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Cody Janousek
Boulder, CO
Interests: Renewable/Sustainable Energy, Energy Policy, Sustainability
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When I think about my ideal professional situation, I envision myself using my hands a lot more than I have in graduate school. I miss working on my house, my garden, and cooking for other people. But I think what has emerged from this program is a way to harmonize all of those things I want to do. Rather than working on my own home, maybe I could start flipping houses into energy efficient, environmentally-friendly, net-zero energy masterpieces. Instead of gardening, maybe I could have a small farm where I grow the food for my own restaurant. I really like cooking breakfast, so I wouldn't be surprised if I had a solar-powered breakfast food truck that sold organic eggs and toast. What I think I need is to spend some time on my mission and vision, because I'm not quite sure what it is. So I thank you for making me realize that. I see what I want to do with my life, but maybe getting to there is a little fuzzy. Having something to do every day driving me closer to that will manifest it quicker than just day-dreaming about solar-powered food trucks.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2017 on In a word at Mouserat
I guess moreso than just suggesting there's something wrong with the world, which you pointed out with the Make America Great Again slogan, the program is asserting that it has the answer to fix the problem. Interesting parallel you drew, thank you for that.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2017 on MENV Mission Vision Statement Critique at Mouserat
As we near the end of this semester, it’s nice to take a moment to reflect amidst all the chaos of final papers and projects. For the last blog post of the semester we’re critiquing the MENV program’s mission and vision statement by applying the 10 Tests for Effective Mission... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Mouserat
In 1996, teachers had problems with students passing notes. In 2006, those problems had advanced to texting, and by the time I taught in 2016 there were kids just sitting in class watching Netflix. As dramatically as the students have changed in the past two decades, the current pedagogy on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Mouserat
Moore’s Law is a wonderful example of exponential growth in regards to the number of microprocessor transistors we can fit on a single circuit board. It is also an example of the necessity for us to change our logic moving into the future, which I will get to later. Back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Mouserat
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As I was reading through Systems Thinking Made Simple by Derek and Laura Cabrera, I was reminded of a recent cultural phenomenon originating from the online Reddit community on r/place. In their book, Cabrera discusses the simplicity that drives complexity within systems which is quiet similar to what I saw... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Mouserat
University of Colorado Professor Albert Bartlett was widely viewed as a pioneer on explaining the arithmetic involved in the world’s population, energy, and sustainability issues. He asserted that “the greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” Having previously been a high school math... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Mouserat
Thirst for Power by Michael Webber was on the summer reading list for the MENV program and was a great introduction to the “energy water nexus.” Webber’s main thesis throughout the book when it comes to water and energy is that we need to view the two through a more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Mouserat
Flying is simply incredible. You travel vast distances, sure, but for me the perspective gained while flying always makes me think about the Earth and my life differently. One time when I was flying back home I had the misfortune of sitting next to an aerospace engineer, though. According to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Mouserat
One of the most life changing ideas I was exposed to during my undergraduate career, besides intellectual vertigo, was the philosophical notion of “telos.” Teleology, originally thought of by Socrates, is the idea that within every object lies an ultimate object or aim. After that Western Civilization lecture I picked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Mouserat
One element of systems thinking that was poetically touched on by Donella Meadows is the human aspect and desire to understand complexity. She says, “Our culture, obsessed with numbers, has given us the idea that what we can measure more important than what we can’t measure” (Meadows, 175). In the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Mouserat
Besides being one of the most complex attempts to explain and model our universe, string-theory entertains some interesting systems ideas. When explaining string theory, most people tend to get hung up on the universe being comprised of infinitely small 10-dimensional strings. Similar to systems thinking, focusing on the details can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Mouserat
Depending on who you ask, people will have very different ideas of what the economy is supposed to accomplish. The economy's goal or purpose is multifaceted in that it could be considered anything from creating and providing jobs, growing corporations, or exchanging goods. Currently the economy exhibits a large amount... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Mouserat
To finish a thought from last week's class, optimization in one part of a system might lead to sub-optimization in another. I immediately thought of a book I'm reading on triathlon training. It is best to have less flexibility in your ankles when it comes to running since it helps... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Mouserat
Jurassic Park is not only a great novel and movie, but an excellent example of a complex system. The park itself is a system in that it has elements, interconnections, and a purpose (Meadows, 13), but within it are embedded other systems similar to a Russian nesting doll. Each element... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Mouserat