The OED’s “Word of the Day” today is “strick.”
I finished reading “Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain,” by Maryanne Wolf, last night. If you know me in ‘real life’ you might be surprised to hear that I just finished it; I have been talking about it for what now feels like months.
“Eating is inescapably an agricultural act, and how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.”
“The media is very good at making itself seem like something other than a business (and there are a lot of problems with what business it does manage) — but if you realise that every edition, every issue, every article, every bulletin, every thing made by the media is a product, then you start to think differently about these situations.” — Bobbie Johnson
I recently took a week-long trip up to Portland, Ore., where I popped in for a visit at FMYI’s brand-new offices at the Leftbank Project. The visit provided some fodder for two articles, both of which have now been published on The GigaOM Network.
Commercial and residential buildings consume about one-third of the world’s energy. In the United States alone, buildings account for over 40% of total energy consumption, including 27% of electricity generation, 12% of water consumption and 60% of all non-industrial waste. At this rate, by 2025 buildings worldwide will be the largest consumer of global energy – greater than the transportation and industry sectors combined. Herein lies one of the best opportunities in the clean tech space to reduce energy consumption. Our panel will explore the regulatory, technical, investing, and government efforts, discussing the challenges and opportunities involved in striving for zero net energy high performance buildings. View more event details
At last I can pull back the curtain on the big project that’s kept me at the office days, nights and weekends for the last few months! Last week, we launched GigaOM Pro, the GigaOM Network’s subscription-only market research offering. I’ve written dozens of descriptions of the service — for the web site; for emails … Read more
Recently, I’ve had more opportunities to write for Earth2Tech, and I’ve been covering some of the big IT companies’ role in smart grid. This morning, Cisco announced its smart-grid strategy, and I have a writeup about the plan over at E2T. Check it out here. While I’ve (mostly) focused on what the Cisco plan means … Read more