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After starting the season with one of the longest losing streaks in program history, the Charlotte 49ers men’s bball program beat SIU in Carbondale, Illinois… and then this happened.

RPI BOOST OF THE WEEK:  Charlotte; RPI No. 228 (Up 96 spots from 324 last week):  The Niners finally snapped their losing streak and, along with boosting team morale, the win over Southern Illinois in Carbondale boosted their RPI… in grand fashion.

Ouch, I know its early in the season but we had an RPI of 324? That means only like 10 teams in the nation had RPIs worse than ours… absolutely ouch.

 

Here is our RPI plotted over time. It peaked after we beat UNCG and... well... you can follow the rest

Here is our RPI plotted over time. It peaked after we beat UNCG and... well... you can follow the rest

Some of you might already know about my work at Duke Energy on a solar photovoltaic distributed generation project. But even if you don’t, the program recently got covered by good ol’ Faux News. Actually, Fox finally put out a story I can’t bash. Proving that in the holiday season, miracles can happen.

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If you are potentially interested in becoming a host site for one of these systems (and you are interested in pulling down a yet un-negotiatied lease payment from Duke for hosting the install, likely in the $50-200/year range) then visit this site to sign up,

http://www.duke-energy.com/nc-solar-panel/nc-solar-distributed-generation-program.asp

Feel free to send the link to your friends and family in Duke’s service territory. We’ll start picking sites in spring 2009 and installations will begin soon after.

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.

This parody is so spot on.

Why Twitter is here to stay

What an amazing article from Tim O’Reilly on why Twitter is starting to find its place in the world and why it is so special. I’ve been using Twitter since August 22nd, 2007 when my first tweet echoed across the globe.

My first tweet in all its resounding epicness: I am working on homework

At that point Twitter was nothing more than answering the question so innocently posed on its user interface. “What are you doing?” And people did that. They so monotonously produced tweets which explained only what they were doing. But sometime over the last 6 months Twitter has become so much more. People are sharing ideas through the service and using it to display what they are focusing/thinking about.

Why has my blog been updated continuously less and less since that fateful first tweet in August 2007? Initially I used this site to share quick ideas which I found interesting or to let people know what I was thinking. Those two things are now primarily encompassed by Twitter. My personal blog will never be completely replaced but has now become just a supplement to Twitter, the primary tool for sharing my thoughts.

What I like about Twitter is that it updates my facebook status where people leave comments on it. This has provided a new link between my friends and my thoughts.

While I am not a Twitter evangelist, I have tried to get friends and family to adapt the service because of the reasons that this writeup from Mr. Tim O’Reilly summarizes so nicely (which I can never explain to people).

My two favorite reasons for using Twitter from the list,

  1. Twitter works like people do. If I’m interested in someone, I don’t have to ask their permission to follow them. I don’t have to ask if they will be my friend: that is something that evolves naturally over time. If you’re a public figure like I am, the metaphor of mutual “friending” is truly broken. I get tens of thousands of friend requests from people I don’t know. Accepting would make it impossible for me to use a social tool to keep in touch with my real friends. Friend groups don’t really help.Twitter’s brilliant social architecture means that anyone can follow me, and I can follow anyone else (unless they want to keep their updates private.) Gradually, through repeated contact, we become friends. @ replies that can only be seen by people followed by both parties to a conversation create a natural kind of social grouping, as well as social group extensibility, as I gradually get more and more visibility into new people that my friends already know. Meanwhile, truly private direct messages are also supported.I don’t know who first used the term “ambient intimacy” but it’s a great description of what begins to happen on Twitter. I know not just what people are thinking about or reading, but enough about what they are doing that our relationship deepens, just like real-world friendships. People who follow me on Twitter learn that I’m making jam or pies, or gardening or riding my bike or feeding the horses, things that I’d never (or rarely, since I’m doing it here) share on my blog. I know a lot more about many of my professional contacts that makes them more into friends. And in the case of my family, who keep their updates private and visible only to a limited group of real friends, we can keep in touch in small ways that mean a lot. I get special moments of my wife or daughters’ day that we might not have shared otherwise. It’s truly lovely.
  2. Twitter cooperates well with others. Rather than loading itself down with features, it lets others extend its reach. There are dozens of powerful third-party interface programs; there are hundreds of add-on sites and tools. Twitter even lets competitors (like FriendFeed or Facebook) slurp its content into their services. But instead of strengthening them, it seems to strengthen Twitter. It’s the new version of embrace and extend: inject and take over. (Scoble recently noticed that 60%+ of his friends’ updates on Facebook actually came from twitter. And as John Battelle noted in a recent tweet, “I noticed now that my FBook status is updated with Twitter, I get responses in Fbook, but would like to see them here.” It might seem like a strength for Facebook to allow Twitter to update its status feed, but not the other way around, but I think Facebook will one day realize that Twitter has taken them over….)

So if you are a friend or family member reading this, give twitter a try. I’d love to build that ambient intimacy of your daily happenings. I’ve met some really cool people through twitter because I feel strangely connected to their minds. I hope to build an even stronger connection with you all through the service 🙂

The UK government cares about its drunk citizens. As demonstrated by its recent grant allocated for handing flip-flops to the tipsy femmes that can’t balance.

From the St. Petersburg Times Via @eyecharlotte

British resort firmly behind free flip-flops

One of the biggest societal problems facing the people of the British resort town of Torbay is: How do drunk women walk home from a party on high heels? Thanks to a government grant, that problem is being tackled. Volunteers will be deployed to hand out free flip-flops to anyone who can’t walk at the elevation their shoes would mandate, or anyone who simply lost their shoes. Apparently, that happens a lot. Officials hope this will cut down on calls to paramedics. “Let’s not make it gender specific,” police inspector Adrian Leisk said. “There are plenty of times when young men go out and lose their footwear, if you know what I mean.” No, but we’ll accept that it is a big problem.