Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wind can power the world

Though there are quite a number of areas where their ideal wind generation is very far from population centers, the potential to generate the great majority of our power using is amazing.  President Obama should put a moratorium on the building of any coal, oil, or nuclear power plants to make room for this.

Here is news of the study from the National Academy of Science:

http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0622-hance_global_wind.html

“Large-scale development of wind power in China could allow for close to an 18-fold increase in electricity supply relative to consumption reported for 2005,” the researchers write. “The bulk of this wind power, 89%, could be derived from onshore installations. The potential for wind power in the U.S. is even greater, 23 times larger than current electricity consumption, the bulk of which, 84%, could be supplied onshore.”

Monday, June 22, 2009

Xbox 360

I broke down this week and bought a Xbox 360 for myself to play a couple game titles that are only on the 360 or on a Windows machine. The title that I bought first was a game called "Mass Effect". It is one of Bioware's RPGs.

I bought the 360 second hand...about $300+ worth of stuff for $200. But what strikes me is how crazy loud this thing is! I have a PS3 already...but it is very quiet in comparison.

Just having the Xbox 360 turned on is louder than my PS3 when it is hot and running all the fans on high. Now, the PS3's power supply is inside the box, whereas the 360's power supply is external...but yet the 360 still runs hot almost immediately. And when it does, as is the case as soon as you start playing a game, the fans really get loud! I had to turn up the volume on the TV just to hear the dialog over the 360's fans.

I'm enjoying getting to play Mass Effect, but wow is the Xbox 360 a very cheaply made system.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Social Experiment - Update

Two weeks ago I posted that I was going to do a social experiment.  And for the most part I kept to my own rules, except for in a couple cases to preserve at least working relationships at work.

Basically, the experiment's rules were these:  1. That I would discontinue ALL types of passive communication...i.e. instant messengers, social networks, Twitter-like services, etc.  2. That I would only return calls if called.  3. That I would only return e-mails or pages if e-mailed first.  4. That I wouldn't ask anyone to do anything, but wait to be asked.

The point of those rules was to only have proactive and active communication with those who were also wanting to communicate with me in some manner or another.

In the process I found out a number of things about who is indeed part of my life, and who really depends on 'passive communication', if that really is communication at all...it is really more like electronic spying, to be up to date with me and things in my life.  And really the point was that simple.

So, let me say that I appreciate very much all the people in my life that haven't bowed the acceptance of 'passive communication' and those who actually keep up with their friends.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

More and More Passive Aggressive

I'm not sure when it became okay to use passive aggressive and disengaged tactics to replace answers to the negative.  Or perhaps I'm asking when did it become so widespread.  Perhaps I'm just more aware than I was before.

To define what I'm referring to, it is this:  When you e-mail someone a question about if they would like to see such and such movie (for example)...and they reply in a reasonable time-frame with their positive response...'yes'...this is as I would expect.  But I also expect that people would be equally willing to inform you that they were NOT interesting in seeing such and such movie.  However, that doesn't seem to be the case most of the time.  It seems that it has become 'okay' to just not reply at all to mean the negative reply that they are not interested.

This begs a couple questions.  One, why is the assumed 'no' answer because of no reply a valid response?  Does the courtesy of being asked to do something count for so little that the person cannot make an honest reply, either positive OR negative?  Are people so self-centered that they cannot be bothered by things they don't want to do?

I think that if the other person was gracious enough to ask you, then you shouldn't ignore them...even if you plan to turn their request down.  That is common courtesy.  If we want honest and non-passive replies from people, then we should not accept a lack of a response as a valid behavior.

The Blues

Is this the New Year or just another night?
Is this the new fear or just another fright?
Is this the new tear or just another desperation?

Is this the finger or just another fist?
Is this the kingdom or just a hit and miss?
I miss direction, most in all this desperation.

Is this what they call freedom?
Is this what you call pain?
Is this what they call discontented fame?

It'll be a day like this one
When the world caves in

I'm singing this one like a broken piece of glass,
From broken hearts and broken noses in the back.
Is this the New Year or just another desperation?

You push until you're shoving
You bend until you break
Do you stand on the broken fields where your fathers lay?

It'll be a day like this one
When the world caves in

Is nothing here worth saving?
Is no one here at all?
Is there any net left that could break our fall?

It'll be a day like this one
When the sky falls down and the hungry and poor and deserted are found.
Are you discontented? Have you been pushing hard?
Have you been throwing down this broken house of cards?

It'll be a day like this one
When the world caves in

Is there nothing left now?
Nothing left to sing?
Are there any left who haven't kissed the enemy?
Is this the New Year or just another desperation?

Does justice never find you? Do the wicked never lose?
Is there any honest song to sing besides these blues?

And nothing is okay
Until the world caves in

- Switchfoot

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Conan Predicts Social Site Merger

In the year 3000...YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook will merge into one super time-wasting site called YouTwitFace.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Love's Recovery

During the time of which I speak
It was hard to turn the other cheek
To the blows of insecurity
Feeding the cancer of my intellect
The blood of love soon neglected
Lay dying in the strength of its impurity

Meanwhile our friends we thought were so together
They've all gone and left each other
In search of fairer weather
And we sit here in our storm and drink a toast
To the slim chance of love's recovery

There I am in younger days, star gazing
Painting picture perfect maps
Of how my life and love would be
Not counting the unmarked paths of misdirection
My compass, faith in love's perfection
I missed ten million miles of road I should have seen

Meanwhile our friends we thought were so together
Left each other one by one on the road to fairer weather
And we sit here in our storm and drink a toast
To the slim chance of love's recovery

Rain soaked and voice choked
Like silence screaming in a dream
I search for our absolute distinction
Not content to bow and bend
To the whims of culture that swoop like vultures
Eating us away, eating us away
Eating us away to our extinction

Oh how I wish I were a trinity
So if I lost a part of me
I'd still have two of the same to live
But nobody gets a lifetime rehearsal
As specks of dust were universal
To let this love survive
Would be the greatest gift that we could give

Tell all the friends who think they're so together
That these are ghosts and mirages
All these thoughts of fairer weather
Though it's storming out, I feel safe within the arms
Of love's discovery

- Indigo Girls