Posts Tagged ‘Green’

Just a quick post in January 2017

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I am getting excited to start working on a home and community based project.
The idea is both energy and media based but needs time to formalize the real plan.
Drop me a note if you are local to Groton, MA USA and interested in learning more.

I’ve been quiet long enough to get things going.

So I am returning three Apple devices and switching most systems to Ubuntu Linux.
Beginning with returning the iPad and MacBook Air and switching the daily driver !

System 76 Lemur

System 76 Lemur laptop

Thin & lightweight.
Perfect for those on the go, the Lemur is easy to carry from meeting to meeting or across campus.

But the television is on and seeing that I am not alone with doing changes that affect me alone but
are activities shared by others.

Change the Channel !
“Rights of Nature”

Banner for Rights of Nature website

rights of Mother Earth

 

So for now I’ll remain quiet but not silent !

 

So check back later and I’ll be describing more what’s been going on or drop me a note if you can figure out how.

Getting the Word out…

So who knows me and what I do ?
It is now almost a year since my last post that meant anything.
Last year at this time I was writing about Earth Day 2014 !
By July 2014 I had gotten the Electric Drive Smart

Smart charging in Boston

First Fill up

I tracked it’s charging a while to see how much it costs each charge.

Collage of charging Smart ED

Facebook album

I am starting to show up more often with the car and on the Internet.
Also trying using a new tool
FLIPBOARD !!!

View my Flipboard Magazine. <- work in progress

Kevin , my son is working with John Shea
on an Internet Marketing Company so I am connecting Frozen Wave Media here.

About Us - Frozen Wave Media

John Shea and Kevin Davy are part of this Internet Marketing Company.

Next…

I will do an Earth Day Event at Groton Public Library on April 22, 2015

April 2014 – Let’s focus on 22 and not 1 !

April begins with “All Fools Day

April Fools’ Day (alternatively April Fool’s Day, sometimes All Fools’ Day) is celebrated on 1 April every year. 1 April is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated in various countries as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other called April fools.[1]

This is not a way to celebrate Spring beginnings although the weather seems to be a natural hoax.

Winter Weather Statistics: Where 2013-2014 Season Stands

But just how serious is this winter, historically? We dug up some winter-weather statistics for a few major cities across the U.S. (Keep in mind, a lot of this is still preliminary weather data from the National Weather Service, so it could eventually be adjusted.)

Before March ended I wanted to estimate and photograph the Circuit de Catalona and begin to
promote on a Facebook page

Circuit de Catalona - 1:32 Scalextric Sport

Instead of the larger Daytona LeMans I am focusing in May 2014 with a smaller race to promote global infrastructure.

Seemed easy enough as I could just do as I always did and load it in the pickup and assemble then
photograph from a high angle. But again I found obstacles not from the track size but from the location
management size. Too many people involved in a simple act that it never could succeed without committee
and boards making executive decisions that impact the community that would host the event.

What community ?

A group of individuals with diverse ideas and following a common thread as if they were ships in a port
or on the open seas. Each with their own agenda but aware of the surrounding activity. Now add to that
the infrastructure systems being managed by overloaded individuals that spend time looking in every
direction before looking straight ahead.

It’s like a bumper car ride in a house of mirrors !
Bumper Cars in house of mirrorsNo matter where you look there is you or others looking back and
making you look better or worse !

And then you bump heads…

And loose perspective…

Fading into the distance…
Feeling less impact and more confusion…
Finally, no one notices you until you move closer and impact them in their world !!!

So, if you are reading this then I may be in front of you or in your mirror….

THUS…

Mirrored texT

Mirrored Text

So where do we find time for saving the planet ?

Everyday and every way !

On April 22 2014 look back at what you have done or look into the future !

Or just watch as others reflections appear in your view !

What ever you do be sure you are there in mind and spirit !

April 2012 – No Fooling ! Just try to make it better !

Earth Day 2012 is April 22 !

So why would that matter ?
Let’s think about it !
If you want to make a difference you need to make an effort.
If you stand out in a crowd then no one notices the crowd !

February 15 2003 _ Nashua Porsche - 24 Hour Daytona Le Mans

Nashua Porsche hosts 1/32 scale 24 Hours at Daytona 2003.

So where are we headed ?
Are we going around in circles ?
If we win the race are we alone ?

In 2003 the Porsche Dealer in Nashua New Hampshire sponsored an event to celebrate the race at Daytona Beach Florida known as the Rolex 24.

