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We were promised flying cars…so where are they?

We may not be too far from the stuff of sci-fi fantasies. In this fascinating talk at TEDxKC, designer Jared Ficklin introduces a new type of transportation: high-speed urban cable cars that run on wires above the ground. Modeled after ski lifts, these fast, energy efficient cable cars reduce traffic, save cities money, and help everyone avoid a heinous morning commute. We’d swap New York’s jam-packed subways for these flying pod cars any day. 

Watch his whole talk here.

A New Four-Lane Superhighway To Be Built Only For Bikes

Excerpt: Just across the Øresund sound from Copenhagen, Malmö has always lived a bit in the shadow of the Danish capital. But in the last few years it has done a lot to take a place among the great biking cities of Northern Europe, mostly by its investment in infrastructure and pure commitment to get people on their bikes. That has paid off - cycling has increased 30% each year for the last four years, while car trips under five kilometers have dropped.

Now Malmö is upping the stakes by putting up 30 million Swedish crowns (about US$4.1 million) toward the building of a four-lane super cycling highway between it and its bike-happy northern neighbor city Lund.

Daddy’s Annual Performance Review by Bob Waldner

To: Human Resources
From: Executive Committee (the “Committee”)
Cc: Head Parent
Re: Daddy’s Annual Performance Review
Employee Name: Daddy
Employee ID #: 2
Status: Full-Time/Permanent
Employment History: Hired as Father (Level I), 2005; Promoted to Father (Level II), 2009.

Job Duties/Responsibilities: Assist and support the Head Parent, as directed; assume the duties of the Head Parent when the Head Parent is absent or unavailable; procure and disburse funds, as directed by the Committee; purchase goods and services on the open market, as directed by the Committee; devise and conduct training programs, as necessary; provide shelter, food, clothing, security, entertainment, transportation and cleaning services, as directed by the Committee.

Attendance/Punctuality: Suboptimal. While absences arising from Daddy’s need to remain secondarily employed are usually excused, the Committee has noted a recent spike in unauthorized time off. In 2014, Daddy attended two concerts, three sporting events, and no fewer than six adult-only dinners. Of particular concern are those occasions on which Daddy persuaded the Head Parent to accompany him on unsanctioned excursions. Excessive separation (other than as proposed by the Committee) is contrary to our organization’s foundational principles and will not be tolerated.

Appearance: Bland. Overly reliant on khaki, navy and grey. Shirts have too many buttons. Judging from photographic evidence reviewed by the Committee, these issues pre-date his employment with us. Daddy should be encouraged to avail himself of our continuing fashion education program for training on the proper use of colors, prints and accessories. We don’t anticipate him becoming a thought leader in this area, but any improvement would be welcomed.

Professionalism/Demeanor: Unsatisfactory. Appears to lack the education and training necessary to perform basic job functions. Struggles to stay on-message, and often delivers inconsistent feedback. Loses composure regularly. Performance tends to decline in the evenings, suggesting a lack of stamina. Should work on increasing his level of emotional maturity.

Responsiveness: Disappointing. Unable to interpret raw data on even the most basic level. Notwithstanding the fact that participants in our internal focus group overwhelmingly indicated a preference for pasta and rice, Daddy stubbornly continues to present meat and vegetable-based dinner projects to the Committee. This is becoming tiresome.

Creativity/Innovation: Lacking. Remains beholden to 20th Century dogma, clinging to outmoded concepts like “mandatory teeth-brushing,” “bedtime” and “one dessert per meal.” This is not the way forward.

Next Steps: Daddy enjoys a strong collective bargaining position by virtue of his union affiliation with the Head Parent. In light of that, the Committee continues to explore new methods of in situ behavior modification. Passive/aggressive resistance techniques have shown some promise, as have unmerited accusations of favoritism and emotional manipulation through feigned anguish. Of course, there is no substitute for direct, sustained, high-decibel protest, which the Committee intends to retain as its primary corrective mechanism.

We note Daddy’s recent proposal that the Committee adopt his new Docile Cooperation (“DC”) initiative. To do so would do him a disservice. We honor our long-standing commitment to employee development by refusing to embrace fads like DC. Only by providing challenges can we stimulate growth. We are confident that continued participation in our training program remains the most viable approach to optimizing Daddy’s performance.

Recommendation: Despite Daddy’s almost complete lack of progress in 2014, the Committee unanimously affirms its love for him and backs him to continue in his role indefinitely. That said, we hope that we do not have to revisit these same issues at the end of 2015. Daddy can, and should, do better.

