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  • The Green Knight: Ah, Summer in Switzerland
    their challenges successes and ideas Many of the discussions reminded me of the same discussions we have in Rice University alumni leadership meetings philosophical questions about the purpose of school alumni relations metrics of success debates about best practices etc Hopefully I can bring some of our good ideas from the Rice community to IMD and vice versa Sunday was a relaxing day as I met a high school classmate who now works in Geneva showed her around Lausanne and went out on the lake with one of my IMD classmates and his family The weather was absolutely perfect the lake was gorgeous and the company couldn t be beat what more could I ask Monday we hosted a 4th of July party at the hotel They have a great house for entertaining big yard nice patio great pool amazing view so we BBQ ed out lit up some fireworks and celebrated American independence What a blast Tuesday and Wednesday I worked from IMD as my remote office This afforded me the opportunity of catching up with several contacts for lunch or coffee and it felt good to be back in the setting where I worked very hard not so long ago It helped of course that the food at the restaurant is still AMAZING Wednesday evening I attended the Euro Tech Tour Cleantech Summit s gala dinner in Geneva Well at least we met in Geneva but the dinner itself was on a big boat lake cruise Meeting other cleantech entrepreneurs to learn about their innovative ideas networking with European cleantech investors and fine dining on the beautiful lake what a fantastic way to wrap up the trip This morning I left for the airport WAY too early and the trip was over WAY too soon but it was

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  • The Green Knight: Intense Workout at The SHOP
    and I m sure my glutes are going to be sore tomorrow This was followed by push press and glute ham raises Push press standing military press with a little help from the hips felt good but my form had me catching the weight too much with my back I did half my sets and then switched to incline dumbbell press for the other half Glute ham raises were a joy by which I mean basically the opposite of joy but the severe pain they caused brought about joy that they were accomplishing their objective The next round featured ring pushups and single leg hip thrusts Ring pushups are done with hands grasping gymnastics rings for additional stability work and feet elevated Because that s not hard enough we also wore weight vests 20 lbs for my first two sets and then 90 lbs for the last one The last set took me to total failure and I only managed to squeeze out that last rep with an epic grunt The grand finale comprised two circuits of heavy rope drills Each circuit had 3 20 second variations short alternating arms long alternating arms and two arm power slams I had never done heavy rope drills before and I was really impressed with just how much of a workout 20 seconds of super anaerobic activity could provide When we arrived at the last variation the power slams of the first set I challenged everyone to go shirt off which was humbling since these guys were way more ripped than I for now it was freezing cold but our internal furnaces were going full bore I mistakenly thought we were only doing one circuit so I really sold out on the power slams completing a couple extra reps after my 20 seconds were over I didn t want to leave anything out there Much to my chagrin Drew informed us that we were only halfway there After the first two variations of the second circuit I was totally spent Again I had to swallow my pride as I wussed out of the final variation My heart rate was through the roof and I was feeling faint nauseous I was bumping up against my limit and the last set would surely have pushed me over not something I needed right before hopping on the road for four hours Afterward we refueled with pumpkin berry banana yogurt oatmeal flax seed protein shakes which after a few minutes of deep breathing recovery I was able to handle Wow what an intense experience lots of new for me movements and nothing left by the end This inspired me in a few ways 1 I had forgotten how much I loved morning workouts Despite the exhaustion level I achieved I remained pumped and energized all day It also feels great not to have the I need to find some time to squeeze in a workout monkey on my back all day 2 The caveat here is that

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  • The Green Knight: Winning
    to become frustrated with the time and attention it takes However each of these small successes re energizes me and keeps us moving forward Another piece of good news came in last week when we were selected as semi finalists for the Cleantech Open a prestigious nation wide contest between cleantech startups It is an honor to have been selected among such talented companies and we will work hard in the next round to live up to the hype Finally business meetings took me to Dallas toward the end of the week so I used the opportunity to squeeze in some time at The SHOP while I was there I will detail that experience in a subsequent post but suffice to say that the incredibly intense workouts were exactly what I was seeking It was a great week so now I m working on making this one even better Posted by Bryan Hassin at 11 09 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Cleantech Open fundraising Smart Office Energy Solutions The SHOP 1 comment Jordan Elpern Waxman said Congratulations on the funding round Saturday July 9 2011 at 1 50 00 AM EDT Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September

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  • The Green Knight: Atlas Shrugged
    of their own right feeling guilty for the sin of their achievement This corresponds with Transactional Analysis specifically with the playing of games It is easy to blame the evil person company country organization but it takes two or more actors to play a game and they all are equally complicit in the result Rand s rational egoism or ethical selfishness still resonates with me in many ways but not nearly as much as it did in high school If self is extended to represent collective units such as family or company I think this position is a good operating principle However it must not be followed myopically and it must not be considered absolute Part of what makes us human is that we have the capacity for love and human empathy not just for maximizing self interest 24 7 365 The Bad Rand s philosophy really falls apart though on her premise that rationality is every human being s highest virtue Here I disagree completely Human beings are inherently irrational creatures although we spend an enormous amount of time and energy rationalizing irrational decisions we have already made consciously or subconsciously Several times in the novel characters are derided for sharing their feelings or instincts This is flat out wrong We can either ignore suppress our emotions or we can embrace them even capitalize on them Again our capacity to feel is a critical element of the human experience and without it life is less rich less meaningful This shows in Rand s characters who never seem to know joy She writes that they are joyful when they achieve something great but it isn t very convincing The moments of greatest joy in my life have been almost entirely irrational and they have involved people not achievements By condemning irrationality Rand really misses the boat The Ugly Because of the dogged focus on rationality the characters in Atlas Shrugged simply aren t believable Or even if one believes that humans like them might exist it is hard to identify with them There is some dialogue of course but the book feels like one preachy monologue after another Because of this inability to write human characters and because of her insistent commitment to rationality I wonder what Ayn Rand was like and I suspect that she repressed a significant amount of her own feelings More practically Atlas Shrugged is too long The story could have been told in 1 3 the pages and without sacrificing any character development since as described above the characters weren t really developed A prime example is Galt s radio address which really is the expression of Rand s philosophy packaged up into one monologue and what a monologue After three hours of reading of Galt repeating himself over and over again of rhetorical questions and allegories I finally finished his address There was a lot of great stuff in there but it was way too long if it had been a real radio address

