Update on Jacque Grone.…

Posted April 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm by

Car­ol Ford reports:

I just got off the phone with Jacque and she sounds won­der­ful!  She is actu­al­ly on her way home and is thrilled about that.  She’s feel­ing a bit sore and is look­ing for­ward to sleep­ing in her own bed but, oth­er­wise, she said she’s doing real­ly well.

She’s got anoth­er small  surgery ahead but for now she’ll just be rest­ing and recov­er­ing here.  It’s great news!  I’ll be gone for the next week but I know that Jacque and Dave have a lot of friends in town who would like to help out –maybe bring­ing some din­ners by would be a good thing to do (my idea, not Jacque’s).  Any­way, things seem to be going well and I fig­ured peo­ple would want to know.

Thanks! Car­ol

Sports update.…

Posted April 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm by

Wednes­day night, the soc­cer boys near­ly jumped Cas­cade Chris­t­ian, los­ing 4–2 as a sec­ond half surge fell just short, with goals by Pablo Lopez and Cameron Bying­ton clos­ing the gap.

The FHHS boys con­tin­ued their win­ning ways Tues­day night, thump­ing Lyn­den Chris­t­ian in base­ball 13–2 behind senior Richie Ochoa & junior Roy Tay­lor’s pitch­ing and every­body’s hit­ting. The unde­feat­ed Wolver­ines are at home with games Fri­day & Sat­ur­day this weekend.

Mean­while, the soft­ball girls ran into a buz­z­saw as LC col­lect­ed 12 hits in a 6–2 win over the Wolver­ines. The girls next return to action at the end of spring break with Con­crete on the 11th.

Since you have your cal­en­dar out for that, go ahead & write down that we have a home track meet this Fri­day with our run­ners. See ya there!

Quote

Posted March 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm by

But friend­ship is pre­cious, not only in the shade, but in the sun­shine of life, and thanks to a benev­o­lent arrange­ment the greater part of life is sunshine.
Thomas Jefferson 

Checkin’ in with Alex and Charles.…

Posted March 31, 2009 at 6:26 pm by

Alex and Charles

Alex and Charles

It’s always good to hear from Alex and Charles… his lat­est blog post­ing is a thought­ful look at bal­anc­ing the needs and val­ues of how you pro­vide cell phone cov­er­age, and where the tow­ers go. Click here to read it!

Mean­while, Alex checks in with busy sched­ule and reports on her cats Smudge and Moses…one of her music pieces is being played in Min­neso­ta, so she has to go hear it. Pret­ty cool… here’s more from her blog.

Checkin’ in with Alex and Charles.…

Posted March 31, 2009 at 6:26 pm by

Alex and Charles

Alex and Charles

It’s always good to hear from Alex and Charles… his lat­est blog post­ing is a thought­ful look at bal­anc­ing the needs and val­ues of how you pro­vide cell phone cov­er­age, and where the tow­ers go. Click here to read it!

Mean­while, Alex checks in with busy sched­ule and reports on her cats Smudge and Moses…one of her music pieces is being played in Min­neso­ta, so she has to go hear it. Pret­ty cool… here’s more from her blog.

It’s a turnoff.…

Posted March 31, 2009 at 6:01 pm by

I’ve always left my com­put­er on at night. Always, like since 1991, when a guy called Bob the Com­put­er Guy told me it was bet­ter for the moth­er­board to not get a jolt each morn­ing, being turned back on. That’s what he said. I think he lives next to Lar­ry the Cable Guy now, in retirement.

Now I’m chang­ing my ways, since read­ing this in USA Today:

Leav­ing com­put­ers on overnight = $2.8 bil­lion a year

Admit­ted­ly I don’t think much about it at all. I leave my lap­top run­ning overnight because I know it’ll take five min­utes or more to get things going in the morn­ing — not just boot­ing up, but launch­ing the var­i­ous apps I start the day with, down­load­ing my overnight email, fil­ter­ing out the spam, and oth­er­wise “get­ting settled.”

