Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Imagine a sweetener that's actually good for you. I've been sweetening my coffee and tea with stevia for about six months. I bought some at a hippie grocery store, and I like it better than Splenda, Sweet & Low, or processed sugar. It is has no carbs, no calories, and no glycemic index, but it tastes naturally sweet.
Splenda is chlorinated sugar. Your body won't absorb it (much). Saccharine (Sweet & Low) and Aspartame (Equal) are not good for you, either. If you are diabetic, dieting, or just health conscious, you should try stevia, just to see if you like it better. I'm a fan.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Now that we've proved that I'm hungry, here's a non-food example, if we were talking about decorating a room, she would head for the art supply store and spend what few dollars she had on paint and canvas. She'd buy an old picture frame at a garage sale. She would take an old crate out of the garbage, wrap it in cloth, take some tall dried grasses she picked from the roadside and arrange it in the top, and it looked amazing. I would get a part time job and go to Pottery Barn and get something cool with the money I made. She ended up with a conversation piece in her apartment while I had to remember to take the price tag off of my art, find time to hang or display whatever it was before I had to run back to work. The fact is, I didn't have the creative vision to stop by the road and pick tall grasses that might look decorative when dried.
Maybe it's still true that I'm not creative enough to be thrifty. I had never linked these two talents or virtues before she pointed it out. When money is tight, my creative side comes out. Necessity is the mother of invention? I think you just have to want something enough in this world of abundance to create it for yourself. I think that belief stems from the time I was chastised for not thinking creatively enough to not "waste money". Well, that's why she was an art major, and I got my degree in computer science.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I got this friendly email from Earl Long, the local Fair Tax activist/organizer/cheerleader/geezer/fellow, and it expressed my feelings so well I thought I'd just post the whole thing.
Good morning FairTaxers!
For the American taxpayer, the ol’ “baby-seal-treatment” (bludgeoning unmercifully by our government) just keeps coming. We are rapidly approaching 100 years of living under the tyranny of our current income tax system and the devastating effects it produces on our economy and everyday life.
Does anyone hold out the slightest particle of hope that the fine gentlemen wielding the clubs are going to voluntarily relent and improve our circumstances? I certainly don’t.
Please remember that our constitution requires that we the people assume the responsibility of being the boss! Washington won’t listen unless we speak. And it must be forcefully. Whispering sweetly in their ears won’t get it done! Our kids are counting on us.
Please sign on today at www.fairtaxkc.org by a triple 20 FairTaxer. We can and must remove the bludgeoning tools from Washington’s heedless hands.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
OU is doing so well, it's not even entertaining.
Consequently, I'm still reading get-rich-working-from-home ad pages. I have hit this one a couple of times, so apparently it's popular.
The audio narration is from the perspective of a wage slave who meets up with an ultra rich young guy who made his money with automated Internet marketing sites. It's so feeble it's kinda funny, but it really illustrates the divide between the creative class and the working class.
If your job involves a repetitive task that can be automated and you are not trying to automate it, you're working and not creating. The current trend seems to be outsourcing the running of the automated tools, so that it's completely on auto-pilot. If you can convince an army of underpaid people to implement your automated formula and get a cut of the action, that's great leverage. That's a recurring theme I'm encountering.
The marketing world is in flux. There's a movement from traditional advertising to targeted internet sites which are search engine optimized to receive traffic based on the keywords people enter into search engines and forward that traffic to the seller of a related product who pays the most commission. Marketing is in the hands of the masses now.
If you can get good at building good web sites to warm buyers up and send them on to an affiliate site to make their purchase, you really can make a lot of money. Finding the right niche, testing the market, then appealing to that niche in that manner IS the new marketing. Web hype. Now that people can DVR their shows and skip the commercials, it's the emerging way products are hyped and sold.
Friday, December 5, 2008
On another topic, I found a utility that will take pictures that you've taken in a particular place, and stitch them together into a 3D model called a Photo Synth.
I took some Colorado vacation pictures that I took at some places last summer, and some of them merged into a synth views, and some were just not synthy at all, so they didn't merge into a 3D view.
