It’s That Kind of Cold Again

February 10th, 2008

Walking out to the car after work today, I found that the locks had frozen. This necessitated taking the elevator back up to get a mug of hot water and submerge my key in it. Pulling it back out near the car, I dried it as quickly as possible and stuck it back in. After a moment the key turned. This is what you have reduced me to Minnesota.

And Fancy That

January 30th, 2007

Ah yes, it’s also worth mentioning that the EPA is set to end lead standards for air quality. Ah led, maybe you grew up in a house that had lead paint two layers down? You’ve heard somewhere what lead can do and why we don’t use it much anymore? Since signing meaningless online form letters is the new doing nothing/protesting, here is a prefab letter for you. This one is from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Personalized letters, though they take longer, have been shown in studies to have more impact on policy makers though, so you might want to make one that’s truly your own.

Oh and One Other Thing

December 15th, 2006

It’s a bit old in blog years, but look into this. Healthcare is something we should all care about. Healthcare and the environment… I don’t really have much to say beyond that, as others are putting it better these days.

The Environment

September 29th, 2006

Some people, aren’t exactly doing as much as Al Gore.

One of the things I find most interesting about working where I do, is how many people I work with really want to green things up. I think it comes from standing in the middle of a data center. You can’t do that without realizing how much energy computers use. Sweet crap. You can hear the rumble of the fans through the walls. I have a desktop I turn on from time to time. It’s pretty loud. The data center is noise you can feel. The energy is palpable, and it is just the bleed off. The real energy goes into making sure you can load pictures of kittens at

Personally I only use recycled kittens. That’s how I help.

Sun Spots

September 22nd, 2006

I saw this post on solar chargers over at Tree Hugger. I may have to go order some of that solar goodness myself. A little looking into it is probably in order first, but that sounds like it could cut the power bill pretty quickly. If it works as well as they claim it would pay for itself in a few months.

Also, from Boing Boing, to which I eternally link whore, Smoking Etiquette in Japan and Extra Hot Jalapenos for your garden.

The smoking etiquette is for Brad, who never updates his scant web presence, and spends a lot of time in Japan.

A few weeks ago I picked some of the last jalapenos out of the little pot I’d been tending for two years. I moved a little while ago, so now the squirrels don’t eat two bites of every one of them and then throw them on the ground. I kept expecting the squirrels at the old place to realize the peppers were hot. They never did. I put three of the peppers into a small curry, and then let it cook for a good long time. Near the end I squeezed a whole lemon into it, why the hell not? This got the peppers going in a way I hadn’t expected, and while I could eat it with no problem, my poor girlfriend had five bites and then had to give up. I am so tempted to get some seeds for those hotter jalepenos… I’m going to have to cook two dishes for every meal next summer.


September 19th, 2006

So I read this article, and I felt deeply depressed. Stuck in one place wondering what the hell to do depressed. Yay. I don’t know that I fall in with that level of gloom and doom, but even when I don’t, it gets to me for some reason.

Then I saw this:

That made things a little better.

Still bad, but better.

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