Creating a Beehive Co-op

bee hive

We have bees.  Not an infestation, but an actual honey beehive that we have setup in our backyard.  Luckily, it's legal here, because we've had some problems. Last year, I spotted the Flow Hive Indiegogo crowd funding campaign … [Continue reading]

Earth Day UN Climate Agreement Signing

A great agreement is being signed today, April 22, 2016, but even if all countries do what they are agreeing to, we will still have catastrophic climate change. Encourage your government to do more. Setting personal examples, showing a willingness … [Continue reading]

Open Space, Climate Vulnerabilities and Making

We haven't been blogging much over the past year and I suspect some people wonder why - other than we both work full time and have three kids! There's always a lot going on in our lives, but this year I think these three phrases encapsulate the … [Continue reading]

Solar Charging Super Bowl 50

The one team that I care about playing in  Super Bowl 50 NFL Championship game is team Solar!  Levi's Stadium in San Francisco has 375 kW of solar panels that generate enough electricity each year to power all of the 49ers home games. … [Continue reading]

Best Climate Change Speech Ever

Keystone XL Pipeline stamped REJECTED

Today President Barack Obama gave what I consider the best climate change speech ever when he announced the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. However, when I first tried to watch the speech, by going to well known news sites, like USA … [Continue reading]

Love Song to the Earth

love song to the earth

Natasha Bedingfield and Sean Paul teamed up with an awesome group of artists including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and many more to create "Love Song to the Earth." They released it to coincide with Pope Francis's visit to … [Continue reading]

Interview with Jeff Sutherland – Inventor of Scrum and Renewable Energy Advocate

Photo of home with both roofs covered in solar panels

Recently I had the pleasure of learning a more effective way to manage projects. The two day course, titled Scrum Product Owner training, was taught by Jeff Sutherland, the inventor and co-creator of Scrum and author of Scrum: The Art of … [Continue reading]

How much did the US spend on Imported Oil in 2014?

My previous blog posts about the US spending on imported oil are finally making a difference. At least a lot of people seem to be asking how much the US spends on importing oil.  Earlier this year, one of the leading United States Presidential … [Continue reading]

Camping with Thermo-electric Generation (Powered SmartPhones)

BioLite Kettle Pot over BioLite BaseCamp charging GoalZero lantern

While camping over Memorial Day this year, I witnessed several people complaining about their SmartPhones (iPhones, etc.) and having to sit around the bathroom trying to get even to 20% charge. Last year Alicia and I had to coordinate who had the … [Continue reading]

How to Easily Grill Corn on the Campfire

Campfire Grilled Corn

This year Ellie & Christor were old enough to actually help us plan for our annual camping trip, including participating in meal planning. They declared that they were going to make pancakes, and since I know that Ellie is perfectly … [Continue reading]