Showing posts from August, 2017

1 Forty years ago Wiscasset ME

Forty years ago when Grapevine Auto and Tire went up for sale, an out of towner bought the business. XXX told the relator that she liked the location over on RTE 1 near the Ford dealer. She cleared everything out, paved the property and opened a showroom for that electric carbon fiber SUV, the Carbonado X/C.

Most people were skeptical of a "one model" dealership that didn't take trade ins, but they had an articulation agreement with the Carmax in Damariscotta so it all worked out. And at the time this was the only Carbonado dealer in New England so if you wanted to test drive one, this might be your best bet.

The business started slow, but it continued to grow and as they expanded into all things carbon fiber, body repair, they even started building small boats. It wasn't long till a carbon fiber fencing dealer opened up shop and everyone dreamed of a boat yard, a real live boat yard producing 15M yachts or even larger. It would happen, but that was on down the road.

Carbon King

So what happened? How did you become the king of carbon anyway? They had lab created diamonds since forever, what drove you?

Adrian smiled, waited his trademarked pause before answering and said, "I never wanted to be a farmer or rancher, but had to spend one summer on my father's ranch. Temp wise it was near an inhab zone, but there was a lot of water on the property and by keeping the animals in the shade, he was able to operate and needless to say we had plenty of land.

How much land are we talking about?

At that point it was about a 1M hectares, much of it was purchased by paying the tax due and any cleanup after those ranches had failed. Some of it was disputed by first nation daddy mostly stayed clear of that and as it hot hotter, the interest diminished.

Anyway, cattle ranching was still marginably profitable with tropical breeds if there was enough water and I spent the summer on a fencing team. One of the observations that I had was the terrible condition of the fen…

1 Material Science - Higher Education - Gang of seven

Many historians point to the second decade of the 21st century as the tipping point for the general decline of higher education. Institutions of learning were often viewed with suspicion. Graduates, lacking useful skills, could not find employment. A sizable minority matriculated with student loans that simply could not be repaid. Schools that had counted on the loyalty of alumni found it was largely missing. And of course with the great debt shakeout there was little government money to be had by anyone, for anything.

Some of the most well known of the techno-wealthy genre had either dropped out of college, or never bothered to attend. However, the large, successful, companies they formed needed educated employees. As colleges began to fail, succumbing to insolvency, inability to maintain accreditation, or just lack of interest, these billionaires slowly and carefully began to invest in education. Sometimes it was a school of their own, often based on a new learning concept; many of …