Going Green with CFL

spiral-bulb_2.jpg I just picked up a pack of Verilux compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. The package claims 10,000 hours of “bright, white daylight.” It uses a sixth of the energy of a regular lightbulb. Additionally, it outputs a cool blue color that simulates natural daylight. In an effort to reduce my monthly energy bill, I’m doing my part to help the environment. To accomplish that, I also picked up a five pack of regular GE CFL bulbs to swap out around the house. It’s still taking me some time to get use to the spectrum of light. I’ll follow up in a week or so and report back on progress made.

Productivity 1.0

moleskin.jpgPerhaps the most advanced technology, or at least the one that works best for me, is simply good old fashion paper wrapped in leather: the Moleskine. Nothing works better than just having something around for jotting down ideas and putting together thought. I still read the Wall Street Journal, print edition, even though the online version will soon be free.

I’m not saying that I’m not overly obsessive with my Facebook page or my Google Calendar, but it’s something that doesn’t rely on an Internet connection, and won’t crash or go blue screen on me.

Google Notebook

Google is starting to really integrate its 10 million different products. Lately, I’ve been attracted to Google Notebook, which can quickly be used as a GTD tool. I’ve set up my “notebooks” as:

  • inbox (to process)
  • next actions (to do)
  • someday/maybe
  • reference
  • projects

When I stumble across something I’m interested in, I simply dump it in the inbox. This gets processed through the GTD work flow and sorted as necessary. Fortunately, a la Gmail, Google Notebook has powerful search option that really eliminates the need to arrange items in such granular folders.

Next steps:

  • Create a bookmarks notebook to track all my favorite sites
  • Clip useful articles from blogs as I read them

I Heart Tivo

Tivo is amazing. The company (TIVO) itself, is worthless. I caved in and opted to get a Tivo Series 2 instead of Comcast’s DRV box. The software interface is amazing and it just works period.

The benefits are:

  • Season Pass – It records all episodes during the season and changes the recording time if the show moves to a different time or date.
  • TivoToGo – Tivo is hooked up to my home network. I can transfer the shows to any of my computers.
  • 30 second skip – Using a hack code, I programmed my remote to skip 30 seconds at a time, useful for not ever watching TV commercials.

Atlas Shrugged

The New York Times published a rather interesting article on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The 1200 page book I’ve been reading has been inspirational reading to a number of people including Allen Greenspan.

Ayn Rand’s philosophy, objectivism, appeals particularly to me because of its applications to free market economics.

Further thoughts pending substantial completion of the book.

Twitter

Twitter

I joined the bandwagon and signed up for a twitter account. It’s a way to update everyone on your whereabouts and what’s happening, except 160 characters at a time. Ideally, it’s updated using SMS messages. While it’s too short to really get any message across, if you “follow” another person’s updates, you develop a sense of their life.

It’s only been two days. I’ll follow up with a full review soon.

Meyers Briggs Personality: INTP

According to my type test, I am an Introverted iNtuition Thinking Perceiving.

INTP types are quiet, thoughtful, analytical individuals who don’t mind spending long periods of time on their own working through problems and forming solutions. They are very curious about systems and how things work, and are frequently found in careers such as science, architecture and law. INTPs tend to be less at ease in social situations and the caring professions, although they enjoy the company of those who share their interests. They also tend to be impatient with the bureaucracy, rigid hierarchies, and politics prevalent in many professions, preferring to work informally with others as equals.

INTPs organize their understanding of any topic by articulating principles, and they are especially drawn to theoretical constructs–such as the MBTI. Having articulated these principles for themselves, they can demonstrate remarkable skill in explaining complex ideas to others in simple terms, especially in writing. On the other hand, their ability to grasp complexity may also lead them to provide overly detailed explanations of “simple” ideas, and listeners may judge that the INTP makes things more difficult than they are.

INTPs extraverted intuition gives them a quick wit, especially with language, and they can diffuse the tension in gatherings by comical observations and references. They can be charming, even in their quiet reserve, and can be astounded at the high esteem in which their friends and colleagues hold them.

I Am Not a Tree Hugger

I don’t consider myself a tree hugger. I am not a ultra hippy vegan. I do remember as a child crushing cans, cutting the plastic soda things, and saving every sheet of paper to recycle.

Today, I am getting back to my roots and slowly trying to be a better citizen of planet Earth. As my disposable income increases, I find it more affordable to shop at the organic grocery stores and purchase more recycled items. In fact, my next goal is to eliminate plastic grocery bags from my daily life (I do save them bags and deposit them in the recycling bin at Safeway). I keep most of the lights off when possible and open the blinds to let in natural light. My electricity bill has also gone down because I reduce the use of the AC and shut things off them they’re not in use.

Additionally, I recycle almost all paper products. I used to recycle only big boxes such as the cereal box or the orange juice carton. Now, I actually collect all cardboard items such as the tiny package my razors came in to my toothpaste container.

I found that tree hugger publishes a number of very interesting and enlightening articles.