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Building a Green Log Cabin with a Blue Roof


Kickstarter officially approved our campaign…

to finance the research and design of a modern log home with as many green/energy and environmentally sensible technologies as we can make feasible and still make it an attractive, comfortable, desirable and resellable home.

 If you contribute, we have some decent swag for donors, including cool photos and weekends in our Little Cabin in the Woods.

Why Kickstarter?

  1. Green energy technologies are EXPENSIVE.
  2. WV is  black hole for new technogies, and that’s where this cabin will be built.  Currently, there are no providers for solar energy collectors, geothermal heat pumps or other such technologies, so we need money to entice them to participate.
  3. Consultants cost money.  We have an expert, Dr. Charles Pickering, right in our WV back door, who has designed and built the first LEEDS * certified home in WV.  He’d like to be paid to participate in this project.  After all, this is his source of income. 
  4. Try going to a bank for this kind of funding.  In West Virginia.  In RURAL West Virginia.  Seriously.*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification



Click this link to download a BRIEF slide slow about the technologies we hope to consider.  littlecabin

Yahoo: Censorship under the cover of a “filter glitch”

I created a funny caption for a cat photo on the popular website this afternoon.  I thought it was funny enough to share, and was tired of my comic genius going unnoticed.  I have a sparse following on Twitter (@angelablair58) and not many Facebook friends.  Posting the LOLs on these venues wasn’t getting them any votes.

I tried to send a link to my newly captioned kitty ( by clicking the “select all” box in my contacts in Yahoo mail, then clicking “compose email to selected contacts”.  So far, so good.  I typed a brief message, inserted the hyperlink, clicked send, and got the message showing to the left.

Yahoo! answers (as of yesterday) shows that the question of why this is happening to users had 188 queries on the same problems.  Yahoo is apparently “aware” of the problem (which has been occurring periodically since at least 2007) and “working on it.”  Yahoo calls it a “Glitch” in their spam filter.

How oddly coincidental that the “glitch” is happening again during the Wall Street protests.  Has Yahoo! cranked up the dial on their censorship meters?  Suddenly no user is allowed to send any email, regardless of content, to everyone in their address book.

What incenses me most about this move, is not that I was blocked from distributing my funny cat photo.  It’s that not only was my outgoing email blocked, my ability to send emails was completely disabled.  I am now a threat to Yahoo!, or the Internet, or free society, as someone defines it.

What gives THEM the right, who are THEY, and how do I get that away from THEM?    The Yahoo! email Terms of Service Agreement states:  By using the Services, you consent to allow Yahoo!’s automated systems to scan and analyze all incoming and outgoing communications content sent and received from your account (such as Mail and Messenger content including instant messages and SMS messages) including those stored in your account to, without limitation, provide personally relevant product features and content, to match and serve targeted advertising and for spam and malware detection and abuse protection. Unless expressly stated otherwise, you will not be allowed to opt out of this feature.

Nothing in TOSA states that Yahoo! will (or that the user grants them rights to) block or shut down your account) if you send content with which they disagree.

After 12 years, I think it’s time to go over to Googarola…..

How Apple will take over the free world (or am I paranoid)

I am beginning to think a bit like the Unabomber, except that I really like technology.  So much so that I’m pecking out this post on an HP Touchpad.  Sadly, this will be my last from the beautiful webOS tablet.  It goes back to the barn tomorrow for a full price refund…all $674 for the pad and case.

That brings me to the point of this post.  HP stunned both the tech and business worlds this past Friday with the announcement that they were shunning the consumer market.  CEO Leo Apotheker seemed to blame “it” all on the poor showing of the month-old Touchpad.  It hadn’t sold well, so HP was shuttering the entire webOS line AND all other consumer-oriented products.

It seems Leo doesn’t like dealing with whiney customers.  He came from SAP, didn’t he?  No hardware to return, no warranties….customer service at HP must have been driving him nuts.   Having to actually market the stuff likely boiled his blood.

That’s one possibility.  I think something more sinister may be at work.  Why would HP sell off their consumer business when they are turning a profit?  Could it be because they are being courted by a merger partner that already sells computers and tablets and lots of phones?  Such a merger would only be greatly facilitated by the nosedive HP’s stock took this weekend.

There is a company which:

  • Has tried for years to break into the enterprise market
  • Does not already make servers or write server code
  • Does already make and market millions of phones, laptops and music players
  • Is sitting on enough cash to buy out the National DebtIt all makes too much sense.  Once Apple has HP, then they are inside every major corporation, school and government agency.  With HAPPle servers running the network, why not put an iPad and iPhone in every user’s hands “for efficiency”?  HAPPle will probably offer a helluva bundle deal for its enterprise clients.

    Here’s where I let my paranoia show.  Those iPads and iPhones, with their front-facing cameras, in every office, every home, every bedroom, recording every conversation, make the ultimate opportunity for “Big Brother” to watch over us.

    27 years ago we cheered at the Apple commercial that parodied the movie “Nineteen Eighty Four”, as a girl threw a sledgehammer at the giant screen depicting the face of Big Brother.  By the year 2014, Apple will be well on the way to becoming the very thing they proclaimed themselves to be against.

    To paraphrase:  money corrupts.  Unlimited money corrupts infinitely.

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