I'm very aware that when someone says
"Mountain View", they are talking about the sum of all things we do, or
at least that part of it all they know about. I work hard to be a good
citizen. If everybody used as little energy as I do, a large part of
our trade deficit, and climate change problems would be solved. As both
you and I know, we are a long way from that situation.
It's not the place of
city government to apply coercive pressures to the lifestyles of the
people that live here. However, Mountain View is unique in the level to
which it embraces the internet. Being here in what I believe to be the
largest wireless internet zone on the planet, I think it would be great
if we could find ways to use such rules of thumb as "think globally,
act locally" to spread awareness and change.
There are many ways that electrical
energy is part of our system. When you discuss something you saw on TV,
you are talking about a few Watt-hours of power you used directly, many
Kilo-Watt-hours that was used to broadcast the signal, and quite a bit
of other energy used to create and distribute the story. Sometimes it
shocks me how little people are aware of the quantities of electric
power used to make them aware of some shocking political development.
What is the relationship between enlightenment and turning on the
lights? Is there a role for political discussions about the role of
religion in our language?
Some kinds of electrical energy use are
easy to find religion analogies for, others are a bit too newfangled
for that. For example, I remember talking to a couple in Orange County
that explained "Dharma is the random stuff that is out there. On the
other hand, Karma is the stuff you caused that is for you." I would say
by that measure Dharma is the Wi-Fi traffic that has nothing to do with
you or I. Karma is stuff we send out and/or recieve from our own boxes.
What would government regulation of radio signal reception look like?
I'm not sure, but to make any sense I'm really sure it needs to be
compatible with the Bill of Rights. My hope is that through play
we can find new kinds of win/win.
Note: The above is why I made this page, but it seemed like a good
place to put my answers to misc. questions that are environmental in
nature. In that vein are the following:
The Farm usually refered to as The Pumpkin Patch
People are constantly asking me my position on this issue. If the
current owners must sell the land to developers, then I would ask that
they go with the 50 unit layout suggested by the Mountain View Farmland
group. I would like to see the city do whatever zoning changes are
needed to maintain that five acre parcel as agricultural land far into
It's hard for me to see how a five acre farm can succeed in Mountain
View. My position is that if that doesn't work the land should become
community garden plots. There is always a need for more of those.
Walking precincts in the Cuesta Park
area, people ask me what my plans are for Cuesta Park Annex. I
usually reply "I'm from the other side of town, and until this race I
didn't care much about it at all." Then I ask them what they want to
see there. By far the most common response is something to the effect
"we should leave it as open space.". Based on the many times I've heard
that, I'm going to vote that way if the question comes before me. It is
clearly lte will of the people that are around the place.