Remaindered Links for 30 Nov 2007

A Christmas Story House | You’ll shoot your eye out! Well, you just might if you’re not careful in the bb range in the back yard. If you want to take a visit to Cleveland, you can visit the house from “A Christmas Story”, complete with leg lamp. [via SimpleBits]

Fear of a Cooper Black Planet | Simply a great tee shirt.

Email Standards Project | A group working to improve accessibility and web standards (html rendering) in email.

How to Charge an iPod using electrolytes and an onion | One of the more crazy things I’ve seen done. Regardless, when the apocalypse comes, I think I want to find HouseholdHacker and drag him with me to the farm.

Gas guzzlers get new lives – as tire-smoking hybrids | A guy in Kansas is converting gas guzzlers to hybrids without sacrificing horsepower. Neil Young is making a documentary about converting his car. What does this prove? That Detroit is lying through their teeth that fuel efficiency isn’t possible. They’re just too lazy to do it.

Texas Town sells for just over $3M | A one horse town (not even) just sold for about $3 Million a week ago. the 13 acre town of Albert, Tx has all of a mayor’s house, a dance hall, and an icehouse. More at www.alberttexas.com

Camera Toss on Flickr | Some really cool images that could be interesting album covers.

The Peace Drug | Ecstasy (MDMA) has been considered a raver drug and has been banned for quite a while. But new experimentation shows that it might be the key to helping people get through post-traumatic stress disorder.

  1. ako says:

    LarryG says:I think the EPA numbers are 24/7 avarege and you’d have to convince me that at night they shut down the coal plants O.K. since nuclear plants run 24/7 they provide a LARGER percentage of the power in the evening check the grid graph I posted the link to. 4000 MW of nuclear power into the grid when the grid load is 9000 MW is better than 4000 MW into the grid when the grid needs 29,000 MW. Do you see how the percentage of cleaner nuclear power increases when the grid requirements are lower? The power output of the nuclear plants never changes only the amount of power people use from the grid changes. you’d actually have to convince me that you actually know WHEN the grid is “clean”.As someone who worked at a public utility for over 20 years I can tell you that the electrical energy you use at night is PROBABLY going to be cleaner than the electricity you use during the day. However, as you stated, unless you worked for the utility; there is really no way for you to tell. I do not think the avarege person who might buy an EV would have a clue about it to start if there is not some way to know at any given time. You are correct there is no way to tell. However, since the dealer told buyer to charge at night that is when the buyer would most like do it. But I don't think that is what the general public is really concerned about. Most dealers tell new customers of EVs to charge at night because its cheaper[$]. Therefor most vehicle owners charge at night BECAUSE it's cheaper, LOL. As long as we power with coal – 50% of the electricity used to power EV will come from the 50% that coal generates electricity – overall, in general. No I disagree. If you charge at night you will be using cleaner energy not the 50% energy you are stating. The only time your statement is true is when 50% of all the power is coming from coal. It might be true where you live but it sure isn't where I live. If you have data that shows your utility uses never uses LESS THAN 50% coal at any time; then I would agree that in your case, it could be true. It might be true during the day but I question the 50% at night. Once you run the EPA number.. HOW EXACTLY WOULD you be able to determine WHEN coal was not being used and what else would they use – Nat Gas? .First of all LarryG I don't know of any grid, in any state that at ANY given time doesn't have at least some coal generation. It is not an all or nothing situation. Even in California where only 7% of the power comes from coal, some coal power is probably used even at night. The cleaner power could be coming from nuclear, hydro, wind, geothermal, pumped hydro, nat. gas and maybe even some bio-mass. I just do not think the avarege person is going to be able to figure this out without a lot more info. .Of course people will not be able to figure this out and they should not have to. The next generation of smart cars and smart grids will do that automatically for people. The cars and the grid will communicate and know when the utility switch to lower EV charging rates. All automatic LarryG people will not have to think about this or

  2. ako says:

