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I'm suffering from sticker shock after my latest big purchase. No I didn't buy myself a new toy. I stopped on the way home from work and filled the gas tank on my pickup truck.
It aggravates the hell out of me that the oil companies are making record profits while the rest of us are worried about being able to afford to get to work everyday. If you live in a small town like I do, taking a bus or train is not an option.
I keep waiting on some big scientific breakthrough that will free us from the dependence on oil. Of course the rumors have been around for decades that the oil companies are buying the patents on these discoveries and keeping them off the market until they sell all the oil.
That doesn't mean that there aren't still people working on finding new sources of fuel. One of the best options is biodiesel. Among the problems with this solution is the fact that diesel engines are noisy, smokey, and don't have very quick pickup.
These reasons, among others, has lead the automakers to claim that biodiesel is not an alternative that most auto buyers would choose. They have maintained that the technology isn't available that would produce a diesel engine that would appeal to the majority of drivers.
Luckily, Kansas City auto mechanic and inventor Johnathan Goodwin doesn't listen to what the auto makers say. According to an article posted at Daily Kos , Goodwin is doing what Detroit says is impossible.
He recently took his latest vehicle, a Hummer H2, to an auto show in Denver. He started it up for a group of engineers who were stunned at what he had done.
"One engineer turned and said, 'GM said this wouldn't work.'"
"'Well,' Goodwin replied, 'here it is.'"
In addition to the great fuel milage he gets, he runs it on leftover fryer grease. From the way the article reads, he doesn't even refine it into biodiesel. He says he can just "...pull up to the back of a diner and dump in its excess french-fry grease".
He adds, "When you start a diesel engine up on vegetable oil you turn the key, and you hear nothing. Because of the lubricating power of the oil, it's just so smooth. Whisper quiet."
So, it's cheaper to fuel, quieter to run, and gets better milage. What about power?
"Last summer, Imperium Renewables contacted MTV's show Pimp My Ride about creating an Earth Day special in which Goodwin would convert a muscle car to run on biodiesel. The show chose a '65 Chevy Impala, and when the conversion was done, he'd doubled its mileage to 25 mpg and increased its pull from 250 to 800 horsepower. As a stunt, MTV drag-raced the Impala against a Lamborghini on California's Pomona Raceway. 'The Impala blew the Lamborghini away,' says Kevin Kluemper, the lead calibration engineer for GM's Allison transmission unit, who'd flown down to help with the conversion."
Kos summed up this way, "Remember -- Detroit tells us it's impossible to increase gas mileage without taking a hit on horsepower. Yet here's Goodwin -- with an eight-grade education -- able to design motors that blow the doors off the conventional (and obviously bullshit) wisdom."
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for something like this. As a matter of fact, I've already considered hoarding french fry grease and making a killing on it someday.
I wonder how many of you would consider driving a diesel if it meant you could produce fewer emissions and still get great milage and power? Would you have a problem with the "do it yourself" aspect of using leftover grease as fuel? Do you think leftover grease could possibly make a dent in the energy problems, or would there be too little of it?
If someone working with an eighth grade education can produce this kind of result, do you think the automakers are really trying to improve fuel milage?
Frying up some fuel,
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[Thanks to Jo in Namibia]
A Scotsman phones a dentist to enquire about the cost for a tooth extraction.
"£85 for an extraction, sir"
"£85?", the man replies. "Huv ye no'got anythin' cheaper?"
"That's the normal charge," replies the dentist.
"Whit aboot if ye didnae use any anaesthetic?"
"That's unusual, sir, but I could do it and knock £15 off."
"Whit aboot if ye used one of your dentist trainees and still withoot an anaesthetic?"
"I can't guarantee their professionalism and it'll be painful. But the price could drop to £40."
"How aboot if ye make it a trainin' session, 'ave yer student do the extraction with the other students watchin' and learnin'?"
"It'll be good for the students" mulled the dentist. "I'll charge you £5. But it will be traumatic."
"Och, now yer talkin' laddie! It's a deal," said the Scotsman. "Can ye confirm an appointment for the wife next Tuesday then?
"The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer." - Edward R. Murrow
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." - Edward R. MurrowMom always liked you better!
Here's a riddle for you. What do George Clooney, the Massachusetts's Institute of Technology (MIT), and Coq au Vin have in common? They are all related to automobile engines.
