Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo Shifts Costs of MTA Electrical Repairs to Con Ed (Politico)
  • Lhota: Subway Crisis “Exactly Why I Came Back” (NYT)
  • All Speaker Candidates Want to Extend City Council Term Limits (News)
  • Laurie Cumbo Got an Earful From Constituents Who Want Bus Lanes on Fulton Street (Patch)
  • DiNapoli: MTA Going Too Soft on Open-Road Toll Cheats (News)
  • MTA: Riders Alliance “Spreading Misinformation” By Mobilizing Riders to Contact Cuomo (AMNY)
  • TransitCenter’s Chris Pangilinan on Why the MTA Needs to Improve Subway Accessibility (Moving Block)
  • Driver, 68, Dies After Rear-Ending Car at Red Light on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills (TL)
  • Woodside Businesses Should Support Protected Bike Lanes as a Boon for Foot Traffic (Safer Skillman)
  • Retailers Want Permanent Ped Bridge Connecting Brooklyn Bridge Park to Montague Street (Bklyn Paper)
  • Good Luck Making Sense of This Jumble of Words About Congestion Pricing (C&S)

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  • Joe R.

    Is your office building one of those which leaves the lights on all night? That’s incredibly wasteful when I think of how many buildings I see doing that. I have no hard data to back me up, but I think residential power use in the US, as high as it is, pales next to work place power use.

  • kevd

    no, we shut them off. even the hallways.
    most of the time at least. unlike most computers and monitors mine are powered down every night too.

  • Joe R.

    And the fallen leaves. I have two nice compost bins. 🙂

  • kevd

    unfortunately the organics, on average have traveled even further to get to the store than the non-organics.
    “organic” is often a branding device to get people to pay more for and admittedly better tasting product, but not a beneficial environmental choice.

  • Joe R.

    You can get great stuff at the Asian stores in places like downtown Flushing. Not as much selection local to me, however.

  • Joe R.

    That and the generally crazy high prices for anything with “organic” on the label. I’d rather just grow my own. Other than the seeds, it costs nothing. I make my own compost. I find gardening very therapeutic.

  • Vooch

    you must have the same head shaking motion I have when watching people pay hard earned money for dirt 🙂

  • Joe R.

    That’s good to hear. I hope more offices adopt these policies.

    Forgot about the computers but no reason to keep them running 24/7. One reason used to be to reduce the start/stop cycles which wear out mechanical hard drives. There was actually some data showing longer life just keeping HDDs running 24/7. SSDs, which are in many modern machines, including mine, have made that excuse moot.

  • kevd

    Sorry to hear about you mom.
    My only point is that the time you’ve spent justifying your inaction over the past day has been more than enough to find and purchase a suitable replacement.
    I am not thinking about my own fridge’s electricity, BTW……

    Also, while I enjoy giving you a hard time and trying to get you to second think some of your own decisions, I realize we’re on the same side some of my own choices are not ideal either. I try to go overseas once a year, because I like to travel. Only real way to do that is by plane. Once I’m there, I’m on bikes, trains buses and metros. But its a massive CO2 cost to get there.

  • kevd

    my personal machine is SSD, but the media server is a massive array of HDDs.
    No control over that.

  • Joe R.

    Yeah, that’s always good for a laugh. Same when I see people buying water at the grocery store. NYC has the best tap water in the country. I don’t understand why people buy water here. This isn’t Flint, MI.

  • Joe R.

    Time spent here is “recreation”. I busted my ass last two days cleaning the house. I just need a break from anything resembling work, including shopping for a fridge online. I’ll want to look at the model in person anyway prior to buying it.

    We all make (and justify) less than ideal choices. At least you and I are thinking a bit about the ramifications of our decisions. Most of the American public never thinks about this stuff at all. Or if they do, they think they’re saving the planet by putting in a few LED bulbs while continuing to drive a massive SUV.

  • That is a good point that organic vegetables are not necessarily better overall for the environment, given the transportation. But they are free of pesticides, are they not?

  • reasonableexplanation
  • Hmm. So a smaller range of pesticides?

  • kevd

    I’m not going though old bill TRYING to figure out my usage and billing.
    One month was 101 kWhs.
    Another was 191. That was my highest bill.
    What makes NO sense to me is that another month shows 340 kWh, though that bill was less than the 191 month…. These bills make no fucking sense.

  • Vooch
  • bolwerk

    I don’t pay a lot of attention, but ConEd sometimes seems to give me a 45-day bill. Not sure why.

  • kevd

    I occasionally get an estimated bill if they can’t get to the meter.
    But always about 6 days into every month. Like ISPs and cable companies, they like to keep things opaque.