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Future Building

Watched K4C 101

Watched King County climate action from kingcounty.gov

From more intense wildfires and harmful smoke to increased drought and less snowpack in our mountains, we are already experiencing climate change in King County. We have an urgent need to act boldly as a collective to create a healthier, more just, and resilient region. That’s why the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration, or the K4C, exists. We’re a partnership of local governments of all sizes working together to accelerate climate action. We combine our knowledge, resources, and advocacy power to shape policy and programs that cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions to our region can thrive in a changing climate.

Tools:

Climate Action Toolkit

Puget Sound Regional Emissions Analysis – project underway

2022 & 2023 priorities:

  • GHG emissions inventories and pathways
    • 2 approaches for each city
      • energy data
      • emissions estimates for carbon footprint by consumption
  • local climate action plans
  • adoption of energy and related codes
    • cities and counties can influence MF and commercial energy codes – City of Shoreline adopted City of Seattle’s code – King County Council will consider also adopting this summer
    • SF and townhome residential energy code at state level
  • local climate preparedness
  • pedestrian and bike safety
    • K4C: how do we promote road and trail safety for non-vehicle travel?
  • low GHG emission transportation strategies
  • funding for local climate action
  • integrating climate into local comprehensive plans

County and K4C working on system change.

K4C collaboration:

  • monthly steering committee meetings with partner staff
  • staff events a few times a year
  • elected official outreach committee – weekly during legislative session, monthly the rest of the year
  • elected official retreat twice a year

Participating cities don’t work on every action item, but do work on some joint commitments

K4C spring 2022 Public Town Hall – May 10

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Fantasy

Watched Lucifer S1E1

Watched Pilot from m.imdb.com

Pilot is an episode of Lucifer starring Tom Ellis, Lauren German, and Kevin Alejandro. Lucifer has left Hell to take up a life on Earth. When a friend of his is murdered Lucifer joins forces with the good side of the law to discover…

Enjoyable performance by Tom Ellis. Some sexism written into his lines perhaps but he doesn’t control that.

Wrapped up too tidily, but it is a pilot episode so 🤷‍♀️ Weird to bring a kid in to the mix of this show.

Great soundtrack. Perfect opening intro to the character, music and all.

Oh Mazikeen, what have they done to you? Hopefully she’ll get more screen time and awesomeness as the show continues.

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Outdoors

Watched America’s National Parks: Grand Canyon

Watched America’s National Parks from National Geographic – Videos, TV Shows & Photos – Canada

America’s National Parks fascinate millions of visitors. This spectacular series will show you what happens beyond the lookouts. More than 3 years in the making will enable the audience to witness moments full of drama, watch stories of life and death and discover hidden gems they never believed could be found in a place they thought they knew. Follow us on an epic journey from the geysers of Yellowstone to the rugged Pacific coast of the Olympic peninsula, from the hot desert of Saguaro to the icy Gates of the Arctic, from the subtropical sea of grass in the Everglades to the world-famous peaks of Yosemite and from the mystic Smoky Mountains to the biggest gorge on Earth: the Grand Canyon

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Science Fiction

Watched Chappie

Watched Chappie from m.imdb.com

In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

I was not expecting that ending! I liked it though.

They did such a good job with Chappie’s rabbit ears. Between the ears and the “eyebrows” and “mouth” he’s very expressive.

Hugh Jackman was almost unrecognizable to me with the mullet 😂 He made a good dumb bad guy.

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Humor

A Happy Swan

Liked https://mobile.twitter.com/buitengebieden/status/1550213964767928322 by Buitengebieden (Twitter)

Swan’s reaction to human returning home.. 😊 pic.twitter.com/gpabGHWFUo

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Getting Shit Done Personal Growth

We Can’t Go Back

Listened Hurry Slowly Podcast: R.I.P. Productivity by Jocelyn K. Glei from hurryslowly.co

In this final episode of season 3 of the podcast, I reflect on my own journey into the world of productivity, what I’ve learned, and why I’m leaving it behind. In the process, I touch on the inevitable discomfort of new consciousness, why things are never going back to normal again, and how we can begin anew.

This episode did a great job at honing in on what I’ve been feeling about productivity and tying it into the pandemic: namely, that our cultural obsession with getting things done is symptomatic of our capitalist society, and the pause the pandemic forced us all to take stripped back the busyness that hid our fatigue and self medicating habits. Now we’ve realized how tired we are, and how capitalism has subsumed our identities, we can’t really go back. Her words matched my thinking that what we really need is to figure out how to restore our energy, and I love that she explicitly calls out the fact that none of us need to worry about productivity any more.

