Changing Gears

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Today, we're exploring my personal background in Electric Vehicles (EVs), and why my position on EVs has changed over a period of about 25 years. For me, the interest in EVs was sparked by a movie: Back to the Future III. I was 11 years old at the time, and I wanted to better understand how Mr Fusion could power a time machine. So I dug into the history of electrical technologies...I dug until I Read more

Solving Tomorrow's CO2 Crisis, Today

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The idea of a hydrostatic drivetrain isn't new. Today's industrial mining, farming, and construction industries rely heavily upon this technology to cost-effectively do their work. In fact, military vehicles, buses, urban delivery trucks, refuse haulers, and even some sports utility vehicles and family sedans already leverage hydrostatic drivetrains. Looking into the past; Egyptians used Read more

MPGe Is Inaccurate

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This is a followup to an earlier blog posting; intended to more concisely highlight how MPGe claims are provably misleading, by nearly a factor of three. An all-electric vehicle doesn't consume gasoline, but Americans are accustomed to measuring vehicle efficiency in gasoline's Miles Per Gallon (MPG). As a result, the US-EPA came up with Miles Per Gallon equivalent (MPGe), as a means of measuring Read more

Do we really need Net Neutrality?

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Responding to a recent publication by Comcast, they assert an open network policy. Their claim is, at best, highly dubious. As clearly indicated in their PeeringDB entry, Comcast does not offer peering, paid or otherwise, on the shared fabric public switches at any IX What's an IX? It's a regional Internet Exchange; they enable ISPs to directly exchange settlement-free traffic, without requiring Read more

MPGe is a Lie

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The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Miles Per Gallon Gasoline Equivalent (MPGe) "measurement" is how electric and hybrid vehicles compare "fuel efficiency". The rest of the world measures things differently, but we'll talk about that more later. What's strange, is that some really basic math suggests the EPA's MPGe numbers deceptively misrepresent an electric vehicle's true "fuel Read more

I'm Afraid...

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Third time I've had this conversation, this week alone. The goal is expressed as: I want to take this brilliant business idea, and make it my own. The dilemma: I'm afraid of leaving my steady "stable" income stream (aka: my day job). My answer: Ignorance is the parent of fear. Yes, that's a Moby-Dick quote. :-) Smiles I usually express my answer with a smile. If you told me, eight years ago, that Read more

New Voices

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The Million Dollar Handshake When I first met you, I had no idea what you said. If, alongside your smile and confident handshake, you asked me for a million dollars, I would have returned your smile, tried not to squeeze your hand too hard, and agreed without hesitation. After-all, "My name is Gregg, and it's a pleasure to meet you too..." Trying to explain this experience to someone with normal Read more

Saving water with Ollas

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Our modest little urban farm would soon demand over 120 gallons of water per DAY; threatening to set us back by ~$70/month in water costs alone...something had to change. Since we love growing our own food, and we've set aside over 3,000 sq-ft of land for this purpose, size reduction wasn't an option. So, we attacked the water "problem". Attacking The Problem We considered many water conservation Read more

Scythe vs Weedwacker

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Despite being a mechanical/electrical engineering geek, and being almost 20 years into a datacenter related career, power tool gadgets still seem very silly... The fact is for smaller scale urban farming, power tools are often overkill, as this video illustrates quite nicely: For those in the Portland Oregon area, our local Wichita Feed & Hardware has a decent selection of Seymour brand Read more

Disability & Binarism

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This isn't funny. Just because someone's rolling around in a wheelchair, doesn't mean they're bound to it for eternity. There are a multitue of valid medical conditions, where someone is typically wheelchair-bound, but still has the ability to walk limited distances or stand for short periods. The ignorant binarism illustrated in this photo reminds me of my own medical conditions. Most notably Read more
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