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Took this photo while driving driving to UNC Charlotte's front entrance dedication with Marcus! Mobile credit repair!

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If this photo wins, I’ll get $500 (which means dinner is on me) and UNC Charlotte gets $2,000 which I’ll recommend they use to start an efficiency fund.

What is an efficiency fund you ask? Facilities would implement $2,000 worth of upgrades that provide a quick rate of return. The money saved goes back into the pot to use in more efficiency upgrades. (Thus starting a snowball effect). An example: Lights in all the exit signs are replaced with CFLs or LEDs. If it saves $1,000 a year, that $1,000 goes to buy more efficient lighting, windows, low-flow water fixtures etc…

This is all stuff that facilities usually doesn’t get money for.

By voting you will be helping me, UNC Charlotte and the if facilities is able to implement an efficiency fund, the environment.

The survey doesn’t display the individual photos but here is the photo you are voting on,

I am competing in the “Which campus has the most characteristic architecture” category and the option to choose this photo is “UNC” (University of North Carolina- Charlotte)

Here is the link to the survey,

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Dd8QqNeqr_2bEzgf3OkSU29w_3d_3d

Here is the link to the other photos,

http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/Alexandria-VA/APPA-Leadership-in-Educational-Facilities/24282568387

Thanks for your vote! It means a lot! 🙂

Winners will be announced December 15th. Win or lose, I’ll post or link to the results here.

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I’m hoping to find some time for HDR photos of Charlotte and what better place to start than UNC Charlotte. While waiting for the Grigg Hall to open up one morning so I could turn in my Physics homework I took the opportunity to take these shots of the Charlotte Research Institute.

 

Duke Centennal Hall

Duke Centennal Hall


Grigg Hall with the moon and the physics statue

Grigg Hall with the moon and the physics statue

 

 

Grigg Hall

Grigg Hall

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Some German/Austria/Swiss wind turbines had a bit of a problem recently. I’m a big advocate of renewable energy as you may know from reading my blog or twitters. But I have to share the triumphs as well as the failures.

These are some interesting shots taken of a wind tubine on fire,

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As I was reading at the car inspection place waiting on my two month overdue inspection to finish, I couldn’t help but overhear Fox News on the waiting room televisions. John McCain was talking at his rally in Indiana about how it was the definition of the American Dream to own your own home. (And just to let you know that I’m not targeting McCain on this, Obama says similar things all the time).

At the exact moment when I heard McCain say that, I read in Master of Mysteries by Louis Sahagun (the biography of 1920-50s LA spiritual leader Manly Palmer Hall) the following excerpt,

‘A nation is an inert mass also if it has no appropriate and adequate idealism, any culture that is materialistic cannot survive because it lacks vital principle.’ 

And while I enjoyed the biography because it was a carnival side show of the wacked out new age beliefs that some of these “spiritual leaders” had, it is impossible for me to blanket judge these early century philosiphers because of their looseness with science. They did have some valid insights into human nature and American idealism. But Sahagun added some interesting notes of his own in the following paragraph which truly allowed the passage to register with me,

“But no sooner had WW2 ended than Americans with dependable union jobs… became absorbed with single family tract home and automobiles for no money down.”

An interesting insight delivered through the vehicle of synchronicity. 

That revised American Dream of the 1950s which embraced rampant consumerism has become the bane of modern society. As other cultures gain economic prosperity they seek to emulate our non-sustainable lifestyle. I’m far from a neo-malthusian thinker, believing that all resources are finite and that price plays no factor in human decisions, yet there is a fundamental physical truth to reality. Entropy will eventually change our forms of energy into less usable states. 

The problem with the current American Dream is clear to me: rampant consumer driven materialism and a desire to own too much.

Now I don’t fault the poor or the rich for seeking a more stable lifestyle. That is their right and an acceptable one at that. Yet, the means by which we have sought out that stability has resulted in a plethora of problems. Environmental degradation, externalities passed on to third world nations, a “need” for all these ridiculous electronic gadgets and such. A belief that simply being American means a right to cheap energy and world domination is meeting its end. And justly so, it simply was an illusion. 

I hope that Americans take this opportunity of financial crisis to look upon themselves and to examine their place in this global society. Are the ideas that we hold about our nation valid, or a mirage sold to us by generations of manipulative “patriots”? 

The idea that every American should own a home is problematic on many levels, it limits economic redistribution, keeping labor away from the jobs that need it. It also drives many people to volutarily enlist in slavery, running up debt that can never be paid. 

An interesting insight from my recent trip to Austria was the number of co-family homes and renters. Austrian home ownership is usually only for the most wealthy and those that can truly afford it. Why are these countries having the same problems we are? They either tried to emulate us or invested in our housing market from abroad. A move which has revealed itself as a fatal mistake. 

Let’s prepare for a new America, maybe not even one offered by either of the major political parties, where we can break free of the materialistic shackles that bind us. 

 

An example from Austria of multiple families living on the same property

An example from Austria of multiple families living on the same property

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My favorite team used to be the Chiefs before the Panthers moved into town in ’95 but after seeing KC dominated on Sunday… well… this photo sums it up,

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A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to travel with a delegation from UNC Charlotte to Austria for an exploration of renewable energy technologies.

I’ve been swamped with life since I’ve returned but I wanted to at least throw up some quick photos from the trip. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to write up something more significant about what we saw and did once I get this week out of the way.

So here are some of my favorite photos from the trip,

An old stone wall in the small town of Pugstall where we stayed for a few nights

An old stone wall in the small town of Purgstall where we stayed for a few nights

The main church in Purgstall

The main church in Purgstall

There has been so much talk about Main Street America these days that I had to get a shot of the typical small town values Austria... mostly farmers live in this place and they go to bed around 9pm and wake up around 5 to get out in the fields! Obviously much more dense than main street America, with no fast food joints

There has been so much talk about "Main Street America" these days that I had to get a shot of the typical "small town values Austria"... mostly farmers live in this place and they go to bed around 9pm and wake up around 5 to get out in the fields! Obviously much more dense than main street America, with no fast food joints

100 heads looking the wrong direction. It is placed outside the Lower Austria government center. Wish our elected officials would have that kind of humor/recognition of public perception.

The greatest structure ever associated with an official government building. The official title of it is: 100 heads looking the wrong direction. It is placed outside the Lower Austria government center. Wish our elected officials would have that kind of humor/recognition of public perception.

Vin de siclele Vienna. Turn of the century Vienna is the citys legendary time period where the worlds greatest thinkers and musicians were calling the capitol of the Hapsburg Empire home. The sky was so grey that day I decided to shoot in sepia and happend upon this amazing capture of what the city looked like many years ago.

Vin de siclele Vienna. Turn of the century Vienna is the city's legendary time period where the world's greatest thinkers and musicians were calling the capitol of the Hapsburg Empire home. The sky was so grey that day I decided to shoot in sepia and happend upon this amazing capture of what the city looked like many years ago.

Hopefully I find time to share more soon!

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