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Help Break Wind Resistence in CT! Milford ECC Highly Recommends this fun family (STEM Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) activity! Announcing a new Whitney Aeromodeling Club Beginning Friday night October 21st, and continuing thereafter every first and third Friday night of the month

Announcing a new
Whitney Aeromodeling Club

Beginning Friday night October 21st, and continuing thereafter every first
and third Friday night of the month, the Whitney Aeromodeling Club
will meet from 7 to 9 pm at the Eli Whitney Museum to share expertise
and experience.

Build and fly free-flight models, powered by hand, by catapult, or by
twisted rubber. Beginning to Advanced projects will be tailored to the
student's level. Traditional designs will start the beginner off and more
advanced modelers will help teach traditional skills.

Parents and children will work together on the models with the guidance
of EWM staff experienced in aeromodeling. The first night you come,
you'll build an AMA Cub, a tissue paper and balsa rubberband powered plane.
And then you'll test it before you leave.

The cost of the Cub is $2. The Museum provides the tools and the teaching
and of course, the ambiance. Returning participants will be asked to
become a Member of the Eli Whitney Museum community if they are not
already Members. The cost of membership for a family is $45/year.
Materials costs for the model kits will vary with the kit's level of
sophistication and complication.

The Museum will send out reminders of the meetings during the week
prior to the date scheduled.

More questions? Call Sally Hill at the Museum or email sh@eliwhitney.org.
Lead Instructor: Liam Grace-Flood

Help Support Jimmy/en/US - Wikimedia Foundation

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From Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales
Where your donation goes

Technology: Servers, bandwidth, maintenance, development. Wikipedia is the #5 website in the world, and it runs on a fraction of what other top websites spend
People: The other top 10 websites have thousands of employees. We have fewer than 100, making your donation a great investment in a highly-efficient not-for-profit organization
phenomenal
Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong here. Not in Wikipedia.

When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising banners, but I decided to do something different. We’ve worked hard over the years to keep it lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste to others.

Compared to the other top-5 websites, the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia, is pretty bare-bones:

Google: 1,000,000 servers, 24,000 employees.
Facebook: 60,000 servers, 2,000 employees.
Microsoft: 220,000 servers, 90,000 employees.
Yahoo: 50,000 servers, 13,900 employees.
Wikipedia: 370 servers, 73 employees.

Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 420 million different people every month – with billions of page views.

If everyone reading this donated $5, we would only have to fundraise for one day a year. But not everyone can or will donate. And that's fine. Each year just enough people decide to give.

This year, please consider making a donation of $5, $10, $20 or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia.

Thanks,

Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia Founder

I used the windmill mole chaser works great covers about 25ft in my opinion. Advanced Solar Mole Repeller £24.95

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It emits a deep vibrating sound at a frequency humans can't hear that has been found to cause moles to vacate the area. Experts believe that moles are unsociable animals and think the noise is created by another mole.
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Gordon Murray Races Toward the Plastic Auto Age – ecomagination

Gordon Murray Races Toward the Plastic Auto Age – ecomagination

Gordon Murray Races Toward the Plastic Auto Age0

Michael Kanellos | Mon Oct 03 2011 |

A number of technologies—lithium ion batteries, opposed piston engines, hub motors—have been proposed for reducing greenhouse gases. But if you really want to put a significant dent in energy consumption, you have to start with the factory, argues Gordon Murray.

Murray—a famed race car designer whose cars have won five world championships—has for the last few years been fine-tuning a manufacturing concept called iStream, which employs composites instead of steel for the chassis, body, and other components of a traditional consumer car.

The end result is a cheaper, lighter, and more energy-efficient vehicle. In a 2010 efficiency race in the U.K., a prototype of Gordon Murray Design’s T.25—a three-seater with a gas engine that weighs half as much as a conventional comparable—achieved a mileage rating of 96 miles per imperial gallon, or about 80 miles per U.S. gallon.

“It used less energy than all the diesels and less energy than half of the electrics,” he says. “Its (weight) is by far the most powerful tool we have as a designer.”

