Project Code Rush – Open source film

In the world of technology and commerce, so much has changed, and so much hasn’t. I came across Project Code Rush | Click Movement (dot) org, the site that hosts the Project Code Rush movie,  via the OpenCulture’s excellent 500 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. page. The one hour documentary gives a firsthand look at the heady days inside Mozilla prior to their then revolutionary public release of their browser code prior to the AOL Netscape merger.

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Water Stress in Sub-Saharan Africa and my Bathroom aka the Two Month Bucket Shower Project

Yes I lived in West Africa for quite some time. Yes I took bucket showers daily. Save the few benefiting from natural gas, petroleum products, and oil {{1}} and a few Yahoo boys and girls{{2}}, this is the norm for the upper, middle and lower classes. A great equalizer of sorts if you will.

In an experiment that is not quite bio-hacking but possibly enviro-hacking, I decided to go two months without taking a shower. For the past two months I used only a 2 gallon bucket of water and a couple drops of Dettol (a common additive to bath water in West Africa) plus whatever soap/sponge/shampoo inspired me to clean myself (once a day, twice on gym days or really hot days) .

The U.S. Department of Energy’s{{3}} Federal Energy Management Program{{4}} has an Energy Cost Calculator for Faucets and Showerheads{{5}} (that’s a mouthful) that uses a 2.5 gallon per minute water flow rate as a default for US showers.

UK bathers have a mean shower time of 9.25 minutes and average UK shower sprays out about six liters of water a minute (roughly 1.6 gallons per minute).{{6}} The average shower time in the U.S. is 7.5 minutes and with a flow rate of roughly 2.5 gallons per minute.{{7}} This totals 14.8 gallons and 18.75 gallons of water per average shower in the UK and USA respectively.

These estimates do not include other water uses such as shaving, brushing teeth, etc., which adds a significant amount of both water and energy (heat).{{8}}

For argument’s sake, lets say I took 2 showers per day over the last 60 days. My two gallon bucket shower times 2 showers per day (4 gallons) times 60 days equals 240 gallons of water used for showering for all of July and August. If I were in the UK, I would have used an even 888 gallons. If I were in the US, I would have used 1125 gallons.

I used 27% of what the average UK bathers use and 21% of what my fellow Americans use.

I think the impact speaks, rather loudly, for itself.

 

SOURCES

[[1]]United States Energy Information Administration. (2012, July 27). Nigeria – Analysis – Energy Information Administration – EIA – Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government . Retrieved from U.S. Energy Information Administration: http://www.eia.gov/countries/cab.cfm?fips=NI[[1]]

[[2]]Giles, J. (2012, February 13). Meet the Yahoo Boys: Nigeria’s email scammers exposed. Retrieved from New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2012/02/meet-the-yahoo-boys.html[[2]]

[[3]]U.S. Department of Energy. (n.d.). U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved from U.S. Department of Energy: http://energy.gov/[[3]]

[[4]]Federal Energy Management Program. (n.d.). Retrieved from U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/index.html[[4]]

[[5]]Energy Cost Calculator for Faucets and Showerheads. (n.d.). Retrieved from U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/technologies/eep_faucets_showerheads_calc.html[[5]]

[[6]]Gillespie, E. (2009, September 4). Let’s talk dirty … how long do you spend in the shower? Retrieved from Green living blog – Guardian News and Media : http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/green-living-blog/2009/sep/04/power-shower-blog[[6]]

[[7]]Mount Holyoke College. (n.d.). Shrink Your Footprint. Retrieved from Mount Holyoke College; Environmental Stewardship: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/envstewardship/waterfootprint[[7]]

[[8]]Inskeep, S. (Composer). (2006). Extra Shower Time Adds Up to Extra Energy Use. [National Public Radio, Performer] Washington, District of Columbia, USA[[8]]

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What can I say – I love flexing that big piece of gray matter up there. Tests, assessments, teasers and the like take up probably too much of my time, but I guess it could be spent on worse things.

The Berkeley Personality Lab offers a FREE slew of free and anonymous assessments via the oddly titled http://www.outofservice.com website. You can take online versions of the assessments and get instant feedback.

I recently dug in and took the The Big Five Personality Test. The Big Five Inventory (BFI) is a self-report inventory designed to measure the Big Five dimensions. It is quite brief for a multidimensional personality inventory (44 items total), and consists of short phrases with relatively accessible vocabulary.

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To learn more about the BFI, click [here]

In psychology, the “Big Five” factors of personality are five broad domains or dimensions of personality that are used to describe human personality. The theory based on the Big Five factors is called the Five Factor Model (FFM).

The Big Five framework of personality traits from Costa & McCrae, 1992 has emerged as a robust model for understanding the relationship between personality and various academic behaviors.[1] The Big Five factors are:

References

  1. Poropat, A. E. (2009). “A meta-analysis of the five-factor model of personality and academic performance”. Psychological Bulletin 135 (2): 322–338. DOI:10.1037/a0014996
  2. http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~johnlab/index.htm
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Five_personality_traits

Suya

Despite six geopolitical zones, Christian-Muslim hostilities, environmental disasters in the Niger Delta, over 250 different ethnic groups and nearly 1,200 different dialects, all Nigerians can agree on one thing – Suya is awesome. The Hausa people make it, typically along roadsides, and it consists of meat (your choice) coated in a pulverized blend of peanut and spices. It is cooked over an open flame and served with sliced tomato and sliced onion. Suya, along with Tuwo Shinkafa and Masa, are my favorite Hausa dishes. Strike that. Suya is king and I know it.

The recipe is simple. We’ve recently discovered Texas Longhorn beef (pastured, grassfed and finished) and now use that exclusively for any beef dish.

Here’s the process and ingredients. Continue reading Suya