not the point. The point is that the concentration of carbon dioxide has increased about 40 percent over the last century and is now higher than it ever has been over the last 600,000 years. Oh, and according to an overwhelming majority of scientists that change is largely due to emissions caused by — you guessed it — us.

So, I want to see his list of “hundreds of scientists who honestly disagree” with the findings of the IPCC (not that global warming isn’t happening, but whether or not it’s caused by humans).

Interesting to see, though, how many of of the Republicans on the committee seemed to overall support the findings of the panel.

Global warming: The 2010 Imperative

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Join The 2010 Imperative: Global Emergency Teach-In

THE 2010 IMPERATIVE
To successfully impact global warming and world resource depletion, it is imperative that ecological literacy become a central tenet of design education. Yet today, the interdependent relationship between ecology and design is virtually absent in many professional curricula. To meet the immediate and future challenges facing our professions, a major transformation of the academic design community must begin today. To accomplish this, The 2010 Imperative calls upon this community to adopt the following:

Beginning in 2007, add to all design studio problems that:
“the design engage the environment in a way that dramatically reduces or eliminates the need for fossil fuel.”

By 2010, achieve complete ecological literacy in design education, including:

  • design / studio
  • history / theory
  • materials / technology
  • structures / construction
  • professional practice / ethics

By 2010, achieve a carbon-neutral design school campus by:

  • implementing sustainable design strategies
  • generating on-site renewable power
  • purchasing green renewable energy and/or certified renewable energy credits (REC’s, Green Tags), 20% maximum.