Author Archives: Jacqueline Smith

About Jacqueline Smith

I love your feedback, let me know what you are interested in! I am a technology writer in the SF Bay Area. This blog is "local green" and my other is Employee Recognition -- www.inspiredemployee.com

going Meatless…. Doesn’t have to be Hard

There are so many choices! We have eaten Vegan for nearly 3 months. Yes there have been a few slips, but it is easy really.  Why?

  • You’ll try new restaurants
  • Cookbooks will be come a new point of inspiration
  • Don’t you want to KNOW what the IMPOSSIBLE Burger is? Get yours in Palo Alto, CA, yes it is Vegan, you won’t believe it! Picture below!
  • Also Ike’s Sandwiches and Love is incredible fun, they have a huge selection of vegetarian entrees and all of those can be made VEGAN! My husband’s favorite is The Meatless Ike’s Sub. So good!  (The IKE’S are in several locations in the Bay Area – we have tried Daly City Serramonte, Redwood City – El Camino)

Looking for Great Cultural Events on Asia

Asia Society in SF, continually offers interesting and fun events on various cultures. Our group, Asian Connection, enjoys these events, and they often are low-cost with food served. We will be going to this event on Friday! Join us!  they have an event on many nights each week.

Thursday 14 September 2017 – 5:30pm
Join ASNC for an evening of Indian street snacks, Kathak dancing, Asia trivia & prizes while mingling with our members and guests!

Established in 1998, Asia Society Northern California (ASNC) is uniquely positioned on the edge of the Pacific and at the entrance to Silicon Valley. ASNC connects the San Francisco Bay Area’s diverse local community with a wide network of leaders and visionaries in the fields of policy, business, arts & culture, and sustainability.

Through conferences, panel discussions, cultural programs, exclusive dinners, and networking events, ASNC presents timely and relevant forums for educating and engaging the public about the critical issues facing the United States, Asia, and the world.

Hurricane Irma

Get accurate information on Hurricane Irma and downloadable videos here at NOAA:  view the damage https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov

You can select a location and the download is usually very quick.

NOTE: I find the best data from sources other than CNN and other news outlets that specialize in hype and hysteria to boost ratings. I found their coverage to be ill-informed, out of date and repeated without substance.  I have family in Houston and the Keys and I don’t need to be overwhelmed by fake news and neither do you.

Five Inconvenient Truths -Global steel industry

Interesting article, it discusses trade, overcapacity, raw materials, growth/slow down in building, and re-purposing of existing mills.  Maybe that is true. Read more here.

I must admit I am most intrigued by the existence of this group:

John Lichtenstein is a managing director for Accenture Strategy and the global lead of Accenture’s metals group.
The article did not discuss:  
  1. Changes in Environmental regulation. What if the total cost of an item was part of the selection process for materials (Aluminum vs. Steel)? What if LEED building specified LOCAL MATERIAL use or adding the effects of long distance shipping into the environmental degradation? What if shipping companies were forced to contribute money to the clean-up of the plastic gyre in the Pacific Ocean when shipping across the Pacific Ocean?  Unlikely, but possible and more sensible than carbon credits.
  2. Quality of the steel produced in China (I’d really like to know why the Bay Bridge is rusting with its low quality steel imported from China), coupled with the environmental devastation caused by converting raw materials to finished goods in a country that does not have strict environmental regulations and technologies.
  3. The main premise that global demand is slowing and will remain so, flies in the face of the greatest population being urban, and the population continues to expand. Housing in urban areas is made with steel, when it is high-density.

There is always room to learn more. I’ll be interested in Accenture’s next set of statistics.

There are many other Accenture articles; here is another from the same author.

Origami Whales: A Gentle Way to Teach Conservation

Thanks TED Talks for this lovely broadcast!  Watch the video, link below

Allow things to unfold and you will find your Purpose in Life. | Peggy Oki | TEDxQueenstown   (time 16.34)

Image result for Origami WhalesThis insightful artist folds paper whales using origami and thousands of volunteers to fold the whales & dophins and give a clear call to action and visual reference point.  Children, Adults, Students, Seniors – all join in and FOLD then STITCH these whales into curtains to be displayed in galleries, schools, civic centers.

HINT: There are YouTubes and Pinterest on origami

Peggy Oki leads with passion. She gives advice to a beginning environmental activist: “Follow your heart with vision and actions, create your fold and you will find your porpoise in life.”

ART THAT HAS PURPOSE:

Published on Apr 28, 2016

With an appreciation of flow and motion Peggy’s life has been always been driven by passion. From surfing and skateboarding to the intimate appreciation what she calls the ‘Cetacean Nation’. Discovering the transformative force of participation artwork through her Origami Whales project was the first step to realising that passion could be harnessed, amplified and ultimately inspire for a deeper purpose.