Here's Summit Lake:
And Roxborough State Park:
And some spot along Highway 103 in Colorado:
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I know how tough it is to find the perfect Christmas gift for me. And while I appreciate all the effort you put in, the truth is I really don’t need another present this year. But American troops stationed overseas who won’t make it home for a while—well, they do need a gift. So I’m asking that instead of spending money buying me a present, you send some Trail’s End popcorn to a soldier. It’s easy (the website takes care of all the shipping) and, best of all, 70% of the proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts of America.
To get started, just go to www.orderpopcorn.com and click on “Operation Giftervention” in the bottom-right corner of the page.
If popcorn isn't your style, here is a list of requests from folks deployed overseas and where/how to send the items.
Thanks and Merry Christmas,
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The interesting thing about Manhattan is how efficient everything is. I can get the same kind of errands done here that I might do at home, but everything is walking distance and usually on the way. If it's not, I can hop on the subway for a few minutes and pop up where I want to be for $2.
The downside this week is that it's starting to get cold. I expect to see snowflakes before I leave. Last week I was taking bad pictures with my phone, which is unfortunate. I brought a hi-res camera with a flash and video capability this time.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
There's nothing like an upcoming trip for an extended period to make you think about all the loose ends in your life. That said, the Jetta is put back together, but some of the vacuum hoses and clamps need to be replaced. Here's a picture I took. The Vietnamese guy who is helping me is actually enjoying putting it back together. He's as sick about foreign cars as I am about data networks, I guess.
Here is a random picture of Shiloh the Dog, waiting eagerly on my back porch to go back inside after doing her thing.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Here are some pictures from my last visit. That included my second visit to Ground Zero, my first visit to Battery Park, a Turkish Day Parade, and a 10km charity AIDS walk. I hiked all the way up Central Park and down Riverside Drive along the west river with 10,000+ of my best friends, so I've seen the areas surrounding the Upper West Side, but this is my first time to stay in the Upper West Side. There's a restaurant near my hotel called Hot and Crusty. I like the name a lot, we'll see if I like the food.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I think it's great for putting public type web pages out there, but what about scaling a data center housing enterprise SAP or Siebel accounting and business process applications, or databases which contain information protected by privacy laws or credit card protection standards. Until there's a cloud firewall that goes with the cloud server, enterprises will have to build their own clouds. You can bet that Cisco 3.0 is working on the cloud firewall, with policy templates that you build which can scale when you replicate your servers in the cloud environment.
I have heard of using Pound to terminate SSL and perform web server load balancing on a server within the cloud environment, but F5 Networks' appliances do a much better job of that. Not only do you need a cloud firewall, you need a cloud load balancer, and a cloud VPN federation. Are these functions moving off of the hardware appliances and back onto the servers? Or are these functions going to still work on hardware designed for the purpose? Now that they have a blade chassis for servers, will they make a chassis with 10 slots full of virtual firewalls? Load balancers? VPN accelerators? How will the security functions protecting enterprise data assets and network traffic be integrated into cloud environments? This looks to me like a paradigm shift in scaling information technology like the mainframe to PC/LAN to internet/web shifts in the past.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
After the MLM stuff, there are the affiliate marketing programs. This is much more straightforward. You get a reward for helping customers find the product they're looking for, or maybe a product they might buy, whether they're looking for it or not. The barrier to entry is zero. You just need a web site or a blog to put web links or banners online where people can see them and click them. Commission Junction and Google Adwords are huge.
Another thing I have found is the very rare community of people freely giving out information to better themselves and anyone interested in following in their footsteps. The absolute best one of these is a group of Internet marketing folks who are selling software and web hosting, but teaching people how to make lots of money using the tools that they are selling, and they're not asking for anything on the back side. It's really free. If you want to spend a few hours a day not only learning about internet marketing, but actually watching a video that shows you how to do it, with the expectation that you actually will, I highly recommend the Thirty Day Challenge. It's a group of Aussies who are master Internet marketers, spending tens of thousands of dollars to spread this knowledge and the prosperity that goes with it.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I prefer a deadlocked House and Senate, or different parties in the Congress and the White House. It allows for a sanity check for new legislation, so it's good for everyone. Bush didn't veto very much. I have a feeling Obama won't either.
