Sunday August 30, 2015

Personal Weather Stations

Netatmo

I'm not a weather geek like some people, but I do like to know what's going on. We get a lot of wind in our neighborhood, and we've had a wireless thermometer / anemometer running for quite a few years now. But I wanted more.

Netatmo

So, two years ago, when I read about the Netatmo weather station, we bought one. I like it a lot.

— posted by Vicki before bedtime on 2015_242 in Show & TellPermalink | Comments (0)


Thursday July 23, 2015

Solar Home

We have been thinking about adding solar collectors for a long time, dithering over technologies, worrying about installation and maintenance, etc. When the public school in our neighborhood put in an 8190 sq. ft. array (6 rows of 91 3'x5' panels), we knew we should try to get on board. However, it's always been too expensive. Until now.

Rich ran across a mention of SolarCity in January of this year. He started looking into what they offer; he talked to a representative. They sent us a proposal; discussions went back and forth. Eventually, we signed up, hooked up, and became reasonably happy campers.

Note: If, after reading this post, you decide to buy from SolarCity, please let them know that you learned about them from us. You'll get a month of free power and we'll get a tasty referral bonus!

Continued... in our wiki.

— posted by Vicki before dinner on 2015_204 in Noteworthy , Show & Tell , Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)


Friday July 17, 2015

Tea on Ice

A story about cold tea, brought on by a memory triggered by my mug of tea going cool.

— posted by Vicki before dinner on 2015_198 in Random Thoughts , Trivial Pursuits , World of WorkPermalink | Comments (0)


Saturday July 4, 2015

My Labels, My Choice

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I just ran across this question in a LinkedIn group:

Do Typology Instruments Box People Into a Category Using Labeling?

My understanding is that Jung did not mean for his theories to be used as "labels." He meant them to help people grow and develop beyond a way of being. I have often heard people say things like, "I'm an INFP" or something similar. It makes me think people take these letters as a personality label and I am uncomfortable with that rigid interpretation.

Read more in commentary...

— posted by Vicki after dinner on 2015_185 in Personality Type , commentaryPermalink | Comments (0)


Lifetime Achievements

I was born in January of 1960, in central Pennsylvania. I grew up in State College, a University town dubbed a "statistical metropolis". It was (and still is) a pleasant and progressive place to grow up.

A lot has happened in the past 50+ years, not just for me but for the world.

— posted by Vicki before dinner on 2015_185 in RetrospectoscopePermalink | Comments (0)


Saturday June 13, 2015

Hard As Rock!

Rich is out in the Back Forty (that's yards, not acres), working on a project.

The Idea (in theory): to attach some 4x4 boards perpendicular to the slope back there to make it possible to walk along the edge of the hill horizontally.

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In practice? Our house is on a hill made of decomposed granite. Great stuff. It has excellent drainage. Mud slides? We never get mud. Rain is gone within a minute of hitting the ground.

On the other hand, it's miserable to dig through. After we bought our house, we converted the back lawn to water-conserving garden. We rototilled down about 18" and removed all rocks larger than a golf ball. That made it possible to dig holes in the garden for planting things.

— posted by Vicki before dinner on 2015_164 in Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)


OMG! Save Teh Waterz!

Yesterday via @ThinkProgress:
Skip Showers For Beef, a new grassroots project born of the California drought, acknowledges that giving up beef - a product that uses huge amounts of water - is hard. So the campaign's creators have come up with a creative way for Californians to keep eating meat while reducing their water use: Just stop showering.
Well, actually, no, as it turns out. While California beef production does use a lot of water compared to, say, one adult human taking a shower, it doesn't use much in comparison to a lot of other things. Most other things, if you think in terms of agriculture.

California certainly does have cows. California is #5 in US states for all cattle and calves (2015). However, while California leads the US in dairy production (about an $8 billion business annually), the state only raises two percent of the country's beef.

But...

"We need to create more attention-grabbing campaigns like this to wake people the f*** up" -- MobyWho

Who, exactly, are we trying to "wake up"? And why do we need "attention-grabbing campaigns like this one" to do it? That "campaign" is silly... and it's dishonest.

— posted by Vicki before noon on 2015_164 in Random Thoughts , World of WorkPermalink | Comments (0)