Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kurt Cobain Quote

"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."
-- Kurt Cobain

Suppose one were already a waste, and subsequently finds s/he wants to be someone else.  What then follows on Cobain's conjecture?


[ * ] "In Bloom" by Nirvana YouTube (Accessed 5/20/2010)
[ * ] "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana YouTube (Accessed 5/20/2010)
[ * ] "Heart Shaped Box" by Nirvana YouTube (Accessed 5/20/2010)
[ * ] etc. etc.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Canadian Sand better than Mid-Eastern Sand for U.S. Energy

This comment caught my attention from a recent article in the New York Times:
Canadian oil sands are expected to become America’s top source of imported oil this year, surpassing conventional Canadian oil imports and roughly equaling the combined imports from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, according to IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a consulting firm.
It used to be that access to such oil sands was cost prohibitive, but that is obviously not the case anymore. It seems like a very good national security move for the U.S. as well, because someday the mid-east will erupt in turmoil, and the U.S. could then ride-out the energy decline if it has access to Canadian oil. No doubt market prices would go crazy for a while, but at least there would, in fact, be oil available.



[image] New York Times

[ * ] Canada put-out a 20 minute, two-part science documentary on how the sand is processed and then the oil extracted. I thought it was nifty. It's here.

[ * ] Two years ago, Sept. 28th, 60 minutes did a segment on the Alberta Oil Sands.   People were saying it had two trillion worth of oil, 8-times more than Saudi Arabia has.  I guess they were right.  Short & sweet, six-minute overview.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cell Phone Usage and Tech Advances (Picture)

Cell Phone Features
Via: Cell Phones

I thought this picture was interesting and informative. I was also struck by how the first SMS text message was sent in 1992. Several other little factoids were revealed in this picture as well. (Click the picture or a much larger version.)


[ * ] "How Cell Phones Work" As always lots of intriguing history and hints on all things cellphonick here at HowStuffWorks.

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