The point of them is to keep the cord off the ground during rain and snow so it stays in better shape over the years. But honestly, the main draw is that I have a project today. Something where I can zone out and listen to podcasts and still feel productive. Not a bad day.
Tag Archives: Climate Change
…Climate Town made a new video.
His series is exceptionally well done, finding the right balance of comedy and miserably upsetting information. He also find great topics to communicate how complex and widespread the reality of climate change is, like his latest about gas stoves.
I guess technically you could watch this without leaving bed, so it’s not exactly a reason to bother getting dressed today. But fuck, it’s Sunday. I’ll count it.
…school is closed for possible flooding.
We got an “inclement weather” text this morning. They’re predicting five feet of rain and coastal flooding in Annapolis, so all county schools are closed.
Which means I get a day where I don’t have to scramble to make sandwiches for the kids before I go to work. I might even have time to get my shower in before I sit down at my desk, who the fuck knows.
…we just got a Level 2 EV charger installed.
We bought a Bolt last year. It’s awesome. Good time to buy a used one, too, since there’s a free battery upgrade forthcoming.
Love the car. We’ve been fine for a year with the stock Level 1 charger that it came with, but I won’t lie. It can be tedious. At that rate it takes more than a day to recover from any drive more than 30 miles away. Fortunately I telecommute 4 days a week, but there’s still that nagging feeling.
So having the faster charger gives some real peace of mind. Looking forward to plugging in at night and knowing for sure we’ll have a full battery by morning.
The takeaway from this, by the way, should be that even with the worst possible charger at home for a year, I had a totally doable and positive experience with an electric car. So if you’re on the fence, hop off onto this side of it. Buy an EV already. I’ll evangelize the shit out of this, I don’t care how obnoxious I sound.
…I have a steady stream of Impossible Burger coming to my house.
We get Imperfect Foods deliveries every Monday. And I don’t know for sure that their whole “we’re saving the environment” shtick is totally on the level, ’cause they sell a bunch of bullshit that’s definitely not good for the environment. (Looking at you, organic foods. Fucking organic, man, what a crock of shit. You want to save the environment? Don’t buy organic under any circumstances.)
But one undeniably good thing on their part: they sell Impossible Foods products. Which means every week we get fresh Impossible Burger without even trying. It tastes exactly like ground beef, but digests way easier, and emits way less carbon.
The price could use some work, I’ll be honest. But we can afford it. Haven’t bought any ground meat since before the pandemic and I regret nothing.
Hurry up and make some Impossible Chicken Thighs and Impossible Buffalo Wings. You guys find a way to do that and I swear I’ll go straight vegetarian the same day.
…my Ecosia searches have been stacking up.
I set all my devices to use Ecosia as the default search engine like a year ago and forgot all about it. Now my little tracker says I have about 5,000 searches. Supposedly that’s over 100 trees planted.
I helped plant 100 trees by doing nothing except looking up B movie stars’ biographies and searching for the exact same waffle recipe every Sunday instead of just writing it down.
And you can, too. Just go into your browser settings and change the default search engine to Ecosia. As far as I can tell, it’s legit, and even if it isn’t, it ain’t like fucking Google was gonna do anything nice for you.
Now go be an aggressive douchebag about this to your office the same way I’m gonna be, so everyone else can passively plant trees, too.
…the Aldi brand oat milk is really good.
Which is honestly some of the best news possible, because otherwise there’s no chance I’d endorse a milk alternative. And boy do I want to swear off dairy if I can help it, anything to chip away at climate change.
Problem is, most milk alternatives fucking suck. Especially the really big name brands like Silk. Fuck you, Silk. You fucking liars. You keep adding sugar to watered down primer and I’m supposed to be fooled? Shove it.
But even when there’s an alternative that’s actually worth drinking, its always so goddamn expensive. Bottled water expensive.
Not so with Aldi oat milk. It tastes amazing, like the milk left after you eat your cereal, it’s just as versatile as cow milk, and it’s as cheap or cheaper than regular grocery store milk. Fuck yeah, Aldi, I knew there was a reason I made you my go-to store.
…we can open all the windows instead of using the air conditioner.
Getting a nice breeze in the house is one of the greatest things about having a house. You get shade and fresh air without any bugs. It’s literally the best of both worlds.
Just too goddamn bad this only lasts for a few weeks out of the year nowadays.
Remember when fall and spring actually lasted for months? And you’d have temperate days for literally an entire season? Now it’s just these little fakes. Now we have ‘snot Spring and Faux Fall before we have to settle in for either “blizzard” or “too fucking hot,” and the whole goddamn time a bunch of useless fucks in suits tell us it’s always been this way and there’s no reason to try to fix it.
I guess if all you know how to do is ruin life for everyone else, then you actually can’t recognize how shit climate change has made things. That’s the trick with evil. Progress is so hard and often undefinable that you don’t even know if you’ve made any or if you should keep going. But shitting everywhere and fucking things up? You can do it all day long. There’s no bottom.
Not that I’m giving up. Fuck the GOP. We’ll take this on without you. And for the next couple glorious weeks, I’ll enjoy what little pleasant weather is left.