Farming Up

Farming Up: A study of the merits and conditions for a laboratory coffee farm  I. INTRODUCTION The economics of commodity coffee have a special personality. It is one of the most traded commodities in the world, but it’s almost exclusively produced in developing countries, and consumed in developed ones. This is predominantly due to climatic…

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Silver Medal Politics

The staying power of Bernie Sanders in the political mayhem of 2016 has been nothing short of incredible, unless of course you look across the aisle and try to understand that. But I wouldn’t speculate with you about Drumpf’s rise, because I’m afraid we won’t understand what happened there for another few years. Bernie’s draw,…

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Ego vs Relevance

A brief introduction to: Ego – a common force behind such celebrities as Donald Drumpf and visionaries like Elon Musk – is driven by a complex cocktail of self-promotion, instinct and focus. It is the will and confidence to assert yourself, and your ideas, beyond your immediate surroundings. But like any power, or cocktail for that matter, it…

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What I’ve Learned in the Last Six Months

On May 31st, Elise and I moved out of our apartment in the Boston area, setting out on a very adventurous chapter of our lives. Since then, 6 months ago, I’ve covered enough miles to circle the globe twice, slept in 6 countries, but never in the same bed for more than 16 nights in a…

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Laughing at the Conventional Wisdom of Car Buying

Conventional wisdom is a powerful force in our willingness to accept the status quo, and sometimes it’s surprising to see what you find when you step back and question the basics… For example, I’ve been asked a lot of interesting questions while working for Tesla, some more valid that others, and it made me wonder what the first…

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Wanderlust vs the American Dream

Ah, the American Dream. Consider it not only the abstract goal of generations of people, but also the blueprint for a successful life. Each step promises to bring us closer to eternal happiness and fulfillment. But where does that come in? Sometime between family and death, I presume. It seems we are obsessed with progressing…

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A Century of Internal Combustion

BLUF: With over a century’s worth of changes, updates and tweaks, the modern internal combustion engine has gotten us as far as it can go. It’s time to embrace the simple efficiency of the electric motor. Ever since the first Model T rolled off the production line in 1908, engineers have evolved better and better…

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Flush with Danger and Ripe with Humanity

or “How Team Rubicon Does Veteran Reintegration” October 26,2015 – Even though the floodwaters had subsided, the outskirts of Columbia, SC remained an increasingly precarious environment for the locals. Black mold was ubiquitous, and with most of the population barely able to afford their next meal, its growth went relatively unchecked. The scene was indeed…

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Caffeinating the Millennial Generation

Experts say that a new social generation is born every 10-20 years, and in that time, people not only tend to develop similarities with each other, but also common dissimilarities with other generations. This is significant because as each generation ages, the blend of personality types in the economy shifts. I am a millennial, a…

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The John Oliver Approach to Politicking

The 2016 campaign season is well underway, but perhaps unsurprisingly, I’m feeling underwhelmed.  It’s not that the candidates don’t resonate with me. Each in his or her own way has a flash of brilliance here and there, but it’s never convincing. In the modern mass-communication society, you’d think there would be a plethora of ways…

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