    LarryG says:I think the EPA numbers are 24/7 avarege and you’d have to convince me that at night they shut down the coal plants O.K. since nuclear plants run 24/7 they provide a LARGER percentage of the power in the evening check the grid graph I posted the link to. 4000 MW of nuclear power into the grid when the grid load is 9000 MW is better than 4000 MW into the grid when the grid needs 29,000 MW. Do you see how the percentage of cleaner nuclear power increases when the grid requirements are lower? The power output of the nuclear plants never changes only the amount of power people use from the grid changes. you’d actually have to convince me that you actually know WHEN the grid is “clean”.As someone who worked at a public utility for over 20 years I can tell you that the electrical energy you use at night is PROBABLY going to be cleaner than the electricity you use during the day. However, as you stated, unless you worked for the utility; there is really no way for you to tell. I do not think the avarege person who might buy an EV would have a clue about it to start if there is not some way to know at any given time. You are correct there is no way to tell. However, since the dealer told buyer to charge at night that is when the buyer would most like do it. But I don't think that is what the general public is really concerned about. Most dealers tell new customers of EVs to charge at night because its cheaper[$]. Therefor most vehicle owners charge at night BECAUSE it's cheaper, LOL. As long as we power with coal – 50% of the electricity used to power EV will come from the 50% that coal generates electricity – overall, in general. No I disagree. If you charge at night you will be using cleaner energy not the 50% energy you are stating. The only time your statement is true is when 50% of all the power is coming from coal. It might be true where you live but it sure isn't where I live. If you have data that shows your utility uses never uses LESS THAN 50% coal at any time; then I would agree that in your case, it could be true. It might be true during the day but I question the 50% at night. Once you run the EPA number.. HOW EXACTLY WOULD you be able to determine WHEN coal was not being used and what else would they use – Nat Gas? .First of all LarryG I don't know of any grid, in any state that at ANY given time doesn't have at least some coal generation. It is not an all or nothing situation. Even in California where only 7% of the power comes from coal, some coal power is probably used even at night. The cleaner power could be coming from nuclear, hydro, wind, geothermal, pumped hydro, nat. gas and maybe even some bio-mass. I just do not think the avarege person is going to be able to figure this out without a lot more info. .Of course people will not be able to figure this out and they should not have to. The next generation of smart cars and smart grids will do that automatically for people. The cars and the grid will communicate and know when the utility switch to lower EV charging rates. All automatic LarryG people will not have to think about this or learn all this stuff. We only do it on this blog site because we enjoy it well at least I enjoy it, LOL. HOWEVER, this blog site is not the real world. It is visited by a certain percentage of the population who are interested in Hybrid Vehicles. From the sales figures of hybrid vehicles, plug in and electric vehicles I think we are a VERY SMALL percentage of the general population. Example most people just want their lights to go on when they flip a switch. The avarege American could care less about HOW it done, they just WANT some light. Its going to be about the same for the next generation of electric vehicles. Just jump in and drive. Stop worrying about if the grid is 30%, 50% or 70% clean.

  3. Nia says:

    Well, you can forget coal and oil for being self-sufficient unsles you also happen to own a coal mine or an oil well. Next, you can forget nuclear power, because you'd have to obtain enriched uranium or another nuclear fuel, whose handling is inherently dangerous. I am pretty sure that everywhere on this planet, including the US and Canada, it is illegal for private persons to handle substantial amounts of radioactive matter. The danger to the public is just too damn high.That leaves you with wind and solar. Depending on where you live, it is indeed possible to generate all electricity you need on your own, but you'd also need a good way to store electricity for cloudy days without wind. A possibility is to use surplus electricity to pump water up either a water tower or a dam, and then use that water to power turbines if sun and wind are not there.Water again depends on where you live, because you a) have to get it from somewhere and b) have to get rid of sewage somehow. There are laws and regulations in effect with the purpose of preventing pollution, so you cannot just dump it in whatever way you see fit, but if you'd install some sewage treatment I could imagine that you'd be allowed to do that So it seems that it might be possible to become self sufficient, but to me, it looks like all the initial investments you'd have to make are so huge that whatever you save by being self sufficient will never offset those costs.

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