But think more broadly, Murray urges. Producing cars with conventional materials doesn’t take a production line. It takes several production lines including facilities for stamping, pressing, painting, and applying anti-corrosion coatings. Automakers might have to spend one to two billion euros ($1.5 to $3 billion) to bring a new car platform to market.
Breaking the mold


To generate a profit, the factory will essentially have to keep humming for nine years. And if a carmaker wants to make changes (i.e. make an electric or fuel cell version of the basic platform) more investment will be required.

A T.27 could go 100 miles on a single charge.

The iStream process, by contrast, revolves around injection molding and software. A factory might only need 11 tool sets that cost a total of $10 million to produce car bodies. A conventional factory might need 1,500 tools that cost 500 million euros. Retooling the factory to accommodate a new engine in the car or expanding the passenger bay mostly involves clicking a mouse.

“80 percent of the tooling is writing software,” he said.

The savings in embedded energy—the reduced demand for mined iron, petroleum-based solvents, shipping, etc.—would be tremendous.

It would be cheap, too. A manufacturer could sell T.25s for $10,000 and still make “a handsome profit,” he says.

A T.27, an electric version of the T.25 that has been funded in part by the U.K. government, could be sold for $23,000. Because it would weigh far less than a conventional EV, a T.27 could come with a 12.5 kilowatt hour battery—about half the size of the battery in a Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi—and still go 100 miles on a single charge.

As an added bonus, it would charge in half the time, too, eliminating at least some of the nervousness around charging infrastructure and range anxiety.

While you might be skeptical about composite cars, Murray is far from an isolated voice. New mileage regulations—like the U.S. standards that will require automakers to raise the average fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025—are prompting many to examine ways to shed pounds. Bright Automotive, which General Motors has invested in, is working on lightweight delivery trucks. Alcoa says minivans and sedans made from aluminum could start hitting showrooms by 2015.
In Southern California, Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur will give you $100 if you can scratch or dent his three-wheeled car fashioned from composites.

A deal with one of the manufacturers to build a T.25 line could come within six months.

Stuck in traffic

Murray’s move into economy cars came about because of a traffic jam. A professor originally from South Africa, Murray served as both the technical director for the Brabham Formula One team (world champions 1981, 1983) and McLaren (world championships 1988, 1989, 1990). At McLaren in 1978, his team built the first all carbon fiber car.

Mercedes recruited McLaren to produce carbon monocoques for a high-end version of one of its cars. Because of the expense, and the fact that the cars were almost literally built by hand, only 700 got made.

Murray’s team continued to experiment with bonding and materials to the point where the cost premium of a carbon fiber car dropped to around 6,000 British pounds and each chassis took only a day to make. Still, that meant McLaren could only produce 1,500 cars a year.

Then, in 1993, he found himself mired on the road, surrounded by a sea of similarly stuck solo drivers in steel cars burning fuel.

“This can’t be sustainable,” he thought to himself. Carmakers loathe small cars because the profit margins are miniscule, but if the manufacturing costs were dramatically slashed, he reasoned, it could become an attractive business.

Although he worked for years with carbon fiber, it’s not at the center of iStream; it’s too expensive.

“There is a point where you can’t make enough and the airline manufacturers will always have priority over the car manufacturers,” he said. “Steel is incredibly cheap. It is too good really.”

Instead, the first generation of iStream cars will rely on a honeycomb sandwich composite. The next generation will contain some carbon fiber to improve crash resistance on larger models. A third generation of cars will be made from thermoplastics. It might even be possible to produce cars with agricultural resin.

Murray’s team has even designed a truck made from a tubular frame and plywood panels for a charity project in Africa to allow villagers to trade and communicate with each other. It can hold 13 passengers.

The factory footprint, he added, is about as minimal as it can get.

“It is flat packed and shipped,” he said. “You assemble it yourself.”
The future of iStream

Car manufacturers are notoriously conservative when it comes to new ideas, but interest in iStream is growing. Gordon Murray Designs is currently in working with nine manufacturers; the company will not produce cars itself, instead it will license its know-how under royalty agreements.

