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  • The Green Knight: Space . . . The Final Frontier
    nor thy desperate need for funding lest thou be cast aside into outer darkness 8 Thou shalt remember all the while laughter is good 9 Thou shalt not read thy speech 10 Thou shalt not steal the time of them that follow thee Accordingly I put together a 20 minute talk about information adaptive human behavior using technology to nudge human behavior by providing the right information at the right time in the right way to the right people After all this is exactly what we re doing at Enistic to nudge office employees to better energy use behaviors Instead of putting together a dry lecture about the behavioral science theory I presented the material as part of the story of my own entrepreneurial journey the presentation can be found at my slideshare page The conference itself took place over two days last week at NASA s Johnson Space Center As someone who has always been fascinated with and inspired by the space industry I was thrilled to participate Given some of the other speakers Bob Rogers Richard Garriott Wayne Hale T Boone Pickens III for example I was also honored to participate The talks were very engaging For example Wayne Hale presented a history lesson about China s world leading shipping and exploration 600 years ago Abruptly they shifted from exploration to isolationism and stagnated for centuries This fostered a great deal of dialog about what we could learn from such lessons and how they might be applied to our own exploration policy In fact all of the talks fostered dialog After a speaker presented he she was whisked off to a breakout room Audience members then had the option to go engage with that speaker for more detailed discussion or stick around in the main auditorium for the next presentation Tough decisions When it came time for me to present I myself was torn as I really wanted to follow the previous speaker executive director of the X PRIZE Foundation for dialog I m glad I stuck around and gave my presentation though It was well received and many people including some of the other speakers joined me in the breakout room to discuss energy savings human behavior technology and how to apply all of these to the space industry I don t think we solved any great problems during the breakout session but I do hope that the discussion seeded thoughts ideas and follow up discussions that will continue to bear fruit for some time to come At the end of the conference I was exhausted from all of the energy ideas and discussion with new contacts Great job AAS and I expect great things from the space industry I ll post a link to the video of my presentation once it s available online Posted by Bryan Hassin at 15 32 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alternative energy enistic space 1 comment sundboell said Congrats Bryan It sounds

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  • The Green Knight: Thanksgiving
    out of each farm to trot along beside us nipping at our hands and heels And it s a good thing we got some exercise in because Thanksgiving Dinner which begins at noon and lasts all afternoon didn t help my fitness goals Neither did sitting around watching football all afternoon But it was great just to kick back eat great food and enjoy the benefits of being back so close to the family I love Dinner was at another aunt s house also out in the country She has a farm there with dogs chickens cattle horses and lots and lots of pasture land Not everyone was able to make it but we were thankful for those who could Plus it was fun playing around with my aunt s livestock On Friday Katie and I continued our Thanksgiving weekend movie tradition and saw The Fantastic Mr Fox by Houston s own Wes Anderson It was very enjoyable and of course featured a great soundtrack We then spent the evening with my aunt on my mom s side going out to dinner at Brauhaus a German restaurant downtown I didn t expect to be dining on Bavarian cuisine so quickly after having left that part of the world and I especially didn t expect to do it in Arkansas but the schnitzel was very good Here again though the primary benefit was spending time with family Saturday Katie and I made our way back still listening to Harry Potter It s a good thing we missed most of the day s schedule of college football because most of the games I cared about were very forgettable However the Rice volleyball team has been dominating After winning the Conference USA tournament they beat 17 LSU in the first round of the

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  • The Green Knight: Rice-Baylor Update
    org media storage paper1290 news 2009 11 20 News Rice Bcm Pointcounterpoint 3837970 shtml reffeature recentlycommentedstoriestab http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 11 20 News Rice Bcm Inside The Merger 3837934 shtml http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 11 20 Opinion Letters To The Editor 3837907 shtml http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 11 20 News Rice Bcm Faculty Merger Review Committee 3837952 shtml http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 11 13 Opinion Letters To The Editor 3831153 shtml http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 11 13 Opinion Merger Does Not Portend Culture Clash 3831132 shtml http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 11 06 Opinion RiceBcm Merger To Promote Research 3824252 shtml http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 10 30 Opinion University Address Unfairly Excludes Students 3817981 shtml http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 10 30 Opinion University Address Requires Transparency 3817967 shtml http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 10 09 Opinion RiceBaylor Merger Promises Unparalleled Opportunities 3798513 shtml http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 10 02 Opinion Faculty Concerns For Merger Must Be Addressed 3790434 shtml http media www ricethresher org media storage paper1290 news 2009 10 02 News Concerns Voiced Over Bcm Merger 3790529 shtml Posted by Bryan Hassin at 16 43 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Baylor Rice 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