In 2003, the series debuted their custom prototype chassis, known as Daytona Prototypes, named after their premiere event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Porsche won that year !

Rank Constructor Wins Years
1 Germany Porsche 18 1968, 1970–71, 1973, 1975, 1977–83, 1985–87, 1989, 1991, 2003
2 United States Riley 8 2005–12
3 Italy Ferrari 5 1963–64, 1967, 1972, 1998
4 United States Riley & Scott 3 1996–97, 1999
5 United States Ford 2 1965–66
United Kingdom Jaguar 1988, 1990
Japan Nissan 1992, 1994
8 United Kingdom Lotus 1 1962
United Kingdom Lola 1969
Germany BMW 1975
United Kingdom March 1984
Japan Toyota 1993
Germany Kremer 1995
United States Dodge 2000
United States Chevrolet 2001
Italy Dallara 2002
United States Doran 2004

The following year NASCAR drivers tried to win the race !

To quote in 2012

ROLEX 24 FLASHBACK: ANDY WALLACE’S DAYTONA MEMORIES

One that got away was the 2004 race. Wallace was paired with NASCAR stars Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr in a works-run Crawford-Chevrolet DP03 under the Howard-BOSS Motorsports banner and came within 16 minutes of victory.”

  So for almost ten years have we been going around in circles ?
What will Earth Day 2012 change ?
What did Earth Day 1970 Change ?

Hunger Games’ gorges on $214 million global debut

 The headline tells it all!

Anyone see this -> Headline  <- ?

When I wrote this POST there were
786,606,716 pledges to do something !

Are you a movie goer or an active citizen of planet earth ?

Back to School – Learning to Start Over

Making up Numbers for a budget

If you use Numbers on Mac then this is the Budget Template.

The summer of 2011 is almost over and so I am looking back at the year seven and a half months into the calendar year.
Daily existence is up a notch  as the country and the world struggle over financial balance. This year is more out of balance then any year since 1990 when I left an enjoyable job involuntarily or even back to 1970 when I left high school and started my adult life.
I see the repeating pattern every 2o years. I can compare any source and see the same results. Change the legend on the chart to income of the wealthy , number unemployed , crime rate , or cost of gasoline and it still looks realistic. If you watch the news or read a newspaper the information is the same.

So here are the quick links I like to include…
zFacts

zFacts - Price of Gasoline

The graph reflects DOE's weekly survey.

 U.S. Household net worth graphic –

Net Worth graphic

Net Worth graph - 22:13, 11 March 2010 (UTC)03/11/2009

Distribution Wealth (World 2000)

Graphic of distribution of Wealth

Follow the Money...

So we began fending and providing for ourselves

Screen shot of a family web site.

Davy Hollow is a Backyard Farm started 2010

We will see what the next year, decade (or two) yields for us and the rest of the world.

On a Green note , more people are getting into self reliant living.

“Fast Food” – High Speed, Dining and Heifer International

Heifer's mission to end hunger

To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

We had breakfast at the Learning Center at Overlook Farm, located in Rutland, MA (62 miles West of Boston). So I am volunteering to help promote their cause.

I see they are involved with Green Mountain Coffee and Starbucks Coffee.

If you read about Heifer International Online Gift Catalog – Goat you will begin
to see why I am increasing my time spent on this cause.

As far as the HIGH SPEED TRAINS part of my energy I am finding encouraging articles

High Speed train blurred

Recent boosts in federal funding have made high-speed, intercity passenger rail a high-profile issue.

about the future and even some current efforts and successes.

It sure seems hard to compare donating a goat to a world entity to getting more support for high speed rail travel but what are we telling ourselves by just waiting for this to happen or biting off more than we can chew.

Spanish state-operated railway network

The state-run company RENFE covers an ample number of domestic lines that connect all the regions on the Iberian Peninsula.

Maybe more of us should be eating sustainable on the run. While in Malaga, Spain in 2008 I wasn’t thinking about world hunger but instead only about having a mid trip meal. Anyone gone to the trouble of asking where their meal came from and is it a sustainable lifestyle ? I am going to try to start to ask more often.

Monte Málaga Hotel

Monte Málaga Hotel: the value of respect for the environment

I expect the hotel would have enjoyed expressing their opinion.

“What’s in your future ?” 

 

WiFi Fantasy…


WiFi by coova , Trains by playing !

