Can’t wait for Google’s year-in-review video. Can’t wait to write my own year-in review and complete my one-second-everyday project.
I’m getting inspired to be more productive with Evernote, Wunderlist, Toggl, and Last Time apps… But I think I’m just more frustrated at how Apple’s own solutions (Notes and Reminders) fail at functionality and UI design.
My ever-evolving plans for the future:
15 years old: Marine science / computer science / architecture
16 years old: Environmental / civil engineering
18 years old: Low Impact Development (LID) / renewable energy
19 years old: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
21 years old: Water Resources Engineering
23 years old: Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)
Greg Asner: Ecology from the air | Video on TED.com -
What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls a very high-tech accounting system of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: To save our ecosystems, we need more data, gathered in new ways.
As Asner states, technology is crucial. “Traditional” environmental engineers working with sewer pipes, wastewater, landfills (etc.) are being left behind using age-old tables and equations in handbooks. Geography and GIS technologies are improving at a rate faster than we can interpret this new data.
New graduate program in water management | Waterloo Stories -
Damn you UW, damn you for initiating this program a year too late…
Forest change, from 2000 - 2012, mapped by Google Earth.
It’s impossible to count trees but it’s possible to count our Earth’s forests - and that’s quite scary from a climate change perspective.
Notice the raw open wound of Canada’s oil sands…
A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints. — Wilfred Peterson (via psych-facts)
(Source: joshuasegraves, via psych-facts)
First time eating Vietnamese pho in over a year and a half.
I nearly cried.
I wasn’t expected much as I entered the restaurant considering how Asian food here is either overpriced and Belgianized or generically-spiced cheap fusion.
But then I heard Vietnamese exchanged between the cashier and the kitchen…
All the familiar color coordinated squeeze bottles of traditional sauces arranged expertly on the tables…
And when the bowl of steaming hot soup noodles ceremoniously hovered in front of me I was blanketed by the fragrance of fresh mint and homemade beef broth…
This is going to be my breakfast from the Saturday farmer’s market.
(Source: suvikesalainen, via sandiec)
Typhoon Haiyan — from a Japanese geostationary satellite
(The image is a composite, comprising data captured by the JMA’s MTSAT 2 and EUMETSAT’s Meteosat-7 geostationary satellites.)
The brutal force of nature reminds us to stay resilient - and to adapt.
Canadian regions sharing a land or water border with the USA
Opportunities for integrated water resources management back home perhaps…