All posts in April, 2011


The house project continues! I got some baby chickens last Saturday. I got 10 of them — various kinds. Baby chicken: I’m working on running water to the old barn, which will become the chicken... [read more]
Project Hutchinson

Dream Box: Eka Boo

Eka Boo Erika
Circus/Cyr Wheel, Photography

Plug Bug: DC-DC Converters

I’m ditching my IOTA DLS-55 DC-DC converter. The inrush limiter I use (which replaced the AC bridge rectifier) eventually dries out and cracks, and then stops working. I got ~1000 miles on my last modification... [read more]
Electric Bug

PG&E Electric Rates and EVs

I never knew much about how I paid for electricity. I didn't know if we had certain hours that were peak or not. So, I called PG&E last week and they explained to me I was on the E1 rate. I told them I had an EV, and they suggested I go to E9 A or E9 B. They are listed here:

Like any good programmer, I decided to do my homework before blindly switching. It turns out that after I did the math, a PG&E representative told me they have a comparison spread sheet on their Plug-In Electric Vehicles page (here's a direct link to the excel spreadsheet). That page seems to lump a bunch of assumptions together about energy use, but I found that page to be quite accurate in its rough estimates.

(more after the jump...)
Electric Bug

Plug Bug: Fan on, fan off

The loudest part of my car when I turned it on was two fans for the water cooling setup on the controller. Ideally, the controller should turn the fans on and off and that will... [read more]
Electric Bug

Dream Box – Cube Act Horizontal

A picture I took from the Dream Box show. Amazing! Tickets are still available for Friday (April 8th, 2011) and Sunday (April 10th – two shows, one early and another later).
Circus/Cyr Wheel

Plug Bug: Access Okay

I got something I had been dying to get. The bug now has DMV approval to use the carpool lane.
Electric Bug

Fuzzy Protea

Fuzzy Protea Taken at the UCSC Arboretum, Feb 20th, 2011.

Political Email Scams Against Obama

Obama hate-mail has been scouring the internet for years. People frequently resend emails that they simply don’t understand. My dad sent me one with the title “After two years of Obama—here’s your change!!!”. Here’s an... [read more]

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