Let’s begin where we are and and catch you up. We have had a busy Summer with the crash of the Prius and getting kids back to college. Now that colder weather is on us we have more time for indoor activities.

In the final days of September I began therapy for back pain. I may be from train modules or wheel chairs or college baggage. Any way there was a day there to drive to Hartford and meet relatives. Along the way I saw a lotr of trains as they are. Once I met relatives I showed pictures of Spain and High Speed travel at 200+ miles per hour. How nice if the Amtrak got me from Boston to Hartford that fast ! It would have been less than one hour trip.

So in November I went to Bedford Boomers and sat with European Train Club next to the host Model Train club. National Model Railroad Association had asked me to evangelize membership ! So I sat in a camping chair and showed kids and parents how to control trains with the “ECoS” controller. I made the trains make sounds and moved them remotely. Many never realized that this was how easy it was to connect Europe and American trains in Scale Model worlds. I could have never put those trains on the large layouts because even at the small scale there are discrepancies. Once I switch to catenary power I will be able to make the connections. That’s what I plan to do and so also the European club.

We both will build a presentation that only needs 15 minutes from one member to display. Then kids and parents will see the future (in scale). Almost feels like a private world’s fair.

Two places to read where I’ve been and where we are going !

AVE S/103 Velaro in Spain

High Speed in Florida

I’ll leave you to find out more about
Trains for America

Not my contribution but still a kindred spirit !

 

See you in September !

After losing a battle with a 1999 Sububan , our 2008 Prius was replaced with a solar panel equipped 2010 Barcelona Red Prius. The significance for me is both the PV roof and the festive color.

Someone on LinkedIn asked “What are you willing to do to save the planet ?”

SOLD ! - PV Solar Barcelona Red Prius in 2010

Still on the lot and transferred as per order.

So I thought about it and sold a couple cars I had as collectables and prestige.

The 1959 Bug Eye Sprite I had in High School during the muscle car era  was sold at a loss !
Also I took the equity in the 2006 VW GLI and when combined with insurance settlement, I was able to almost eliminate the loan payments for the newer Prius.
I’m now increasing activity in Groton Local so as to help cut down travel and meet neighbors with like interests.
I think it is a typical effort that spends a lot of energy looking for others to help without a testimony to ones personal efforts.
Often members of Green Groups are silent  about their own success stories. The most vocal are the activists who  immerse themselves in regulative changes. Then find others to steer the vote. I myself am impressed with their energy but don’t have the charisma to gain a following to my passions. I am labeled as “one of those green guys” which should be a badge of honor but was slung as an insult to a comment to another about an unattended car left running while busy elsewhere.

So when September 2010 starts, I hope others go back to school and teach others about what they know or are doing to make a difference. If you have questions then they need to be asked in order to find an answer. Start something ! Silence is not golden if it means missing an opportunity to make a change in the way others opinions about you and your ideals. You may be labeled as bizarre but at least they will know your view if they begin to look for a local friend when they finally change their own views about what can be done about saving energy.

Not all change occurs from the top down.
Individuals use energy and then they impact communities which become models for regions that get recognized as a bunch of “Green Guys”.
Next milestone is  January 2011 and a New Year.
Will you have changed for the better or wait and see ?
Will the
November 2010 elections reflect the “Green Guys” or  the silent majority ?

Vote the way you feel ! It is a silent way to speak loudly !

Solar Energy – The sun shines bright, Lee

When was the last time you saw the sun ?
So today I saw the light.

Reflect - EMass Solar

As I saw the reflected sunny day !

In the window was this logo. In the store were past friends from the chamber!
So the month began with new kids, accidents ,  birthdays and things that  may happen in everyones life.
Occasionally you find a link in life and make a connection that leads to a link online.
It started with my bank, DCU.
The branch manager, Jon  had an Optimus Prime on his desk. So me being Cool Games, I asked about it.
Turns out he sells collectables. That’s not the topic of this post though. I have been practicing networking and found this new approach of elevator speeches, twittering and blogging to be too much learning. It seems every one has a different way of approaching it. So I went back to meeting people face to face and talking one on one. Now things are happening for me.
I just am myself. I talk about Earth Day 1970 and 2010. 40 YEARS! Big circle with the sun and earth as the focus.

Somewhere in the middle of this Jon met Lee then Darren and the three of us connected at many levels !

Zoom ahead to June 11, 2010 at high noon!
Suddenly I am back in the High Life and just being myself.

So the next step will be the next week. Making more connections to people I already know!
Catch you all later !