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May. 14th, 2002 | 12:44 pm

Last night I was realizing that of the women I've found attractive in recent years, a good fraction of them have been social activists of some type. To some degree, I wonder if that's partially wish fullfillment, or if just it's I have a strong belief in the need to improve the quality of life, and so am most comfortable with people who also are involved and doing stuff.

Although part of me feels like I should be doing more activism, I really don't like dealing with lots of different people. I'm actually happiest reading interesting research and trying to figure out solutions to physical problems.

If I had some more confidence (and some workspace) I'd probably enjoy building interesting stuff.

Like the idea of buying a house, I would of course try and implement all the various tricks I've found to keep the inside of a house cool to minimize the use of an air conditioner. If I actually kept records and monitored the changes accomplished by such projects, that project produces data useful for others interested in improving their energy efficiency. (which produces a whole host of environmental improvments).

So basically how can someone with a shy engineer/scientist personality type get in on coming up with a more sustainable life? Is it effective to just improve upon what I'm good at--research and development? And leave the stuff involving getting people to cooperate and change behaviors to someone else?

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from: nogbogfrog
date: May. 14th, 2002 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I think if you're planning on doing a lot of "technical" work on a house you better make sure you will have time to do it. All such projects of mine, like the cat path tracker, X10 integration, always got preempted for reading books, watching baseball, picking nose etc etc.

Though a pad that big for just $200K is a tasty treat as a business deal.

What became of the girl you were attracted to?

I think the view that r&d is simply working on cool ideas in one's aloof world is a dangerous one. I, for example, am very interested in how things actually happen and how to actually put an idea to use. I also do what you would consider 'r&d'. I think making the change that you concoct is just as much r&d. And yes, you can find such people. You just have to go looking :)

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