Park it Here

Today is Park(ing) Day, so all over the city parking spaces will be converted into mini-parks.  Go here for a map of where you can find them.  (There will be approximately a bajillion near my downtown office.)  If you're local, step outside for a few to soak up some green.


Sustainable Business 2.0

http://www.greenbiz.com/sites/default/files/inline/Unilever.JPGNice to see the business of sustainable business evolve over time.  And exciting to see where it's going.  This article in a recent Economist talks about a 2.0 wave that is emerging.  This version of sustainable business goes beyond energy efficiency and good PR and recognizes that the majority of a company's environmental footprint actually happens before and after - before, in the form of its suppliers, and after, in the form of its customers.

There's still a business case to be made for working with suppliers and customers, rather than just sticking with what you can control within your walls.  But this is a bigger stretch for profit-seeking firms, so I think it's going to take some time for business leaders to think in this way.  Here's hoping we keep moving in this direction, because that's what's really going to move the needle on this kind of stuff.  I leave you with this great quote which ends the Economist article:

The first wave of sustainability rewarded itself. The new wave will not do that. It is more akin to investing now to have a licence to operate in future, when consumers, lobbyists and regulators will be ever more demanding about the way firms behave. That does not mean the new wave will not reward its adopters. But it will boost their long-term competitive position, rather than their short-term profits. Unlike the rewards of the superficial first wave, those of deeper sustainability could take years to sink in.


Lazy Linking, 134th in an Occasional Series

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Stuff I liked lately on the Internets:

134.1 Finding your love match thru spreadsheets 53eig.ht/1qc0Okt @fivethirtyeight

134.2 New album means Lecrae in the news a lot ble.ac/1xAGjSL @bleacherreport bit.ly/1rUaJa0 @billboard

134.3 Solar's so attractive/successful/mainstream that VCs have moved on from them ti.me/1qMycxn @time

Lecrae, 2014.
134.4 When will computers be able to do lip reading & what'll be the implications bit.ly/1qN6gd1 @techreview

134.5 One of the architecturally best new academic bldgs is just a mile from my house archdg.st/1lJQ77Y @archdigest


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Too Long for a Tweet, Too Short for a Blog Post IX

http://thebittenword.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55015ee5288330120a542fa33970b-piHere's an excerpt from a book I recently read, "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food":

The Chinese are only part of the illegal flow in and out of Bangkok. Thailand has been drawing people from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan, all of them on their way elsewhere.  The most interesting migrant population in Thailand may be the North Koreans.  Many of them crossed the northern border into China and then walked all the way to Bangkok, he said, running his finger down the length of China.  I gawked.  It was a massive distance - equivalent to walking from Maine to Texas.  He had heard the stories thousands of times: "It's human nature," he said.  "Everyone wants to better their life."



15 years ago today, on an auspicious date for love (9/9/99 - the word for 9 in Mandarin sounds like the word for "long-lasting" so is often featured prominently at weddings), I popped the question to Amy and she said yes.

In today's social media saturated world, proposals have become spectacles.  And I don't actually mind that, because sweet and clever and bold and public are a fun combination.

As for me, I went more low-key.  I won't rehash the details, but I had to grade my "performance," I'd give it myself an F.

But the important thing is she said yes. And, 15 years later, I'd still say yes to her. 


Lazy Linking, 133rd in an Occasional Series

Stuff I liked lately on the Internets:

133.1 One man's cigarette butt, another man's energy source bit.ly/1qEqBzv

133.2  Maps that explain the world (love #2, #4, & #33) bit.ly/1or21hu

133.3 My alma mater, Lynbrook, #1 HS in CA! (suck it, Monta Vista) bit.ly/1xr2F96

133.4 Yes, you can add bike lanes/protection AND speed up car traffic bit.ly/1pSNMIA

133.5 Pope Francis, savvy financier bit.ly/1ox6PYa