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  • Mete the Day

         The bright things are how we mete out the day. That and the dark. They mark time as surely as any instrument that ticks. “What happened today?” “Let’s see!” I talked to you. You talked back. What did we say? I don’t know. Some combination we’ve both spoken before. After all, we are not making up words anymore. We are getting to know each other. This is a special, magical time! What is she like? Does she enjoy a nice tomato sandwich with crusty, thick bread toasted just right with mayo and some fresh pepper? Peanut butter and jelly? Loves books! I’m sold!

         Not you are not. That is a simpleton’s answer. I want to sell. And I’m buying. Danger, dummy. You be cool. (See how we lose track?) Will she appreciate your dark and odd sense of humor? The goofy humor that always surfaces when the nerves strike? What part is true, what part is a hedge, a “I like you but I don’t trust you with that yet” answer. Smart. Guarded. My secret worry is that I am too big a fool for anyone to take seriously. Why write it? Why write it when you know you want her to read it? Haha. Vulnerability! Sensitivity! See how I can feel and share. Get back on track, man. She ain’t falling for that. This ain’t no picnic. No smoke and mirrors. This is honesty and friendship over time. Getting to know you. Getting to know me, because we are still learning us, aren’t we, precious?

    The bright things are what mark the day. That and the dark. Saw the cutest little dog. Stubbed my toe. It goes round and round, does it not? I think so. I wouldn’t have it any other way. You wouldn’t either, right? Ups are high because downs are low. I want you to read this. Know me.

  • Has the train left the station?

    Got this bit of good cheer via email today:

    From: Resources for the Future [mailto:listmanager@rff.org]
    Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:15 AM
    Subject: RFF Event: Responding to Ecological Loss: The Promise and Limits of Ingenuity

    Responding to Ecological Loss: The Promise and Limits of Ingenuity

    A discussion co-hosted by RFF’s Center for the Management of
    Ecological Wealth (CMEW) and the National Science Foundation’s
    Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    9:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

    First Floor Conference Room, 1616 P Street NW

    Marine biologists predict the collapse of harvested seafood species by 2050. But do we really need those species? With melting sea ice and thawing permafrost, polar bears may only exist in captivity by the end of the century. But do we really need wild populations? While these questions may be ethically discomforting, they are intended to trigger additional questions: Can we “substitute” our way out of ecological problems and losses? Are there limits to ingenuity?

    In the past, innovation has alleviated many of the problems associated with “limits to growth” (examples include innovations in food production and mineral extraction). But for issues such as biodiversity and deforestation the picture is less optimistic. And although innovation can often address natural resource limits, what are the ultimate social, economic, and environmental effects of these innovations? This conversation has philosophical and psychological dimensions as well. Are there substitutes for wilderness, wildness, and natural beauty? What about whooping cranes, giant pandas, or freshwater dolphins? As we lose our connection with nature, do we lose advocates for nature? Humans may adapt to a loss of natural beauty and time outdoors. Will this come with physical, emotional, and psychological costs?

    When are innovation and ingenuity likely to help solve ecological problems? What can we do to spur that ingenuity? Can the answers to these questions help us to better target natural resource investments? In asking these questions, can we better understand the aspects of nature that are invaluable and irreplaceable?

    We have assembled a distinguished and diverse group of historians, ecologists, economists, psychologists, and entrepreneurs to elaborate on these questions and to begin to develop some answers.

    Susan Clayton, Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology, College of Wooster

    Geoffrey Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School

    Peter Kahn, Professor of Psychology and Director of the HINTS Lab, University of Washington

    Joel Mokyr, Professor of Economics and History, Northwestern University

    Bill Shireman, President and CEO of Future 500


    Mark Tercek, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy

    Tracy Mehan, Principal, Cadmus Group; former assistant administrator for water, EPA

    The event will be moderated by James Boyd, who co-directs RFF’s Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth and directs the social science and policy program at NSF’s new synthesis center. The agenda is available below.

    Registration is required.
    To RSVP for this event, please visit RFF’s event registration page .

    This event will also be webcast live beginning at 9:30 a.m.

    Have a question for the panel while watching the live webcast?

    Simply tweet your question of fewer than 140 characters and include the hashtag #AskRFF.

    Watch during the Q&A to see if it is selected.

  • Read it. Go ahead and read it…

    I have been on a quest to remember less and do more. I am trying to get my technology to work for me and in the form of getting my to do’s and calendars to follow me where ever I roam. So I am reading about kioslaves in KDE and come across the “data” kioslave. There is an RFC. Number 2397 to be exact.

    From the rfc, pasting this string:

    data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODdhMAAwAPAAAAAAAP///ywAAAAAMAAw%20%20%20 AAAC8IyPqcvt3wCcDkiLc7C0qwyGHhSWpjQu5yqmCYsapyuvUUlvONmOZtfzgFz%20%20%20 ByTB10QgxOR0TqBQejhRNzOfkVJ+5YiUqrXF5Y5lKh/DeuNcP5yLWGsEbtLiOSp%20%20%20 a/TPg7JpJHxyendzWTBfX0cxOnKPjgBzi4diinWGdkF8kjdfnycQZXZeYGejmJl%20%20%20 ZeGl9i2icVqaNVailT6F5iJ90m6mvuTS4OK05M0vDk0Q4XUtwvKOzrcd3iq9uis%20%20%20 F81M1OIcR7lEewwcLp7tuNNkM3uNna3F2JQFo97Vriy/Xl4/f1cf5VWzXyym7PH%20%20%20 hhx4dbgYKAAA7 into konqueror address bar results in a gif image.

    The image below, as a matter of fact. This is cool.


    I do not know enough. Let’s hear it for RTFM.


    EDIT: Image works locally but not via wordpress. More reading to do.

  • Let’s take a second or two…

    These people are recipients of the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medals. Their interests and accomplishments are different from mine. I would like to take this space and give their names so that I, and anyone who reads this, may take an interest and look into what it is they are doing:

    Rita Dove

    Al Pacino

    Mel Tillis

    Will Barnet

    Martin Puryear

    André Watts

    Emily Rauh Pulitzer

    John Ashbery

    Kwame Anthony Appiah

    Andrew Delbanco

    Robert Darnton

    Charles Rosen

    Teofilo Ruiz

    Ramón Saldívar

    Amartya Sen

    It’s valentines day, so maybe it will be good for the heart.