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  • The Green Knight: The Most Pressing Question: How To Price Food, Energy, and Health?
    in the US but its costs do not reflect market reality Its ingredients have low costs due to agriculture subsidies The economies of scale used by the industry require massive infrastructure and energy use The cost of infrastructure is externalized as overhead The cost of energy is undervalued because the energy industry receives high tax breaks and externalizes the costs of environmental damage and health risks Overconsumption of fast food drives up nation wide health costs to cope with rising diabetes and obesity The health costs themselves are inflated under the burden of overhead for an incredibly complex multi payer system and prices are based on services rendered rather than on outcomes achieved This brief US focused example illustrates not only what dire situations food energy and health are in but also how complex and interrelated they all are These issues must be addressed at the system level and the primary parameter for the capitalist system is pricing Addressing pricing will require an interdisciplinary and inter professional approach which is why the NAKFI conference is a perfect venue for its discussion Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 03 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels capitalism energy food health NAKFI No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1

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  • The Green Knight: Houston Heights 5k 2011 Race Report
    30 pace and then eased back finishing this km in 3 58 with an average heart rate of 166 Heading into the next km I was 6 seconds ahead of my goal and my heart rate was 174 right on target The second km was consistent and felt strong I finished it in 4 13 with an average heart rate of 174 my heart rate had stayed steady as well I was now 10 seconds ahead of my goal and feeling very good The third km worried me a bit as it included a 180 degree turn as we turned around and headed right back up Heights Blvd I finished it in 4 12 but my heart rate had now begun to climb averaging 178 throughout the km 60 through the race I was 15s ahead of my goal with a 180 heart rate and straight flat road ahead The 4th km was once again consistent My heart rate stayed at 180 but I struggled to stick to my pace finishing in 4 18 A woman in green who had been just ahead of me and who had a coach biking alongside her began to extend her lead Still I was 14s ahead of my goal so I would set a new PR barring any disastrous meltdown The next 650m were again a struggle and I completed them at 4 20 pace My average heart rate for that leg was 183 and my current heart rate was 185 Still I was 12s ahead of my goal as I kicked it up for my penultimate push My pace was good during this push 3 44 but something unexpected happened before I completed the 260m Anders who of course had finished several minutes prior had come back along the course and was encouraging me on I was 13s ahead of my goal my heart rate was now 189 and with 120m left I began my final sprint I could see the woman in green way up ahead of me and urged on by Anders I committed to beating her I passed several guys along the way but for whatever reason she was my focus my nemesis I blew by her maybe 5m before the finish line and it felt great I had completed the final 120m in 23s 2 55 pace for a final time of 20 44 9 10s below my goal and a new PR by 13s Perhaps most interestingly my hear rate soared to 197 the highest I have ever recorded during the sprint I cooled down found Anders and together we jogged back along the course to find Katie and run her in By this point it was getting very muggy and we were incredibly thankful for all the tree shade along Heights Blvd Some others from our office had come out to support us so we all met up but we runners kept our sweaty distance Anders finished 2nd overall with a 16 06 time very impressive

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  • The Green Knight: Wedding Part 6 - Final Reflections
    them It seems too that we are not the only ones to benefit from the great people with whom we celebrated in Italy Since returning to the world of Internet connectivity it has been a joy to see all the facebook notifications of them connecting with each other As we catch up with each of them it is also a thrill to hear of many of their adventures and stories from the week that were totally unrelated to us or our wedding These stories bring broad smiles to our faces Now we re back at home and we re both still just beaming My cheeks still hurt not just from all the picture taking but from all the smiling and laughing As I wrote at the beginning of my wedding blogging it was the greatest week and May 7th the greatest DAY of my life thus far But as I look over at Katie sleeping in the seat next to me I know that the best is yet to come Thanks to everyone for the good wishes as we begin our next chapter together Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 40 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels wedding No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013

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  • The Green Knight: Wedding Part 5 - The Aftermath
    was already closed They were kind enough to provide lots of food with our wine tasting which was fortunate since we were starving by then The tour of the castle where Chianti was invented was interesting and further fueled my desire to have a castle someday The tasting reinforced my opinion that the Chiantis of Barone Ricasoli are really outstanding and can go head to head even with some Brunelli Another night of dining in at the castello was a great finish to the day Tuesday was our last full day at the Castello so Katie and I decided just to hang out Once again the weather was gorgeous so we walked the grounds a bit spent time with those who were leaving and had a long lunch with plenty of wine which was of course followed by a similarly long nap Tuesday night we went into town for dinner in Castelnuovo Berardenga We found a very nice little enoteca trattoria where we dined on local specialties for hours To accompany the typical Tuscan fare we drank 2006 Dievole Chianti Classico Riserva Novecento which was fan tastic one of the best wines we drank the entire trip which is saying something Wednesday came and at last it was time to depart It had been an incredible stay at Castello di Montalto and we would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for home base in Tuscany tell them we sent you On our way down to Rome we stopped in Orvieto for lunch Orvieto was really charming and next time we are around it will merit more time than we gave it on this brief stop We spent Wednesday night in Rome which was like an entirely different world Driving in traffic was stressful menus were in English and the fantastic

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