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  • The Green Knight: Milestones
    was Rice s Homecoming In addition to a fantastic weekend full of lectures alumni group meetups and reconnecting with friends the mighty Rice Owls football team won its first game of the season They followed that up this weekend with another win and today the Rice volleyball team won the Conference USA tournament to boot Go Owls Last week my mother opened a new exhibit Moving Beyond Earth at the National Air Space Museum It is an immersive interactive gallery about the history and future of human spaceflight Katie and I can t wait to see it when we re in DC for the holidays Mom continues to amaze me with her exhibits books papers conference publications awards and myriad other accomplishments all while managing to be a great mother Canonically one thinks of a doting mother proud of her children but in our case the pride goes very much in the opposite direction The weather in Houston has actually been relatively cool recently Katie and I have been taking advantage of the opportunity to sip on hot chocolate in the evenings and remember life in Switzerland If the weather stays cool perhaps we ll throw a little fondue party In the meantime big eating is ahead as we prepare for Thanksgiving We can t wait to see the family in Hot Springs and enjoy my first Turkey Day back in the States Posted by Bryan Hassin at 13 32 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels enistic football NASM Rice Thanksgiving volleyball 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

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  • The Green Knight: GoWear fit
    My nutrition clearly needs some work so I ll do another food log soon to show improvements Exercise I remove the GoWear fit for swimming It isn t water proof and beach volleyball I doubt it s sand proof given how insidious sand from the courts tends to be but I leave it on for strength training running cardio machines etc For activities such as running and walking the GoWear fit estimates caloric expenditure that is pretty close to the estimates provided by my Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS heartrate monitor That is encouraging for accuracy of both devices but by itself it doesn t add much usefulness for the GoWear fit The real advantage comes when engaging in activities for which I don t use the GPS heartate monitor such as playing Wii or ping pong For these types of activities I ve traditionally gone to my favorite online calorie calculator and estimated my expenditure based on my weight and the nearest activity I can find I strongly prefer the GoWear fit for this type of measurement though as it measures your actual exertion which may vary a great deal during any such activity I ll still have to use calculated estimates for swimming and beach volleyball but I now have much greater confidence in my data for all other activities Non exercise Although the GoWear fit and my spreadsheet of estimates largely agreed on my caloric expenditure during intense exercise they disagreed vehemently on my total burn each day On average the GoWear fit estimated that I burned 550 fewer calories than I had estimated That s a big difference Over a week that amounts to a full pound of body fat of difference So which is right I m inclined to believe the GoWear fit because it calculates net expenditure at a much finer granularity It knows for example whether or not I ve slept less and hence burned more calories than a day during which I ve slept more all other things being equal It knows whether or not I ve gotten up only five times from my desk all day and hence burned fewer calories than I would have if I d been up 20 times It knows if I ve been on my feet all evening at an event and hence burned more calories than I would have if I d been sitting on my couch watching Harry Potter movies However the data is kind of damning According to GoWear fit I finished the week with a surplus of 1900 calories which would account for the addition of 1 2 pound of fat According to my spreadsheet of estimates I finished the week with a deficit of 3000 calories or almost one pound of fat lost Using a three day moving average of my body fat as tested on my Tanita scale body composition monitor and adjusted based on periodic measurements with a Bod Pod I indeed lost about a pound of fat during the

