Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Fiat 500e Owner Comparison

This post is a Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Fiat 500e owner comparison. I’m a huge fan of electric-powered transportation. We have 3 cars (two in Atlanta, and one in San Francisco). All of them are electric. We purchased them in this order: a Nissan Leaf (2011), a Tesla Model S (2014), and the Fiat 500e (2017). Since we… Continue reading

The Future of Urban Transportation

Urban Migration In the recent past the number of people around the world living in urban cities has exceeded the number of people living in rural areas. This trend will continue, and by 2050 ⅔rds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. People are flocking to large cities for any number of reasons. To be sure, the traffic… Continue reading

I Once Knew a Bumble Bee

Years ago, back in the 1980’s, I lived down by the Chattahoochee River off Columns’ Drive. I had a large wooden board (a 2″ x 6″) I would pass every day going to the font door. This rail had a medium-sized hole in it, a bit larger than the size of a quarter, where once had been a knot in… Continue reading

Our Second Solar Energy System

Solar Array Diagram with live production values Well, we now own our second solar energy array. Our first was the one atop the house in Sausalito. The solar energy system atop the house in Atlanta has been happily producing electricity now for a while. It’s significantly larger than the solar system we had in Sausalito. (Because GA Power only pays… Continue reading

Place: How Living Here Has Changed My Life

The North Coast in the Headlands after the Storm [dropcap]T[/dropcap]his past week I was shooting a time lapse in a particularly beautiful place when visitors from, of all places, Duluth, GA, (a suburb of Atlanta with which I am very familiar) walked up. I started talking with them. They had a high school boy, probably a senior, and were visiting… Continue reading

Total Annual Cost Is a Steal

This month was “true up” month with the electric company. In other words, we had pay the difference between what we had been paying for electricity every month over the last year (a flat rate of $4.00 per month) and the actual cost of the electricity we actually used. Our monthly average electric bill for the 12 months prior to… Continue reading

Man

I have to say that I hate the fact that everywhere we now go is more of the same old same old. Every major international airport on the planet is like every other major international airport: forcing passengers to suffer through the duty free malls of the same pile of mess from the same old transglobal corporations. If I’m forced… Continue reading

My Favorite Yuletide Gift

Yes, I got so many amazing holiday gifts that were nicely wrapped under our Solstice tree. [I’m being an Xmas warmonger this year just to piss off FAUX News.] One of my favorites is an odd thing, an odd contraption indeed! Cick to enlarge It’s a Penguin. It’s made by SodaStream and creates your own carbonated drinks at a tiny… Continue reading

Urban Air: Not A Bad Idea

Having lived in Los Angeles, I would prefer to see these WiFi enabled elevated gardens than the urban graffiti that is billboards! Urban Air from Zack Bennett on Vimeo. Related articles Bamboo Billboard Gardens – Urban Air by Stephen Glassman Aims to Beautify and Clean Cities (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com) L.A. Billboards Could Be Transformed Into Floating Bamboo Gardens (laist.com)… Continue reading

Cutting the Grass

I suspect just about every boy in America grows up having this assigned chore: cutting the grass, well unless you’re Mitt Romney. It’s what boys are expected to do in middle America, a rite of passage, a familial obligation and duty. But what if you lived in this house? Perhaps then it’s a punishment: “I told you, one more low… Continue reading