Sorry for the short posts here crew, but finally putting the finishing touches on my move, namely an X-Box 360.
And you can't just buy it.
You have to set it up.
And you can't just set it up.
You have to test it.
And you can't just test it with anything.
You have to test it with Call of Duty 3, because lord knows when those Nazi bastards are coming back.
But, as with most things, genius does not strike when you are sitting there philosophizing. For example, not one good idea ever came from a philosopher at some university's philosophy department (beyond new and creative ways to rationalize socialism).
Genius strikes when you're doing day to day tasks where you have to sit and do nothing.
Going #2 is a perfect example. I theorize more great ideas were concocted whilst sitting on the can. Going #1 doesn't really give you the time.
But in my particular case, genius finds me more often than not while I'm driving. Going here, going there, going to work, going to dance, going to class, etc. etc. I think I must drive about 10 hours per week and that's a lot of time for genius striking.
Well it struck last night when I was going to pick up the newest member to the Cappy Cap household (read-X-Box 360).
I have found a way to solve our global warming problem that will be palatable, if not, preferable to both sides.
And no, I'm being serious, I am not kidding.
You see, it has not been since 1998 that I've had an office job where I actually had to be there. ie-the technology existed that the duties of my job could have been done from home.
Yes, it may have cost a little bit to install a higher end computer or high speed internet, and yes I may have had to put a fax machine in, but by and large, and ESPECIALLY TODAY, most people have the set up by which they could work from home.
And I'd gander that if one thinks about it, most, I'd say 75% of office jobs could be done from a home office. If not at lesast 75% of the work could be done from home, thereby eliminating the need to drive to work.
If companies were to allow employees to work from home this would render a bevy of benefits.
First there'd be a lot fewer cars on the road, less traffic jams, what cars that would be on the road would get to where they're going much faster, thereby exhausting less "greenhouse gases" thereby solving our problem (of course, most on the global warming crowd don't realize automobile emissions don't account for the majority of greenhouse gases and just hate people with nicer cars than them).
Second, you would not get the slightest argument from people whose jobs would then be done from home.
Third the highway system would wear out less, we'd arguably even need less money spent on roads and transportation in general.
The only drawback or road block I see to this is the Pointy-Haired Bosses of the world that compose (I estimate somedays) 99.9% of the corporate muckymucks of the world. Armed with MBA's they no longer can think independently or have a creative thought. That, or they're just such control freaks they cannot trust you will get your work done or that you might write that report IN YOUR BOXERS!!!!
But with spinless corporations bending over backward to seem "socially responsible" to they may placate the political crowd, the political will may be there for them to actually take measurable action and some corporations may just offer employees, or encourage employees to work at home because "they care about global warming."
Although, a conspirary theory does pop into mind.
If we eliminated the need for 75% of people to travel to work, we then by default eliminate the need for 75% of office space. Commercial property would tank, downtown office buildings would be rendered immediate money losers. Vacancies would sky rocket. Skyscrapers in every major city would have to convert to some other use (more freaking condos?). That's a whole lot of money that a whole lot of businesses don't want to see lost and may pose an economic argument why some businesses rather you not be able to work from home.
This aside, the idea is perfectly feasible. The government offers some kind of tax incentive or break for companies AND people that have a "work from home" program. It requires no costly expenditure by companies to cut back on emissions, the employees would eat it up.
All that's left to do is wait for the sure-to-come contra-American thinking that "we CAN'T do that because XYZ"
I hate those people.
Regardless, that's why I'm a genius and chicks should dig me.