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Marketwatch on Going Solar: Renting or Buying

Over a year ago, we entered a PPA (power purchase agreement) with +Sunrun and added solar panels to our house, with an expectation we'd save about $60,000 in the 20 year contract. We've already saved more than $4,000, and brought our monthly bills down from about $300 a month to less than $20. This month's bill is $16.16 for a standard home with kids who use electricity constantly.

If you're interested in Sunrun, check them out: http://tinyurl.com/gosunrun or ask me anything you like. Our savings details are here: https://goo.gl/wrkdfx
As solar panels prices continue to fall and solar power becomes more widely available, more U.S. homeowners may wonder whether to buy or lease their systems.
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+Thanaporn Gaetz +Ross Keene here's our 12 month impact on the environment. http://imgur.com/KTUIHnu I tend to talk about the financial savings, because it resonates with a lot of people. As for efficiencies between brands, I think any difference is negligible.
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This little bird strayed too far from the nest

Yesterday evening, at a group picnic with friends and family, the kids gathered around a tree in the park, having discovered a small bird that had prematurely left its nest. With mother nowhere in sight, eyes shut, and barely able to fly, it was in a perilous spot, be it from curious grubby kid hands, predators or simple starvation and neglect.

I was able to capture the bird and pass it to our local wildlife society so it can be rehabilitated and released (thanks to +Chris Beaupre and +Todd Beaupre). But before we passed it along, this little animation was maded from my close up photos. Tweet tweet!

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Jelly Belly CEO's Extreme Right Wing Husband Kills Party-goer With Tank

Excerpt: "That the chairman of Jelly Belly stores a fleet of military vehicles 45 miles outside of San Francisco may come as a surprise to the many whose associations with the company trend toward bubble gum over big guns. But Rowland has also been known as an avowed conservative who donated to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign, and who most recently spoke out against equal rights for trans students in California schools."

Sounds like a winner.
While at a retreat over the weekend, the husband of Jelly Belly CEO Lisa Rowland Brasher, accidentally drove a tank over a man -- crushing him in the process.
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+Robert Konigsberg exactly. No beer? None? Really? #anchorman  "I don't believe you"
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Off the Grid for a Week, Gallivanting in the Forest
#family #vacation #california #nature

You haven't heard from me for a bit. That's because this week, my family and I took a little break and unplugged. We were completely out of cell phone access (even with Project Fi!) and had no Internet ... for pretty much the whole week. We enjoyed the great outdoors and many activities at a camp in Calaveras County. On the final day, we took a trip through Big Trees State Park in Calaveras, seeing the giant Sequoia, Redwoods and more.

We're back! Here are some of the pictures.

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Use to live in CA, the redwoods are just fantastic and the giant sequoia are also. Nice trip the kids looked like they loved it. You were probably not far from Merced CA, and Atwater. Nice country out there.
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Android Boot Camp 2015 Special Edition Figure
/from +Andrew Bell of course.  #android  

I haven't posted all the new special editions recently. But here's a great one. Gotta get through Android Boot Camp to get your apps in shape.
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Cool .I want it
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Q&A With +Sunrun Customer +Louis Gray
http://tinyurl.com/gosunrun

Hey wait. That's me! I've been sporting +Sunrun solar panels on my house for just over a year, and have been telling just about everyone why it's made sense. We've already saved over $3,500 compared to our bills before going solar. Every time the sun is out, we're saving money. They asked me a few questions for their blog, and I was more than happy to oblige. If you're looking at going solar, start here http://tinyurl.com/gosunrun
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+Jason Huebel +Louis Gray I don't know why we're not in TX specifically but it's most likely because we can't compete with the local utility company in price.
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Having a Clear Call to Action Can Drive Real Results
/via +louisgray.com  #analytics   #marketing   #pr  

About 15 years ago, as we made plans to launch the first version of our website, we wanted to capture that initial traffic burst, and turn it into long-term customer engagement. Our plan: Deliver a clear call to action for our newsletter on every page. On the +Google Analytics team, I get questions often about calls to action and how to optimize landing pages. Here's one story of real success.
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This Afternoon, I Found a Semi-Automatic 22 Handgun in My Yard.

I was WFH today, and offered to take my son shoe shopping this afternoon, between emails. As I turned past, and slightly bumped, the bush in our front yard, I heard a clatter on the walkway that sounded a lot like if you drop your phone. Instead of a phone, it turned out to be a gun. It is a small one, so I thought it was a toy, and brought it in the house for my wife to see. After looking more closely, it's labeled as a Jennings Firearms semi-automatic 22, and Google found lots of web pages about the weapon.

Why it was in our yard, I have no idea. Maybe the police officer who's scheduled to come by later will know more, about why someone chose to dispose it in our yard. (Or leave it and hope to get it again later?) But it's not the usual thing one expects to find on the way to Payless Shoes.

Of note, the photo attached is from the Web (http://clocknuts.com/Firearms/002-P-0607.htm) and is the same model we found. I'm glad I found it, and not the kids, and that neither the wife nor I managed to discharge it. Guns are dumb.
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+Louis Gray 我建議你拿到海邊去丟掉。這不是玩笑 先生
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First day of school!

Braden gets shipped off to kindergarten today. Awesome and AutoAwesome.
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Android Summer Edition 2015 Figurines
/by +Andrew Bell, of course.  #android  

I've had this set in the wall of fame in the home office for a while, but didn't share earlier. The right Android figure in particular is a little revealing. It may not even be safe for work.
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I got the yellow summer edition ones because they reminded me of minions - esp. the one in the speedo :-)
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Tech Company Shifts Position Sunnyvale As Major Hub for Next Decade
/via +louisgray.com  #siliconvalley   #housing   #business  

You say Cupertino and think Apple. You say Mountain View and think Google. Sunnyvale sits between those cities and the pressure of both growing quickly, along with expansion at LinkedIn and others, is dramatically increasing demand. Housing prices in Sunnyvale are up faster than all the surrounding towns. I think this is going to continue to accelerate.
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Every time I see the word Sunnyvale, I can't help but think about the Trailer Park Boys and Sunnyvale Trailer Park.

NSFW, Not really appropriate for anyone.
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Seven Years Ago: Sarah was not very big #tbt

+Timehop​ also reminds me it was 93 degrees that day. Quite warm in our little apartment. She came home to us once she was all of two kilograms. But she's much bigger now.
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    Program Manager, 2011 - present
    Google Analytics Advocacy. Prior work at Google includes Developer Relations, Google+.
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    Managing Director, 2009 - 2011
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I run Google Developers Live and am the author of louisgray.com. At home: dad to three kids five and under, including boy/girl twins.

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