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We Are Dead Stars

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
~Joni Mitchell

Michelle Thaller: “How can you sum up human existence? It turns out it’s really pretty simple.


Bratt Area Techies To Meet May 21

The Brattleboro Area Techies will meet May 21st, 5:30pm at the Estey Millworks Building in Brattleboro. The meeting will be at #118-201 Birge Street in Brattleboro.

Everyone is invited who works with, or is interested in, technology in the Brattleboro area, from makers to programmers to artists.

We’ll meet at Estey Millworks, a huge, mostly empty building behind the Estey Organ factory. This is one of the better options we’ve seen in town for a possible community makerspace. The building has three 4000 sq foot floors, power, heat, a spray booth, freight elevator, views, and a loading dock. Right now a two-person custom furniture company, esteymillwork.com, is the only tenant. They are interested in filling up the building somehow with other maker-type folk.


Brattleboro Solar Summer Campaign Promotes Local Power

Brattleboro homeowners, business owners, landlords, and renters who are interested in going solar will now have even more incentive. Local nonprofits, solar companies, and a credit union are teaming up to launch Brattleboro Solar Summer, a program to assist residents in choosing locally generated solar power.

The campaign will run from May 1 – September 30, 2015, with the goal of increasing the overall number of solar electric installations and the total solar capacity in Brattleboro. The campaign aims to have at least 100 Brattleboro residents and businesses install solar arrays or purchase solar capacity from community solar arrays.


Entergy Will Be Allowed to Shrink EPZ

On March 2, 2015, the NRC Commissioners voted to allow VY to shrink it's Emergency Panning Zone (EPZ) from 10 miles down to the site boundary in ~Arpil 2016. This will eliminate >2 milllion emergency planning dollars per year that Entergy currently provides to Vermont and will allow Entegy to futher reduce site staff at that time.

Link to document

I haven't seen an offical Vermont response yet.


FCC Vote Opens Opportunities

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to regulate broadband under Title II of the Communications Act. In ordinary speak, this is Net Neutrality. It eliminates threats of a multi-tiered system, where certain bandwidth costs more than other bandwidth depending on what you want to access.

The actual rules will be published in the near future, but the impact is a good one for anyone who has, or is wanting to start, a site on the internet. Your site will remain as accessible as all others.


New! Tech Tips Program at Brooks LIbrary

Library technology: All Your Questions Answered! Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh on the first Tuesday (4 PM to 6 PM) and first Friday (11 AM to 1 PM) of the month for one-on-one help on the various aspects of library technology, such as downloading e-books and e-audio; accessing your library account to place holds, renew your items, suggest new titles for the collection, make lists of your favorite titles to share with your fellow library users.

Get help with online tasks like filling out forms and emailing attachments.…and more. NO QUESTIONS ARE TOO SMALL OR TOO SILLY! Bring your devices if you have them: iPads, smartphones, laptops, etc.


Next Brattleboro Area Techies Meet Scheduled for February 19 at 5:30 pm

The next meeting of the Brattleboro Area Techies, the fast-growing networking group for tech users, will be on Thursday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, at the office of Mondo Mediaworks in Brattleboro. Everyone who works with technology in the Brattleboro area, from programmers to designers to makers, is welcome.

Recent developments in shared working space in Brattleboro will be discussed, together with other topics. As is the habit, most of the meeting will be devoted to introductions and informal networking. Over 750 people have attended Brattleboro Area Techie meetings in the past few months.


Brattleboro Area Techies To Meet January 22 at 5:30 pm To Kick Off The New Year

Brattleboro Area Techies, the fast-growing networking group for technology users, will host its first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, January 22, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, at the office of Mondo Mediaworks in Brattleboro. Everyone who works with technology in the Brattleboro area, from programmers to designers to makers, is invited to attend. There is no cost.

Brattleboro Area Techies was formed as a networking group to bring technology people and makers together in an informal setting to discuss common issues and provide people with an excuse to get out from behind their computers.


Crystal Balls and Petroleum

There are many good reasons to cut back on oil consumption, and moving to self sufficiency, especially in terms of food, is wise, prudent and good. Global warming is one good reason, and preventing oil spills another. 

