Sundry Thoughts: Beard is the New Power Tie; Don’t Do Solar and Burn; Fair Thee Well, Craig Ferguson

For fun, I made this the other day:

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We’ve been hearing about the rise of creative class for years, and it’s starting to materialize in segments other than tech, radiating out through the still-underfunded new economy. We’re still not sure what all of this will look like, but we know it won’t look like a simple, hipster retread of all that’s come before.

Last week I saw a nice house with a great solar array on the roof. Still technically fall, nonetheless cold enough to feel like the bleak midwinter. Smoke coming from the chimney.

Solar array good. Particle pollution bad. It’s not supposed to just be about the cost of electricity.

Did you see the recent study connecting air pollution to autism? I’m reticent to overstate it, obviously, but I can’t say that it’s surprising. We already know there are links between in utero exposure to air-borne soot and childhood asthma. The autism study singles out PM2.5 (particle pollution 2.5 microns in diameter), something I know about from my outreach and consulting work with the Air Quality Partnership of Lehigh Valley – Berks.

Listen. Stop polluting.

Craig Ferguson’s show is over. I will miss it. I haven’t watched the finale yet, but have heard that it was great. It’s been said and said and said: his creative energy, good will, and transparent human awesomeness were the kinds of constructive forces that deconstructed the format (maybe the very notion) of late night talk, almost by default. It was honest, it was heartfelt, it was artful. It was funny. It was good.

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