Mouth of the Gowanus Canal (Source: wikimedia.org) The Gowanus Canal is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. Located in Brooklyn, NYC, this mile and a half long Canal was used as a commercial and industrial waterway for the numerous industries and businesses in the surrounding area. Large ships carrying … Continue reading Bringing out the Best
Author: Ethan Yen
Nerdcon: Stories: A Review
At first thought, many people would not consider themselves storytellers, or even interested in stories. But as NerdCon: Stories proved to me - we are surrounded by, and are made of, stories. Conceived by Hank Green of Vlogbrothers fame, NerdCon: Stories, in short, was meant “to be a celebration of the story, and the ways we tell stories, … Continue reading Nerdcon: Stories: A Review
Any color, as long as it’s black
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference 2015 (WEFTEC) down in Chicago for a day. As this was the first professional conference I have ever attended, I was looking forward to the experience and learning about the latest and greatest in Water Technology. WEFTEC is North … Continue reading Any color, as long as it’s black
As you’ve probably noticed through my Twitter feed or my personal blog, I am greatly interested in water and how we as humans interact with water through policies and the built environment. For the most part, I try to bring awareness of water use and technology among the “developed” world to prove to everyone that water … Continue reading Birthday Fundraiser!
MKE H20 101
History Lesson incoming. Having gone to school in New York, I'm often asked why I decided to come back to the Midwest after graduation. One of the main reasons I came to Milwaukee to start my professional career was due to the city’s history and optimistic future with water and water technology. I thought I’d spend this post … Continue reading MKE H20 101
How smart does a “Smart City” make us?
Thanks to the marvels of technology, we’ve managed to give life to inanimate objects. Our homes can now tell us it’s too warm, refrigerators remind us when we’re running out of eggs, and our cars can call in an emergency when we’re unable to do so. What I’m talking about is this rising phenomenon called … Continue reading How smart does a “Smart City” make us?
The Confluence: Milwaukee Transitioning into a World Water Hub
A few months ago, my brother referred me to a friend of his who was writing at article on Milwaukee, WI and it's position in the world of water. I answered a few questions and managed to get quoted in the piece. It's a great article and serves as an excellent overview of Milwaukee's many … Continue reading The Confluence: Milwaukee Transitioning into a World Water Hub
An Irrational Request
As a fan of the fantasy genre, I have always been attracted to the concept of tree architecture. Almost every fantasy world has some magical city hidden in the forest, where the branches intertwine into canopy walkways and the trunks serve as dwellings. Belgian architect Luc Schuiten has taken this idea and applied it to … Continue reading An Irrational Request
New Solutions to Old Problems
Never before in our modern society has water been such a priority for individuals, cities and nations, and it will only continue to grow in importance. However, even with such increased presence and general acknowledgement of the problems at hand, there seems to be a lack of public understanding of the issues at stake and … Continue reading New Solutions to Old Problems
Should I stay or should I go?
When I first saw the teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, I knew it was a movie that I wanted to see. It was a simple trailer in terms of special effects and action, but it spoke deeply and directly to the audience. When the first trailer came out, there was very little information on … Continue reading Should I stay or should I go?