Tuesday September 15, 2015
The 8 Colors of Fitness
Our September BAAPT program featured Suzanne Brue with a new twist on Type. You'd probably guess that the different Types approach exercise in very different ways. But this meeting provided the opportunity to discover just how different we can be.
From one SJ/Blue's comment about exercising, "It never occurred to me that fun could enter into it", to an SP/Green's "I like the surprise around the corner and like to adapt to it", we spent three hours learning and talking about physical activity, fitness, and Type.
Sunday August 30, 2015
Personal Weather Stations
I'm not a weather geek like some people, but I do like to know what's going on. We get a lot of wind in our neighborhood, and we've had a wireless thermometer / anemometer running for quite a few years now. But I wanted more.
NetatmoSo, two years ago, when I read about the Netatmo weather station, we bought one. I like it a lot.
Thursday July 23, 2015
We have been thinking about adding solar collectors for a long time, dithering over technologies, worrying about installation and maintenance, etc. When the public school in our neighborhood put in an 8190 sq. ft. array (6 rows of 91 3'x5' panels), we knew we should try to get on board. However, it's always been too expensive. Until now. Rich ran across a mention of SolarCity in January of this year. He started looking into what they offer; he talked to a representative. They sent us a proposal; discussions went back and forth. Eventually, we signed up, hooked up, and became reasonably happy campers. Note: If, after reading this post, you decide to buy from SolarCity, please let them know that you learned about them from us. You'll get a month of free power and we'll get a tasty referral bonus!
Continued... in our wiki.
Friday July 17, 2015
Tea on Ice
A story about cold tea, brought on by a memory triggered by my mug of tea going cool.
Saturday July 4, 2015
My Labels, My Choice
I just ran across this question in a LinkedIn group:
Do Typology Instruments Box People Into a Category Using Labeling?
I was born in January of 1960, in central Pennsylvania. I grew up in State College, a University town dubbed a "statistical metropolis". It was (and still is) a pleasant and progressive place to grow up.
A lot has happened in the past 50+ years, not just for me but for the world.
Saturday June 13, 2015
Hard As Rock!
Rich is out in the Back Forty (that's yards, not acres), working on a project.
The Idea (in theory): to attach some 4x4 boards perpendicular to the slope back there to make it possible to walk along the edge of the hill horizontally.
In practice? Our house is on a hill made of decomposed granite. Great stuff. It has excellent drainage. Mud slides? We never get mud. Rain is gone within a minute of hitting the ground.
On the other hand, it's miserable to dig through. After we bought our house, we converted the back lawn to water-conserving garden. We rototilled down about 18" and removed all rocks larger than a golf ball. That made it possible to dig holes in the garden for planting things.