I'm disappointed with the BOMB (Bush Obama McCain Bailout) that passed so Congress can show they're doing something about the economy, even though it doesn't bode well for the future economy. The less influence Congress exerts over the economy, the better off we are. The mortgage bubble was caused by bad legislation which encouraged easy loans, which increased demand for houses, which increased housing prices above the free market norm. Now that market pressures are trying to deflate the bubble, they're propping it back up at the expense of a weaker dollar and increasingly worthless T-bills. When the dollar is weaker, outsourced jobs will come back onshore, but we'll be paying more for imports, and that means oil. If we don't produce more of our own, we're going to be in worse shape in coming years than we were this past summer. The prospects are scary. With one party in control, we're going to get a stream of crappy legislation coming out of Washington for a while. I can't wait to see what the first hundred days has in store.
Bush did a good thing in setting up a web site to show which government programs are working and which ones are wasting money. It should be a no-brainer for the next Congress and Executive administration to make the appropriate cuts. http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/expectmore/ I just don't have any faith in the Democrats to cut these instead of cutting the military. Y'know, our military might enforcing a dollars only for oil policy, which saps value out of oil producing countries, is the only thing keeping our dollar afloat in the world economy. It's no longer backed by gold. If any country starts selling oil for euros or yen or whatever, the dollar will weaken against that currency. If we don't fight, the dollar will tank.
Our framers must be spinning in their graves.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I have simply never seen so many people in line to vote on election day. I'm usually in and out in 20 minutes. I was in line at 7:15 this morning. I didn't vote until about 9am. I barely made my 9:30am conference call. The line went up the sidewalk about 300 feet, around the corner another 50 feet. The Democrats were electioneering about halfway up the line, with a table and big tent with Obama/Biden signs. The Missouri law limits electioneering to 25 feet or more from the polling place. Just enough to keep them out of the doorway, I guess. I grabbed a handout to see what the party line was on the state questions, sheriff election, and judge retention, etc. A lady was selling donuts and milk to people in the line. I have also never seen so many parents at a polling place with children and babies in tow. It was a mass of humanity inside. There were signs and handouts with phone numbers offering free rides to the polls. It's exciting to see people actually showing up to vote. It was a circus atmosphere and I detected a certain amount of zeal and energy. To be honest, I have never seen that many black people or that many young people at my precinct polling place.
The people handing out ballots had two people checking IDs. I signed and initialed, two of them signed and initialed after making sure my signature next to my name and address on the voter rolls matched the signature on my drivers license and voter card. I would say they were doing a good job authenticating people. I saw some people turn and leave the line when they got near the front, so I suppose they didn't have the right credentials. I heard of one lady receiving a ballot which already had markings on it. I didn't hear which candidate's name was already marked. She got a replacement ballot, and they asked everyone in line to be sure there were no marks on the ballot before accepting it.
With all that procedural stuff and the crazy turn out, I have no idea how this thing is going to turn out. Well, I'm pretty sure that my favorite candidate will not win.
Monday, November 3, 2008
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I think being an avid web surfer has a downside these days. I don't know about you, but I am being literally bombarded by Internet marketing schlock for "work from home" or "get rich in your spare time" or whatever "instant cash system" or "guaranteed money making formula" or blah blah blah. It's like my browser has the imasucker.cookie. My inbox gets at least one a week. It feels like every time I opt out of one mailing, I've been opted into two or three. They're all starting to look and sound the same. If I get all the way to the end of the presentation and I still don't know what is the actual product, but the upside of it sounds so phenomenal that I might be an idiot if I don't sign up, the skeptic in me wants to either prove it wrong and shout from the mountains that it is a scam or really actually make thousands of dollars a week. In fact, that's not a bad idea. I might have to start a website to review these things, and use website revenue to pay for the cost of entry to these potential scams. I'll either get rich quick or have a successful get rich quick debunking site. I can use the in-your-face marketing techniques flowing forth from my browser and email inbox.
