From the site: The BIOMASS Energy Centre is a one stop shop able to provide information, advice and guidance to UK individuals and organizations on a wide range of biomass fuels and conversion technologies.
From the site:
This website focuses on the various biomass fuel types that are commercially available or being researched. It provides basic information on fuel processing and supply chains, currently with an emphasis on woodfuel and heat production.
I'm loving the "Erratic Behaviour"
really atmospheric - It captures the mood really well
From the page: "[Note: This 3,000 word article is all about creating your own legacy project. Itâs not short reading, but it can help you work towards building something beautiful.]
In the spring of 2007 I was feeling stuck. As amazing as they were, the four years I had spent in Africa were fading off into the distance. In my new life I had migrated to Seattle, entered graduate school, started a new business, and began traveling independently to faraway places during school breaks.
These were all good projects. Grad school, check. New city, check. Business, travel, volunteer work, marathon training, check. But despite the fact that these were worthwhile ways to spend my time, I knew something big was missing:
I had no legacy project, and it really bothered me.
I thought of a legacy project as something Iâd create that would outlast me; something I could point to years from now and have more than just memories to show for it. In other words, I wanted something tangible and documented for anyone who wanted to see it at any time in the future.
As I was looking for a new focus, I considered a few options that initially seemed to be good choices. The major ones were:
1. Create Wealth for Myself
2. Enter a Ph.D. Program
3. Go Back to Africa (or elsewhere as an NGO executive)
All three of these options were attractive, but the more I looked at them the more I realized they were all flawed. The first one, âoeCreate wealth for myself,â would offer long-term benefits (financial independence, increased opportunities), but I had enough experience with making money to know that it needs to be rooted in something deeper to prove ultimately fulfilling.
Itâs not strictly a question of denouncing wealth-making in general. Most wealth is created by entrepreneurs, and for a particular season, I donât see anything wrong with focusing on building up some long-term savings. All I know is that for me, this was no longer an appealing prospect, and it definitely wasnât a legacy project.
The next option, âoeEnter a Ph.D. Program,â was something I was also excited about in the beginning. The more I learned about the process, however, the less inspired I was. In addition to a number of conversations I had with advisers I trusted, I attended a conference on African studies (my field of study) around this time, and I was surprised at how petty and critical the conversations were. It appeared to me that many attendees â" professors and other graduate students who would be my colleagues if I pursued the Ph.D. option â" were more interested in bringing down other peopleâs ideas than in finding common ground or advancing their own good work.
I know that some people can be remarkable in academia, but experiences like that conference helped me to see that it would be hard for me to be one of them. Iâve heard it said that academics are so contentious because the stakes are so low. I found that to be the case, and I also realized I did not want to put my legacy project on hold for 5-10 years while I went through the rites of passage required with an academic career.
One of the things Iâve thought a lot about is that I spent roughly the same amount of time writing my Masterâs thesis as I did writing the World Domination manifesto. The thesis was read by a grand total of three people, the committee members responsible for approving my graduation. They all said nice things about it, but the point is that it was a lot of work for only three people to read.
The World Domination manifesto, on the other hand, has been downloaded by more than 100,000 people so far. It took me a while to figure this out (my friends were telling me for months, and even a couple of my professors), but if I want to reach a wide audience, I think Iâve found my platform.
On to the third option â" go back to Africa or elsewhere as an NGO leader. Again, this was attractive, but I also had reservations about it. The time in Africa was incredibly life-changing and foundational for both Jolie and I, but we also believe that we need to keep moving forwards, not backwards. The time to leave the best job in the world is right when you are still enjoying it, and thatâs pretty much how it worked out in our case.
Thus, while I enjoyed my time as an NGO executive, the thought of returning to that kind of environment, having to look for a job, and giving up my independence to a certain extent help me realize that this path would not be the best way to create a legacy project.
Good Choices versus Legacy Projects
Note that I viewed all three of these options (Create wealth, continue with graduate school, or return to full-time charity work) as good, valid choices. They were just not the best choices, and I didnât view any of them as legacy work.
Sometimes you need to reject a number of reasonably good choices to create a legacy project.
This is because legacy work is different from other good, valid work. If y
you sir, the author of this page, are an idiot.
yeah for a fairly weak definition of "funny"
Glad it's not just me thinking this...
and it was going so well.....
Life is good