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18 posts from October 2011

Must-see photography show at Allen Center

I've been following the work of several Houston photographers for years, and I'm thrilled to see them included in this show from Fotofest and the Houston Center for Photography. You must go see the work of Frank White, Chuy Benitez, Ben DeSoto, Phyllis Hand, Jim Olive, Lou Vest, and Geoff Winningham. And you'll probably see a photographer you like better. 

Here are my photos:

All these images are about Houston, and you'll see so many new and amazing angles of the city. The show is up at Allen Center in downtown Houston until December 5, but it's broken into two different areas, so you have to take the skyway and be sure and see both halves. 




Stand there and think about what you should REALLY be doing

These days I have so much to do, I often careen around, doing whatever pops up, but it's not productive.

'Single-Tasking and Productivity' from Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto, by Leo Babauta

3. Choose wisely. Don’t just start doing something. Give it some thought — do you really want to turn on the TV? Do you really want to do email right now? Is this the most important work task you can be doing?

4. Really pour yourself into it. If you’re going to make tea, do it with complete focus, complete dedication. Put everything you have into that activity. If you’re going to have a conversation, really listen, really be present. If you’re going to make your bed, do it with complete attention and to the best of your abilities.

5. Practice. This isn’t something you’ll learn to do overnight. You can start right now, but you’re not likely to be good at it at first. Keep at it. Practice daily, throughout the day. Do nothing else, but practice.


Supporting innovation means supporting failure. #li

I do believe the federal government should support innovation, but by investing in education instead of companies. The failure rate is always going to attract bad press. 

Brookings: Why the U.S. Should Not Abandon Its Clean Energy Lending Programs, 2011-Sep-27, by Muro and Rothwell

To be sure, there are problems here, but one of them is that each of these attacks fundamentally misunderstands the nature of an imperfect but invaluable clean energy finance program. Such misunderstanding is unfortunate; it undercuts support for exactly the kind of prudent, targeted approach the United States should be using to scale up important new industries by deploying the nation’s sophisticated financial markets in ways that minimize taxpayer risk and maximize economic impact.

The reality is the DOE’s loan guarantee program will likely result in minimal costs and large gains for taxpayers—just like many other federal lending efforts.