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Dirk Aguilar on Personal Energy Consumption

From the Bay Area QS Show&Tell group: Dirk Aguilar shows charts of his energy consumption – electricity, gas, driving, and flying. He annotated his graphs with trips and life changes, and was surprised to learn that while his gas usage dropped during periods of travel, his electricity usage remained high from all of his appliances passively consuming energy. Dirk explains in the video below how he and his wife are using this data to make decisions about how to be green consumers without breaking the bank.

Dirk Aguilar – Personal Energy Consumption from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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Andrew Hessel’s Flight Log

From the Bay Area QS Show&Tell meetup group: Andrew Hessel from Singularity University talks about his 2010 flight log. He has traveled 79,922 miles this year – 57 flights, 22 airports, 16 percent of his days in the air. Andrew tracks his flights for the sake of tracking them, with no goal to minimize consumption. Watch the video below and see what you think – exciting lifestyle or excessive environmental impact?

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Max Winter Osterhaus on Total Consumption Tracking

From the Bay Area QS Show&Tell group: Max Winter Osterhaus (tagline: “I make charts”) talks about tracking all of his purchases for the past 5 years in incredible detail. He tracks right down to the kind of fruit or bread he buys, and admits to being somewhat addicted to combing through receipts. Watch the video below to see why Max does this and some of the surprising things he has learned.

Max Winter Osterhaus – Consumption Tracking from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

Max has also started making visual charts for his body, garden, and other systems in his life, loosely based on his data. Here’s a bigger view of the chart from his video.


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Matt Haughey on Sharing Gas Mileage Data

From the Bay Area QS Show&Tell group: Matt Haughey from Fuelly talks about tracking, sharing, and comparing gas mileage data. He tells the story of his efforts to move from 18 to 20 mpg – it required a great amount of concentration, and only ended up saving him $6. Watch the video below to hear what Matt has learned from running Fuelly. He has good advice for entrepreneurs and gas guzzlers alike.

Matt Haughey – Fuelly from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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Indhira Rojas on Managing Consumption

From the Bay Area QS Show&Tell group: Indhira Rojas explains Indexer, a database she is building for tracking consumption and managing waste. She wants to help people answer two questions: How much do I throw away? and, How do I recycle properly? In the video below, Indhira explains her project. See what she learned from studying seven households and photographing all of their waste.

Indhira Rojas – Indexer from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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Bay Area QS Show&Tell #16 – Recap

Autodesk meetupIt was another electric night. On Wednesday, 124 people gathered at the futuristic Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco for the 16th Bay Area QS Show&Tell. The theme this time was location, transportation, consumption, and energy.


The workshop part of the evening seemed to take off this time, with buzzing groups forming around half a dozen people showing their projects at dedicated tables. Thanks to everyone who brought something to show – I didn’t get everyone’s names and links, so feel free to leave a comment below and point us to your project!

At 7:30, everyone sat down to hear 7 fast-paced talks…

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