John A. Lanier

Ecocentricity Blog: A Sports Analogy

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When the players take the field, they’ll do so fully intending to win. They’ll build each other up. Encouragements of “let’s go” and “we’ve got this” will ring out from the dugouts. Everyone will be focused on the chance they have to succeed, not the long odds that they face.

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When the players take the field, they’ll do so fully intending to win. They’ll build each other up. Encouragements of “let’s go” and “we’ve got this” will ring out from the dugouts. Everyone will be focused on the chance they have to succeed, not the long odds that they face.

Ecocentricity Blog: Congratulations John Picard!

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Last week, I was in Los Angeles to celebrate with John as he received the Global Green Individual Environmental Leadership Award. It was certainly well-deserved for a man who has been an environmental leader for nearly three decades.

In medias res. This phrase means “into the middle of things” in Latin, and it is a common device in narrative literature and film. Yep, I’m on point in my nerd game this week, combining Latin and literary devices in my open. Boom.

A Distributed Generation Future

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Here’s the basic idea: instead of a small number of power plants providing a lot of people and businesses with power, we can instead use a large number of small-scale electricity generators, each providing a small number of local users with power.

Hmmmmmm. Where were we? Ah yes! We were discussing whether my gushing over electric vehicles was excessive, considering that all it would take is a power-outage to leave EVs incapable of recharging. Right, that sounds unpleasant.

Running Out of Gas

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In this respect, electric vehicles carry less risk. If gasoline supply or infrastructure fails, electric vehicle owners don’t lose their mobility. In a moment like this in Georgia, I’m grateful for that benefit.

I got an interesting text from my brother Patrick a couple of days ago. Out of the blue, he texted, “Must be nice to be an electric car owner….”

I thought, “Why yes, yes it is! But why on earth is he texting me that?”

An Origin Story

by John Anderson Lanier
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By the time I graduated from high school, I had taken five years of Latin. In case there was any lingering doubt in your mind about whether I’m a nerd, this should settle the matter.

I enjoyed my years of Latin, though I remember little at this point. Those classes were over a decade ago, after all. That said, a few lessons have stayed with me, in particular some lessons on the etymology, or linguistic origin, of various English words. It turns out that a lot of our language can be traced back to Latin, with some surprising origin stories for words.

Ecocentricity - Re-Blog: Finding Something Ancient

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In that sunny summer field though, helping Will and his team wean the goat kids from their mothers, I was experiencing something truly ancient. 

Paternity leave continues for me, so I’m re-posting a blog from the archives. I wrote this one on October 2, 2014, and it still rings true (in my opinion, at least). Cheers!

I could have been a goat herder.

No, seriously. Have you ever herded goats? I have. For about 15 minutes. And I enjoyed every single bit of it. I’d have stayed there all day, just herding goats, if I could have.

Ecocentricity Blog: Telling the Story of Climate Change

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These stories are tragically real, regardless of the cause. But with climate change looming as the probable cause, or at least a probable contributor, it means that more stories like these are likely coming.

Fantasy novels captivate me. I could have said, “I like fantasy novels,” but that wouldn’t quite have been right. Rather, a good fantasy novel will entertain me for hours at a time, distract me from work, and even show up in my dreams. Once again, I readily admit how much of a nerd I am.

Ecocentricity Blog: Probability and Climate Change

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When climate change deniers find new evidence that suggests humans might not be driving climate change, that evidence cannot “disprove” anthropogenic climate change. Instead, the evidence might only slightly reduce its probability.

I was math nerd as a kid. And yes, that explains a lot about me.

I think what originally attracted me to math was the objectivity of the subject. Its rules were solid and unwavering. No matter what, seven minus five equals two. I guess I like consistency.

Ecocentricity Blog: Interface’s Next Mission

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Interface’s leadership believes that Mission Zero® will be completed as scheduled. So what happens next? What’s the next mission?

First, do no harm.

I’ve long thought that this phrase was a part of the Hippocratic Oath, which is the pledge taken by medical doctors regarding their ethical obligations to patients. I checked, and it turns out that it isn’t actually in the oath. Still, the concept rings true. When ill, we turn to doctors with the expectation that they will heal us, not hurt us.

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