The genius of RSS feeds


When you train your dog to bring you the morning paper, that is a neat trick. When you train your computer to bring you news you want to read, that is an RSS feed. I never fully appreciated RSS feeds for what they can do until I started reading the book We the Media by Dan Gillmor. The underlying idea is that you don’t need… Read More

Paleoclimatology – connecting CO2 to changes in temperature


A friend recently messaged me with a link to this lecture by Richard B. Alley of Penn State. This lecture was part of the American Geophysical Union that took place in December 2009. Aiming to explain the long story of how carbon dioxide might have fit into climate and changes in temperature, Alley explains a lot of the science and techniques that are allowing scientists… Read More

Living social innovation: dreamy mass collaboration!

I’m currently in the middle of an application for StartingBloc, which is an organization that holds a fellowship on Social Innovation. Part of the application process is a series of essays. One of which asks how I “live” social innovation. So now I have to figure out, what is social innovation? And how do I live it? Perhaps it is taking new ideas to solve… Read More

Get your tea kettle and some tea leaves…It’s tea season!

green tea with jasmine

Tea season has come around sooner for me this year with this chilly September. Most of the tea that I drink is probably made in China. I like to drink jasmine tea mostly, but sometimes I’ll have green tea. And I drink A LOT of tea in the winter, so it got me thinking about what kind of impact that has.

Call for submissions!


I started this blog in April 2009. That was about 5 and half months ago! So on the eve of my half-year anniversary, I would like to make this shout out for guest contributions. This isn’t a very high profile blog, just something I started for fun, but I would like to start expanding and gaining some momentum, so I thought, what would be better… Read More