George Clooney is going to be an executive board member of a new Swiss energy company, a spin-off of the Swatch Group that will develop environmentally friendly techniques for car motors. MIT is developing a pint sized car engine that will perform as well as its larger cousins with an attendant reduction of fuel requirements. This is accomplished by increasing the efficiency of the engine. Coq au Vin is one of the meals you can cook using engine heat; the procedure is called engine block cooking or "Carbecue".
The internal combustion engine is not very efficient. Most of the potential energy in the fuel is lost as an inescapable by-product of the combustion process in the form of heat. The most efficient engine is a large diesel designed for use in ships that delivers about 50% power and 50% heat loss. In automobile engines, there is a loss of power to heat in the range of 60% - 75%. When you add in mechanical losses due to friction, inertia, and idling time, the amount of energy that is applied to the drive wheels averages 12% – 25% of the available power from the fuel.
I read an article that deals with the use of thermoelectric devices to convert waste heat into electricity to help charge batteries and power gas-electric hybrids. That seems to me to be a reasonable line of research. If, along with all the other tricks we're testing to improve the combustion efficiency of engines, particularly the smaller engines used in hybrids, we can produce electricity at a reasonable cost from waste heat it will be a winner.
Then the thought of engine heat got me thinking about an article I read about thirty years ago in one of those "handy man" magazines about cooking on your manifold. They even mentioned a book about "engine block cooking" called " Manifest Destiny".
I goggled "engine block cooking" and found over 100,000 hits and the book is still in print. There are quite a few sites that list carbecue recipes along with drive times. ( Link, Link, Link) That way you can pick a meal to match your trip, or match your trip to the meal you pick.
If you do try carbecue, make sure you arrive at the start of the tail gate party. You don't want Bubba with a dozen long necks working on his kidneys grabbing that road kill which splashed up into the engine compartment instead of your Tuna Surprise.
The Bad Sied
On this day in history, November 2, 1889: North and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th States to the expanding United States of America. The Enabling Act of 1889 permitted the Dakota, Montana, and Washington Territories to form state governments and subsequently to be admitted to the Union. That Act was passed on February 22, 1889 and all regions were admitted during November of that same year with the Dakota Territory divided into two States.
Not wishing to be accused of favoritism, or perhaps trying to avoid politically alienating an entire state, President Harrison came up with a solution. The top portions of the Proclamations of Statehood were hidden with only the signature lines showing. The papers were shuffled by Secretary of State James Blaine. They were then signed by the President and reshuffled. Two new states were now admitted to the Union without anyone ever knowing which state entered first.
"If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees." - Kahlil Gibran
"Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth." - Proverb
"To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself." - Henry Ward Beecher
Once upon a time an old man died. His demise wasn't an unusual or traumatic one. He was just old and he didn't wake up one morning. Quite a boring death, really.
He had a hell of a time at the funeral, though. As he was leaving the church after the funeral mass, one of the pallbearers tripped over his shoelace and dropped the casket. The casket slid down the front steps of the church, out of the driveway and down the road. It went down a hill and gained momentum, and finally crashed into a van delivering cases of Benylin to the local drugstore. The pallbearers, who had been in hot pursuit of the dearly departed all this time, arrived on the scene to find the casket among hundreds of bottles of Benylin.
Once again, this was proof that Benylin will always stop your coffin.
Unfortunately, Benylin hasn't done much to stop my coughin'. What started as a simple cold is, I fear, turning into something like bronchitis. Tonight I am too sick to put together an original piece of coherent writing, so I resorted to telling you a lame joke instead.
Hopefully Bruce won't dock my pay for this. He pays peanuts to start with.
I get to go to school tomorrow. I feel like a little kid. I can't wait.
Now, while I'm really looking forward to the education I plan to absorb, there is a little bit of me that wonders if I can get detained after school should I be bad. I mean, it's been a long time since I was actually in a classroom, and back then, I just happened to get into
trouble. Well, I think trouble found me, but still, I feel like a little kid.
I wonder if they have a playground! Wow, wouldn't that be great? Lunches on picnic benches even. I can't wait.
Does anyone have a jump-rope I can borrow? Perhaps some chalk?
Having a Ball with Learning
Broken Glass : Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass pieces of glass - the fibers catch ones you can't see! - herm
Next opening line...
For two bucks s/he told me that s/he...
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Limerick rules. http://freespace.virgin.net/merrick.sheldon/limerickrules.htm
The children, they shout "trick or treat"...
