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Saturday, February 17. 2018
Hello everybody. If the news seems pretty grim these days, don't worry too much about it. The government will fix everything. They're peculiarly suited to coming up with the answers to today's problems. After all, the surgeon who leaves a sponge, retractors, and his watch inside a patient knows where to look when they open the poor sod back up. Been there, done that.
We soldier on. On to the links!
Doesn't anyone take responsibility for their own actions anymore? That was a rhetorical question.
The Internet is a woman riding the subway wearing a bustier and a thong while complaining that everyone is looking at her.
A smart politician would tweak stalking laws in the US to include covertly tracking people across the Internet without their express written consent, with a one-button opt-opt that erases every bit of your data at any time from any web service. I don't know any smart politicians, and don't expect to meet one anytime soon.
I hate to break it to you poindexters, but the Uber driver's only real job is to supply the car you ride in. Oh, and to clean the puke out of the back seat every third passenger. Getting rid of the driver is a sideways move.
When I was young I learned about the Triangle Trade in history class. Sugar, tobacco, and cotton to England, textiles and rum to Africa, and unpaid interns to the Americas. I could have sworn they outlawed that sort of thing.
When I was young the kids who walked into walls a lot had their own classes, which were held outdoors quite often. They had their own bus, too. Now they have their own office building, which is nice.
I use Femgoplaces.com. It's a pretty cool search engine, you probably haven't heard of it. You type in your search terms, and they dispatch a girl to drive to a part of town she's not familiar with. When she gets there, she rolls down the window and asks the first person shes sees for the information she wants.
Yes, but will they shoot a tractor trailer into space? That's the true measure of technical innovation nowadays.
If I recall correctly, Romney really cornered the Mormon vote in Massachusetts. Well, he drove his wife to the polls. Same thing. Say, are there any Mormons in Utah?
When I read the headline, I assumed all the employees joined a New York City longshoreman's union, and one of their brothers was a union delegate.
Have a great Saturday, one and all!
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re: Work Four Days, Get Paid for Five: Many companies in the energy industry have a 9- 80 rule in place, or at least they did before the most recent bust hit the industry. This is where, out of a 2-week schedule, you work the equivalent 40-hour week, but take every other Friday off - hence, 9 days, 80 hours. The rota is broken down to minimize disruption and maximize departmental function (i.e. make sure critical roles are always covered on any given Friday). Works great; Since I normally work 12 hour days I wouldn't mind seeing some wise soul propose a 7-80 schedule!
The clean energy problem.
For the last 40 years or so this industry has been involved in either mining the government tax payers for money in the form of subsidies OR simply promising things that they knew they couldn't deliver presumably to put them in a better position to mine the tax payers for subsidies. So I suspect this new revelation is no different than the last couple hundred "break throughs" in this industry.
I am skeptical as well GWTW.
From what I can recall from HS physics and chemistry, the problem with breaking water down into hydrogen and oxygen is that it requires more energy than you get, which stands to reason under the laws of thermodynamics, yes?
Perhaps someone more learned can help me out here?
Any how, reading this article brought back the memories of the late 1970s and the mythical shade tree mechanic that . . . somewhere . . . had invented a thingy for your carburetor that would improve your gas mileage to 100 mpg.
This hydrogen scheme strikes me as wishful thinking at best, and an investment scam at worst.
I hope I am wrong.
The energy of electolysis is equal to the theoretical energy released at use (of course not entirely because the process is not fully efficient). So to make this work, you need an energy source which could be carbon free (nuclear) but probably isn't. Compared with petroleum and natural gas where the energy had already been store there by nature, the only energy used is that needed for extraction.
Energy density of hydrogen is not that great, you need a LOT of it, compressing it consumes additional energy, and so far there is no good long term storage, it leaks out through anything.
Maybe some potential, but it's no miracle cure.
It's a great and seductive idea, but you can't plea bargain the Laws of Thermodynamics.
feeblemind: From what I can recall from HS physics and chemistry, the problem with breaking water down into hydrogen and oxygen is that it requires more energy than you get, which stands to reason under the laws of thermodynamics, yes?
That's right. All spontaneous transformations (in an isolated system) results in an increase of entropy. In this case, it requires more energy to fission water than you can retrieve from the re-fusing of hydrogen and oxygen.
jay: So to make this work, you need an energy source which could be carbon free (nuclear) but probably isn't.
Solar may be ideal for this sort of industrial process, as the product is the energy storage.
jay: Energy density of hydrogen is not that great, you need a LOT of it, compressing it consumes additional energy, and so far there is no good long term storage, it leaks out through anything.
Synthetic diesel may be a better solution. It also has the advantage of scrubbing CO2 from the atmosphere. Plus it can be used in the existing vehicle fleet.
