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Energy Aforethought

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So the UK’s (uhm, Scotland’s?), North Sea oil production is under threat due to the falling price of crude. Good news for the consumer and businesses of course, but not for the oil rig employees who are about to be laid off, not to mention the environment as people fill up en masse at 99p a litre.

However, if like more forward looking businesses, BP (‘Beyond Petroleum’, hah, don’t make me laugh) and others had in advance used their once huge financial might to invest in practical sustainable clean energy solutions, such as…

  • Tidal barriers, like the superb one proposed across the Severn Estuary
  • Large scale solar fields in Saudi Arabia, Australia etc
  • Next generation battery technology for efficient storage and distribution
  • (Electrical) energy ‘transportation’ infrastructure and management
  • Other

…then, by now, these companies would not only be able to retain their employees and contractors, but help contribute to a reduction in carbon fuel pollution.

They have had years to begin this bridge building in advance (like Rank Hovis Mcdougall: Movies > Bread), but greed and the human desire to always consume the whole bar of chocolate/apple/planetary resources rather than leave the rest ‘in the ground’, means that we’ll now go through a period of energy insecurity and unemployment. This is exceptionally dangerous with the world already in a very fragile position (yes, the terrorists attacks are related to oil – just use a map) but it’s not a surprise.

It’s controversial to say so, but as I have hinted at before on this blog, the types of people who run carbon energy companies lack the vision, imagination and pragmatic compassion essential to bring about change. Just visit a filling station, they are dirty, clunky and smelly, the only major change since the very first pump was installed being a switch from mechanical clickity whiz digital readouts to LCD. Whoopie doo!

Compare to the imaginative efforts from companies like Tesla and Gogoro.

Fight back club: Don’t put more gas in your tank just because it’s cheap – force the industry to invest in the future before it’s too late by maintaining your frugal less polluting lifestyle. Be Pushy.

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Written by Oflife

January 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm

Sing-along

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PLAY

Everybody’s a dreamer
And everybody’s a star
And everyone’s in movies
It doesn’t matter who you are

There are stars in every city
In every house and on every street
And if you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Their names are written in concrete

Don’t step on Greta Garbo
As you walk down the Boulevard
She looks so weak and fragile
That’s why she tried to be so hard

But they turned her into a princess
And they sat her on a throne
But she turned her back on stardom
Because she wanted to be alone

You can see all the stars
As you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Some that you recognize
Some that you’ve hardly even heard of

People who worked
And suffered and struggled for fame
Some who succeeded
And some who suffered in vain

Rudolph Valentino
Looks very much alive
And he looks up ladies’ dresses
As they sadly pass him by

Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi
‘Cause he’s liable to turn and bite
But stand close by Bette Davis
Because hers was such a lonely life

You can see all the stars
As you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Some that you recognize
Some that you’ve hardly even heard of

People who worked
And suffered and struggled for fame
Some who succeeded
And some who suffered in vain

Everybody’s a dreamer
And everybody’s a star
And everybody’s in show biz
It doesn’t matter who you are

But those who are successful
Be always on your guard
Success walks hand in hand with failure
Along Hollywood Boulevard

You can see all the stars
As you walk along Hollywood Boulevard
Some that you recognize
Some that you’ve hardly even heard of

People who worked and suffered
And struggled for fame
Some who succeeded and some
Who suffered in vain

I wish my life was a non-stop
Hollywood movie show
A fantasy world of celluloid
Villains and heroes

‘Cause celluloid heroes
Never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes
Never really die

Everybody’s a dreamer
And everybody’s a star
And everybody’s in movies
It doesn’t matter who you are

– Ray Davies
© Davray Music, Ltd

Written by Oflife

January 11, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Posted in Business, Life, Trust

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It’s finally happened!

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On October 1 1908, Ford launched the Model-T automobile, the first internal combustion engine powered vehicle designed for mass production, and therefore, mass adoption. We can debate whether the invention of a carbon fuel powered motor was a wrong turn by humanity another day, but what Ford did with Mercedes invention was give credence to a method of transport orders of magnitude more practical than it’s 4 legged predecessor. (Nay I say more on that?)

Today at CES in Las Vegas, a company has revealed a machine whose thoughtful design and execution could finally do for electric transport (and potentially sustainable energy) what the Model-T did for the internal combustion engine.

If you have not already read about it, I’m referring to a superbly designed electric scooter from a 2 year old former stealth startup called Gogoro founded by former HTC execs. They really have thought of everything! (Do watch the excellent video in The Verge article.)

Gogoro Scooter

Way to Gogoro!

Large cities across Asia are flooded with noisy polluting gasoline powered mopeds in dire need of obsolescence, whilst adoption in Western cities could also benefit from these cleaner quieter machines at the same time freeing up roads with a speedy mode of transport that takes up 1/4 of the space of a car.

Best of all, hopefully, if the rider can choose where the energy used to charge the batteries is sourced from, they can vote with their Gogoro’s on obtaining their energy from solar and other clean sustainables.

I have never felt so excited and confident that we may finally have a chance to supplant mass produced polluting carbon fuel powered clunky transport with a leaner cleaner greener alternative that’s fun too!

Therefore, winner of my Best of CES 2015 award. Said award to be redacted and this blog post updated with a more terse tone if anyone tries to garden wall the battery charging stations such that riders are fleeced for using ‘free’ energy, such as that from solar and other sustainable energy sources.

Written by Oflife

January 5, 2015 at 11:11 pm

Domains of the day

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Finally, Vision Aforethought now has it’s own domain. Two in fact, take your pick!

visionaforethought.org

or the short and sweet:

oflife.org

Oflife, my twitter ID, was originally conceived as a tease for a product from my employer to be entitled SPiCE. IE, Spice Of Life. However, unexpectedly, in December 2014 we discovered an indirect competitor using the same name, so had to rebrand the project. Oflife is no longer a teaser for our project, but in the interests of continuity will remain in use.

Written by Oflife

January 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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