Finish the story: http://theeeel.com/daddys-annual-performance-review-bob-waldner/
Jobs

Water Section:
-Cleaning water.
-Transporting water to all houses and buildings of the city.

Fire Section:
-Help to build by pasting the bricks.
-Help cooking.
-Bringing heat to the city.
-Giving light to the city.

Earth Section:
-Planting food, cultivating.
-Bring food to every citizen.
-Make sure plants look nice and don’t die.

Air Section:
-Producing oxygen.
-Making sure air flows around the city.

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hello my name is sarah and i am full of love and fear.

my plan was to go ‘run errands’ (AKA ‘do stuff’, but phrased in a way that makes me sound like i’m wearing a pencil skirt) but due to a creeping fatigue or the clenched muscle in my abdomen ejecting it’s own lining i have opted instead to wrap myself in very soft blankets and write about my feelings.

i often resort to a chronological telling of events passed, but i don’t think that would really help dig out what needs to be unearthed. not today, anyway. for context’s sake though, i will say that i have now fully moved. the cleaning, the transporting of heavy boxes, the first stages of settling in the new have all come and gone. and now here we are.

i think i am most struck by the overwhelming volume of unhesitating, unquestioning support and presence i have felt from my loved ones. even humans on the outskirts of my most contacted circles and closest friends have made themselves available to me. people have lifted and put down and driven and cleaned and simply been there for me over these last two weeks. even more people have offered. i have been stressed, yes, and done a fair amount of work, but i did not and could not have done this alone. 

i think the reason this is so emotionally affecting is because i do feel alone, a lot of the time. in this universe, i mean. maybe it is the existentialism or current lack of spiritual community/framework, but i often feel disconnected, disoriented, severed. i feel out of touch, and then project my reality onto others - as an educated guess - and assume that we are all lost little bits just bumping into each other. clouds of silt pushed and swept along by divine currents. 

this isn’t and can’t be true, though. just because i don’t have a certain amount of vulnerability and connection in my life doesn’t mean that others don’t, as well. egocentric! selfish! i must remember the times i have seen or heard about or been a part of those moments - so rich they are sticky and thick - when souls collide and nothing seems to be separate from anything. looking at the ocean makes me feel that way. like there is a little bit of home in everyone and everything, and that every stranger deserves love - my love - and every bug and plant is open to conversation. this is also a very real part of myself that has gone underground. isn’t it? i feel very much so, but fear i am wrong. i fear that this gentle, open nature is something i’m simply holding onto from my teenage years. it must be there, though. it must be curled up, tucked up under my liver and hibernating. now my arms and face and cognitions are animated by the comedian, the scholar, the writer, the outspoken feminist, the lover, the apprehensive socialite. there are dice in my heart and i roll every quarter year. we rotate. we play. we try different combinations. different archetypes master different skills and areas and then someday i pray for integration. 

what i say and the way in which i say it - in my writing, i mean, in this blog -seems so dissonant from my daily actions, but both feel honest. there is a bit of self-mocking coming from the back left part of my brain when i read over my words and tone. “wha - “but fear i am wrong”? how lofty, how cheesy, don’t try so hard to be eloquent -” and it’s strange that such critique would come from my own self because i know full well i am not trying to be anything, yes? even now, it’s like i’ve baited it into speaking up again - “what a blatantly obvious attempt at covering your tracks. stop feigning authenticity.”

i think i have been severely mentally scarred by a lot of attitudes - both my own and the attitudes of my companions - from high school. but the jeering is now my own. i have become my own heckler.

New Post has been published on Mornington Peninsula Jobs

New Post has been published on http://morningtonpeninsulajobs.com.au/job/direct-care-worker-4/

Direct Care Worker

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  • Mornington Peninsula Area
  • Newly Created Multiple Positions
  • Ongoing Learning Culture

 mecwa

care has provided care to the community for over 50 years, offering residential aged care, community care, respite care, in-home care and support, disability and nursing services, providing optimal choice for people of all ages.  We care for over 10,000 people each week across greater Melbourne through an integrated service network operated by more than 1000 employees and 250 volunteers

This role is to work across the Mornington Peninsula and will suit applicants living in the local area.

Responsibilities include providing, domestic cleaning respite , shopping and transport of clients  and personal care.

As a direct care worker you will be enthusiastic, energetic and client focused as well as being flexible and willing to travel to clients homes.

We are seeking self motivated individuals who are able to work independently and contribute to a cohesive team environment.