You are not wrong. The second law of thermodynamics says so. Any time you see hydrogen in a gushing alternative energy article in the press, remind yourself of this. Unless you have hydrogen starting in reduced form (which is readily available on Jupiter, for instance, but not on Earth), it will take more energy to reduce the oxidized form than can be gained back by oxidizing the reduced hydrogen.
This is true for any time you attempt to “concentrate” energy. Nature doesn’t like concentrated energy, and fights back with entropy. The second law says so. Delta-S is greater than or equal to zero. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
FEMINISM is a woman riding the subway wearing a bustier and a thong while complaining that everyone is looking at her.
FIFY! At least every feminist who isn't a two-bagger fattie, acts like this.
#ME TOO is simply an excuse to stop that icky weirdo Fred in the Mail Room trying for a date, while handsome bad boy Lance , the Asst. VP, can say or "pat"anything he wants; because; DREAMY!
My brother worked diesel for 40 years. He was a national training guy for International Harvester, Cummins and one of the largest truck dealers in the country. He lives in Washington state, I live in Florida. I sent him this and I heard him laugh - no phone, I just opened the window.
... other useful fuels like methane...
As the government works to lower the number of cows producing methane.
Wouldn't there also be issues of piston rings and compression ratios, etc?
It will all work great. Until the subsidies run out.
If I recall correctly, the thirteenth amendment prohibits unpaid internships unless you've been real bad. If you major in women's studies, that's real bad.
I believe employment law forbids having someone work for free. Slaves have to be fed and housed; interns don't.
Re: This company may have solved one of the hardest problems in clean energy
I don't understand why they need to extract the hydrogen from the water, they should just use that engine that runs on water that GM has been hiding from us for all these years. Or maybe just make a smaller version of the perpetual motion machine that one guy I read about on the internet has invented.
It does depend on the unpaid internship. Getting coffee and photocopying - no.
In college, I was put into a 2 days a week internship in a housing coalition office. I was taught to research the ownership of abandoned/poorly maintained houses.
Before I left, I decided to write down all the knowledge of that task (as I had been trained by someone else taking me around to the sites I needed to visit, and walking me through the steps). I essentially creating a training manual for future volunteers.
For that - I managed to gain a fan for life in the director of the organization - she wrote me a glowing letter of recommendation, and agreed to be a reference after I graduated.
For me, it was worth it.
Also depends on the student. Many kids cannot afford to work for free. Unpaid internships are fabulous for students who have rich parents. When I worked in college, I worked because I needed the money for my tuition and food.
Sorry to go off topic, but this
video helps us to continue the conversation about child rearing and the role it plays in school shootings. Here is a child that screamed for 8 hours on an airplane and mommy did NOTHING. Some passengers suggested he had a medical condition, however if that was the case then she also has a prescription for calming medications, which she obviously did not use. The other option is she just CAN'T handle an overly energized kid. How do we deal with that possibility? Either way she is not functioning as the strong intelligent guide for raising this human being. If he is not medical, just spoiled how do you think he will react to the world later? There was a time in this country not too long ago when every divorced teacher in America was asking for tranquilizers for over active little boys. I hated that and believed then and believe now that sometimes little boys need strong men in their lives to help set and maintain the rules. Which is why 600 guys showed up in Dallas to help little boys learn how to tie their tie. Even the Spartans understood this.
If you don't actually know, you shouldn't guess, and you shouldn't form opinions about it. Not about the child's medical condition, not about the parenting, not about whether having strong men show up is important. For the latter, the numbers don't back up this favorite conservative trope. Genetics are a far larger part.
As for the hydrogen, yeah, sounds great, but it seems to be sustainable only in a situation where the government is making everyone stop emitting carbon.
Thanks for your AVI blogpost the other day, revolt against the masses with the link to the Fred Siegel interview..
What a great read.
Assistant Village Idiot: As for the hydrogen, yeah, sounds great, but it seems to be sustainable only in a situation where the government is making everyone stop emitting carbon.
Sort of like how government stops people from belching untreated exhaust from their vehicles.
China blocked from buying Chicago Stock Exchange.
Baltimore has a problem.
Reading the story it would appear that the shooting was 'good' and the jury who awarded the family $37 million is stupid. But the citizens will have to pay for the stupidity. I hope an appeals court sees the error and prevents this mistake. With all it's other problem where will Baltimore find $37 million?
If HyTech's tech works as advertised, there's two other big markets for it I didn't see listed.
Merchant ship large slow speed diesels.
Increase fuel efficiency by 1/3 on those two while cleaning up emissions you'll end up really reducing transportation costs.
No too likely. In fact, probably impossible. Large two-stroke diesels are the most efficient reciprocating engines currently available, with thermodynamic efficiencies exceeding fifty percent in the largest, particularly beam engines which have a long expansion stroke. You are up against Carnot's law, where the maximum efficiency of an engine is one minus the ratio of the coldest and hottest points in the cycle. It can’t get much hotter at the hot point, or the head of the engine melts. It can’t get colder than the intake air.