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+Julien Williams How's your FreeNAS project going? I was just thinking about that a day or two ago.
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We did this last year and we've been enjoying significantly lower electric bills ever since (the last couple bills have had no charge for electricity just a $7 grid connection fee) and the good feeling of knowing we're helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

Thanks to this campaign and the Federal Tax credit (30% for systems installed by the end of next year, then slightly less for years after that), made it way more affordable than we expected. I signed up and went to a meeting about it last year mostly out of curiosity, but with no expectation that we'd find it even remotely affordable. We were very pleasantly surprised.

If you live in Northern Virginia (which includes: Alexandria, City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Manassas Park, Prince William, and Vienna) or the Piedmont area (which includes: the city of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties) it's worth looking into. They do give you a pretty good discount on the equipment and installation, but you have to sign up for an assessment by May 31.

You're not committing to anything by signing up for the assessment, just getting someone to come talk to you about it and look at your home's potential, and getting into the system for the discounted pricing if you decide to go ahead later. (Last year we didn't decide to go ahead until September. our system wasn't installed until November, becuase they were already pretty backlogged by that point, but the point is you don't need to make a decision about going ahead right away, just get started on talking to someone.

Anyway it's worth looking into.
Solarize NOVA
Solarize NOVA
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Hey homeowners in Virginia! Have you thought about rooftop solar? The Solarize NOVA (and now Piedmont!) campaign started up for this year today! We got our panels through the Solarize NOVA campaign last year. We got a great price and were matched up with a good installer we've been very happy with.

We had panels installed at the end of last year and we're really happy with how much it's already cut our electric bill (and we're only just getting into the really good months for solar production!). Even more so, we feel good about decreasing our carbon and pollution footprint.

It's worth looking into. The information sessions are very helpful and interesting. They aren't just sugar-coating stuff either. They'll talk about places or situations where panels aren't going to be the best fit, and other possible negatives. I went to one just becuase I was curious. We didn't expect to actually do it, but after looking at the numbers and learning more about it we decided to go ahead with it. I'm very glad we did!
Solarize NOVA
Solarize NOVA
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GivingTuesday: NEED HELP

Hey all,

Today, and for today ONLY, one anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations up to $100,000. So I could really use your help!

If you're able to donate, please do. Small or large, each dollar gets doubled and closer to our goal!

And even if you can't donate, please spread the word. We really need to reach as many people as possible to hit our target.

Thank you!
Today is #GivingTuesday!
Today is #GivingTuesday!
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Hey! My friend Dave just started a non-profit to make it really easy to give to a whole bunch of worthy causes without having to keep track of a whole bunch of different monthly or one time donations. Just give here and know your money is going to some great organizations.

Even if you're already giving to some of these organizations individually (I am), you can still add a small donation here so some of your money gets to all of them. Then you can make your own additional donations to the organizations that are most important to you. They're all doing important work in different ways and in different areas, a gift here makes sure you're supporting all of the important work they're doing.
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I just voted. If you can vote here in the US, you should too!
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Hey Virginians. Were you unable to register to vote before the old deadline? Well becuase the registration website was having so many issues, it's been extended until midnight tonight!

Get registered, and then vote!

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If you're playing Pokemon Go:

Chances are, you'll never need this, but it's pretty simple to do so I don't see any reason not to. Just send to the email address and use the subject line mentioned in the article, and one sentence in the body should do it: "I am opting out of the arbitration clause in the Pokémon Go terms of service."

#PokemonGo
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It's getting to be swimming season here in the northern hemisphere. It's good to refresh on this every so often.
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Drowning doesn't look like drowning. It's time for the annual re-post of maritime safety expert and former USCG rescue swimmer +Mario Vittone 's article.

What's happening physiologically when someone is drowning -- why it doesn't look like on TV:

1. Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled before speech occurs.

2. Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.

3. Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.

4. Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.

5. From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.”

This doesn’t mean that a person that is yelling for help and thrashing isn’t in real trouble—they are experiencing aquatic distress. Not always present before the Instinctive Drowning Response, aquatic distress doesn’t last long—but unlike true drowning, these victims can still assist in their own rescue. They can grab lifelines, throw rings, etc.

Look for these other signs of drowning when persons are in the water:

Head low in the water, mouth at water level
Head tilted back with mouth open
Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
Eyes closed
Hair over forehead or eyes
Not using legs—vertical
Hyperventilating or gasping
Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
Trying to roll over on the back
Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder

More on the topic at +Mario Vittone's website:
http://mariovittone.com/?s=drowning+doesn%27t+look+like+drowning

(The article is available in several publications, not just Slate, but this version of the article includes short videos.)
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