In addition to the above applicants must possess:
  • A caring and reliable attitude;
  • A roadworthy vehicle and current drivers licence;
  • Current First Aid registration;
  • Certificate III or IV in Aged Care, Home and Community Care or Disability
  • Ability to speak a second language will be highly regarded.
Please email your application outlining skills and experience torecruitment@mecwacare.org.au

Tesla Battery Loss Less Than Expected, Model X Feature Requests… (Clean Transport Link Drop)

Tesla Battery Loss Less Than Expected, Model X Feature Requests… (Clean Transport Link Drop)

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New Post has been published on Mornington Peninsula Jobs

New Post has been published on http://morningtonpeninsulajobs.com.au/job/direct-care-worker-3/

Direct Care Worker

image

  • Mornington Peninsula Area
  • Newly Created Multiple Positions
  • Ongoing Learning Culture

 mecwa

care has provided care to the community for over 50 years, offering residential aged care, community care, respite care, in-home care and support, disability and nursing services, providing optimal choice for people of all ages.  We care for over 10,000 people each week across greater Melbourne through an integrated service network operated by more than 1000 employees and 250 volunteers

This role is to work across the Mornington Peninsula and will suit applicants living in the local area.

Responsibilities include providing, domestic cleaning respite , shopping and transport of clients  and personal care.

As a direct care worker you will be enthusiastic, energetic and client focused as well as being flexible and willing to travel to clients homes.

We are seeking self motivated individuals who are able to work independently and contribute to a cohesive team environment.

In addition to the above applicants must possess:
  • A caring and reliable attitude;
  • A roadworthy vehicle and current drivers licence;
  • Current First Aid registration;
  • Certificate III or IV in Aged Care, Home and Community Care or Disability
  • Ability to speak a second language will be highly regarded.
Please email your application outlining skills and experience torecruitment@mecwacare.org.au

Sonoma County Students Speak Up at the YES Conference

February 20, 2015


Sonoma County youth aren’t waiting to take charge of their future. On Saturday, February 7, 2015, Center for Climate Protection Youth Leadership staff traveled with 21 high school students representing 5 schools across Sonoma County to meet up with other students from the nine Bay Area counties to discuss transportation, clean air, climate change and a healthy San Francisco Bay Area at the second Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference.

Sonoma County youth dominated the conference and represented a quarter of the conference’s 90 attendees. They presented programs, participated in workshops and shared best practices from their respective schools and communities.Nine students from the Center for Climate Protection’s Youth Advisory Board showcased their successes through their statistics-based ECO2school model and with other efforts they are spearheading in their schools and communities to promote sustainable transportation options as climate change solutions. Conference attendees learned how “greenway commutes” to school (bicycling, walking, public transit) and neighborhood carpooling build stronger communities and a cleaner planet.

David Eik, a senior at Maria Carrillo High School commented, “The YES Conference connects young people who share a passion for environmental sustainability. Along with the ideas and positive energy, the conference gives me hope for our future.”

The YES Conference is part of the Spare the Air Youth program and is sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

Amy Jolly, Center for Climate - Protection Implementation Manager, Youth Leadership

Scientific Research Crucial to Success of New Biofuels Plants

The U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) played crucial roles in the technology that has led companies DuPont, POET, and Abengoa to open commercial-scale facilities to turn biomass into clean transportation fuels.

from Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

New Post has been published on Mornington Peninsula Jobs

New Post has been published on http://morningtonpeninsulajobs.com.au/job/direct-care-worker-2/

Direct Care Worker

image

  • Mornington Peninsula Area
  • Newly Created Multiple Positions
  • Ongoing Learning Culture

 mecwa

care has provided care to the community for over 50 years, offering residential aged care, community care, respite care, in-home care and support, disability and nursing services, providing optimal choice for people of all ages.  We care for over 10,000 people each week across greater Melbourne through an integrated service network operated by more than 1000 employees and 250 volunteers

This role is to work across the Mornington Peninsula and will suit applicants living in the local area.

Responsibilities include providing, domestic cleaning respite , shopping and transport of clients  and personal care.

As a direct care worker you will be enthusiastic, energetic and client focused as well as being flexible and willing to travel to clients homes.

We are seeking self motivated individuals who are able to work independently and contribute to a cohesive team environment.

In addition to the above applicants must possess:
  • A caring and reliable attitude;
  • A roadworthy vehicle and current drivers licence;
  • Current First Aid registration;
  • Certificate III or IV in Aged Care, Home and Community Care or Disability
  • Ability to speak a second language will be highly regarded.
Please email your application outlining skills and experience torecruitment@mecwacare.org.au.