There's always audio or video on the screen. The page has colorful eye-catching headlines and is written in conversational language in short paragraphs with one amazing claim or rags to riches testimonial after another. There are only 100 subscriptions available! Members only. Click here to join. Apply online today! This unheard of pricing expires today. Do you really want to navigate away from this page? Download the free ebook. Pre-order the Free DVD and workbook for only $7.99 shipping and handling. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed.
How long before Internet is spelled with a small i?
Monday, October 27, 2008
We have your traditional Hannah Montana and NASCAR stockings, which I had to capture just to be sure I didn't dream it.
And another thing shocked me when I approached the checkout counter. A couple of fellows walked up with many gas cans and a garden hose. It's not hard to figure out what they were up to. Again, I had to take a picture to be sure later that I didn't just dream it.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
"Charles Higgins, an associate professor at the University of Arizona, built a robot that is guided by the brain and eyes of a moth. Higgins said he basically straps a hawk moth to the robot and then puts electrodes in the neurons that deal with sight in the moth's brain. Then the robot responds to what the moth is seeing -- when something approaches the moth, the robot moves out of the way."
They have implanted electrodes into the motor cortex of monkey's brain about 18 months ago. They interpreted the signals the monkey's brain used to move his legs, then they connected this to a robot in Japan over the internet. They showed the monkey a webcam of this robot which walks around like he does, and he started monkeying with it. He started making it walk faster or slower, it made him happy, and they rewarded him with Cheerios. What does this mean to you and me? It means that people who are paralyzed may soon be able to walk using robot legs!
So, what's next? They took a monkey who plays video games, and they used this technology to wire the monkey's motor cortex to stimulate his actual muscles. They then used anesthesia to deaden the nerves to his hand. The monkey learned how to flex his wrist to play the video game again and could control the strength of his wrist flexion.
In their experiments, monkeys were enabled to flex and extend their wrist to play a video game by artificially stimulating arbitrarily chosen motor cortex cells in their brains. The monkeys' wrist nerves were temporarily numbed with a local anesthetic, which paralyzed the muscles, according to the report. But despite the nerve block, the monkeys were still able to control the contraction strength of their wrist muscles. University scientists noted that controlling the strength of the muscle contraction is what allows someone to gently pick up an egg or grab tightly to a handrail.I think it's fantastic.
Miguel Nicolelis, a professor of neurobiology at Duke University and lead researcher on the project, said at the time the research may only be a few years away from helping paralyzed people walk again by enabling them to use their thoughts to control exoskeletons attached to their bodies.Friends, we live in amazing times.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Niels Bohr - "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future."
Sunday, September 28, 2008
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Friday, August 22, 2008
Usually, I just hit delete really fast when I get an email like this [emphasis mine]:
Subject: American Food & Vending - Cafeteria Service
Please read the attached letter. Feel free to distribute it to all of your associates and post it within your space. The continued lack of participation in vending, lack of sales, and rocketing food prices is calling for a more cost effective approach to keeping the cafeterias in business at Summit Tech. We want to continue to provide the amenity but will only be able to do so with everyone at the campus supporting and giving their constructive feedback. If you have comments, positive or negative, for American Food & Vending feel free to send them to me and I will make sure they are passed along.
Assistant Property Manager
Carrow Real Estate Services, KC LLC
777 NW Blue Parkway
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
It was a boring moment, so I replied. I wonder if they'll get a clue. Most of the food they serve in the cafeteria and put in the vending machines is terribly unhealthy.
