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Testing the Leaf

A colleague of mine generously lent her Nissan Leaf for us to test drive for the week. We need to answer two questions before we head down the electric car route:

  1. Will the range be enough for daily driving in our two car household.
  2. Is it cleaner than a hybrid or small diesel.

The answer to first question seems to be an unequivocal yes. Total daily driving for each of us is about 8 miles. Total miles driven in the household each day – about 16. It’s not much. We’ve ended each day with plenty of range on the Leaf. We can’t envision a day where it would be a problem.

The answer to question #2 is a little more difficult. I’ve heard anecdotally about the relative cleanliness of electricity generation vs. burning automotive fuel. I discovered one paper so far in my not-exhaustive research: A Roadmap to Climate Friendly Cars: 2013

Basically, in Minnesota if you don’t take in to account the manufacturing of the car, it is cleaner than the next cleanest option (a plug-in prius). If you do take in to account the manufacturing, it is less clean.

However, I imagine you can tip that balance on an individual basis by installing rooftop solar panels.

If we head down this path, my dear readers, you can be sure that I will blog about it here in excruciating detail… more to come!

Categories: Environment, Transportation.

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Studio Neat — Glif

Studio Neat — Glif

This thing is pretty neato…

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Categories: General.

Busting Eight Common Excuses for NSA Mass Surveillance | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Busting Eight Common Excuses for NSA Mass Surveillance | Electronic Frontier Foundation

“I have nothing to hide from the government, so why should I worry? “

Handy guide from the EFF

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Pretty much like this

I submit this to you without comment…

Categories: Random Thoughts.

must read: NSA feature by The Guardian

Besides the fact that the presentation of this page is awesome, this article is an excellent overview of where we are with the NSA.

NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations explained

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the national – tiny desk concert

here’s a nice little concert while you sip your coffee on this fine morning…

Categories: Music.

10 Steps to Not Getting Hacked

This is a great list of things, pretty similar to what I wrote about (and better written, as well)

The complete guide to not being that idiot who got the company hacked – Quartz

“Every week there are headlines about a company getting its email, website, Twitter accounts or something else hacked. The reason? In a word: Employees. “

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