A Shattered Record

Tesla’s Model 3 is the new king, with a whopping 139,782 vehicles sold in 2018! December alone saw more than 25,000 Model 3s purchased.

There must be something in the human psyche that gets us excited about records being broken. We see it in sports all the time. I remember following the Major League Baseball home run record chase in 1998 between Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa, and sports fans couldn’t look away. Both players ended up breaking Roger Maris’s old record of 61 home runs in a season, with McGuire knocking 70 dingers to Sosa’s 66. Sure, they were likely both Cheater Mc’Cheatfaces given the steroid culture of baseball, but it was still entertaining.

A few records are truly untouchable, proverbially etched in the books in stone. A classic example is Cy Young’s 511 wins as a baseball pitcher. In the modern game, pitchers don’t take the mound enough to rack up wins like that. The current leaders among active players are Bartolo Colon (247 wins) and CC Sabathia (246). They are 45 and 38 years old, respectively.

Another famous untouchable record that I know from being a childhood fan of Georgia Tech is the win differential record for a college football game. Back in 1916, Tech beat Cumberland College by a score of 222-0. If you are wondering how that could possibly happen, worry not! There’s a whole Wikipedia page on it.

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This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land

While I sit here banging away on my keyboard, these folks are out there being stewards of American treasures. I’m sure it hasn’t been a pretty job, and I know you won’t get paid a dime. Bless you kind souls.

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Challenge Accepted

Recently, one particular gauntlet was thrown down by an unlikely challenger, and it was a weighty one at that. About a month ago, Xcel Energy became the first major utility in the United States to commit to providing 100% carbon-free energy to its customers by 2050.

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It Is Hereby Resolved

When I was reflecting on what my resolution would be this New Year, it dawned on me that saying no is also a good environmental resolution.

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Ellen MacArthur Quotes

It’s the week of Christmas, so I’m taking it off (I hope you are able to as well!). Per usual, I want to share quotes from someone I find particularly inspiring. This week, I offer you quotes from Ellen MacArthur, famed English sailor who now is one of the foremost leaders on building the circular economy.

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Let’s Get Alliterative

Though the issue has become politicized, our changing climate is primarily a scientific concern with economic and social implications. We can and should develop sound climate policy for Georgia based on these factors, without letting partisanship muddy the waters. The Georgia Climate Project is playing a leading role in that work.

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Not-Loser Takes All

It’s just a bad goal, in that it focuses on avoiding a bad thing. How inspired would you be if you had a coach who said, “Okay team, now I want you to give me everything you have to make sure we don’t lose!”? Forget that – I want to be a winner, not a not-loser.

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Chad Frischmann on the TED Stage

Rather than quotes, this time I’m leaving you with the recently released TED Talk by Chad Frischmann. It’s been out for a week, and the video already has more than 600,000 views.

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Reliving My Childhood

Fernbank is a special place to me. I have fond memories of visiting as a child, whether on a school field trip or with my family. It’s where I learned about the dinosaurs as a young boy, and to this day I continue to learn from the amazing exhibits that they bring to the museum.

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Feeling Gratitudinal

I hope that you are able to gather with your family this week and find peace and joy in the time spent together. It really is a special time of year.

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