Street Racing, Prowling, and Suspicious Activity — in My Neighborhood!

I’m a very sound sleeper. I can sleep through baby’s crying. I can sleep through conversations. I can sleep through almost anything. Early Sunday morning I was jolted out of my sleep by the sound of tires squealing near by. A lot of squealing. I was out of bed in an instant. Out the window I saw three cars tearing out of…

Solicitation for Products/Services for Review

If you are a manufacturer or reseller of high-tech and/or green/environmentally friendly products I would like to review products for you! I will fully disclose in my review whether or not you’re providing the product/service for “evaluation only” or “for keeps” and will not hold back praise and/or constructive criticism, as warranted by that which I’m reviewing. Things I’d like…

Separation of Topics

I’m trying to separate my articles by placing them on the site that they’re most applicable. Hopefully this will help each site be more relative to its visiting audience. This means my posts will be split between (presently) three sites: www.JoeLevi.com: “Greener Living through Technology,” local involvement/activism, self-defense, and self-reliance. Natalie.JoeLevi.com: personal and family stuff, Asperger’s Disorder/Asperger’s Syndrome, parenting, raising…

Not Hyper enough to be a HyperDriver? Try EcoDriving!

Those of you that have been following my blog for any reasonable amount of time know that I have more than a passing interest in the American Native (or is that Native American?) tenet of living with nature and treating her with respect. I try and apply this philosophy in every aspect of my life, from what I buy at…

Our Electric Future

“The politics of energy is warping diplomacy in certain parts of the world,” said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in recent Senate testimony. From the July/August 2008 issue of The American, Andy Grove (former CEO Intel Corp.) makes a compelling argument for shifting our transportation infrastructure from oil/gasoline to electricity. In his article, Grove states the following, a history that…

How to get better MPG with FuelFrog.com

One of the best ways to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency is to record and track your miles per gallon (or kilometers per liters). It’s been said that we could reduce our crude oil consumption by 20-30% just by mandating ever car have a gauge that displays instantaneous MPG. The person that said this didn’t site a source or show…

Prius Limo

What if you want the form and function of a Toyota Prius, but you need a few more seats? That was exactly the situation that my wife and I found ourselves in: needing seating for six (6) without giving up fuel efficiency. Our solution netted us a newer mini-van (a 2007 Chevy Uplander) that’s averaging 20.6 (combined) MPG presently. Not…

Report Smoking Vehicles (Davis County, Utah)

Whether you’re a “green nut” or just an average Joe, it’s always frustrating to see a car or truck spewing out smoke from their tail-pipe. These vehicles contribute more than their “fair share” of pollution and need to be repaired. According to the Davis County website, “These vehicles are generally gross polluters and should have repairs performed to allow the…

Rear-ended in my Prius

I’ve had a 2006 Prius since August 2006 and completely love the car. Since then I’ve added some “features” that the original car doesn’t have: Mud Flaps Automatic Door Lock Electric Button Shark Fin Antenna LED Exterior Lamp replacements (all but turn signals and front marker lamps) LED License Plate surround (wired to light with the brake lights) Yeah, you…

Using LEDs in your Prius

What LEDs can I use in my Prius? http://evnut.com/prius_bulbs.htm Where can I get LEDs for use in my Prius? http://stores.ebay.com/warden-jp2002 http://superbrightleds.com/1157.htm What should I know before “upgrading” my Prius’ lamps to LEDs? http://superbrightleds.com/carbulb-notes.htm You’ll need to replace your signal flasher module if you want LED turn signal LEDs to blink at the correct rate… otherwise they’ll blink so fast your…