Thursday, March 20, 2014

Losing the cable but not the fun

I'm joining the two million people who cut the cable in 2013.  I bought a Mohu Leaf 50 indoor HD amplified antenna for less than seventy dollars on Amazon and a Roku 3500 Streaming Stick for less than fifty dollars. With  Netflix, Hulu+ and Roku streams I'll get what I want-including news for less than thirty dollars a month.

Before you leap, go to Enter your zip code or address and the site will show you all the over the air signals you can receive.  

No rabbit ears involved.  The Mohu is a flat, white panel. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The sounds of spring

Ah,  the sounds of early Spring --the mechanical fft fft fft and gush of automatic sprinkler systems.

I've bought a house in metro Austin, TX with an HOA that demands the front yard be fully sodded with thirsty turf grass. 

Why do we put acre feet of potable drinking water on turf grass in an arid area?

3.4 million people  die each year from a water borne illness
1.1 billion lack access to safe drinking water
2-3 billion people will join us on the planet in the next 40 years
Food production will have to be increased by 70% by 2050 to feed us

Nope, I can't mail my water to some unfortunate  who is drinking filth, but I can view water as a global resource and turn my back on the  English style green grass yard popularized in the 17th and 18th century by nobles in Europe.