Green Lighing

Along the summer theme we have going today…I have been spending some time out in the yard in the evenings and its the only time I can be outside all day. (Its so hot during the day) In the midwest we’re a bit nuts about our yards and making them our own, lots of people have spent a lot of money on landscaping, decks, lawn furniture, pools, lighting and grills.

So how do you reconcile your love of the green without destroying the earth? Solar power is  good start, and while there isn’t a viable solar powered grill available yet, there are solar powered yard lights. Check out these Solar Lights for your yard…how cool is that? You can enjoy your yard after dusk without ading to the electric bill. Plus you don’t have to run electric lines out to the yard and dig a trench to burry them either. Just put these down, let the sun shine and enjoy after dusk. As easy as pie.

Summer Heat

I have had my air contitioner running for 3 weeks straight because its that hot this time of year. I also curse owning a black car with dark grey leather seats this time of year. (it seemed like a good idea at the time) I can’t sit in it or touch the steering wheel for a while after I start it up if its been sitting in the sun. What do I do when I run into a problem? Like any geek I search the net.

There’s a seat cooler I ran across here that plugs into your lighter plug and cools your seat. And another innovative product is this Auto Cool Solar Car Fan to keep hot air circulated out of the car while you’re not there. I didn’t know that the air inside a car parked in the sun can reach up to 140 degrees F! (please don’t leave pets in your car ever!) This keeps air circulating so at least its as cool as the air outside. 95 degrees never sounded so good. The nice thing too is that its solar, so it works while the car is off and doesn’t require a plug into the car’s battery power or anything. So I need to go look into getting one of these.

Carlos Mencia

I just rented Mind of Mencia season 1 disk 1 through netflix last night. Its pretty good. I dig his energy on that show and some of his stuff is pretty clever.

 Also, I don’t have cable, but I saw some of Dane Cook’s Tourgasm on YouTube and it looks pretty funny too.

TV Time

Its time for me to start looking at new TVs for a few reasons.

1. My current one wigs out from time to time. Its days are numbered.

2. The HDTV digital thing is coming in 2009.

I was at Best Buy the other day looking into it and noticed that almost all the TVs they sell now are flat screen tvs. No regular TVs with picture tubes at all (except a few small ones). You pretty much have to buy a flat screen TV if you want something over 19 inches. This is odd for me because I know nothing about them, and there seems to be different kinds. Not all are set up for HDTV, some are plasma, some are LCDs. They have varying resolutions and some just look like a computer monitor. (why are they so much more expensive then?)

Here’s a neat site that I found though, that explains more about what a plasma TV is and what its good at: Plasma Televisions They explain the differences between the LCD & Plasma TVs as well as the history and the best practices for using them in your home entertainment center. Now that I’m reading through all this I think that a plasma TV would be the higher quality, longer lasting way to go. Plus it says that they can also be used as a computer monitor. Which is cool too. Check out their site for more information, its very helpful.