Category: Energy

December 16, 2008

Green — new tradition or excuse?

by DJ — Categories: Energy — Tags: , 2 Comments

I am starting to see a disturbing trend with my friends. I am getting electronic Christmas cards all in the name of being green and leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the earth. While I applaud them for sending me anything at all, it distresses me to read that they are sending an electronic card this year because it is the green thing to do. I certainly understand why, but at the same time, there is just nothing more wonderful than opening that hand-addressed card with a personalized signature on the inside. So my question is this… what is the real motivation for sending me that electronic card? Are you just too lazy to actually pick out a card, sign it, stamp it and mail it? Please don’t get me wrong. I’m all for electronic mail. It’s great for basic communication. But I don’t think I will ever be able to give up sending out my Christmas cards all in the name of being green.

November 30, 2008

Thinking Green

by Nori — Categories: Energy, Gardening1 Comment

I’ve been researching different aspects of gardening and occasionally I run into a gem I just have to share.  I’ve been searching for information on vertical gardening.  I ran into a link that mentioned both the AeroGarden and Patrick Blanc and I just had to check.  Someone had posted, on an open blog, comments on the AeroGarden, some in favor and some whining at the lack of greeness.  To this post someone commented:

Just because I shower, shave, use deoderant, co-mingle with main stream Americans, work a professional job, have no interest in hugging trees, eating bark, wearing hemp underwear, am ever able to run my fingers through my wife’s underarm hair or aspire to be a self righteous eco-monkey, I still like to eat healthy. Great Product!!! No matter what you pink-o hippie meat-heads say.

I HAD to laugh.  Someone has the same degree of “greenity” I’ve got.  I’ll do my part, just don’t expect me to be ridiculous about it.  And when someone gets it just right, expect me to laugh.

November 20, 2008

Save Money, Save Jobs

by DJ — Categories: Energy — Tags: Comments Off on Save Money, Save Jobs

I work at a very progressive company. They totally support and promote employees working from home. This allows them to occupy two buildings instead of three or four. It saves on rent, it saves on resources. Their buildings are ‘green‘ and hold the LEED Silver Certification. It may not impress you, but impresses me.

Recently they have been polling employees for money-saving ideas as well as suggestions on how to leave a smaller carbon footprint. One suggestion that came up was to shut down one of the two buildings one day each week and require anyone who could work from home to do so (there are still many employees who feel the need to sit at a desk every day).  I don’t know the actual dollars involved here, but I’m sure they would be significant. It occurred to me that why not take this one step further. During the week of Thanksgiving when so many employees are already taking the week off, why not shut one building down for the entire week? Good idea don’t you think?

Now, ponder this: how much money would your company save, if it did the same thing and closed its doors for just one day each week and allow you to work from home, instead of letting people go? In fact, could your company do something similar by consolidating employees, offer shared or flex work spaces, and require you to work from home at least 2 days every week? I think it is certainly an alternative that more corporations should consider. In this day and time, it is so easy to monitor your employees even if they are not sitting right under your nose. It is simple… they either produce, or they don’t. It will show up if they are not doing their jobs. I am grateful that I can work from home and have this wonderful opportunity to lower my own carbon footprint; I hope that if I end up working somewhere else, they will be equally forward thinking and have a similar program.

November 7, 2008

On the topic of programming…

by DJ — Categories: Energy, General — Tags: , 1 Comment

Brilliant! Just brilliant!

I am writing a post instead of commenting because I have a different spin on the whole programming issue to get off my chest.

My partner-in-crime on this blog is truly brilliant. She has spoiled me horribly over the years by using the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) method. Now I’m a pretty smart cookie and do good figuring things out on my own. But my friend here has helped in many ways to make my life easier through her Web programming. As a result I am indeed spoiled.

My case today… why do they have to make it so [you fill in the blank with the explicative of your choice] hard to make a very simple text change within a corporate Web site? I understand all too well why large corporations have this protocol they like to follow for updating their Web site, but if you are in a position making those updates, they make it all but impossible to work effectively and efficiently. I have been trying to make a simple update for way too long, and it wasn’t until I used a back door that I could make it. That’s just wrong. I will stop there.

My next peeve is they use a style sheet. Well, that’s great. We get a consistent look and feel to the site. I have no issue with using style sheets, as I know I get anal about consistency. My peeve? I updated a page using their code, and it is NOT consistent with the rest of the site. What’s wrong with this picture? Grrrrrr…

And yes, this is filed under energy because it is a waste of my energy trying to understand why they have to make it so … hard!

October 22, 2008

Boom or Bust?

by DJ — Categories: Energy — Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

They said, “the Barnett-Shale is going to produce jobs for years to come.”

They said, “the Barnett-Shale is going to open new avenues for natural gas production.”

They were wrong. Well. Not totally wrong. But close. It is very true that the Barnett-Shale is the largest natural gas find in North American history. It is true it has produced many jobs that simply did not exist. And it is true, it is certainly making somebody very, very rich. (more…)

September 25, 2008

Don’t save me from myself

by DJ — Categories: Energy, Politics — Tags: , , , , Comments Off on Don’t save me from myself

In 2004 my home flooded. Not just a little either. Not as bad as New Orleans in 2005 and not as bad as Galveston in 2008. But it did flood bad enough to require moving out and rebuilding. What I learned from this experience is you have got to act quickly and you cannot rely on the government, or anyone else for that matter, to help you. It is a sucky situation to be in, but you’ll survive.

Homes are completely destroyed and left unsalvageable because our brilliant agencies deem our properties and infrastructure unsafe. Thank goodness that was not the approach in my neighborhood. We discovered within three days black mold had already started forming and setting in (Texas in July… need I say more). We had EVERYTHING out of the house within those initial days. I can’t imagine what I would have found had I been kept from my house any longer. It infuriates me to no end that our illustrious law makers and officials don’t get this concept. The longer you wait, the worse it is going to be. If you can act quickly, you just might be able to save that photo album or favorite book; but if you cannot get to your property within days, theses items and so much more will indeed be a total loss. You do not need water or electricity to start tearing your house apart. Our officials would better serve us by coming through with tractors, front-end loaders, and refuse containers so we could get down to the business of clean up. They could set up porta-cans and provide generators. Government, in my opinion, when faced with the disasters of such magnitude that has hit the US coastal communities in recent years is totally ineffective and is truly missing the point.

Homeowners… get a grip and deal with it. Act quickly. You will get through it. Trust me.

Donna’s voice for today!

September 25, 2008

Two percent versus twenty percent

by Nori — Categories: Energy1 Comment

I keep hearing the US only has two percent of the world’s old, yet we use 25 percent of the world’s oil.  This is SO apples and oranges.  We don’t use 25 percent of the world’s oil.  We use 25 percent of the world’s oil production which is a totally different thing.  We need to  drill domestically to supply the oil we need.  This keeps our dollars at home and allows us the time and money to reduce our dependence on petroleum energy.

We are going to run out of oil.  We have to be ahead of the curve in developing other resources.

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