A deal with one of the manufacturers to build a T.25 line could come within six months, he said.

Once an agreement is signed, a manufacturer can probably start producing cars in two to three years. The cars and materials will be safe, too: computer simulations can predict how materials will behave within plus or minus five percent.

Granted, the first cars off an iStream line will face questions. Are they safe? Will they tip in high winds? The transportation industry has always been full of surprises. Railroads and airplanes went from terrifying novelties to carrying passengers in the space of a few years.

As car salesmen like to say, this thing can turn on a dime.

Michael Kanellos writes about emerging technologies and companies in the green world. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, NPR, Al Jazeera, and Fox News among other media outlets and speaks often at tech conferences. A graduate of Cornell University and the University of California, he has worked as an attorney, a travel writer, and a busboy at a pancake house.

Waste does not exist only wasted resources and she can prove it! CNN | Recycle Runway Check out this link, I'm in love with her spirit, artistry, and passionate, inspirational eco-couture mission

CNN | Recycle Runway

CNN
Wearable art plucked from trash

By Michelle Hiskey, Special to CNN
April 22, 2011 9:24 a.m. EDT

Read article on-line.

(CNN) — Nancy Judd turns an orange rind into sequins. A can of Coke becomes shiny bangles. Plastic bags melt into chic crinkly fabric.

What others call trash is her high fashion.

Her newest creation is “The Environmental Steward-ess,” a 1940s air hostess suit sewn from leather seat covers donated by sponsor Delta Air Lines. Judd stitched the suit’s superhero cape from safety cards once found in seatback pockets.

Her apparel is more for learning than wearing.

“I love taking garbage — something that people want to push away from and not think about — and transform it into something elegant,” said Judd, 42, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. “I love when they look at a dress and say, ‘Wow, those are bottles or cans,’ or whatever.”

After her cocktail dress made of vinyl Obama-Biden banners made it to the Inauguration, Judd declined a spot on “Project Runway.” She prefers grass-roots projects that she details on her website Recycle Runway.

“I am an artist making wearable art,” she said. “I’m also not attracted to the fashion industry. It creates a tremendous amount of waste, and there are a lot of social justice issues, although a lot of designers are doing good stuff.”

Her work has been displayed across the country at shopping malls, museums and airports. The latest installation of her “Recycle Runway” exhibit of 18 eco-trash garments will go up this week at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Judd recently spoke with CNN.com about her creative process.

CNN: How did you start making recycled fashion?

Judd: My mother owned a gallery and directed a college of art, and I spent my whole life in art classes. I loved to sew. In college, I got a degree in art and sociology. One year, my art school got a new pop machine. The garbage can next to it grew with all the pop cans. Seeing them thrown out just seemed wrong. I put a recycling bin next to the pop machine. I started wondering: Where does trash go? Who picks it up? After that, my career path was in solid waste and recycling. As the recycling coordinator for Santa Fe, to promote a weekend-long exhibit of recycled art, I threw together a little outfit made of bubble wrap. Each year, I made another dress, getting more and more intricate. Now, I can’t imagine using anything but trash. If somebody gave me a $200-a-yard fabric, I would be at a loss.

CNN: Besides the landfill, where does your art come from — the vision?

Judd: Honestly, it feels like divine intervention. Artistically, I have a sense of confidence that doesn’t really line up with the rest of myself. I don’t know why I can say to Delta or Toyota, “Send me your waste and I will create something I know you will love.” All I can say is that my art comes from a spiritual, creative relationship that is so interesting to me.

CNN: Do you have a favorite piece?

Judd: That’s like picking a favorite child. The Eco-Dress really pulls together everything. It’s a Scarlett O’Hara-style dress made of [scrap paper] pledges written by 2,000 children across the country. Having people involved really feeds the mission of what I’m doing.

CNN: Do you use a special sewing machine?

Judd: I use a regular one from my sponsor Janome. I’ve sewn inner tube tires fine, and the soft top of a Toyota convertible.

CNN: Explain how the stewardess cape of safety cards only looks cheery.