But knowing when a commodity such as oil is going to run out, is not hard, its impossible Here is an article on the current oil glut, which it predicted. More interestingly, it also explains why all models are weak predictors of this resource. 


Brattleboro Coworking Makerspace Survey

The Brattleboro Area Techies group is doing a survey of folks who might be interested in a downtown Co-Working/Makerspace/Office Space

Go to this Google Survey link.

We'll keep it up until 2015!


40% Efficiency From Solar Panels ? ! ?

According to this article, linked below, a relatively simple engineering advance has boosted solar cell efficiency up to about 40%. If true, this really would make a big difference in the cost of solar. A BIG difference. Cross your fingers.




Next Brattleboro Area Techies Meeting December 4

The holiday meeting of Brattleboro Area Techies will be held on December 4, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, at the office of Mondo Mediaworks in Brattleboro. All people who work with technology in the Brattleboro area are invited to attend. There is no cost.

Brattleboro Area Techies was formed as an networking group to bring technology people and makers together in an informal setting to discuss common issues and provide people with an excuse to get out from behind their computers.


Brattleboro Area Techies To Hold First Meeting October 16

Brattleboro Area Techies, a new Windham Country group, will hold its first meeting on Thursday, October 16 at Fireworks Restaurant in Brattleboro. The new group is designed to facilitate networking among the area’s many high tech workers who are all too often locked in an office behind a computer.

The group is intended to include designers, makers, educators, programmers, freelancers, videographers, artists, consultants and business people who work in these fields. The first meeting will be informal and give everyone who attends the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work. This will be followed by time for relaxed networking.


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Notes - July 25 - Climate Change: Fear or Hope?

Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast                                            

July 25, 2014, Gibson-Aiken Center

Climate Change: Should we be Fearful? Or Hopeful?
George Harvey, General Factotum for the Green Energy Times blogging at  geoharvey one of George Harvey’s Blogs

George Harvey was introduced and asked to react to a news article recently quoted in his blog that “No state has done more than California to fight global warming. But a deepening drought could make that battle more difficult and more expensive.” He stated that his pessimism around climate change is based on its effects on nature. Species are going out of existence at the rate of 200 per year and with the increase in global warming that increase in extinction rate is moving from one species every 40 hours to one every ten minutes to one every 50 seconds.


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation - July 25th

Climate Change: Fear or Hope?

In July, the "Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast" will again take place on the fourth Friday of the month,  Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

The Topic for this month will be: Climate Change:  Should we be Fearful? Or Hopeful?  A discussion of some positive trends in energy use..

The presenter will be George Harvey, the General Factotum of the Green Energy Times - http://greenenergytimes.org/


Robots In Our (Not So Distant) Future

As Brattleboro’s Future’s Committee begins to form, it might be good to look at a few things predicted for the near future. One of them is robots.

The current path with robotics is to replace a majority of human workers wherever and whenever possible with robots. Very soon, they will be cheaper and better skilled than humans in a wide variety of tasks, from farming to surgery. Foxconn, maker of iPhones and such, has announced already plans to buy 10,000 robots to assist in production at a cost of about $25,000 each.


Worldwatch: 51% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Meat Production

Worldwatch's latest estimate is that 51% of greenhouse gas emmissions that are dramatically increasing climate change, are the result of meat production, (with a significant part of that coming directly from the methane created by cows.)




No Palm Trees in Brattleboro

The ice at the poles are the highest since measurements, but the warming models predict otherwise! Oh well, it's good to be wrong unless you 're a palm tree salesmen !

Global warming latest: Amount of Antarctic sea ice hits new record high


Laughably Obvious Scam

But I wonder how many people really get sucked into clicking the link?

The spelling and grammar alone should be a dead giveaway.



Reset The Net

I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of today’s Reset The Net efforts to increase privacy and security on the internet.

It’s an interesting campaign, with many ways to participate. The basic goal is to plug up holes that have been exploited by the NSA and nefarious types to illegally access your personal information.

So, check out Reset The Net. You’ll see ways to spread the word, but also be given tools and instructions (a “privacy pack”) for increasing your personal privacy and security. There are freebies to encrypt email, chats, and browsing. They have hints for encrypting your personal computer. They have tips for professionals and suggestions of where to lend coding skills.


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