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  • The Green Knight: Sound Body, Sound Mind
    with a community I love There isn t much time to put together the presentation but I m sure hard work will produce something good As always I believe strongly in a balanced lifestyle Hard work must be balanced out by adequate rest and physical activity to produce optimal performance As many of you know I m a very very data driven manager and I manage my own life the same way This includes measuring my body composition every morning and calculating my daily energy intake and expenditure every evening As a result I have a massive spreadsheet of every day s net weight gain loss for the last 8 years One problem though is that most of these calculations are based on estimates calorie intake based on historical averages any special daily consideration estimated resting calorie expenditure based on body composition and activity level estimated exercise calorie expenditure based on GPS heart rate monitor etc This motivated me to try out a relatively new tool for calorie tracking the GoWear Fit You wear it on your arm all day and based on the movement it detects and your skin temperature it calculates an allegedly much more accurate estimate of your caloric expenditure each day I ve only been using it for a week but so far I like it There is definitely a marked difference between the days that I spend in front of a computer and those during which I am active with meetings This helps me know when to take my evening cardio up a notch to compensate for a sedentary workday One side benefit too is that it calculates how well you ve slept if you wear it at night My strength training tools have also been upgraded I used to print out my workout before I headed to the gym write down my actual accomplishments as they occurred and then enter them on my spreadsheet once I returned home Now I have uploaded my spreadsheet to Google Docs so I can access it from anywhere over the Web This gives me the ability to enter workout data directly into my phone while I m at the gym saving paper and time More than just measuring my fitness though I actually have to eat right and exercise to change those measurements in a positive direction As part of my move back I have added some new areas to my exercise regime One is the Nintendo Wii The Wii s sports and fitness programs get me moving around a lot in a fun way that motivates me to keep going So far I ve been doing Wii Fit We also have Wii Fitness Coach which I ll start on once Fit becomes tired Wii Sports can also induce a sweat as can DDR Katie and I have also been swimming Saturday mornings before our weekly trips to the farmer s market I like swimming because it is low impact uses muscles that I didn t even know

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  • The Green Knight: Rice Baylor Merger
    of Rice gaining a top tier medical school I also recognize that such a transaction would need to be considered very very carefully Even if it makes sense on paper and it isn t yet clear that it does IMD taught me that the devil is in the details of execution and certainly neither organization has an existing competence in conducting such a major change I believe that good things come of public awareness and open debate so following are several resources for interested parties that provide information and editorial argument for against the merger Rice Student Association Blog Vardi Presentation If anyone else knows of good resources for information about this topic please post them Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 33 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Baylor football Rice 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 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November 1 October 4 September 3 August 6 July 4 June 3 May 4 March 3 February 1 January 4 2011 47 December 5 November 4 October 3 August 5 July 2 June 4 May 8 April

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  • The Green Knight: Beginnings and Endings
    Ugandan woman in search of a US university Due to discriminatory practices in her own country she has been forced to look elsewhere for higher education She found me through an Irish IMD classmate of mine who had worked for several years in Rwanda now that s a global network When she expressed an interest in Rice University I offered to put her up at my house and do whatever I could to facilitate her application Although I didn t have as much time to spend with her as I would have liked it was a real pleasure getting to know her She is smart capable and would be a real asset to the next Rice class I really hope she gains admission The week wasn t all sunshine and roses though I dropped my tablet laptop in a parking garage and it understandably began behaving very unreliably It turns out that my hard drive was damaged and needs to be replaced The computer itself is pretty worn but can be salvaged In the meantime I bought a new tablet the HP TouchSmart tx2z It is about the same size as my previous one but the mult touch screen is much more functional I can control everything with my fingers instead of just the attached stylus It also runs Windows 7 with which I am very impressed It is fast clean and quite functional Last week I also caught up with two friends with dying fathers Obviously the subject is a pretty poignant one for me and I m sad that others are having to deal with it However I m glad to be a resource for them If I can ease their burden at all or help out in any way then at least there is some silver lining to my own experience I remind myself that death is just as natural as life and that none of us are getting any younger The best we can do is live life to the fullest and enjoy the blessing of the time we do have with those we love While I m on morose topics what a terrible terrible football season to be a fan of the Rice Owls or the Washington Redskin s not to mention being a fan of both My Owls are winless on the season giving up 46 points per game The Skins aren t doing much better with two wins and a dramariffic front office Oh well at least the Texans are doing well as are Peyton Manning and Brett Favre my two favorite active QBs It was a busy week for Enistic too We have almost finalized the deal with our UK partners and will soon be ready to raise some money and get started As many of you know I m not a patient person so I m very very eager to move this venture forward Posted by Bryan Hassin at 18 17 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share

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