Going Solar without Rooftop Panels (Renters Too!)

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, I am trying to convince at least ten friends to sign up for 100% renewable electricity if it’s available from their local utility. PG&E Solar Choice is the only option in my area. If you’re in the Bay Area, you often have a better option (links below). I […]

Managing a Vacation Rental with Streak and Zapier

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We struggled for a long time to find a system for managing our vacation rental that did not involve pain and suffering. By combining Streak, Zapier and Google Apps, we finally found something that works for us much better than Quickbooks or other systems. It’s not for everyone, but it might be for you.

Why I Quit Using Facebook and Pocket

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In the last couple of days, I deleted the Pocket app from my phone and deactivated my Facebook account. Pocket was becoming a borderline addiction — I’ve always been an avid article reader and Pocket was a major enabler. It was really getting in the way of my New Year’s resolution to read fewer articles […]

Why I Don’t Go Paperless

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Is it really “green” to go for paperless billing, or is it just a “dark pattern” by which companies seek to distance you from your costs, fees and other nastiness? Read on to see wny I think it’s a dark pattern and what the actual difference in carbon footprint is.

The Boy Behind The Couch

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In which our hero recalls an embarrassing moment in the life of a barely-teen introvert upon reading a chance passage in Susan Cain’s book Quiet and discovers his true nature.

Learning to Read

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We talk about “learning to read” as if it’s something we do and is done. As in “when did he learn to read?” But I’m 52 and still learning to read. In this article I recount my meetings with extraordinary readers and what goes into truly learning to read.

The Academy Weighs in on Life Hacking

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There is no English Academy, like there is for French, to protect our language from Philistines. So I’m saying it here: if I ever say in seriousness that I have found a great new lifehack, please shoot me. There’s nothing left worth saving.