Judd: The cards are really colorful, really whimsical. I researched the super-heroine Wonder Woman, created in the 1940s — the same era this type of suit was worn by Delta stewardesses — by a psychologist to provide a strong role model for young girls. In addition to her invisible plane and bulletproof bracelet, Wonder Woman was given a lasso of truth that made men be honest. This garment is about being a role model who is strong and stands up for the environment. The safety cards are scenes of people preparing for a crash. The cards ask, “What if?” That sort of emergency is happening around the world with the environment, because of our decisions. My art is about what we can do in our lives to live lighter on the Earth, and to prepare ourselves. Like the safety cards, the message is about conservation and preparation.

CNN: What details are less obvious?

Judd: The cape looks windblown because of the wire armature holding it up, made from yard signs from the Obama campaign.

CNN: How much do you charge for a commission, and who pays?

Judd: About $10,000. A dress will take anywhere from 150 to 450 hours to make. The contract allows me to keep the dress for future exhibitions. I only work with organizations that are doing something substantial for the environment. One of my sponsors, Coca-Cola, is creating bottles that are plant-based and has started the first bottle-to-bottle recycling plant!

CNN: What are some of the environmental hazards of creating eco-conscious art?

Judd: I only iron plastic outside. I wear a heavy-duty respirator mask around chemicals and when I drill metals.

CNN: Is your tetanus shot current?

Judd: It should be, but I don’t think it is.

CNN: What size are your dresses?

Judd: For a while, I made all my pieces about a size 12, because honestly, I was the only available model.

CNN: Describe a future piece.

Judd: The Biodegradable Dress starts with cheesecloth — a lot of people in Santa Fe make their own cheese. Attached are sequins in a turn-of-the-century pattern. The sequins are being made in public workshops from oranges and tangerines. After eating, people punch peels into small circles and dry the circles on a pin.

This dress will be sturdy enough to last 100 years. Throw it on a compost pile, and it could disappear in a month.

Michelle Hiskey writes occasionally about the creative process for CNN.com.

Green Job Available! Project Coordinator Position Available The Farmland ConneCTions Service ("Service") is seeking a Project Coordinator to conduct outreach and provide assistance to land trusts, municipalities, and non-farming landowners that are willing to lease for agriculture purposes, in order to guide them toward a successful lease agreement.

Exciting Opportunities with the Farmland ConneCTion Service

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to forward these announcements on to you from the American Farmland Trust (AFT). Please spread the word about these exciting opportunities at the Farmland ConneCTions Service.

Project Coordinator Position Available

The Farmland ConneCTions Service ("Service") is seeking a Project Coordinator to conduct outreach and provide assistance to land trusts, municipalities, and non-farming landowners that are willing to lease for agriculture purposes, in order to guide them toward a successful lease agreement.

The purpose of the Service is to encourage and demonstrate legal lease agreements that successfully balance the principles of environmental stewardship with farm viability goals.

The Service is funded through a one year grant from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and is an outcome of work initiated by AFT in 2009.

The outreach program will make use of the recently published Farmland ConneCTions Guide, a joint publication of AFT and UConn Cooperative Extension System, as described further below.

Job Responsibilities: The Project Coordinator will provide outreach presentations and one-on-one guidance; develop fact sheets and build an on-line library of farmland leasing tools for producers and landowners; and seek professional advice and support, as needed, from a team of legal and conservation experts that have committed in-kind time to support the Service.

The Project Coordinator will report to Jiff Martin, Extension Educator of Sustainable Food Systems, based in the Tolland County Extension Office, 24 Hyde Ave., Vernon, CT 06066.

Period: Oct. 2011 - Sept. 2012 (or a period of one year depending on start date)

Compensation: $19,500 for estimated 1.5 days/week. Travel costs will be reimbursed.

Desired Qualifications:

Three or more years experience in a business or non-profit in the field of conservation, local agriculture,
Familiar with legal concepts of land tenure and land conservation.
Experience working with producers and/or background in agriculture.
Experience making presentations and developing outreach materials.
Excellent communication and problem solving skills
Willingness to seek advice
Willingness to work weekends and evenings
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Flexibility, maturity and a sense of humor
REQUIRED: valid driver's license


To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter and (3) references to jiff.martin@uconn.edu.