I don’t use the vending machines very often, because I usually drink coffee and tea and I’m not big on candy. The machines don’t have mixed nuts, so I bring my own. I usually bring a lunch. But, I once worked in an office with a food cart that came around in the mid-morning with snacks and lunches, and it worked out great. I made an effort to keep cash in my wallet so I could grab something from the food cart and could eat at my desk. It was especially great if I had rushed and missed breakfast or I was waiting for a phone call or stuck on a long conference. If you came around between 10:30 and 11:30 with a food cart full of goodies, packaged sandwiches, muffins, fruit, etc. I would be more likely to buy. That lunch cart guy must have made a fortune, and I know he hit about 10 office buildings every day.
Charles Hill / ♠ Capgemini USA / Kansas City
Network Engineer / Outsourcing Services – IM – NIS
Friday, August 15, 2008
I've been watching the Olympics a lot, so there went most of my spare time. About the time I get tired of gymnastics, track and field starts up. I think I'll be glad when it's over. I would never otherwise watch volleyball.
I've been doing a lot of reading, too. Following that entrepreneurship workshop in Chicago, I've been reading books on entrepreneurship, wealth building, and so forth. When pressed with the question of what kind of business would I start if I had to start one, my mind goes in a million directions. I have a lot of talents and quite an accumulation of knowledge, mostly technical. Doing that kind of self-assessment is eye opening. I could definitely do technical services and IT equipment sales and leasing.
Being a landlord for the past 7 years has also been eye opening. I've taken risks and had some victories and some losses, and it's sort of balanced out. On the upside, I learned a ton. Now that I've worked for the smallest of companies, two employees, and the largest, nearly 100,000 employees, I know what works in all of those environments and what doesn't. I've also seen the growing pains of small companies going to medium sized. I've seen mergers and spin-offs. I realize that I've helped make a lot of other people very rich. It makes me wonder when it's going to be my turn. The answer is simply, when I follow in their footsteps and lead an actual business. So, that's what sparked my interest. Anyway, you miss all of the shots you don't take. As a real estate investor, I'm carefully watching the OFHEO data for my area every time it updates. I'm starting to see house prices solidify and even appreciate again. I would be sort of foolish to cash out at the bottom, but on the other hand, I could leverage some cash now by picking up some foreclosed properties at the bottom. It's still a gamble. A service business is not a gamble. The only cost is time and effort. The upside is huge. Anyway, I'm looking for ways to capitalize a startup technical services business, an industry I know inside and out now. I can lay the groundwork now, so when the time comes to branch out on my own, I'll be ready.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
When I try to list the protocols working in that beast, it amazes me the amount of technology employed and also reminds me how much I've learned over the years of doing this stuff.
Ethernet IEEE 802.3
FastEthernet IEEE 802.3u
VLAN trunking, IEEE 802.1q and 802.10
IPv4 RFC791, RFC1812
IP over Ethernet RFC894 (aka 802.16)
3DES MD5-HMAC RFC2104
SCCP (aka Skinny)
ITU-T G.711 ulaw
IEEE STP 802.1d
. . . and the list could go on and on. I haven't even started on the wireless 802.11 protocols, encryption, and authentication. This is the tip of the iceberg of protocols Iknow, these just happen to be the ones I'm using for this implementation. If I added a Cisco PAG and a Synology 207+ for VMSS, it would do the physical security and camera surveillance, too. There's a whole suite of protocols related to video.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I found a link to the quoted text of the DNS vulnerability explanation which leaked today. This is actually a pretty good explanation. http://beezari.livejournal.com/141796.html At this moment, hackers are working to write software to exploit this. That means you could be trying to go to your bank website and get a fake site which is capturing your password information. It's a little scary what's possible with this vulnerability in the wild. Half of the ISPs are not yet patched. Is yours?
Monday, July 21, 2008
The deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's was really good, with fresh ingredients. I liked it as well as I like the pizza at Gino's East, almost. Then, I tried the deep dish pizza at Giordano's. It was pricey, but holy wow the amount of cheese they put on there is amazing, and they put the sauce on top like the other places. You'd never know by looking that I got a sausage pizza. There were whole patties of Italian sausage under the cheese under the sauce.
I also took too many pictures at the Blackhawks Convention, but being a hockey fan, I couldn't really resist. Nothing special, just some interesting jerseys, outrageous jersey prices, and some really cool skills competitions.
