I love heating my house with my fireplace and wood stove. Its carbon neutral, it targets the heat where I want it, and somehow it just feels warmer then forced air heat.
I don’t love dealing with firewood. I don’t like storing it, trying to keep it dry, and I especially don’t like going outside when it is freezing cold to bring an armful inside.
That’s where Eco Bricks come in. They are compressed hardwood sawdust bricks that you burn in a fireplace just like logs. They are kiln dried and bug free, so they can be stored inside. Since they are kiln dried, they always light easily.
BTU wise, the company says that a pallet of Eco Bricks are equivalent to a full cord of hardwood firewood. Where I am, a pallet runs $235, which is roughly the same as a cord of firewood.
Since these things are so dense and dry, some care must be taken not to over-fire your fireplace or stove. I’ve been using them for three winters, and haven’t had any problems yet.
I’ve got about a half pallet in my basement queued up. I’m looking forward to my first fire of the season.
“The Black Dogs Project” is a series of animal portraits by Massachusetts-based photographer Fred Levy, dedicated to the beauty of black dogs. Levy began the project after having conversation about the fact that dogs with dark coats often have more difficulty getting adopted. The series features a wide range of breeds photographed against a black background. There’s some debate over the validity of the claim that black dogs don’t adopt as easily, but the so-called “Black Dog Syndrome” has plenty of anecdotal evidence to back it up among shelter workers, according to USA Today.
There are no statistics, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence and many possible explanations, ranging from superstitions like the notion that black cats are bad luck, to a simple logistical problem: Black animals are hard to photograph well, and are therefore hard to advertise.
There is a long history of negative connotations around black dogs including, perhaps most notably, English poet Samuel Johnson who routinely referred to depression as his “black dog,” a habit later adopted by Winston Churchill.
Pamela Vagata and Kevin Wilfong, writing for the Facebook Engineering Blog:
At Facebook, we have unique storage scalability challenges when it comes to our data warehouse. Our warehouse stores upwards of 300 PB of Hive data, with an incoming daily rate of about 600 TB. In the last year, the warehouse has seen a 3x growth in the amount of data stored. Given this growth trajectory, storage efficiency is and will continue to be a focus for our warehouse infrastructure.
600 TB of incoming data per day is mind-blowing. I can’t fathom it. And it’s great that they’re sharing this information. There can’t be that many entities dealing with this scale of data storage, and the others likely aren’t sharing what they’ve learned. This is the cutting edge of computer science.
This is not just any font and style manager. You now have control over font size, line spacing, story layout, and type faces directly in the reading view. This nifty popover gives you quick access to all of these customizable features.
The type faces come from Hoefler & Co. (née Hoefler & Frere-Jones) which is the premier web type foundry. It’s also one of the most expensive, but that’s where the incredible font quality comes from.
The four new fonts are:
These new fonts are available immediately for premium users. Another great reason to pay for NewsBlur.