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Ecocentricity - Re-Blog: Finding Something Ancient

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In that sunny summer field though, helping Will and his team wean the goat kids from their mothers, I was experiencing something truly ancient. 

Paternity leave continues for me, so I’m re-posting a blog from the archives. I wrote this one on October 2, 2014, and it still rings true (in my opinion, at least). Cheers!

I could have been a goat herder.

No, seriously. Have you ever herded goats? I have. For about 15 minutes. And I enjoyed every single bit of it. I’d have stayed there all day, just herding goats, if I could have.

Ecocentricity Blog: Telling the Story of Climate Change

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These stories are tragically real, regardless of the cause. But with climate change looming as the probable cause, or at least a probable contributor, it means that more stories like these are likely coming.

Fantasy novels captivate me. I could have said, “I like fantasy novels,” but that wouldn’t quite have been right. Rather, a good fantasy novel will entertain me for hours at a time, distract me from work, and even show up in my dreams. Once again, I readily admit how much of a nerd I am.

Ecocentricity Blog: Probability and Climate Change

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When climate change deniers find new evidence that suggests humans might not be driving climate change, that evidence cannot “disprove” anthropogenic climate change. Instead, the evidence might only slightly reduce its probability.

I was math nerd as a kid. And yes, that explains a lot about me.

I think what originally attracted me to math was the objectivity of the subject. Its rules were solid and unwavering. No matter what, seven minus five equals two. I guess I like consistency.

Ecocentricity Blog: Grid Parity and Other Solar Thoughts

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Grid parity is when new solar and wind farms cost less than new natural gas power plants, even without subsidies. And we might already be there.

More Flipboarding! This time, I stumbled across this article. It’s worth a read, and it prompted me to offer some other thoughts on where things stand with solar. Three thoughts, in particular.

Ecocentricity Blog: Interface’s Next Mission

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Interface’s leadership believes that Mission Zero® will be completed as scheduled. So what happens next? What’s the next mission?

First, do no harm.

I’ve long thought that this phrase was a part of the Hippocratic Oath, which is the pledge taken by medical doctors regarding their ethical obligations to patients. I checked, and it turns out that it isn’t actually in the oath. Still, the concept rings true. When ill, we turn to doctors with the expectation that they will heal us, not hurt us.

Ecocentricity Blog: Solar Juice, from Concentrate

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To the Flipboard! Let’s see what we’ve got in my “Sustainability” category……

Ooooooooohhhhhhh. Concentrated solar. I like concentrated solar.

What is it, you ask? Well, to answer that, let’s first say what it isn’t. Concentrated solar isn’t the same thing as photovoltaic solar panels. That’s a form of solar power where an individual panel is able to absorb the energy from the sun and directly convert that energy into electricity. That’s good technology too.

Ecocentricity Blog: Third Time's the Charm

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Sometimes it takes three times to sink in. I’m not sure why. Maybe the number three is magical or something. Maybe it has to do with me being slow to “get it.” Regardless, for a number of things in my life that I really enjoy, it took three encounters before I decided to commit and try them in the first place.

An example, you ask? I give you the iPhone.

I remember hearing about the iPhone around the time of its initial release in 2007. I was dismissive at first. Who would spend that much on a phone?

Ecocentricity Blog: The Quotes that Stay with Us

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It’s not just in our words, however, that we offer an example to others. Our actions do so as well, and often with greater impact.

My wife and I are about six weeks away from welcoming our son into the world. As you might imagine, this is one of the more exciting times in our lives. We are both anxious and hopeful in these final weeks, very aware of what a blessed time this is for us.

Ecocentricity Blog: A Request

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If you ever find yourself riding shotgun with me in the car, there’s a strong chance I’ll be listening to a podcast. It’s one of my favorite forms of media, and I use it for entertainment, news, sports, and general mind-expansion. The Podcasts app on my iPhone might be the most commonly opened app.

Brightening Our Corner Newsletter - May 2016

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Foundation Awards Gray Notes Grants to The University of Georgia and Presidio Graduate School

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