How to make a joyful noise

Do what you do best, mix it with the efforts of like-minded people, enjoy what you do, and share it with the world.

Here is a group of some of my favorite musicians:  Taj Mahal, Wynton Marsalis and his band, and Eric Clapton.  And a piece of music that’s been around for a few generations.  But it still rings a chord with us, because it is wrapped with the souls of the performers. Wonderful dynamics. Enjoy.

Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

A Better Version of Myself

Who am I?  Who do I want to be?

I want to be happy.  Don’t we all?  But what is the source of happiness?  Ancient philosophers tell us that happiness comes from learning and practising virtuous character strengths.  As we grew up our elders have constantly been telling us that character matters – “if wealth is lost, nothing is lost; if health is lost, something is lost; but if character is lost, everything is lost”.

What determines our character? Can character be developed? What are my top 5 strengths?  Can I shape other people’s character? What is the key to human relationships? Who do I admire? Can character strengths be learned and developed? What strengths can help me become what I want to be? How can character strengths be used to improve life around me?  These are questions posed by the narrator (and writer) of a brilliant visual essay, ‘The Science of Character’.  It ends by asking “if you can be a better version of yourself, how do you want to be?”

Watch the 8 minute video on YouTube:

For additional resources to explore the subject of ‘character’ visit:

http://www.letitripple.org/

 

Needs, wants, needs, wants!

That’s right.  It never ends. Needs, wants, needs, wants, needs, …  It goes around and comes around in a (vicious?) circle.  I thought you might find this interesting too, as it is part of the ‘ordinary business of life’:

A novel way to harness energy from wind

I was invited to attend a ‘business’ meeting at the home of an acquaintance a few months ago.  It turned out to be an MLM scheme touting ‘free’ electricity.  Who doesn’t want ‘free’ electricity?  But I’ve seen people burnt by MLM schemes and wouldn’t touch one with a barge pole.  So I politely declined to participate.  However, as with anyone who requires affordable electricity, I have been informally researching renewable energy sources and came across this interesting idea – power generation from winds as low as 2 miles per hour!

According to the web site of ‘Sheerwind’, the company which sells its INVELOX wind delivery systems for power generation, the essence of its approach to wind power can be expressed in three words:  Capture, Accelerate, Concentrate. The name INVELOX is derived from the concept of INcreasing the VELOcity of wind.

The company claims that the technology produces power that is ‘affordable, abundant, safe, and clean’.  Conventional systems used in wind ‘farms’ have massive turbine generators mounted on top of a tower. INVELOX, on the other hand, funnels wind energy to ground-based generators. Wind is captured with a funnel – a network of funnels, actually –  and directed through a tapering passageway that naturally accelerates its flow. This stream of kinetic energy then drives a generator that is installed safely and economically at ground level.  Networking makes it possible for multiple towers to direct energy to the same generator.

‘Sheerwind’ claims that the INVELOX technology delivers 600% more electrical energy (kWh), reduces installation capital cost to less than $750 per KW, costs less than 1 cent per KWH, requires no government subsidies to be profitable, and minimizes its impact on the environment, animals, birds and the surrounding community.

You can find more information at the company’s website:  http://sheerwind.com/  and a summary in this YouTube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4bLe_AcuLA#action=share

DISCLAIMER:  I gain NO benefits, financial or otherwise, from this post other than the satisfaction of sharing something that may be of interest to those who follow issues in Renewable Energy.  I am in no way endorsing the company or its products or services, either.