Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Who knew?

Who knew this stuff was in place? I guess I have just not been reading enough, hours a day is not enough?, or the present administration does not promote this enough. This appears to be a fairly comprehensive approach to solving our energy problems. The only aspect of this plan that I disagree with is the use of Ethanol. But, note the tax incentives for both hybrid and clean diesel vehicles. Watch for the new generation of diesels to start appearing in 2008.



Advanced Energy Initiative



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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Swirling Plastic Vortex



A swirling vortex of discarded plastic objects exists in the Pacific Ocean that is endangering sea life.



Swirling plastic vortex menaces sea life - CNN.com

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Surgery No Better for Sciatica

Interesting new study about using surgery for sciatica as opposed to other appproaches. Study reveals surgery is no better.



My Way News - Studies: Surgery No Better for Sciatica



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Monday, November 20, 2006

Global Warming Skeptic?

Read the link at the end of this regarding a professor who claims that each of us could make small changes in our homes to reduce the need for the Kyoto Protocol.



We brought our attic insulation up to R30 last week. Part of our plan
to reduce our own carbon footprint. So far, even with the temps
dipping down into the upper 40's we have not had to turn on any heat.
The house is so well insulated now that the heat from our computers,
lighting, stereos, and tvs is enough to heat the house. Last night at
one point the AC kicked in. I had to adjust the thermostat to allow
the temps to fluctuate a bit more. I wonder how many houses are poorly
insulated. Ours, had virtually no insulation in the attic. The
previous owners, an elderly couple, must have paid to have it insulated
because there were traces up there as if there was a token effort to
apply insulation. FPL estimated it to be R2. With the rebate from FPL
this only cost us about $400 to do. If everyone brought their
insulation up to R30 do you know what that would do to our national
energy (oil) consumption? This is a cheap thing to do with major
impacts on your energy consumption (read your monthly electric bill).
Send this to your friends and maybe they will upgrade their insulation
thereby reducing our national dependence on oil.




edmontonsun.com - Alberta - Global warming hot air?



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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Solar Energy in Tibet

Capacity of solar generators in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous
Region tops nationwide, sources from Dorje Tsering, head of Tibet
Office of Science and Technology said on a work meeting held in Tibet.



Tibetan solar energy capacity tops nationwide



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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Snidley's Shared Items

I use the Google Reader to monitor a bunch of RSS newsfeeds. The software has a neat feature that allows me to click an item to share it. It automatically creates the page below so if you go there you can see my shared items and perhaps by doing so it will free up some of the space and congestion in your email inbox.



Google Reader - Snidley's shared items



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Freeing Space in Gmail

Here are some good tips for freeing up space in your Gmail account. The concept applies to all email accounts even if the commands are not the same.



How to free up space in Gmail - Lifehacker



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DVD Rips

A great summary of ripping DVDs. Also good justification for doing so. Legal or not?



Hack Attack: One-click DVD rips - Lifehacker



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Google Earth Blog

Interesting use of Google Earth by Amazonian Indian Tribes:



Google Earth Blog: Amazon Indians Using Google Earth to Protect Tropical Forests



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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Cummins and diesels

There are more diesels on the horizon for us consumers. Honda is
developing a high efficiency diesel that meets the new tougher
standards. Volkswagen is re engineering their already incredible
diesel engines. Detroit is also working on them. Right now, head to
head, the diesel wins out over the hybrids in terms of total cost for
the vehicle's lifetime. VW is not marketing a diesel in 2007 but in
2008 they will have them available again. Another advantage of diesels
is that they can run on biodiesel. Ethanol and the E vehicles are a
kind of snake oil solution put together by politicians. Already, the
ethanol problems are surfacing. The alcohol, basically it is just
moonshine, is eating away the seals in pumps and storage tanks. Diesel
has been around for a hundred years and is proven technology. Do you
see any hybrid 18 wheelers?


http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/10/business/10diesel.html?ex=1163912400&en=f7587c9d30bb0d38&ei=5065&partner=MYWAY


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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

Here is a sample of our new flight simulator scenery for the Bahamas due for release this week. This scenery is for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and is available for free from http://www.fs-freeflow.com/ . Professional quality scenery developed by hobbyists for hobbyists.


Sunday, November 05, 2006

Zero Energy House - Front View


Zero Energy House - Front View
Originally uploaded by Skrobotic.
This concept makes a lot of sense to us. As Skyrobotic says, "How can you make affordable housing and then saddle the owner with atrocious energy bills." I am paraphrasing a bit but that is the concept. This is a neat proof-of-concept for a zero energy house.

Simulation of Discus Launched Glider with CRRCsim

This is a video capture of a short flight using the CRRCsim on my PC. This simulation is very realistic incorporating actual physics and airfoil characteristics of each aircraft model design. I use a 4 channel RC transmitter connected to my PC via a Simblast interface cable to fly. It is a great way to hone your skills or to try different aircraft models. This flight was a model of a discus launched, hand launched like Olympic discus throwers.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

FMS Slow Stick Simulation

This is the ever popular Slow Stick RC model in FMS, Flying Model Simulator. I am using my old Tower 4FM transmitter connected to my PC through a simblast cable interface

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

FMS Swyft/Seeker Simulation

Here is a short video of a simulated flight using FMS, Flying Model Simulator, using my RC transmitter hooked up to my PC with a Simblaster cable. This cable uses the training cable connector on the transmitter so I can use my regular RC transmitter to practice using the sim.