This is an interesting short video titled “How Green Is Your Internet?”
Hungry Beast‘s Dan Ilic explores the facts and figures behind the oft ignored energy expenditure of Internet usage.
Parsing Politics and Finding Cool Stuff on the Internet
John B. Judis over at The New Republic is one of my favorite writers. His articles are usually quite eloquent in their brevity and hit on topics interesting to me. His latest gives a brief (not exhaustive) history of the changes in outlook towards nature by American political parties and how they affect us today. It is worth a full read. These two paragraphs sum things up well:
Yet during the last year, we’ve seen two disasters that show the price humanity can pay for harboring illusions about the workings of nature. First was the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that occurred in early 2010. Yes, it occurred due to lax regulation from the Department of Interior and a rush to profit by BP and Halliburton. But the reason behind the failure of the Interior Department to regulate, and the failure of BP to heed the dangers of a spill, was a belief that nature would not exact revenge. It was a refusal to take the limits set by nature seriously.
The Japanese, of course, cannot be blamed for the calamity that has befallen them. Lacking domestic access to oil, they relied on nuclear power, and they built their reactors to withstand the largest earthquakes and tsunamis—though they didn’t count on both happening simultaneously. Yet what happened in Japan shows vividly that millions of years after humans began inhabiting the earth, nature is still a force to be reckoned with, and it still imposes limits on the decisions we make as a society. Will Republicans come to understand that? Or will they continue to believe that the only limits worth acknowledging are those that government puts on the bank accounts of their corporate sponsors?
After two days in the classroom for the first time in months, I am exhausted. Getting back into that groove may take time (I am losing 1-1.5 hours of sleep each night) but it is ultimately the direction I want to go in. In this new phase of life, I hope I can evolve and find the energy to blog, to read, and to not get so easily angry after spending 7.5 hours of being with teenage kids.
So tonight, as I sit and look out the window at a mountain range and wait for some homemade pizza to be cooked, I am thankful for these getaway weekends. I am thankful for XPN to be in my area. I am thankful for health and staying in the continual presence of the sacred One.
I am also thankful for this video. Thanks, DT! Cheers.
In light of the scorching heat waves in parts of Pennsylvania, I found this Atlantic article as a good read:
The fix to a system that’s high in both costs and headaches lies in connecting consumers to their consumption–showing people what they’re using in a way that’s clear and easy to understand. Already companies are peddling gadgets designed to tell you how much electricity your dishwasher requires, or how much juice your dryer pulls. Google has even gotten involved, offering a web-based tool called Google PowerMeter that connects to these sorts of monitoring devices to help people see and record what they’re using. It’s a great start, but let’s take it further: let’s require consumption gauges on appliances, and link them into the power grid so that they could display, in dollars and cents, just what it costs to fetch energy in real time.