About a month ago I spent the better part of an hour trying to figure out how to remove myself from a catalog mailing list. I noticed the very well planned difficulty the provider had put in place in order to keep delivering their catalog. This was infuriating.
So when I recently learned of PaperKarma I was excited. It’s an application that enables you to reverse this balance and take the fight to the once desired but now junk mail. We’ve all been guilty of asking for that store catalog after a well thought out purchase. What we often didn’t know was that that new catalog relationship was for life. No longer true!
I chalk this app up to the energy saver category. It allows me stop the energy wasted on this insanity. It takes some machine usually to package, address, and send this stuff. From there it enters the massive logistical transport ecosystems which includes pickup, movement, and delivery. This energy is found in mixed form between electrical, hydrocarbon, and physical human exertion. This is the point where we personally are affected and involved. We have to pick it up from it’s delivery point, identify it as junk, and then dispose (hopefully recycle) and protect ourselves (data) in the process. Rinse and repeat and I’ve got a better part of my lifetime wasted on insignificant things I’d rather spend my time and brain functions. We’ll leave the carbon footprint to another time but you get my point.
I can’t wait to use this new weapon. It provides balance to the
Force war on junk mail.
I found out about this book yesterday and thought I’d share my enthusiasm to read it. The video above was made by Jason Silva and is pretty inspiring. The authors - Dr. Peter Diamandis who is a co-founder and Chairman of the Singularity University; Steven Kotler a best selling and award winning author. The two couldn’t be a better pair. I’ve grabbed the first chapter and am looking forward to reading through it. Some of you already know that I’m a big fan of Ray Kurzweil from what I’ve been reading.
If you like the intro chapter they’ve got a few goodies to provide you via Amazon: Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
One of the great booths at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that I recently attended was Goal Zero’s. It was an impressive display of great innovative solar based generators and energy storage products. But the thing that really impressed me was the quality of their products and the knowledge and professionalism of their people.
This is Goal Zero’s Yeti 1250. This sucker is powerful enough to power a full size refrigerator for multiple days among numerous other applications. The great form factor and capacity are perfect for replacing a traditional generator. I can see applications for this as a backup generator at home, on a boat or a perfect pack and go kit for a Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief (HA/DR) mission.
I wish I would have had a few of these to take ashore with me in Haiti. These would have made all the difference; so would all their other great products. Imagine being able to chain several of these together (which can be done) and getting initial communications and vital survival needs the energy they require. The bigger deal is the lack of infrastructure required to support the units. No fuel required to be transported or protected. Then once things are stabilized in that area pack up and move. Again no need to rework an infrastructure or support plan.
The Yeti 1250 Solar Generator will be out in May of 2012, single unit runs $1499.99 or get the Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit for $1999.99 (which also includes two Boulder 30 solar panels and a carrying cart for the kit).
Currently the best places to get one of these bad boys is: