Agreed. Don only chose the lighting part. (-: For that he gets the gold
star. Doing both sort of cancels each other out.
Then my work is done. (-: FWIW, I only learned about it this year trying to
explain to someone that very few places on earth are safe from massive
earthquakes, although some are much safer than others. I find it
interesting that we've decided we know the size of the universe
just because that's as far as we can see. Sounds a little like the
flat-earthers in a way. "We can't see the earth's curvature, so it must be
Just where is the expanding universe expanding into? The megaverse?
Poughkeepsie? My own unscientific view is that there's a reason that
electron micrographs of atoms look at lot like Hubble telescopic photos of
far-away galaxies. The ultimate micro and macro worlds are one in the same,
but our minds can not comprehend how they could "fold in" on themselves. I
saw it on the Simpsons so it must be true!
As for the word yotta, who hasn't heard the Led Zeppelin's famous song
"Whole Yotta Love?" (-:
But seriously, not a lot of Americans have heard of "Tsar Bomba" because the
country, as a whole, did not like to acknowledge that we weren't the biggest
and best at everything. Who, though, hasn't heard of "Fat Man" and "Little
They were the first nuclear weapons ever used in war. While the code names
can be taken for joking references to the project director, stout Gen.
Leslie Groves and the slim scientific director, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer,
the original nicknames were Fat Man and Thin Man from characters in the
works of Dashiell Hammett. So where are the Nick, Nora and little Asta
I've seen every stinkin' episode at least three times and cannot recall a
single instance of 10^72. That doesn't mean that they didn't mention it 100
times. My memory's fading fast. Google was no help, either. I know that
they worked in "Superman" references in many episodes but 10^72 is not one I
Maybe that's how much he and Larry David will eventually make from
syndication rights. I also recall that the rest of the cast is rather
pissed at how little they received in comparison and refused to do the DVD
commentaries unless they were paid in advance. In Hollywood, the producer
is king and the actors merely interchangeable parts. If there's any doubt,
see Charlie Sheen v. Chuck Lorre.
Here's more "fallout" from the Japanese nuclear crisis:
BERLIN -- Gremany's governing coalition said Monday it will shut down all
the country's nuclear power plants by 2022. The decision, prompted by
Japan's nuclear disaster, will make Germany the first major industrialized
nation to go nuclear-free in years. It also completes a remarkable
about-face for Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right government, which
only late last year had pushed through a plan to extend the life span of
the country's 17 reactors -- with the last scheduled to go offline in 2036.
But Merkel now says industrialized, technologically advanced Japan's
helplessness in the fact of the Fukushima disaster made her rethink the
risks of the technology. "We want the electricity of the future to be safe,
reliable and economically viable," Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters
on Monday after overnight negotiations among the governing parties. "We have
to follow a new path."
That's simple. Hot air. That's the solution to all our energy needs and it
comes from the environmental extremists. No nukes. No coal. No natural
gas. They claim they are in favor of wind or solar, but when it comes time
to actually build the offshore windfarm or the solar array in the desert,
they show up, scream bloody murder and block that too.
There is absolutely abundant evidence that the environmentalists are for the
most part a bunch of kooks. For proof you need look no further than global
warming. On the one hand they tell us that we're facing the ultimate
climate disaster. At the same time, they block nuclear, which could be
deployed today to immediately and significantly impact carbon emissions.
Yes there is some risk, but even the Fukushima accident is very small
compared to what we face in climate disaster if they are even close to
correct. More likely, they are just full of nonsense and unrealistic
expectations. Listen to them and we'll be hoping for moon beam energy.
In that time frame, they'll be purchasing (probably from France).
Same mindset as CA and some of other US states; use the result but make
sure it's somebody else doing it so they can tout their "greeness"...
It's the US philosophy when it comes to energy from batteries. We buy
Chinese and let their people die of the lead poisoning. Very green. (-;
<<China shuts battery factories due to lead poisoning
Battery factories across China have been closed amid fears about poisoning
from metals used by the industry. About 74 people have been detained this
year after reports that more than 100 people were affected by lead and
cadmium poisoning. Reports from China suggests hundreds of factories have
been closed . . . >>
Germany's already made some serious strides in converting to wind and solar
power. Just under a quarter of Germany's electricity was produced by
nuclear power, about the same share as in the U.S. Energy from wind, solar
and hydroelectric power currently produces about 17 percent of the country's
electricity, but the government aims to boost its share to around 50 percent
in the coming decades. They've put solar panels in along highways and are
even using floating solar panels on waterways. While it's clear that solar
will likely never supply all the countries needs, it certainly reduces the
amount of power that needs to be generated by other, dirtier sources.
I think in 50 years a large number of houses will be solar shingled and
interconnected with the grid. Advances in the power conservation for
household appliances will also "lighten the load." Unfortunately, when
Nixon "woke up" China, he helped create a serious competitor for the world's
limited supply of fossil fuels. Unless we want to pay $10 a gallon for gas,
we need to be thinking about other sources of energy.
Nuclear power looked like a winner until Japan's crisis revealed some of
serious risks that come with it. It will take but one serious terrorist
nuclear incident to perhaps break the camel's back. `It's only been 100
years that cars have been around and only sixty years since serious jet
transportation has involved. So a lot of things can change in a
historically short time frame. I'm certain that solar panel efficiency will
see some serious increases in 50 years just as the power required by
computers and appliances has been continually decreasing per appliance -
except for set top cable boxes!
<<More than 80% of Americans subscribe to pay TV, and the 160 million
set-top boxes installed in their homes cost $3 billion to operate largely
because the boxes never go to sleep, an environmental group Tuesday reports.
"When not displaying or recording video content, U.S. television set-top
boxes (STBs) continue to use almost as much power as when they are in use,"
said Noah Horowitz, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense
Council, a Washington-based advocacy group that studied the devices. "The
consumer, who pays the electric bill, has little choice about what
television set-top box the service provider installs and how much energy it
The study found that today's average new cable high-definition digital video
recorders (HD-DVR) use more than half the energy of an average new
refrigerator and more than an average new flat panel TV. Two-thirds of their
total energy consumption - the equivalent annual energy output of six
coal-burning power plants - occurs when they're not in use.>>
So obviously there are a lot of areas where we just waste energy
indiscriminately that need closer attention. Attacking the problem from
both ends - generation and use - should have serious pay offs in the future.
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