Light Bulbs?
February 21, 2007

There have been a few eye opening articles on CFL (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) recently. As a result Dayna and I have been swapping them in around our place for the last while. Here's some quickie quotes from the articles, and links to the articles themselves.

[..] If every one of 110 million American households bought just one ice-cream-cone bulb, took it home, and screwed it in the place of an ordinary 60-watt bulb, the energy saved would be enough to power a city of 1.5 million people. One bulb swapped out, enough electricity saved to power all the homes in Delaware and Rhode Island. In terms of oil not burned, or greenhouse gases not exhausted into the atmosphere, one bulb is equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the roads.

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/108/open_lightbulbs.html

[Australia is] introducing new energy efficiency standards and these old
lights simply won't comply, they will be phased out and basically over
a period of time (3 years) they will no longer be for sale," Mr Turnbull said.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21258888-421,00.html

On the negative side of things, the packaging for the bulbs don't mention anything about what generation of bulbs they are, so we've occasionally brought home bulbs that take a second to turn on, which sucks.




The Sun Doth Shine
February 20, 2007

I learned recently to never let your license expire as cmac had to make an emergency drivers test appointment in Victoria this past weekend. We watched the Canucks game with Damien, and then Dayna's sister came and met us for a drink. The next day we went for lunch with speedo, cmac passed his test and now I'm back in Vancouver. All in all it worked out pretty well, a pretty good way to spend a Sunday night.

Tomorrow Speedo and I are headed to the Tenacious D concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. It should be amazingly wicked and I can't wait.

Erik and Tom both posted to their blogs after I mentioned that everyone seemed to be in hibernation mode, and now it's a sunny Monday, and apparently it's snowing like crazy up at Whistler. I think that between us we managed to lift the curse..


Update! V1.1
February 16, 2007

After updating my page today I was reading over my latest post and noticed that on my new LCD at work the links/archives/recent entries were all in a little bit of a different sized font. I had a quick look at the HTML/CSS and found the issue and have made a minor update. In the process I figured out a little bit of CSS magic, and changed the colours a little bit. Thought I'd make a posting about it as I doubt anyone would notice if they weren't told to look for it..

Also, Tom has taken the bait and updated his site!


Hibernating


I use a Personalized Google start page, and it has been static for quite a while now, I think everyone's laying low, waiting for spring. Blogs aren't being updated nearly as often these days, and I haven't seen new pictures uploaded since Tom's birthday.

It's definitely "winter" in Vancouver. Rainy and dark, with lots of crappy snow on the mountains. At least dodgeball is starting up again soon. My parents are on their maiden voyage in their new motorhome right now. Last time I heard from them they were in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. They are gone for a total of a month, wouldn't that be nice..

Last weekend Sean, Sheldon, and I managed to sneak in a round of Pitch and Putt golf on the Stanley Park golf course. It was great to be outside in the sunshine, even if our shoes did get soaked from all the mud.

Speedo passed his CCNA this week, which made me relook at the Microsoft Certification Planner. I only need one more exam to get another designation, so I'm going to take that next week.


Anyways, I'm going to make an effort to take more pictures and update this thing more frequently in the coming weeks.




 





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