Prices out-pace meters on some gas pumps

12 May 2008

It’s like Y2K all over again without all the panic. I heard an interesting story that the old gas stations near Yellowstone remedies this problem by selling gas priced by the half gallon. The psychological effects of seeing the numbers fly by at incredible speed are soon overshadowed by the $70 price tag of filling a mid sized car.



flickr: nisi*

Link: My Northwest


Bio Diesel Resources

6 May 2008


flickr: bansuri93

I’ve been interested in biodiesel for a few years now. I would love to convert an old Mercedes 240D into a Grease Car. But there are a number of other projects I’ll never get around to, to get to first. Once my odometer finally tops 300,000 miles I imagine I’ll guy a new one. As much as I’d love to get an old Mercedes, it’s much more reasonable to assume that I will be driving a Rabbit, Mini, or Smart Car.

Links:
Bio Diesel America
1976 Mercedes 240D/300D Owner’s Manual
Grease Car
National Bio Diesel Board
Making Bio Diesel
Bio Diesel Reactor Plans


Bath Maine

5 May 2008

Why someone would drive around filming Bath Maine from the passenger seat I don’t know. Further still to put that video up on You Tube seems somehow nearly status quo. I was fortunate enough to be stationed in Maine in ‘04. It was the place I fell in love with the outdoors again. Where I remembered how to fish, camp, canoe, kayak, and climb. This New England town was the perfect place for my twenty-three year old soul. I will take a piece coastal Maine with me through out my life and am grateful that someone would spend eight minutes and forty-nine seconds driving around for me.

Looking back on this year that I predictably cannot believe has flown by I reflect on my writings as a signpost of who I am and where I am headed in yet another major transitional period of my life. In the midst of this period following a second deployment and separation from military service I began my academics inspired by a fishing story nearly four years old. Maine has fairly liberal fishing laws. As I understood them when I was stationed there in aught four, no permit was required for fishing in coastal and tidal waters. That season we fished Striper along the mouth of the Kennebec, camping on the beaches every weekend we had off. In August of that year I overheard some of the the auxiliary crew and deck hands complaining how each of them had gotten tickets from a game warden for fishing without a license up state. Another received a citation for urinating in public, in the river no less. While they all laughed it off I wondered how hard it seemed you would have to work at getting cited for fishing without a license. You would need to forgo the immediate four hundred thirty-eight of miles of coastal waters, ignore the eight dollar temporary permit for the weekend at the tackle shop, then piss into public waters at a state park. I reviled in the repercussion of their arrogance. Shortly after, it occurred to me that that someone got paid to patrol the scenic beauty of those northern New England waters. It was their daily routine to protect and preserve that alluring land. I set out to achieve my Bachelor of Environmental Science in hopes of working in fishing and wildlife enforcement.
As I wane into my late twenties I consider my views of identity, community, and tradition. I feel grateful that my life experience to this point has allowed me to work with people from the world over, building strong teams and a better understanding of the culture of humanity. As Jon Stewart said in his commencement address to the 2004 class of The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia, “The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life is that there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective.”

Links:

Only in Bath
The City of Ships
Maine’s Bath Iron Works sails into an uncertain future


One swallow does not a summer make.

22 April 2008

With this past weeks weather breaking records for latest snow fall in a year for this region it was inevitable comments against global warming. Comments like,
“pfft Global Warming? Yea right!”
“So much for Global Warming.”
And my favorite, “I want to see somebody tell me about global warming while it’s snowing like this!”


The Blue Marble

source: nasa

So I took their challenge. Instead of going on about the elementary differences between climate and weather I simply stated. “It’s hard to argue with scientific facts.” The reply sounded more like partisan talking points than the base for any reasonable argument. After giving in I ended up talking about the research methods to which my carpool driver replied, “I just don’t buy it.”

Despite any facts or evidence presented people like this will never believe in Climate Change. They probably would have been the same people arguing that the world was flat and may have even led the mob in crucifying those offering evidence to the contrary. Perhaps they feel insecure about this elitists attitude of science, and revel in the opportunity to put their adversaries in their place at the drop of snow.

“The problem with people who just don’t buy it are that their opinion is based in the fear of some grand socialist conspiracy.”

Scientist are the modern pagans in the eyes of the church. When the Church could not convert the pagans to their side, they instead chose to turn their gods into saints. Suddenly the Catholic Church became engulfed in pagan tradition and ritual. Shamrocks used to explain the trinity, resurrection celebrations celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox replace the celebration of fertility.

It has become apparent that religion and science will not be able to convert the other so a compromise is trying to be made. Pseudo science is being offered as proof of the divine in the form of intelligent design and now Laminin. I’m losing faith that this conversation is worth having anymore from either side of the fence. Resolve cannot exist when either side aims to consume all.

Related Links:

No, global warming has not stopped
Got 7 Minutes? Sure you do!!!
A Call for More Science to Combat Shifting Baselines in Puget Sound


The New Religion of Eco-Fundamentalism

3 January 2008

I don’t know how long it will be available for viewing, but I came across an interesting article from The Globalist.  It’s a  quick read that breaks down three dangers of “eco-fundamentalism.”

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Bring your own bags.

1 January 2008

Two years back I was in Kowloon I bought groceries on a day when it was required to bring your own bag. Being an American tourist I of course did not know this and had to pay the additional 2% penalty on top of my groceries. While I feel that most people, at least most people on my ship would have been disappointed or even angry, I applauded their efforts and felt that we should be doing the same thing.

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Ad agency JWT says blue will be the new green – Green Daily

30 December 2007

Ad agency JWT says blue will be the new green – Green Daily

So if blue is the new green and green was the new red white and blue and red white and blue was the new was it white?  Which was the new black or was it that 50 was the new 40?  Catch phrases and mass marketing make my head spin.  But apparently your not truly green unless your blue.  I keep telling myself that this new environmental movement is for the best and that the masses are too stupid to do anything of their own accord without television commercials or their minister telling them what to do, but the whole thing makes me cringe when I hear emerging buzz words like green collar jobs.

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