See the whole set here:
It's not one bird, it's three, and they're in a nifty elliptical orbit with a nice pivot over Canada. I aimed the antenna a little more directly north, and that fixed the problem.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Chicago photos will be up soon.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Jonathan's pictures of the rafting trip are here:
Monday, July 14, 2008
And a quick shot of the Rockies from Highway 103:
Friday, July 4, 2008
The gas company bumped prices by 20%. That's unusual in the summer. Now I'm paying about $50 a month for hot water and dry clothes. This bill usually runs around $30 in the summer. Maybe I should get one of those instant-on tankless hot water heaters. Time to do some math. This would reduce my gas bill by approximately $45 a month. It would increase my electric bill by approximately $18 a month. It costs about $490 shipped, and installation would cost around $250. I would have to use it for 28 months to break even at those prices. Maybe I'll just turn down the thermostat on the hot water heater a few degrees.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wrestling Gas Prices
We all continue to struggle at the gas pump, and barrels of oil hit another all-time high today. Sadly yesterday the House failed to pass ‘Use It or Lose It' legislation for oil companies. The bill would have compelled the oil industry to start drilling or lose permits on the 68 million acres of undeveloped federal oil reserves which they are currently warehousing, thereby keeping domestic supply lower and prices higher. Complaints that more drilling permits are needed for yet more land ring hollow when compared to the thousands of currently unused drilling permits already issued. I think this will be back on the floor again soon and I am disappointed it didn't pass this week.
To provide even more incentive to reduce demand, the House also voted on legislation to lower fares for mass transit and expanded services for commuters.
We also passed legislation urging an investigation in a complicated but no less culpable reason for the high price of gas. The House called upon the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to investigate the role of oil speculators and the system that encourages artificially high future gas prices. The American people should not be punished at the pump for the actions of oil speculators, and the House called on the CFTC Act.
Experts testified this week before Congress that the explosion of speculation in the oil futures market could be driving up prices from $20 to $60 per barrel. At current prices that is an increase of 15-50 percent solely due to speculation.
In an underreported story, oil speculators are making money by betting against the American consumers at the pump. Reducing the price of gas, a global commodity, is hard enough without our own markets driving the price through the roof.
And this one validated his skill level for me.
His YouTube intro is just great. The studio mixed teaser-length versions are linked on his blog here. Wow.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
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Friday, June 20, 2008
Here's an interesting site which includes the faces of Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul calling for a Bob Barr fundraising push on July 2. http://www.barrbomb.com/
Bumper stickers are showing up that say, "This is when you vote Libertarian."
This speaks for itself.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I got an email requesting volunteers to go to Northwest Missouri and sandbag the Mississippi River. If I wasn't neck deep in three projects, I think I would go.
The floodwaters are quickly rising in northeast Missouri, and
the Mississippi River is on course to reach near-record
levels. During this emergency, our neighbors are counting
on our help to protect their homes, businesses and
Today, I'm heading up to northeast Missouri to help with the sandbagging efforts in Clarksville, Hannibal and West Quincy. And if you can spare a few hours in the next day or two, I'm asking you to pitch in as well. All along the river, Missouri communities need our help right away. You can find updated lists of volunteer requests here:
Missouri's 211 hotline also can direct you to volunteer opportunities in the area.
Your service will make a difference. Thank you for helping your neighbors in this time of urgent need.
Missouri Attorney General
Monday, June 16, 2008
|> Ya gotta love some of the team names from Gladstone softball leagues|
You made me look. Trunk Monkeys? Weakened Warriors? Human Growth Homeruns? Master Batters? Hoosier Daddies? Terrible!
Okay, Hoosier Daddies is pretty funny.
I wanna be there when Two Balls One Bat plays Northland Baptist Church. Is that a "2 girls 1 cup" reference? The Shockers are in the same league. Is this coed?
I'm looking at the playoff schedules. Awesome O? The McLovins? Scared Hitless?
Stupid Mongorians? Is that a South Park reference?
