James Cameron, environmental steward and award-winning filmmaker responsible for “Terminator,” “Aliens,” “Avatar,” “Titanic” and others, offers Nightline a rare glimpse into his private ranch. Beware, commercials precede the video.
My favorite bit: “We use a lot of computer power, and so you got a lot of people at work stations. We’re drawing on a lot of wattage for all the computers and render machines. What we’re going to do is, essentially, put a 1.2-megawatt solar power station on the roof of our new facility so we will actually be net zero in energy.”
We need more people like this on Planet Earth. (Bruce)
As a bit of an audiophile and recording geek, as well as the owner of a Company specializing in cleaner water, I find this to be share-worthy and fascinating. 'Acoustic data' is the scientific term, apparently, for strange ambient sounds from natural habitats. I must take that to heart for my next album.
Since I was a kid, discovering the contents of space probe Voyager’s golden record (another fascinating link worth exploring) on a PBS program, I’ve been fascinated with the sounds whales make. When I discovered how far their songs can travel in the ocean (halfway across the world), this inspired me to consider the evolutionary merits of our artificial World Wide Web. Unlike humans, these sea mammals do not require silicon-based hardware and endless miles of fiber optics to transmit data to their kin. They simply open their voices up and stream it across the globe. Imagine that.
Lastly, I send you off with another link recommendation. Whale Songs, from Right Whales to Finbacks to Orcas and more. These alien sounds are not simply fodder for the latest new age album, but real, complex, global communication happening without wires or fiber. Something to ponder.
Cheers! (or should that be... “Groooooooaaaaannn...&rdquo
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