Monthly Archives: September 2010

Smart Meters

Called such because the spike in amount of your monthly bill will make you *smart*.

Very straightforward installation, about 10 minutes. Almost plug & play.

Electric starts from zero, and cycles through several readings including current consumption and total.

Gas retains the current reading.

Unfortunately, the readings mean diddly-squat because now we’re paying twice as much per month!

October Weekend

The weekend of the 9th will be a good time to get away from city lights. Take your binoculars and go to some hilltop just before sunset to see Venus, Mars, the waxing-crescent moon, and the two brightest stars in Libra, Zubenelgenubi & Zubeneschamali:

Later in the night you might see Comet Hartley 2. This icy visitor is one of the closest to approach earth; it’s getting brighter every day. Look near the Double Cluster in Perseus:

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance

While you’re at it, don’t forget the Andromeda Galaxy. It is the farthest object one can see with the naked eye, and will be directly overhead at 11:30 PM on October 9th.