Over the last few months, I fell down a rabbit hole. I became obsessed with an idea called Underground Pumped Hydroelectric Storage.

I started to believe this idea could play a fundamental role in our fight against climate change.

Here is a TLDR report summary that explains why.

Image from a U.S. DOE / Pacific Northwest Laboratory Report: Three-Dimensional Conception of UPHS Plant

I’m not a researcher. I write software for a living. But this idea seemed too important to ignore.

I feared that no one would take me seriously. So I started researching and writing. Things, escalated… And today, I finally finished the first complete draft of an 70 page research paper.


What is a CMS (Content Management System)?

A Content Management System, or CMS, is software to help manage your website’s data. A CMS provides a secure, user friendly interface for editing content like articles, images, or videos.

WordPress is one popular example of a CMS. Since its start in 2003, WordPress has been a pioneer in CMS design, enabling millions to edit their websites without requiring much technical knowledge.


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This Essay has been republished from the blog at Syllable: https://blog.syllablehq.com/the-network-is-the-value/

This is an essay to answer the question: “Why is bitcoin worth anything at all?” Many have written about this topic, and I am far from an expert. But this is my personal answer to the question.


Cropped from a photo by Nadine Shaabana on Unsplash

Energy storage or bust

This post is part two in a series. Part one explains how energy storage plays a critical role in fighting climate change. As I explain, it turns out that replacing fossil fuel with green energy solutions is not possible without also rapidly expanding our stored energy capacity.

Our cheapest, most efficient technology for storing energy is called pumped hydro storage. A pumped storage battery is just a pump sitting below a dam. The pump spends energy pumping water uphill, and then the dam recaptures that potential energy with turbines.

When we run the numbers, the conclusion seems clear, even if…


Cropped excerpt of Photo by Kees Streefkerk on Unsplash

Out of the Boulder Dam come a few dozen rods of copper — long, long, long rods of copper perhaps the thickness of your wrist that go for hundreds of miles in all directions.

until finally the river is spread throughout the whole city — turning motors, making heat, making light, working gadgetry. The miracle of hot lights from cold water over 600 miles away — all done with specially arranged pieces of copper and iron
….
Stop the big wheel, and all the wheels stop; the lights go out. They really are connected.

— Excerpted from Richard Feynman’s…


This blog post was originally posted on medium.com/micah-walter-studio. I work with Micah Walter Studio on various web application projects for museums around the world.

A strong building depends on a strong foundation. Before you build a single wall, you need posts and joists and concrete slabs. A robust web application has similar needs. Before you serve a single webpage, you need server technologies and software libraries and a framework to tie it all together. In both of these fields, a good foundation should be simple and rock solid. It should just work™. …


Around the world, thousands of projects that you’ve never heard of are racing to build the foundation of a technological revolution. These projects share a common provenance; they are all born out of an idea invented in 2009 by a peer-to-peer digital currency called bitcoin. Bitcoin’s big idea is a bit technical, but here’s a description: Bitcoin invented a decentralized network of untrusted computers that can self-regulate its own ledger of transactions using nothing but cryptography. Or, said without the jargon, bitcoin proved that a [bunch of computers] who [don’t trust each other] can [resolve all arguments] about [who owns…


A couple years ago, when we created the Raptorsaur Community, we couldn’t think of a name. We knew the name Raptorsaur was a little confusing. Raptorwhonow? But it was weird and funny, and since two more beers didn’t inspire a better name, we called it a night and ordered business cards.

The name Raptorsaur had a good run, but I’m excited for a change. I’ve just had too many phone calls that went something like this:

*Raptorwhonow?* Yeah, Rap-tor-saur. Like a raptor, you know, the dinosaur..

Yeah. I won’t miss that.

So, Creature. That’s the new name! I like it…


I’m very excited about a side project that I’ve been working on for the last couple months in my spare time. It’s called Dear Nation. When it launches soon, it will be a living archive of the letters we write to our nation’s leaders.

The project was inspired by a podcast episode about how President Obama used to read 10 letters every day that he was in the White House. He said this about his practice.

“These letters, I think, do more to keep me in touch with what’s going on around the country than just about anything else.” …


This article was originally posted on Syllable.Productions earlier this year. Update: I participated in a workshop at Google to further explore this idea. I’ll post an update soon.

Sonorous is a proposed navigation tool for the visually impaired. It enables someone without sight to visualize their surroundings through sound.

The project was inspired by folks like Daniel Kish who are skilled at tongue-click echolocation. Watching these experts navigate their environment through sound have given me hope that technology-assisted echolocation that could offer another tool to improve accessibility for visually impaired folks.

HOW IT WORKS

Sonorous works by combining three super-cool technologies.

  1. A mobile…

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