I was on a hockey team called Angry Dragons once. That's not nice. Very beer league. After that season, the rink started naming the teams.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I get nauseated when hearing Obama speak. I think he's clueless. McCain doesn't relieve the nausea. He's proof that the Republican Party has lost its way. I'm going to vote for Bob Barr. That's it. Period. He's the only remaining candidate who is making any sense. I heard Glenn Beck interview Barr on Sirius 133, and I agreed with almost everything that was said. I found that interview so I could post it here:
Saturday, June 7, 2008
An ad agency created a buzz with these fake airline ads for Derrie-Air. Apparently, they charge by the pound. So, the less you pack, the less you pay. When I saw the website they created I laughed my ass off, which would save me a few bucks in airfare. $1.40 a pound from Phillie to Denver. . . such a deal!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
To ramp up to a surreal weekend, I have been called for jury duty on Wednesday morning at the Jackson County Courthouse. What a welcome break from the norm. I get to sit around a courthouse and read magazines while waiting to hear my name. No cell phone? Woot! The primary goal will be to keep my mind occupied, because jury duty has the potential to be extremely boring. The last case I heard as a juror was to decide if a felon had indeed possessed a firearm, which holds a very strict mandatory five year sentence. We all decided he was probably waving a cell phone while yelling out threats to the drunken folks at the corner of Mill and Westport at 3am on a Saturday. None of the witnesses could possibly have been sober. The gun in his friend's car belonged to his friend and didn't have his fingerprints on it. It was such a flimsy case. I'm surprised the prosecutor was shocked by the verdict. None of the jurors could be sure that the witnesses really saw a gun or something that looked like a gun. That Federal case went on for three days. The system works, but it doesn't work fast. Massive boredom.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I also didn't know human cloning as an issue was going to take up so much time. In my mind, human tissue without a heart and a brain is just that. It's not a person. If I had an organ failure threatening my life, I would be alienated by a zero cloning research policy. Therefore, I don't understand it. Please, clone my liver, so I have a spare, but please don't clone my whole person. If you do, make sure I'm dead first and please name him after me. If I ever decide that cloning at a single cell level is immoral, I would have to justify the deaths of those who could live if it were developed into their cure. Does the term blastocyte belong in the political arena? Apparently not, because before all of the resolutions were considered, a motion to adjourn was made, and everyone who was tired of listening to so many insane resolutions voted to just call it a day. I think we'll all be better off if the government would get out of the medical business.
The platform committee didn't do the best job of including resolutions from the caucuses, but I got the idea that they did include most things, but used more general wording for brevity. I also think that competing resolutions were weighed against the prevailing platform and were not considered important enough to include, specifically. Policies to allow mothers to give birth at home are great, but really too specific to include in the party platform, I think.
Here's an interesting video about who is controlling oil prices:
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
I found a link to another car mod which allows it to run on pure tap water. Until I see it, I'm very skeptical. This conversion was done on a beater Camaro with a stock 350. It's pretty intriguing how instead of using a pulse width modulator (PWM) to regulate the electrolysis, he just uses 60Hz from an off-the shelf 110v AC inverter and opens and closes relays using the spark plug wires. I believe that since he's not using any hydrocarbons, the real fuel is the nitrogen in the air. The hydroxy created by cracking the water only catalyzes the reaction. The NOx emissions must be enormous, but since he's feeding the exhaust back through his water reservoir as sort of a bubbler, I presume that a lot of the NO2 and NO3 is dissolved back into the water. Then, in the electrolysis process, is it breaking the N2 and O2 apart, so it can be burned again? Since it uses a second battery, wouldn't it be smart to add a second alternator?
Monday, May 19, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
On the other hand, I have read more about hydroxy boosters, and the innovation never stops. There is a lot of experimentation with cell sizes, shapes, and configurations. Sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide concentrations are another experimental variable. I wish there was an exhaustive wiki on the topic, because the knowledge being passed around in the email lists is not being recorded in a compendium anywhere. Competing designs are being tested in bake-off style road rallies with the results posted on YouTube by a guy known as Smack (aka Electrik).
