My startup is in Bloomberg this morning: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-29/oregon-solar-projects-get-insurance-to-guarantee-production
(kWh Analytics is us). tl;dr: we use data science to convince banks that solar is a safer investment than banks usually think it is. Then solar project developers can get more investment money cheaper.
Pretty exciting that we are now at the stage where we've done multiple deals and are proving the business model works!
I play the accordion and the Japanese Taiko drums. Current side projects are drawing a near-future sci-fi comic and coding a JRPG loosely based on Mongolian history.
So far i've found every social media platform that i've tried to be completely unusable. Hoping Mastodon might be different.
Down to chat about music, gaming, environment/energy, comics, software development, parenting, etc. anytime.
I left $WELL_KNOWN_INTERNET_COMPANY to career switch into renewable energy and maybe do something about global warming. My startup is trying to reduce the cost of solar power, using data science. We're in San Francisco.
Been reading Ribbonfarm since 2013, never joined the community before.
climate doom (slightly +?)
But, the thesis of the two books in the review is that we've widely underestimated the speed of the upcoming demographic change, and that population will start contracting sooner than our models expected.
Which is actually a very hopeful thing! Despite the negative framing of the article ("Oh no, what about my capitalism?") -- the faster the population shrinks the better our chances of limiting the damage of the climate crisis to something survivable
climate doom (slightly +?)
Hey economists: "economic growth forever" is a fantasy. The future will definitely be a world of fewer people and no economic growth, the question is just whether we get there the nice way -- with below-replacement childbirth rates and sustainable consumption patterns leading to a steady-state economy within the planet's limits,
or whether we get there the not-nice way, i.e. collapse and massive dieback returning the survivors to a medieval state. (2/3)
climate doom (slightly +?)
"Capitalism as a system is particularly vulnerable to a world of less population expansion; a significant portion of the economic growth that has driven capitalism over the past several centuries may have been simply a derivative of more people and younger people consuming more stuff. If the world ahead has fewer people, will there be any real economic growth?"
also there is this AMAZING thing that happens in my brain if I listen to progressive rock while drawing Yuki Hoshigawa comics
i'm not sure I can explain it to anybody who's not me, but this precise combination of stimuli triggers some dormant neural pathways very strongly
suddenly, the person who I was in 2002 comes back out, full of ideas and fire, ready to take on the world, seeing life as possibilities instead of responsibilities
Back on the drawing train after some weeks only working on my #comics script. It was very productive, I got almost 2 pages penciled in a couple of hours yesterday.
The lesson here is that penciling goes an order of magnitude faster if I'm not trying to design characters, decide panel layouts, and figure out how to advance the scene at the same time. If I've solved all those problems in thumbnailing/scripting and penciling time can just be focused on poses and expressions.
i do not sincere post very often but just so you all know i deeply care about camping and nature. Today is the anniversary of national parks being created 102 years ago. As a show of my appreciation of them id like to share one of my favorite things the parks have provided
this is a link to a live bear cam in Alaska the stream is very calming and relaxing for me to watch and i hope some of you tune in to watch the bears fishing and having a chill one.
Illinois is expunging marijuana convictions from nearly 800,000 criminal records
A startup wants to store gigawatt-hours in the gravitational potential energy field... that is, lift rocks with a crane when extra #renewableEnergy is available, lower them back down when energy is needed.
I was keeping the kid entertained on an airplane by drawing monsters with crayons.
She told me that the monster she wants to be is a yellow T-Rex with black stripes. So I drew this (I gave the T-Rex her real-life hairdo so she knows it's her). Then she told me to draw a purple dragon, and that the purple dragon was me.
so yes these are our kaiju-sonas now I guess
Standard economic theory: "government regulation is bad because we wouldn't want to distort the mechanism by which the market eliminates waste and weeds out inefficient companies"
Meanwhile, venture capitalists:
"WeWork is losing $2.7 billion this year, up from $1.7 billion last year, or $5,200 per customer per year, 24 times what Uber loses per customer per year... sounds like an exciting opportunity to shovel more money into their IPO!"
ICE (anti-ICE work, +)
Going to Santa Clara Rapid Response Network training tonight
"The Rapid Response Network aims to expand the community's capacity to monitor and document ICE operations in real time. We will support the process of gathering evidence used to free someone from ICE custody. We will expose any intimidating and unconstitutional tactics ICE uses to detain immigrants."
tonight I got inspired and wrote a quick-and-dirty Python program that parses a comic script and outputs SVG files with the right number and size of panels, word balloons and thought clouds already filled in with the dialogue: everything but the art.
One could print the SVG page and use it for penciling, or import the SVG as a photoshop layer overlaying the artwork layer, or both.
Basically I want to be able to treat my comic script like source code: edit it, recompile, see the changes.
"Shit is Fucked, What Can We Do? : Mutual Aid Projects"
found this video very inspiring, especially the underlying ethos of "government/corporations are hostile and/or irrelevant, they're not gonna help us, we have to help each other"
What is mutual aid, but the foundation of a functional society? Why wait around for our dysfunctional society to collapse when we can start building new, functional ones, locally, ground-up, inside it, right now?
Hong Kong protests, state violence
GOD these Hong Kong protestors are so fuckin brave.
I'm terrified of what the Chinese government will do to them in reprisal.
Their lives must basically be forfeit, right? But even knowing that, they're still out there flowing like water, inventing new protest tactics daily, making a last stand for the last bastion of their freedom. They're heroes. I wanna cry.
Why aren't we doing that in the US, where the risk of civil disobedience is so much less?
Startup investors always want startups to have "a moat", i.e. an unfair advantage against competition
I notice the investor class uses the idea of a competitive market, driving prices down and quality up, to justify lack of regulation...
But when it comes to their own money, the last thing they want is to be in a fair, competitive market where customers can easily switch based on price and quality. They want regulatory capture, vendor lock-in, network effects, and rent-seeking.
Part of this is that the way my brain works is sometimes really bad for improv -- people who have role-played with me know that I'm the guy who will stop an exciting space battle to ask how we refilled our oxygen tanks or other such boring logistics (I'm sorry! I can't help it!)
But, we talked about the problem and my wife had some great ideas for tools & techniques to make it easier to focus our improv energy in productive directions, that we'll try next time.
like, we made it work once via sheer creative effort, but you have to really be in a creative mood and really in-sync with your partner and it's still very creatively tiring.
Yesterday we landed the TARDIS in Meiji Japan but something was wrong: Tokyo was under attack by bomber airplanes, 50 years ahead of schedule.
That was my wife's great idea for a twist. But then what? My improv skills abandoned me and I had a bunch of bad ideas that stalled the plot instead of advancing it.
Software developer for the solar power industry. Accordion player, indie game developer, comic doodler, new dad, sometime activist
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