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Photo by J. Harrington
Since even some former climate change skeptics are agreeing that our weather has become more volatile, I'm wondering what, if anything utilities and others responsible for infrastructure are doing to design more resilient systems. We were without power from about 6:30 last night to about 11:00 am this morning, an inconvenience. But, if we had our own solar panels and an electrical storage unit, we'd be spared the inconvenience of no cooking, no water, no TV or internet. Convenience has been one of the underlying drivers of "new and improved" products. Look at how much better the internet has made your life with all the time saved by microwaves and prepared foods! Right? But, if we had a functional cooking fire and a real coffee pot, I could have had coffee this morning shortly after I awoke. What can phenology, and the responses of nature to our new normal, teach us about designing and building better, more resilient systems? Any thoughts?
A yarn ball and a hillmaintain an equipoise untiltheir neatness starts to bore the godsof potential and energywho hedge bets, reckoning the oddsof when the rest will beset in motion, and who,first stumbling upon this clew,constructed both the incline andthe inclination to unwind.Like most gods, though, they haven’t plannedto stay; they mastermindthe scheme, ex nihilio,then slip behind the shadow showand designate an agent, chiefremaker of their mischief made.Each time, disguised, this leitmotifgets salvaged and replayed,a universe begins,for orogens and originssuppose a Way Things Were beforesome volatile, untimely That—sweetness perverted by the coreor belfry by the bat,or here, a hilly green,whose still life, eerily serene,completes their best contrivance yet:from high above, a williwaw,a hiss, and then the silhouetteof one terrific paw.
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