Saturday, July 11, 2009

Italy Summer '09

Civita de Bagnoregio

Robin and I had a great time with my family in Italy. Italians have the right attitude and lifestyle, not to mention a beautiful language that i managed to butcher everyday. Here are some highlights from the trip. And thanks to all our pet sitters.

Derrida and the Colloseum

Break dancers at Piazza Novona

San Carlo - Boromini

View from our terrace in Praiano

Baths in Pompei

Path of the Gods hike - my first vertigo experience

Road to Amalfi

St. Francis of Assisi

Gardens of Ravello

View from the farm house in Tuscany

San Genarro, Praiano

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Paul Hawken - University of Portland Commencement Speech

May 3, 2009
“Class of 2009: you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating. Kind of a mind-boggling situation... but not one peer-reviewed paper published in the last thirty years can refute that statement. Basically, civilization needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades…And here's the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don't be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done… If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth… and you aren't optimistic, you haven't got a pulse...What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world… Nature beckons you to be on her side. You couldn't ask for a better boss. The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not the dreamer. Hope only makes sense when it doesn't make sense to be hopeful. This is your century. Take it and run as if your life depends on it.”

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Power of Scotch

Rothes consortium of whisky and scotch distillers announced a deal that will build a power plant fueled entirely by whisky by-products. Holy crap, this is the confluence of my two favorite things in life!

Inhabitat Whisky Power Article