Surfer, Skateboarder, Artist and Activist.
Once the only female member of the famous Zephyr Skateboard team from documentary ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys’: Peggy’s love of the outdoors inspires her to travel worldwide in search of good surf. In 2004, she founded the Origami Whales Project to raise awareness about commercial whaling. She has also developed the Whales and Dolphins Ambassador Program and led campaigns such as ‘Let’s Face It’, which petitions to save New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphins and Hector’s dolphins.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

 

Fainting Goats – Curious?

Image result for fainting goatsA friend of mine has a goat that goes catatonic when it hears a loud noise. If she sneezes or the screen door slams. ..Then it tips over. Amazing but not uncommon. I had to learn more!  They are classified as meat goats rather than milk goats…. but they might be better described as “pet goats”. Often selected as pets, due to their smaller stature, they are 17 to 25 inches tall and can weigh 60 lbs…. or more.

This ailment can be found in other animals, humans included.

A myotonic goat, otherwise known as the fainting goat, is a domestic goat that freezes for roughly 3 seconds when it feels panic. Though painless, this generally results in the animal collapsing on its side. The characteristic is caused by a hereditary genetic disorder called myotonia congenita. When startled, younger goats will stiffen and fall over. Older goats learn to spread their legs or lean against something when startled, and often they continue to run about in an awkward, stiff-legged shuffle.  Fainting goats have many other names, including Myotonic Goats, Tennessee (Meat) Goats, Nervous Goats, Stiff-leg Goats, Wooden-leg Goats, and Tennessee Fainting Goats….   – Wikipedia

References:  Fainting Goat Facts

 

 

 

 

 

India won’t allow driverless cars if they take away jobs

In language that is sure to frighten the likes of Google, Tesla, and every other company with a foot in the driverless car game, India’s road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has said that driverless cars will not be allowed in the country if they take away jobs, reports the HindustanTimes.

“We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs.” — Nitin Gadkari Highways minister 7/25/2017

India is one of the top destinations tech companies are focusing their resources on for growth. With a consumer market of 1.2 billion people, if India actually ends up not allowing driverless cars in the country it will effectively seal off one-sixth of the world’s population from the autonomous car market.  – Michael Grothaus (FastCompany)

After working in technology for 4 decades, it seems that technology doesn’t take jobs, but rather creates a new employment track that is fascinating and innovative. Yes training is needed to participate, but that should be an obstacle that we can tackle.

However my logic could be skewed, since I am eagerly awaiting autonomous cars and more innovation. — the editor

And just for fun, you might want to read this one too:  “Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are having a spat about whether AI will kill us all”

Master Class Preview August 12 2017

Get involved – learn more: Environmental Forum of Marin

Offered only once per year…the Master Class begins in August 2017 Preview Event for the Master Class 44

Don’t miss our Preview Event on the morning of Saturday, August 12, 2017. Open to everyone considering the Master Class, it is your opportunity to hear highlights of our special program.  Learn more about the class series, our dedicated and professional presenters, and meet other participants. While this event is not mandatory, all potential and registered students are highly encouraged to attend. We will be accepting registrations and provide direction on how to access all class agendas and materials on-line.

Be inspired and hear about everyone’s favorite class. On the West Marin field trip, you will visit the Straus Family Creamery, and have lunch by the bay at Hog Island Oyster Farm. Learn about our keynote speaker for Face to Face with Climate Change Class; Mark Hertsgaard, author and journalist who has traveled around the world reporting about climate change, politics, culture and the environment. Have you had a chance to play Game of Floods? You will in Master Class 44.  Join us.

Preview Event Saturday, August 12 10:00 am to Noon

VenturePad 1020 B Street, San Rafael Classes begin on Saturday August 26, 2017!

For more information about Master Class 44, contact us by clicking here.

If you have not registered for Master Class 44, but would like to attend the Preview Event please email us at: Masterclass@marinefm.org

Looking forward to meeting you at the Preview Event

Environmental Forum of Marin

An East Bay Gem: Garin Regional Park

GARIN PARK:: An amazing park full of activities and places to explore!

LOCATION: Garin Regional Park Cattlemen’s Picnic Area 1320 Garin Avenue Hayward, CA

The summer Park Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is a visitor center where you can learn more about Garrin Park and its history- there are hiking trails,, a kite flying area, horse back riding trails, native plants garden and many other features. Link for more information on the Park. This is a beautiful historic park in the East Bay. To Reach the Park. . This park is beautiful with so much to do, take a look.

Vina Enoteca to serve first ‘Impossible burger’ in Silicon Valley

A burger made entirely from plants at a Redwood City startup has been making waves at select restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York — and now, in Palo Alto.

The Impossible Foods burger sun-dried tomatoes, cavolo nero (or lacinato kale) and a sun-dried tomatoes mayonnaise on a poppy seed bun will make its debut today at Vina Enoteca, the first Silicon Valley restaurant to serve the scientifically engineered veggie burgers.

The goal is to not only make a veggie burger that tastes good, but one that is environmentally sustainable and ultimately will change the way we consume meat.