Application deadline has been extended until position filled.

New Guide Offers Help in Leasing Connecticut Farmland

Facing the third highest farm real estate values in the country, farmers in Connecticut, especially those just beginning, are challenged to find productive and affordable farmland. For many farmers, leasing land is a more viable option, and farmland owned by non-farmers - such as municipalities, land trusts and institutions - represents a potentially important source of land for new and expanding farm operations.

A new guide published by AFT and the University of Connecticut seeks to help towns, institutions and land trusts navigate the process of leasing land to farmers or managing it themselves for agricultural use.

Farmland ConneCTions: A Guide for Towns, Institutions, and Land Trusts Using or Leasing Farmland outlines the legal and practical considerations involved in leasing farmland and provides information and case studies of successful community farms that have been established across the state.

This free guide is available through the Connecticut office of AFT or can be downloaded from the Farmland ConneCTions page of the AFT website.

For further information, please contact Leah Mayor, at 860-683-4230 or by e-mail at lmayor@farmland.org.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With best regards,

Amy

Amy B. Paterson, Esq., Executive Director
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
16 Meriden Road
Rockfall, Connecticut 06481 860-685-0785
abpaterson@ctconservation.org
www.ctconservation.org

Sustainable Transportation Big Issue For Elderly, For Efficient Transit, Require That Routes Be Profitable | Sustainable Cities Collective

For Efficient Transit, Require That Routes Be Profitable | Sustainable Cities Collective

For Efficient Transit, Require That Routes Be Profitable
Keywords: bus routes Economic Sustainability mileage fee subsidies taxes tolls transit Transportation vehicle miles traveled (VMT)
comment Posted October 4, 2011 with 91 reads

Responding to Eric Jaffe's Atlantic Cities post: Should the Public Pay for Unprofitable Transit Routes? - Commute (responding to my previous posts)…

I am not sure he frames the argument right. In my view is as much about separating the transit agency from the welfare function as about whether unprofitable routes should be dropped. That is, transit agencies don't do well as dual purpose agencies. Organizations, like products perform better with clear missions (Shimmer is a floor wax, and a dessert topping).

It would be much cleaner to give them a single mission: provide these routes and make money/break even. They would make money from customers on profitable routes, and from society at large on welfare routes that society explicitly chooses to subsidize despite their inability to make money. The operating agency should not be making welfare decisions, that is better done through an explicit public policy process.

Some worry about the explicitness, feeling (and I am not disputing) that if the money-losing routes could not be hidden, they are more likely to be cut.

Jaffe notes the public good argument. But 'public goods' are both non-rivalrous and non-excludable. Clearly transit is excludable, you pay a fare to use it. If it is congested, it is also rivalrous. Thus transit is actually a fairly clean form of 'private good' in the economic sense. There is obviously a social service aspect to this, I am suggesting to separate that out.

Jaffe also notes that streets, roads, and highways are subsidized. I don't disagree there is some amount of cross-subsidy in the system (urban interstate travel subsidizes rural roads), but the user fee (i.e. the gas tax now, or even more precisely in the future, a mileage fee) pays for major roads, and could easily be extended to pay for all roads collectively (some might still not generate enough revenue (i.e. VMT) to be worth supporting). This involves raising the gas tax, which is somehow politically difficult in the US (although would be less so if coupled with a decline in the property tax and other taxes that also pay for roads). However were it raised, there would be sufficient funds to pay for the system collectively. That said, roads have benefits beyond auto drivers, everyone uses roads, including transit users, so it is specious to make this comparison. Property taxes are a second best solution, but is loosely associated with non-user benefits of road use given the user fees are too low on local streets.


I suspect no transit fare increase would be enough to pay for the entire fixed route transit system as we know it in the US, i.e. the demand would diminish sufficiently so as to keep the maximum revenue collected below what is necessary for the full transit system. This is why I suggest separating it out. There is a profitable core. We should try to figure out what it is.

