Infrastructure is a green issue even more than global warming or the snail darter. By having new and spiffy infrastructure, we make ourselves more efficient in the use of energy. In general, the President's stimulus package takes the opposite approach, which is not a good thing. Giving out cash infusions, and granting concessions to constituency pressure, especially on totally misguided "green" retrofitting programs is not going to make it. We need maglev trains now. Estimates are that only 10% of the $787 billion package is comprised of what could be called infrastructure projects, such as highway and school repair. Riding that maglev train, faster than cocaine.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Playing video games can be viewed as being good for the environment. You are getting amused with a minimal amount of electricity used, especially if you use a power-efficient laptop computer. MagNext has some great video games for young and old that you need to check out right now. A fun game for the young and old is iCoaster, which I just played.
In iCoaster you are identified with a ball that is going up and down a curved track. At the same time, you have some crazy music playing on your stereo speaker, and actually you can make four choices of music, to get the drumming and exciting tune that you really like. At a certain point, the ball runs out of track and you have to choose among several pictures on the side that represent track replacement. If you choose the right one, you get the word "awesome" to show up, and you get points. You get three balls in the game. I think that you still keep your ball until you fall off the track. If you guess wrong for the little cutesy wootsy piece of replacement track, the words "oh no" appear. Then your little ball has to parachute down.
The entire track has eight openings that need to be bridged. It is not that hard to do it and get all eight, though I confess that the most I got when playing was 5 track bridging, over the three balls. So I guess that I lost, but I still got 49 points or something, and got to immerse myself for 5 or 10 minutes in the beautiful, green, environmentally secure place called virtual reality.
Posted by Howard Gibson at 9:00 AM
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said today he is looking at a Hummer tax -- adding higher registration fees for gas-guzzling. Is this constitutional? Is it good? I'm not sure, because some people need larger cars. How much stuff can you cram into a mini-SUV like the Hyundai Tucson? Not too much. Larger families and businesses need the big SUVs. Perhaps we need a real public transport system, including Maglev trains, if we want to get serious on having a more advanced public transportation system. Is this good for global warming and all that?
But opponents say such fees could penalize families and small businesses who need big cars or trucks and already pay higher fuel prices. And at least one influential player in the transportation debate worries that adding an environmental component to the debate could complicate it, and ultimately delay important plans to fix the state’s broken road and public transit system.
Friday, February 20, 2009
You can learn a lot from a widget. You have all sorts of widgets on your computer already, it's time you got to know about them. You want to keep the physical environment clean, why not keep your personal computer environment clean as well. When you use yahoo for email and searches, you may also be using some widgets. You want to and can, using this info from my friends at http://widget.file-extension-library.com/ scan for widget errors.
This is not my usual blogging BS. I know from sad experience that when I download files, change files, and get rid of files, I am leaving fragments of programs all over my computer. Then, these little fragments are in the background and slowing down your computer. Sometimes, the little creatures come out and let their face be seen, and it is not pretty. It is not nice when the "Windows Installer" comes out and over and over again when you start up your computer tries to install a program onto your computer that you have already. Then, at the crucial moment, a program, a line of code is missing. That is because the whole operation is BS, and is due to a program that you had that you got rid of months ago, not the program that the phantom code is trying to install. So what you need is a program to fix registry errors and get rid of these programs, like the global warming in your desktop.
Given the fact that the economy is in a downward spiral we may start to become less concerned with Mother Nature and more concerned with saving our ass. The New York Times says that they are forming a news Environmental SWAT team. Why does this ever so vaguely smell like a banker's CIA police state measure?
This could be cutting edge journalism, or it could be a new way to try to use the environment to otherwise distract people from starving to death. Will the environment as an issue become the new opiate of the people, to paraphrase the old Karl Marx slogan? Of course, some things are nice like Maglev trains and electric cars, so let's try to think of all sides of the issue, both positive and negative. Just try to stay realistic, don't let your brain fry in the global warming.
Monday, February 16, 2009
How about it? Real chicle chewing gum made from the Mexican (Yucatan) rain forest chicle tree. Years ago there was chiclet gum, but in the 1950s, synthetic chicle was developed and the gathering of chicle gum from trees went essentially out of business. Now, there is a rainforest plantation that is again producing sustainable organic and natural-born chew-ness from Mexico. The chicleros, as they are called, produce this product, a white sap, from the trees without damaging the sweet, delicious gaia-worshipping rain forest. They do leave a wound in the trees, but it heals and in a few years the trees are ready to make a go at it again. Where do you get such an organic treat? There's a brand that is selling in the UK called Glee Gum, and the other brand is called Chicza Gum. So time to worship global-warming and chew for the Goddess.
Posted by Howard Gibson at 6:42 AM
Saturday, February 14, 2009
You can make green changes in your life today. You can make the more material ones in terms of lowering your utility bills and there are other things to do. Have you begin to worship Gaia, the fertility goddess of our sweet and sexy Mother Earth? Nothing is better for global warming and green ecology.
Then, do your garbage ritual with reverence. Don't just separate out the plastic bottles and tin cans, but everything else that is not paper or the baby's doodoo. And check that your home or apartment is properly insulated. If your landlord won't do the job, you better kick his butt in the name of sweet Mother Gaia.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Would you want your employees to get web based training? There are a lot of advantages to web-based training. Employees can work on it at home without taking out time from work. You can also use such a site to test employees. The employees get a code and they sign in.
