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Weekend in review [Nov. 4th, 2007|07:54 pm]
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Saturday:
-- few dozen life errands completed. so much guilt/stress relieved.
-- ... including converting a dozen+ lights to CFLs (and ordered a dozen dimmable CFLs from Amazon, since not available at Home Depot)
-- drove to Monterey with whitaker,
-- stayed in swank-if-service-didn't-blow hotel
-- hot tubbin'
-- rock starred hotel room with exploding-under-pressure red wine, opened with a key and a pen, for lack of wine opener

Sunday:
-- scuba diving, with drysuits and Nitrox
-- signed final contract & paperwork with Akeena Solar for 14 panel, 3kW solar panel installation on my roof, to be installed before end of the year, so I get locked into the E7 time-of-use rate rate (PGE buys back unused power at 3x the rate from 12pm-6pm, iirc), including future buyers of house.
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2007-11-05 04:10 am (UTC)

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Rock on, solar panels!
[User Picture]From: nibot
2007-11-05 04:19 am (UTC)

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That all sounds pretty awesome!
[User Picture]From: moonwick
2007-11-05 04:55 am (UTC)

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I'd look forward to hearing about your experience with whichever dimmable fluorescents you bought. I bought some that were made by GE to work with a triac-based Insteon dimmer switch, and I've found them to 1) take forever to turn on and warm up to full light-output and 2) look like absolute shit anywhere below 100% power.

If you manage to find a brand that doesn't have those shortcomings, I'd love to hear about it.
[User Picture]From: brad
2007-11-05 05:07 am (UTC)

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Yeah, I hear they suck (noisy, slow to warm up, not dimmable to low levels, etc), but I'm just buying them for the 6 lights in my front walkway/entrance area, so I don't care if they have a slight buzz or are slow, etc. We'll see.
From: sherm
2007-11-05 06:16 am (UTC)

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The Westinghouse ones are completely useless. I haven't tried any of the others, but they all seem to be recessed-flood type and I don't have any of those I want to dim.

The regular ones are almost free in Seattle. 10-packs at Costco for like $2 after instant SPU rebates. Still I suspect almost nobody will buy them.
[User Picture]From: xlerb
2007-11-05 05:15 am (UTC)

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rock starred hotel room with exploding-under-pressure red wine

There's exploding under pressure, and then there's exploding under pressure.

(Also available in convenient image macro form.)
[User Picture]From: perpetualmotion
2007-11-05 08:29 am (UTC)

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Aw, I'm close friends with the guys behind Solarcity, I probably could have gotten you a deal with them... :)
[User Picture]From: nemo
2007-11-05 08:51 pm (UTC)

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Next time you find yourself with wine and no corkscrew, try this:

Find a wall, grab a towel (or two). Place the towel on the wall. Sharply (but not too sharply) strike the bottom of the bottle on the towel. The bottle will be perpendicular to the wall. If done right the cork should pop out. Use the other towel to clean up if that's your thing.