Hi, this is Geoff.

Let’s jump straight in to this week’s Friday Five…

What I’m reading: Water is one of my favorite subjects, so I greatly enjoyed, How to Read Water, by Tristan Gooley: “A must-have book for walkers, sailors, anglers, swimmers, photographers, artists and everyone interested in the natural world, How To Read Water unlocks the hidden secrets of water…From wild swimming in Sussex to wayfinding off Oman, via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, Tristan Gooley draws on his own pioneering adventures to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers, oceans and more, and gives you the skills to read water.”

Going uphill: Using insights from the Leidenfrost effect, researchers from the University of Bath came up with something remarkable…hard to explain in words, and something that simply needs to be seen.  The two million views this video received are well-earned.  

Bitcoin betrayed? Bitcoin has been in the news quite a bit. I’m not an economist, but I am deeply skeptical and quite concerned about where this is all heading. To offset some of the breathless and euphoric prophecies being made, I’d like to share this thoughtful critique I came across titled, “How Bitcoin Ends” — “…bitcoin was intended to break the monopoly of the banking system over central currency and credit. But, in the end, it will turn into just another platform for the big banks to do the same old extraction they always have. Here’s how.”  And here’s a more personal, anecdotal account that draws a similarly pessimistic conclusion.

Turn off the lights: Given how much pollution is created in the process, I’m actually quite happy about this development; it’s a promising sign that people are switching on to the ethics of switching off: “Thanks to a combination of greater energy efficiency, outsourcing of heavy industry, and customers generating their own power on site, demand for utility power has been flat for 10 years, and most forecasts expect it to stay that way…This historic shift has wreaked havoc in the utility industry in ways large and small, visible and obscure. Some of that havoc is high-profile and headline-making, as in the recent requests from utilities (and attempts by the Trump administration) to bail out large coal and nuclear plants. Some of it, however, is unfolding in more obscure quarters. A great example recently popped up in Tennessee, where one utility is finding its 20-year forecasts rendered archaic almost as soon as they are released.” Full article here.

Shine on: The energy from the sun entering any site is absolutely critical for creating an efficient design. The free SunCalc app is one of the most useful digital tools I use in my consultation practice to help me quickly get all the sun angles I need on site for any day of the year.  

That’s it for the Friday Five. As always, if you have comments / reactions / a different point of view, please share them with our community of readers below.

Cheers, and have a great week,

Your friend,