Caesars Entertainment announced today that guests of 13 of its resorts and casinos can now literally “relax and recharge” with the addition of new EV charging stations in guest parking lots and valet areas at most of its Nevada resorts and casinos, as well as Harrah’s Resort Southern California, which are available for guests to use at no cost.
“There is unease that mindfulness is being taught to US Marines pre-deployment (won’t more attentive soldiers make better killers?), at big financial institutions (don’t we need judgement of the greed that fuels boom and bust?) and to frazzled teachers, nurses, and other strained employees (won’t mindfulness be a palliative that allows them to - just about - survive in dysfunctional systems that should really be the focus of reform?).”—Buddhists are worried that mindfulness practice is being co-opted...
Located in the upper class suburb Toorak, in Melbourne, Australia, this home is designed by Robert Mills Architects. Combining form and function, Verdant Avenue is elegant and stylish, the home is based on a contrast of darks and lights, with sleek lines and bright surfaces. The most captivating element of this contemporary home is the spiral staircase linking the ground floor to the first and second levels that provides a striking central sculpture.
“The truth is that it is no more possible to pursue a non-political strategy of public engagement on climate change (especially in the US and Australia) than it is to issue a neutral statement about abortion or GM crops. In all cases, the science is interwoven with political implications. The climate change consensus must always be communicated by someone, and that someone will always come loaded with cultural baggage”—Who Cares About Climate Change Consensus
“Please, I beg you, open your senses to the will of the people to keep the Internet as free as possible. Local ISP’s should provide connection to the Internet but then it should be treated as though you own those wires and can choose what to do with them when and how you want to, as long as you don’t destruct them. I don’t want to feel that whichever content supplier had the best government connections or paid the most money determined what I can watch and for how much.”—Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free - Atlantic Mobile (via bijan)
If you’ve followed this blog for a long time, then first of all THANK YOU. I deeply appreciate it. Over the years this blog has been my space on the web to talk about lighting design an sustainability. For a period of nearly two years I wrote for this blog every weekday. It’s been a tremendous source of learning for me, a space to introduce ideas and work through them creatively.
Lately, you’ve probably noticed that my posting has grown infrequent. This isn’t do to a lack of passion for the topic (very much the opposite). It’s a result of having way too much to do and not enough hours in the week to do them. However, that’s all going to change.
For those of you who might still be unaware, I’ve take a job a sales rep for SDA Lighting in Long Island City, Queens. Sales rep makes it sound like I spend my days lugging around samples and taking people to lunch. While that might be the case some times, my role is much nuanced than that. I work with end users, architects, ESCOs and planners to develop lighting solutions that will increase energy effieciency, while making space look dramatically better. The job has been an incredible adventure and I still have a lot to learn.
While there are many things I have to learn, one skill set I can bring to the table is my toolkit of social media skills and practices. SDA is launching new pages across the web, making us more accessible to our current and prospective clients as well as helping us engage in larger lighting topics in a more public and vigorous way. At the heart of that effort is the blog, which I am spearheading.
The goal of the SDA blog is to become a go-to resource for lighting information across the web. While we represent dozens of manufacturers, we’re not blogging to advertise. We want to become your indispensable source of lighting information. In a world where LED seems to be the only letters on anyone lips, we want to re-engage a conversation about lighting quality and how great products can support innovative, sustainable design.
I’ll be focusing much of my social media time and effort on the SDA blog for the foreseeable future, but that’s not the only place I’ll be. Recently, I partnered with AV nation to create “The Lighting Guy" my podcast on all things lighting design and sustainability. Look for a lot more from that channel soon. You’ll also find me on twitter and tumblr sharing items I find interesting and inspiring, I’m always up for conversation in either of those places.
I won’t be taking this blog down. The site will remain intact for awhile. I might even add content occasionally if it makes sense. That said, the bulk of my effort right now will be for the SDA blog, if you love lighting, I hope you’ll check it out.