'environment' Archive

omg omg omg omg

22 November 2008, 11:38 am
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I knew there was a reason I voted for that man.
Goodness knows, I have no problem with using energy consumption as the axe to grind DST away on. But I would also love to see more attention paid to accident rates in the month after each switch, and an assessment of […]

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Green Green Cabs of Somerville

29 November 2007, 8:15 am
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Yesterday I saw a hybrid cab operated by the Green Cab Association of Somerville. This is apparently old news, but I’d somehow missed it. I think it’s a great idea — the combination of high use and mostly in-town driving seems like an excellent match for hybrid engines.
My wunnerful girlfriend and I are sort of […]

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31 July 2007, 8:25 am
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So this morning, as I’m taking out the recycling, there’s a Department of Works guy taking pictures of the unruly mound of trashbags already on our sidewalk, and our house, and (to my instant chagrin) me.
“Trash is s’posed to be in barrels,” he says, none too kindly.
“That’s not my trash,” I reply, with an unfortunate […]

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a new favorite artist

26 July 2007, 9:11 am
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Art by Chris Jordan (also a short interview). Wow. Just, wow.
I don’t think his work needs any words, but a) words are my stock in trade and b) if you’re like me, you won’t just click some random link without some context. So I proclaim that Chris Jordan is the Fugazi of digital photography, because […]

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prank concept

22 May 2007, 9:41 am
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I try not to complain too much about drivers who jeopardize cyclists through inattention or malice (or for that matter, the cyclists who enable them by flagrantly flouting traffic laws), but yesterday I had a particularly tough day with several drivers of monstrosities from Cadillac, Lincoln et al.
I had a brief daydream about […]

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a muggy summer evening. in January. in the Northern hemisphere.

6 January 2007, 3:18 pm
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Look, I understand statistics at least as well as the average bear. I’ve been reading some, using this National Weather Service climate statistics tool.
For example, from the most recent “Record Event Report” (Select “Record Breaking” under “Recent Conditions” in the left navigation bar) I learn that:

1005 PM EST FRI JAN 5 2007
AT 247 PM. . .A RECORD […]

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5 things i didn’t know about compact fluorescent bulbs

29 December 2006, 8:07 pm
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I was hesitant to go CF because I was misled about how expensive the bulbs are. Here in high cost-of-living Boston, we paid $5-$6 a pop at our local drug and hardware stores. That means we can convert every convertible bulb in our household for under a C-note. That’s cheap enough that I will probably […]

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paging Reverend Malthus

29 August 2006, 8:35 pm
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Once upon a time, I attended a conference about (unclassified) artificial intelligence applications in (defense) logistics. One presentation there trumped any horror flick I’ve ever seen for sheer terror. It dealt with robots designed to enter storage tanks that had a mixture of toxic contaminants, identify their contents, and neutralize them (if possible). What made […]

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