3 billion people depend on dung fuel

According to Russ George

More than 2 billion people’s lives depend entirely on dung energy. Another billion use dung as part of their energy. That’s nearly half of humanity that depends on dung.

It’s a practical available fuel, but one that creates all manner of health issues.

There does not seem to be any alternative for the nearly half of humanity that is on the wrong end of this shitty deal, or is there?

The principal victims of the world of dung burning are women as they are most exposed to the deadly fumes, high levels of dioxins and chlorophenols compared to wood, released when using of dung as fuel. The World Health Organization is worrying about the deadly fumes that accompany dung fuel but has no tools to resolve this health crisis. Dung is the cheapest of all fuels and is used mostly in rural and undeveloped areas of the world where other forms of energy are simply neither available nor affordable. Thus for upwards of a billion low-income households, dung is the most vital and widely used fuel source. It is freely available and accessible without payment or very inexpensively. Burning dung delivers about half the energy as burning wood. But there are many drawbacks.

For example, according to the WHO link above

Exposure to household air pollution almost doubles the risk for childhood pneumonia and is responsible for 45% of all pneumonia deaths in children less than 5 years old. Household air pollution is also risk for acute lower respiratory infections (pneumonia) in adults, and contributes to 28% of all adult deaths to pneumonia.

VHDL-2018 — SV-style interfaces (“records with directions”)

VHDL-2018, the ten-year revision of IEEE 1076-2008, is currently in ballot and is expected to go to RevCom in October 2018. (You’ll see references on the web to “VHDL-2017”, but that was before delays in editing.)

According to the working group chair Jim Lewis

The top item on my list is interfaces as it benefits RTL and testbench design. VHDL-2017 interfaces are simply a record type plus a declared mode. The declared mode allows an entire interface to be bundled into a single signal with each element having separate input/output directions (in, out, and inout). For testbenches, this simplifies writing verification components using entities and architectures, and allows a style that is either just like RTL code or simpler behavioral code.

Here’s a presentation about all the enhancements in VHDL-2018 by Lieven Lemiengre

Interview with E-Cat inventor about its commercialization — June 11, 2018

Listen to and read a summary of an “Interview with Andrea Rossi on E-Cat Commercialization” by Frank Acland.

The 1kW E-Cat QX is ‘almost’ ready. They will make a final decision by the end of June. […] goal is to deliver E-Cats by the end of this year. […] the first commercial efforts will be to provide heat for private industry. […] The price that customers will pay for heat will depend on each specific situation, but […] will be at between a 30 to 50 per cent discount compared to a customer’s current fuel costs.

“What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

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According to Dean Bokhari’s summary of the book “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Start with “The Focusing Question.”

“What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

You’ll want to write that down… because the whole entire book is based around that single question, and the power of organizing every area of your life around ONE Thing (per area).

The Domino Effect

The key to success is figuring out your ONE most important thing in your business/career/life over the long-run. Think of this as your “someday” goal.  Once you’ve figured that out, you need to identify how many dominoes you need to line up – and then knock down – in order to achieve it. Simple right? … actually, yeah. It is. But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy.

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“A nation that … spends more … on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

According to Martin Luther King on April 4, 1967 (exactly a year before he was martyred in Memphis on April 4, 1968)

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.


A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

According to Clayborne Carson, as interviewed in “Clayborne Carson: King’s Chronicler

He always put the immediate issue into greater context. In all of his great speeches, what he does is say we’re here, engaged in this immediate struggle, but the broader struggle is global and historical. The movement for human rights is taking place on a global level. And it has deep historical roots. It’s been going on since the time of slavery and after the passage of civil rights legislation, and if he were alive today he would say it’s still going on. That’s why he was an inspiring, visionary figure. He understood the larger context.

Compact fusion

According to Joseph Trevithick in “Lockheed Martin Now Has a Patent For Its Potentially World Changing Fusion Reactor

If the system works, it’s hard to underscore just how dramatically it could change not just the future of warfare, but the basic nature of human existence. Running on approximately 25 pounds of fuel – a mixture of hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium – Lockheed Martin estimated the notional reactor would be able to run for an entire year without stopping. The device would be able to generate a constant 100 megawatts of power during that period.

According to the company website on the CFR, the reactor could be powerful enough to run an aircraft carrier, power a plane the size of a C-5 Galaxy airlifter, provide electricity to cities with anywhere from 50 to 100,000 people, and maybe even speed up a trip to Mars. In each case, the compact reactor would take the place of large conventional fuel systems or fission reactors, eliminating weight and bulk. This in turn could create trade space for additional system or carrying capacity in terms of personnel or materiel or potentially allow for a more energy efficient overall shape or design.


The U.S. government also reserves the right to classify patents it feels might be a threat to national security if they were public, so the fact that this one is not might also calls into question how mature the system might be in actuality.

What characteristic do you try hardest to project?

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In The Anatomy of a Great Executive John Wareham quotes Lucretius that

So it is more useful to watch a man in times of peril, and in adversity to discern what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off, reality remains.

Wareham continues

As a practical matter, however, we seldom have the opportunity to see a person in times of peril. Thus a more useful technique is to apply what I call the principle of the opposite image.


A person will often present a facade founded upon the aspect of his or her personality that he/she most fears — or knows — to be missing.

So he recommends analyzing a person by asking

What is the impression that this individual takes the greatest trouble to convey to me?

and then assuming…

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Hire the stars you’ve already got

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According to Aaron Shapiro

Performance evaluations for managers should include assessment of the volume and quality of new ideas they brought to the table.

But instead there is usually no significant reward for teaching the wider organization new and better ways. And no employee smart enough to have a “secret sauce” is stupid enough to give a company the recipe for free. If the only way to profit from an idea or insight is to keep it a personal trade secret, then that’s what smart people will do.

If CEOs really want their companies to be innovative, they need to pay for it, and translate the spreading of great ideas into significant cold hard cash.

Why not approach your most effective people, who are getting the most measurable results, and offer them a 100% bonus for the year if they teach their methods to everybody?

Would you hire one person…

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Quantum computers: “The simulation of quantum systems is an awesome application”

According to Noah Stephens-Davidowitz

The simulation of quantum systems is an awesome application. I think it gets less hype than it deserves because it just doesn’t sound cool to say “quantum computers can simulate quantum systems.” This fact sounds trivial, boring, and/or esoteric, but it’s simply none of those things. This will likely have huge effects on society via physics, engineering, materials science, molecular biology, etc. Good popular articles about quantum computers should probably focus on this almost entirely.

The “bridge” personality: a key to success for multidisciplinary projects

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According to Bruce L. Tow and David A. Gilliam

In the 1970s, SRI International (then called Stanford Research) asked some of its brightest researchers to explore a question vital to their success as a think tank and provider of innovative solutions: Why did some of their multidisciplinary projects succeed while others failed? This was a key question because, up until then, nobody at SRI could find a pattern. After careful study, researchers led by Joseph McPherson […] came up with a theory, which SRI subsequently put into successful practice: They identified a type of individual whom they called a Bridge. The Bridge (as it happened, quite accidentally) combined the focused knowledge of a specialist with an intense, innate curiosity about the other disciplines in any multidisciplinary project in which that person was involved.

Typically, a Bridge was a specialist assigned to a given multidisciplinary project, who at some point–without project-management…

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