Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Check out this new website


This is yet another group making it easier to live green.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Nashville just around the corner

Heading off to Nashville next week. Trying to get things wrapped up here for another trip. Massachusetts was wonderful. I have some pictures I will post on Flickr soon.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Peter, Paul and Mary rewrite: Where have all the forests gone?


Where have all the flowers (forests) gone
Long time passing
Where have all the forests gone
Long time ago...
Now someone is trying to find out how many forests there actually are left in this world and help people see with their eyes how much we have cut down. Seems like a lot to me. Couldn't be good for the overall health of the planet, especially when we need the trees for a carbon sink. Here is one Google Earth user's effort to help people see with their eyes how much forest is actually gone.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Are Petabytes the key to solving climate issues?



I’m in Northampton, Massachusetts today; interesting little town. On the plane I read the recent copy of Wired Magazine. Interesting article about the End of Science, Google and the way cloud computing is changing many of the things we are doing and things we assumed. It is written by Chris Anderson, the author of “The Long Tail.”

Bottom line, we are not going to solve our climate crisis without the use of some really high powered technology number crunching computing power. (Google) There are some really big projects in the works according to the article. Not all climate related, but it gives an idea of what is possible. Here are some:

The CluE Initiative
Lanworth
Large Hardon Collider
e-discovery firms: Fios, Attenex
Europe Media Monitor
ESSENCE
Global emerging infections surveillance and Response system
Google Mapreduce
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Majumdar
(bone research)
Fastcast ( tracking airfare)
Catalist (political forecasting)
Microtargeting example: Republican National Committee Voter Vault and Aristotle Inc.
(give them false information!) Aristotle Inc.
Narrowcasting
Visualizing Data: Watson Research Center: Martin Wattenberg: Many Eyes