Intern Punks, and the Failure of Science to Teach (Movie) History


The education system in the United States is broken, we all know that. There are several theories about why this is, but that's not what this post is about. This is about intern punks. I work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and I am happy to do so. I also commute by bus more often than not, which I'm also happy to do. But now that we're into the summer season, a huge influx of dorky college kids have flooded into Boulder, and we all compete for seats on the "GS" regional bus from Boulder and Golden and back each day, and this has been a source of irritation for me these last couple weeks, as the intern population…

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Lettin' the Cat Outta the Bag


I know, it's been a while. Here's the thing: I got a new job! After almost four years at the firm I work for, I am moving on to a new job, in a new town. It's still a lighting/daylighting/sustainable design job, but it's in an entirely different setting for me: a national laboratory. To say I'm excited understates things a smidge. In a few weeks, I (and my co-worker) will be the new resident daylighting "experts" at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, down the road in Golden, CO. I'll be applying my skills as a lighting designer and simulator, hopefully assisting research aimed at helping us bring light into buildings in more sustainable and useful ways. I'm…

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