Her rallying cry also echoes what I’ve been brooding about lately: how we can use our unique skills to help make the world one we want to live in.

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Art and Design Society

Read Why Fonts Matter

Read Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman

We all constantly interact with type in almost every aspect of our lives. But how do fonts affect what we read and influence the choices we make?

This book opens up the science and the art behind how fonts influence you. It explains why certain fonts or styles evoke particular experiences and associations. Fonts have different personalities that can create trust, mistrust, give you confidence, make things seem easier to do or make a product taste better. They’re hidden in plain sight, they trigger memories, associations and multisensory experiences in your imagination.

* Fonts can alter the meanings of words right before your very eyes.
* See what personalities fonts have, and what they reveal about YOUR personality.
* Explore how you respond to fonts emotionally and can make fonts work for your message.
* Be amazed that a font has the power to alter the taste of your food.

I heard about this during an Adobe Max presentation from the author that I enjoyed. I liked her conceit that typography and design subconsciously influence emotional reactions and experiences, and are a big part of storytelling. I also like her point that typography is a shared cultural construct, that we have created meaning for many styles of type that all of us learn. I appreciate that she advocates for everyone to express design opinions, not just designers with an extensive background.

The approach to this book was a bit jumbled, a combination of scientific research quoted, her arguments, activities, and anecdotal data presented as scientific data (which bugged me). It couldn’t quite decide what it wanted to be, and feels like it may have started as a more technical work and been expanded and adapted to a more general / less designer audience?

Timeline of typeface styles with exemplar fonts

My biggest takeaway is how little typefaces have changed, and what a frankly conservative design field it is – we are still using typefaces based on the first printed books, five hundred years ago. Caslon is from the 1500s!

Apparently type shapes (round, jagged) influence what we taste – ‘sensation transference’.

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Health

Delta Variant – July

Mostly via Violet Blue’s COVID updates

“At the beginning of the pandemic, the CDC said that a close contact was somebody that you’re indoors with unmasked for 15 minutes or more. The equivalent of that with the Delta variant is not 15 minutes, it’s one second.” via Stat News

“Delta is more dangerous in many ways. It has an incubation period of four days, rather than six, making people contagious sooner. When the pandemic began, people spread the original coronavirus to an average of two or three people. Today, people infected with delta infect six people, on average.” Via Kaiser Health News

The New COVID Panic

“Another disconnect is what we think of as “severe illness” and what is actually severe illness. My colleague said he could not imagine describing the illness he had experienced as anything other than “severe”—he was unable to do anything for 36 hours and said it was on par with having debilitating food poisoning. But when I asked a couple doctors about this, they disagreed with his ranking. “Technically, it sounds like he had a mild bout of COVID-19, by strict case definitions,” emergency physician and sometime Slate contributor Jeremy Samuel Faust wrote to me. “Mild does not mean pleasant. In fact, you can have fever, chills, body aches, and feel downright terrible for a week or more and still be categorized as ‘mild.’ ””

The Science Says Everyone Needs a COVID-19 Booster Shot—and Soon – 7/30

Within three to five days, the viral load of delta peaks at levels up to 1,000 times higher than seen with 2020 forms of SARS-CoV-2.

According to Israel, and to Pfizer, vaccine-induced immune response shifts from a powerful form replete with neutralizing antibodies drifting in the bloodstream to the quieter B cell memory type within about four months’ time after the second dose. Neutralizing antibody production declines, Pfizer says, about 6 percent per month, hitting 84 percent vaccine efficacy by month six. By eight months, it’s all about memory, which leaves the individuals highly vulnerable to infection.

Worse, the basic case numbers—how many people develop COVID-19 symptoms in a given week—are grossly underreported in the United States. It’s possible that as many as 60 percent of cases nationwide are never reported up the public health food chain to be added to the CDC’s national tally.

In its latest modeling mashup, the CDC forecast predicts that the new delta-driven surge won’t peak until October, possibly not until Thanksgiving.

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Mental Health Personal Growth

Practicing optimism

Bookmarked The Discipline of Optimism by Katie Hawkins-Gaar (My Sweet Dumb Brain)

So how do you stay optimistic when things feel bleak? Like any other habit, you practice it.

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Marketing

Brand through bullet points

Liked Palace Skateboards by Nick Parker (Tone Knob)

The brand that makes bullet points bare cool.

Part of the magic is that it’s not quite a voice. It’s more like a ‘format as filter’ that helps turn an individual’s voice into something recognisably ‘Palace’ without anyone having to do anything as try-hard as ‘write in a tone of voice’.

The examples are awesome.  Love to see a brand commit to something that people outside their audience might find weird but is perfect for who they’re talking to.