I've acquired an electric keyboard and after over 20 years of not playing, I am re-discovering the fun of it and I'm actually really getting into it. I am actually a fan of organ music (yes, even the really intense Dupré & Widor stuff), and this keyboard can do that too, as well as 500+ other instruments. Granted it's not a Yamaha grand piano, but it sure is a lot of fun. Sometimes it is a good thing to re-boot something that we used to love. The same is true for this blog.
After almost a year of sitting idle, I am re-booting the Green Hi-Fi blog. There are two reasons why the website has languished: (1) my work, that is my day-job, became extremely impacted as a result of staff cutbacks and I lost interest in the field, (2) because of the changing political and economic climate being green became increasingly less popular and I lost focus of what I wanted to accomplish with the website.
The solution to my work situation was simple: I quit and became a partner in a new startup. The work is still busy, but much more exciting and fascinating - I get up every morning with a new zest for creating, expanding, and learning. It is also a very competitive field with competition everywhere, but that only drives me more. We are launching our first product this summer, and I can't wait to see how quickly it will catch on. If you want to read a bit about what we do, you can check out our website: colegasgroup.com.
The solution to changing attitudes about being green was a little more difficult to discover. However, as the current social and political climate seems to be accelerating our damage to the environment, I realized that my efforts are also increasingly important. The fact is that Hi-Fi is more of a want than a need, and when things become desperate, the wants are less important than the needs. This places Hi-Fi in an increasingly precarious position in the marketplace, even for the most boorish and callous manufacturers and owners.
I will be talking about the current state of being green in a future post, but for now, suffice it to say that my work of pointing out that being green is good, even in this industry, now has more meaning and urgency than ever before. I have quite a few other ideas as well, so hope you will join me on my journey.