But all the pow­er wast­ed while com­put­ers are sit­ting idle overnight adds up, and one study has final­ly tried to mea­sure it. The tal­ly: An esti­mat­ed $2.8 bil­lion wast­ed on excess ener­gy costs each year in the U.S. alone.

On a CO2 basis, that’s 20 mil­lion tons of car­bon diox­ide, about the amount pro­duced by 4 mil­lion cars on the road.

The full report is avail­able for down­load here (scroll down to “PC Ener­gy Report US 2009″).

But big num­bers like that become almost mean­ing­less in an era of tril­lion-dol­lar bailouts, so to put the wast­ed ener­gy in per­spec­tive, the study pro­vides the data in terms you can bet­ter under­stand: If you run a com­pa­ny with 1,000 PCs left on overnight, you can save about $28,000 a year if they are turned off after hours. That’s not chump change.

Of course, it’s also a fact that your PC will func­tion bet­ter if you restart it reg­u­lar­ly, and night­ly shut­downs can help you avoid hav­ing to sud­den­ly reboot in the mid­dle of the day when you’d oth­er­wise be pro­duc­tive. So even though this lit­tle lap­top, by my math, eats up only about a quar­ter’s worth of pow­er overnight, maybe it’s a smart idea — and ulti­mate­ly a time-saver, too — to shut it down after hours after all.

Via USA Today

It’s a turnoff.…

Posted March 31, 2009 at 6:01 pm by

I’ve always left my com­put­er on at night. Always, like since 1991, when a guy called Bob the Com­put­er Guy told me it was bet­ter for the moth­er­board to not get a jolt each morn­ing, being turned back on. That’s what he said. I think he lives next to Lar­ry the Cable Guy now, in retirement.

Now I’m chang­ing my ways, since read­ing this in USA Today:

Leav­ing com­put­ers on overnight = $2.8 bil­lion a year

Admit­ted­ly I don’t think much about it at all. I leave my lap­top run­ning overnight because I know it’ll take five min­utes or more to get things going in the morn­ing — not just boot­ing up, but launch­ing the var­i­ous apps I start the day with, down­load­ing my overnight email, fil­ter­ing out the spam, and oth­er­wise “get­ting settled.”

But all the pow­er wast­ed while com­put­ers are sit­ting idle overnight adds up, and one study has final­ly tried to mea­sure it. The tal­ly: An esti­mat­ed $2.8 bil­lion wast­ed on excess ener­gy costs each year in the U.S. alone.

On a CO2 basis, that’s 20 mil­lion tons of car­bon diox­ide, about the amount pro­duced by 4 mil­lion cars on the road.

The full report is avail­able for down­load here (scroll down to “PC Ener­gy Report US 2009″).

But big num­bers like that become almost mean­ing­less in an era of tril­lion-dol­lar bailouts, so to put the wast­ed ener­gy in per­spec­tive, the study pro­vides the data in terms you can bet­ter under­stand: If you run a com­pa­ny with 1,000 PCs left on overnight, you can save about $28,000 a year if they are turned off after hours. That’s not chump change.

Of course, it’s also a fact that your PC will func­tion bet­ter if you restart it reg­u­lar­ly, and night­ly shut­downs can help you avoid hav­ing to sud­den­ly reboot in the mid­dle of the day when you’d oth­er­wise be pro­duc­tive. So even though this lit­tle lap­top, by my math, eats up only about a quar­ter’s worth of pow­er overnight, maybe it’s a smart idea — and ulti­mate­ly a time-saver, too — to shut it down after hours after all.

Via USA Today

Past glory revisited.…

Posted March 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm by

Brock McNairy and Josh Lehr, looking toward the playoffs in May.

Brock McNairy and Josh Lehr, look­ing toward the play­offs in May.

Last week­end I ran into FHHS senior Josh Lehr and FHHS grad (and UW soph) Keller McNairy… you’ll remem­ber they were the dou­bles team from here that won third in state in ten­nis two years ago.

Keller hopes to see Josh progress through the tour­ney this year as he rep­re­sents the Wolver­ines in sin­gles in May, part of which is played at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton ten­nis center.