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tomorrow, I'm going to the opera. Adam D. has a major role, so I want to see the product of his labor, because I've been tending the garden by myself while he's been in daily rehearsals. I have to know by tomorrow morning how many people are going. So far it seems like only two.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Tomorrow the House will vote on HR 5512 for making pennies out of steel with copper coloring instead of zinc-copper alloy. While this reflects their new reduced value, I think it’s a sad and terrible thing. They’ve completely unhinged the value of money from the value of precious metals. This is up for a vote in the House tomorrow. If they can make pennies the way they can print bills, our currency has lost all traction in its slide to zero value. The bankers win. The only thing holding the dollar up is perception. Any account you have that is valued in dollars (IRA, 401k, stocks, bonds) would be better off if you transferred it to an account in some other currency or used it to purchase material goods, precious metals, real estate, or offshore hedge funds.
The appearance of this bill is evidence of the wrong direction we’ve gone for a third time in our nation’s history with regard to fractional reserve banking. For now, the only thing propping the dollar up is its tie to the value of oil, and you see how that’s slipping, too. As soon as oil is purchased by some other currency, the dollar may crash harder than it did in 1907. The only thing keeping that from happening is our military might. You can see the proportion of our Federal budget which we’re spending on that is putting a strain on every taxpayer and the fabric of our economy.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I cannot find a technical reason why we're not driving these today. The only thing preventing it is political and/or entrenched economic interests.
Here's a better understanding of how water is being engineered in a negative energy vacuum inside the toroid (donut) coil with RF pulses to cause the hydrogen molecules to just fall off the hydroxy ion. The resulting hydroxy gas fuel is more powerful when burned than the power required to create it from regular tap water. This free source of energy is a gift from God. I think this is a huge leap forward in technology. I found a message board and a Yahoo Group on the topic.
You can get pre-built HHO generators for reasonable prices on Ebay. These would pay for themselves in just a few months.
I found another seller on Ebay, who sells smaller HHO generators of a different design, MAP sensor adjusters, and O2 sensor extenders (an alternative to an EFIE), so you can tweak the fuel mixture to get the best results. From what I've read, though, an EFIE is the best solution for adjusting the O2 sensor inputs into the car's computer to accommodate the new exhaust profile. He has some great tips in the text of his auctions, and the pricesare low.
It's clear that our system was designed to work best with two parties. The whole "Ross Perot got us Bill Clinton." mantra pretty much quells any thoughts of voting for a third party candidate, except that they tend to get the protest vote when you can't stomach voting for either of the major party choices.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Not to bore everyone with what interests me at the moment, but I just spent most of the evening reading about oxyhydrogen generators you can build at home or buy off the shelf, install in your car, and increase your fuel economy by 25 to 50%. It converts water (HOH) into "Brown's Gas" (oxyhydrogen, HHO). This oxyhydrogen on demand makes your fuel burn more efficiently and gives your engine more power. Now that gasoline prices exceed $3.33 per gallon, this seems worthwhile.
For this invention to be completely carbon neutral, you'd have to add another battery to your car and add solar panels to charge it. Otherwise, you're using power from your alternator. But, my understanding is that the alternator makes much more electricity than is needed to charge your battery and the field current which is allowed to pass the regulator is based on feedback voltage from the battery, so the battery only gets juice when it needs it, so using this energy to make an oxyhydrogen additive is gainful because it's otherwise wasted. Furthermore, the expense of installing the system is tax deductible.
Here are some plans for making an HHO generator out of some #80 CPVC pipe and concentric stainless steel exhaust pipes with a 1mm gap. These pipes are the diodes and electricity is pulsed at a frequency you can tweak for the best HHO to fuel mixture for your particular engine. http://www.spiritofmaat.com/archive/feb2/carplans_doc.htm
On YouTube, I've seen pure HHO lawnmowers and cars, so using water plus a pinch of baking soda for fuel with an electrical assist to convert it to HHO is a viable emerging technology.