I'm Special And So Is My Weather

Every so often over the last decade or so I've sensed a trend that I call "temporal exceptionalism", or the view that right now is special, particularly related to weather events. This recurring idea that our storms are "historic" continues, even when data suggests the opposite, such as the recent…

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Prepare to be Inventoried

In our eco team at Sun we are faced with a wave of new external environmental reporting, monitoring, and measurement requirements. We're big on transparency, but the costs and implied morality are getting to be a drag. One example. Everyone wanted a price on carbon so that it was built…

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I was (near) there

I walked out of a restaurant tonight in SF and fireworks filled the sky. Barry Bonds had hit the home run that put him past Hank Aaron. Having seen Hank play as a child in Milwaukee, obviously I have a soft spot for him. However, it's still sad to see…

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Facebook mo'

I've been playing with Facebook, and its pretty cool. What's been interesting is the size of the Sun network. It's currently between 7% and 8% of employees (assuming the network is mostly currently employees. But what's more interesting is how fast people are joining. Yesterday at this time the number…

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Democracy in Action

Here in Concord, Massachusetts we run things the way they have since before the Revolutionary War - we get together at town meetings in person to debate and vote on the legal and operational aspects of the town. Town meeting opened tonight with some notes that were taken in the…

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English Comes and Goes

In my trip to Europe last week I was struck by the ease at which you can get around with only English as a language. With the EU increasing the traffic among the countries, English seems to have taken on a stronger role as the default language for interactions among…

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