Simple idea saves big on fuel October 04, 2011, 04:50 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff

Bill Silverfarb/Daily Journal ATDynamics founder Andrew Smith developed a fuel-saving device for semi-trailers with the help of a cardboard box. The company manufactures TrailerTails at his warehouse in South San Francisco.

The trucking industry is finding major fuel savings with technology invented by a man with a cardboard box.

South San Francisco-based Advanced Transit Dynamics has brought to market the most commercially successful semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology in the history of the freight industry that could ultimately save truckers billions in fuel savings annually.

The idea is simple: Reduce airflow and save money on fuel.

Company founder Andrew Smith developed the technology, called TrailerTails, after first tinkering with a cardboard box, folding it and folding it again to discover a device could be crafted to reduce aerodynamic drag on semi-trailers. The device fits on the back of a trailer’s swing doors and folds flat when not in use. When open, the TrailerTails adds about five feet of length onto a semi-trailer.

He came up with the idea while a student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and then entered a business plan competition at Rice University in Texas where he was awarded a nearly $200,000 prize to develop his folded box idea into a commercially-viable product that reduces fuel use by up to 7 percent — a huge sum considering the high mileage truckers total annually. Combined with a side skirt for under the trailer, the fuel savings could surpass 10 percent.

His idea was so well received at Rice that he was able to attract millions in venture capital money to get the idea to market.

It had so much potential that one of the judges at that business competition, Babur Ozden, eventually partnered with Smith to help get ATDynamics off the ground.

Smith founded ATDynamics in 2006 with just three employees but has since grown the business from running out of a garage on the East Coast into a quickly growing company with 30 employees that now occupies a large warehouse in South San Francisco.

Smith moved his company to San Mateo County because of the area’s rich talent pool in the fields of engineering and innovation.

So far, ATDynamics has installed more than 2,000 TrailerTails but since there are more than 2 million semi-trailers used for shipping annually in the United States, the company has barely cracked the market, Smith said.

The fuel-saving devices retail for about $2,000 and a truck owner who travels extensively will see the investment pay off in about six months, Smith said.

Ozden, the company’s chief marketing officer, saw the potential in Smith’s idea immediately when it was introduced at the Rice University competition.

“Andrew won the competition almost unanimously,” Ozden said. “This product is so obviously a shape changer. The beauty of this product is that it is math based and mathematically it does its job.”

The product was tested for two years before it went to market.

Mesilla Valley Transportation in Texas was one of the first to test the prototype and has since equipped much of its fleet with the fuel-saving devices.

So impressed by the product, U.S. Rep Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, invited the company to show off its product to Congress in Washington, D.C.

Congress has a Make it in America campaign under way to promote manufacturing jobs in the country.

“I wanted all congressional offices to be aware of the technology,” she said.

She also paid the company a visit last week to get an inside look on how the TrailerTails are made.

“All trucks should have these devices,” Speier said. “It is not an expensive fix.”

So far, TrailerTails only work on trailers with swing doors, although, the company’s engineers are busy now trying to craft a device that works on roll doors.

Roll doors are used on trailers owned by large companies such as Walmart, Safeway and the United Parcel Service.

The company is already slightly profitable, Smith said, but is still looking for more investors to help it take the “next step.”

ATDynamics is currently working with Navistar and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a new project called SuperTruck, intended to increase freight efficiency for trucks by 50 percent. Products are tested in a giant wind tunnel at NASA Ames at Moffett Field in Mountain View.

SuperTruck technology could save the U.S. trucking industry $10 billion a year in diesel fuel, the company contends.

The technology not only significantly reduces oil consumption, it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Every day in California, tractor trailers burn 5 million gallons of diesel fuel, Speier said. By providing innovative technology that significantly reduces oil consumption, the company is helping to save trucking fleets money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create green jobs in the 12th District, Speier said.

“Innovation, smart public policy and a commitment to reducing fossil fuel dependence are the reasons our region leads the nation in clean-tech innovation,” she said.


For more information visit www.atdynamics.com.


Bill Silverfarb can be reached by email: silverfarb@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 106.