Metrick Training will tell you all you need to know about how to create a site. They create the site for you, you just provide the basic material and specifications. You could be learning and testing on the basis of climate theory or global warming theory. Or you could be teaching employees of a non-profit recycling materials site how to distinguish useful from non-useful material. The great thing about this program is the testing and training materials can be changed on a daily or weekly or periodic basis, according to the employer's requirements. And isn't that what you want to do?
Posted by Howard Gibson at 3:23 PM
Denmark is the world leader in wind power. They manufacture about 40-percent of Wind Turbines, with Vesta the leader in producing huge wind turbine. This is supposed to help alleviate carbon dioxide gas production and the global warming. However, there are some posts of the Internet indicating that wind power does not contribute the theoretical 20-percent of Danish electricity. In fact, they contribute probably about 3-percent. Since wind blows when it wants to blow, the extra power is usually sold at highly discounted rates to Norway and Sweden. This in turn forces Norway and Sweden to turn off hydroelectric power. So wind power contributes virtually nothing. It also uses lots of electricity and is expensive. Read more about a problem with wind power (link)
A little research reveals that wind power does not in fact live up to the claims made by its advocates. In 1998, Norway commissioned a study of wind power in Denmark and concluded that it has "serious environmental effects, insufficient production, and high production costs."
Denmark (population 5.3 million) has over 6,000 turbines that produced electricity equal to 19% of what the country used in 2002. Yet no conventional power plant has been shut down. Because of the intermittency and variability of the wind, conventional power plants must be kept running at full capacity to meet the actual demand for electricity. Most cannot simply be turned on and off as the wind dies and rises that would waste energy and destroy power utility equipment. A writer in The Utilities Journal (David J. White, "Danish Wind: Too Good To Be True?," July 2004) found that 84% of western Denmark's wind-generated electricity was exported (at a revenue loss) in 2003, i.e., Denmark's glut of wind towers provided only 3.3% of the nation's electricity. In fact, Denmark is just dependent enough on wind power that when the wind is not blowing right they must import electricity. In 2000 they imported more electricity than they exported. And added to the Danish electric bill are the subsidies that support the private companies building the wind towers. Danish electricity costs for the consumer are the highest in Europe.
In the United States, the Searsburg plant in Vermont averages 21% actual utilization, declining every year. This percentage is called the load factor or capacity factor. The rated generating capacity only occurs during 100% ideal conditions, typically a sustained wind speed over 30 mph. As the wind slows, electricity output falls off exponentially. So, the answer to the alternative energy approach is blowing in the wind.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Seamless Compassion can help Americans get the help they need. and it may be something you want to check out. Seamless Compassion is a project of Acorn and the Efficient Forms LLC of Denver, Colorado, to make it easier for Americans in need to apply to programs that can help them. Seamless Compassion aims to be a sort of Turbo Tax for benefits. Ultimately the goal is to have this program integrated with caseworkers all over the nations in many counties and states. It's good for the environment and the green causes for people to get the benefits they need such as Food Stamps, and it is good for the economy in general. Money is gotten into the economy and immediately becomes buying power.
Seamless Compassion is based in Littleton Colorado, but now is teaming up with the national ACORN organization, that has 1,200 branches all over the United States. If you look at the blog at seamlesscompassion.com you will find out some of the story of the people behind this interesting organization. Dave Kenney is head of this small business that employs 30 people. He has been trying hard to use computers to streamline the application for benefits for the poor people of Colorado, and would like to expand this good work as soon as possible. In Colorado, as in most parts of the country, lots of people are losing their jobs. At the same time, the caseload of people on food stamps is getting larger, going over 126,000 people.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
It sad to hear that 100 people or more died in brush fires in Victoria State in Australia. It is a hot summer in Australia. Is this because of man-made global warming? No way, Jose. In fact, it appears, if you talk to qualified scientific sources that things could be hotter because the earth is closer to the sun.
It's summer right now in Australia (link), and the Earth now finds itself closer to the Sun during Southern Hemisphere summer than at any time in the 21,000-year combined cycle of precession and advance of the perihelion which drives long-term climate. Combined with local climatic effects, it should not be surprising that high temperatures and wild fires, hardly a new experience, are occurring there. Conversely, our Northern Hemisphere summers are occurring at the point in the long precession cycle known as aphelion, where the Earth is most distant from the Sun.
So you get the story. It's getting hotter in the Southern Hemisphere and colder in the Northern Hemisphere. Go figure.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Storing energy has been a goal of scientists for a long time. With green technologies this is especially important because the wind and sun are active only at certain times depending on weather conditions. An Iowa Energy storage park is being thought of and conceptualized around compressing air and using the heat that is produced as well, for storing energy. Of course, you are going to have large frictional losses as well, but it is an interesting idea. The Iowa Stored Energy Park, with wind turbines and all that nice stuff is supposed to be in operation by 2011, so let's see how it goes. The ISEP is at Iowa Stored Energy Park. All rights reserved
1735 NE 70th Avenue Ankeny, Iowa 50021, telephone # 319.239.8968, or see ISEP.
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Every two or three weeks, new sites are submitted to the directory list. You get a report of what sites your site has been submitted to, and you are able to avoid getting submitted to the same directory sites twice.
Posted by Howard Gibson at 5:48 AM
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Going to the Resource Warehouse in the Bronx. This is the heart of recycling. You take old building material and reuse it. It should be interesting and then I can write an article about it. The Resource Warehouse is located in the South Bronx on 461 Timpson St, near East 147th St. The idea is to reuse even a fraction of the huge amount of building material used in New York City on a regular basis, and this can be a big green business.
Posted by Howard Gibson at 6:30 AM