• Archive for July, 2008

    Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems

    by  • July 28, 2008 • Science • 0 Comments

    Energy in Nature and Society is a systematic and exhaustive analysis of all the major energy sources, storages, flows, and conversions that have shaped the evolution of the biosphere and civilization. Vaclav Smil uses fundamental unifying metrics (most notably for power density and energy intensity) to provide an integrated framework for analyzing all segments of [...]

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    We just hit critical mass

    by  • July 23, 2008 • The Global Picture • 1 Comment

    I can’t put it into words, but something happened today, stepped over some kind of threshold, hit critical mass. Now it goes boom, this thing we’ve been building – a perspective, a view on life, a housing technology, a science of infrastructure… a plan to fix the world, which is not broken. If you never [...]

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    On facing Dr. Horrible.

    by  • July 21, 2008 • Personal, Trivia and Media • 4 Comments

    Dr. Horrible is a really, really perfectly nerdy web TV show by the brains behind Buffy and Firefly/Serenity. For reasons that I’m foolishly going to try to explain, it hit me like a bag of hammers. Here’s Dr. Horrible’s problem. He wants the world to be a better place, and he’s willing to kill people [...]

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