Thursday, April 9, 2009

Go Green by Going Black

This is fantastic:

Ecosmartsearch is owned by Andrew Davey age 14. My search engine is powered by Google.

Back in February I read a blog post by a leading expert in "green" computing called Mark Ontkush he calculated the following:

"An all white web page uses about 74 watts to display, while an all black page uses only 59 watts. I thought I would do a little math and see what could be saved by moving a high volume site to the black format.

Take at look at Google, who gets about 200 million queries a day. Let's assume each query is displayed for about 10 seconds; that means Google is running for about 550,000 hours every day on some desktop. Assuming that users run Google in full screen mode, the shift to a black background will save a total of 15 (74-59) watts. That turns into a global savings of 8.3 Megawatt-hours per day, or about 3000 Megawatt-hours a year. Now take into account that about 25 percent of the are CRTs, and at 10 cents a kilowatt-hour, that's $75,000, a goodly amount of energy and dollars for changing a few colour codes."
Mark inspired me to start

This can be found

The point of Ecosmartsearch is not just to save energy, but to make us more aware. We also hope that by displaying ecosmartsearch when your computer comes on, you will think of other ways of saving energy. We also would really like it if you set us as your homepage as a reminder of saving energy

To use this energy saving version of google bookmark:

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

To Janet

My mother in-law was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia. While Leukemia is a commonly known type of cancer, hearing the news that Janet was ill came as a complete shock to all of our family. For weeks now she has been far from home in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona.

While on vacation in Arizona, Janet felt a pain in her chest that was found to be
pneumonia, which was caused by a low white blood cell count, which was caused by the Leukemia.

She is an amazing woman. Test after test and throughout the chemotherapy she has remained strong yet tender. And Tony, my father in-law, is an equally amazing man. It has been so touching to watch those two together throughout this trying time.

The last evening Brant, Jamie and I were there, Janet's hair had began to loosen and fall onto her shoulders. We all sat around her and cried with her while Tony tenderly brushed it and kept whispering how beautiful she looked. It was an incredibly emotional moment that I'll never forget.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Amber Hills Motel

A charming deserted motel on Arizona hwy 60 caught my attention. The wonderful art deco coves and windows created viewfinders.