And shuffle about with their feet.
I give them all candy,
Which I'm keeping handy,
So my trees will all stay looking neat. - Lola
The children, they shout, "trick or treat"
While I'm at home alone, nothing to eat.
At my door they are,
I'm so hungry, by far,
I grab one for a sweet meat treat. - menudo
As crazy as it seems, I just heard
That Bill Gates is not really a nerd
He is a quarterback
Who plays with humpbacks.
Personally, I think that's absurd. - Anne Onimous
As crazy as it seems, I just heard
Congress and the Pres just conferred
And now they get along
Wait, I got that wrong.
Seems that Pelosi gave Bush the bird. - Anne Onimous
As crazy as it seems, I just heard
K-Fed's the parent that's preferred.
Britney, who once looked hot,
Has really gone to pot
In every meaning of that word. - Anne Onimous
As crazy as it seems, I just heard
A jaunty tune about a bird
So its tune I shall spread
For as the lyrics said
"Bird, bird, bird. Bird is the word." - Anne Onimous
My best friend growing up is a twin. She is blonde and fairly short, while her twin is dark and very tall. She was my maid of honor for my wedding, her twin, Tom, wouldn't have looked good in the dress.
There is a difference between twins and identical twins. You apparently are speaking of the latter. Is it any different than separating ANY siblings when placing them in either adoptive or foster homes? There are many siblings separated by the system and placed hither and yon. It would be great if everyone were born into a functional family and the entire family stayed together for the rest of time. This is happening less and less frequently.
My mother lived for some years in a church run orphanage because her widowed father could not work to support the children and remain at home to care for the children all at the same time. He would not allow his children to be separated stating that all they had was each other. So he was criticized for that, too. Surely a few loving homes would have been better? My mother was born in 1921, so times were different.
What isn't answered in the article is the birth mother's position. Was she coerced? Was she overwhelmed with a single pregnancy and giving one child up for adoption and when she found it was twins she became doubly overwhelmed? She apparently doesn't want to discuss this even with the children she placed so we will probably never know. If the twins had never found each other, would they have lived only half lives?
How different is this from children placed for adoption who later find full siblings or half siblings after reaching adulthood? How different is this from the way most children are being reared in the US today with rampant divorce, splitting of families, blending them, some kids living with Mom and some with Dad and then after the second divorce, splitting and blending again? - Patti
[It's different because the intention was to split the identical twins for experimental purposes. No effort was made to keep the siblings together, and in fact it's pretty clear that had that opportunity arisen it would have been rejected. That's wholly different from external circumstances precluding their being together.]
In order for a research study to have merit, it would have to involve enough subjects (i.e. sets of twins separated at birth) to be reasonably representative of the general population to whom the study pertains, and it would have to include a sufficiently large control group ( i.e. sets of twins who were not separated). Did Neubauer make a habit of separating twins at birth? Or did he just choose this particular set of twins to mess with? Neither answer is good.
Of course he didn't feel any remorse. He is a manipulative loser with a God-complex. He is still trying to play God by refusing to release the findings of his so-called study for another 60 years. I don't think he ever intended for his study to benefit anybody or anything except for his twisted mind.
I myself am adopted. No matter how good your adoption story is, just the fact of being adopted makes you grow up with a million questions. When I discovered that I had two half-siblings it gave me a bit of a jolt, despite me having always known that this was not only possible but likely. I cannot begin to imagine what it would be like to discover a twin who had deliberately been sent off to another family. That's the kind of revelation that can rock a person's world right off its axis.
So, to answer the questions posed: No, it was not legitimate science, because legitimate science involves ethical methods and full disclosure. Yes, it was abuse, because he knowingly manipulated the lives of two people and their adoptive families without their knowledge or consent, knowing that this could have had devastating consequences for them. No, the end did not justify the means. How could it, when no-one's allowed to see the results of the study? - Kirsten
Re: Nudity vs Porn
Wow! An RGQ member, skeeter, mentioned Brother Dave Gardner. I still have two LP's of his; I loved his very avant garde humor in 1968. My roommates in the barracks at the time also got a kick out of his stuff: unique obversations and telling things as they were at that time. He'd be so banned now.
Hope he is well; he was truly one of a kind. - menudo
[If you remember Brother Dave then you probably remember "Miss Jane was alright till we turned her head back around." Classic!]
Re: Child Support After Prison
Any lawyers in RGQ want to take this one and defend the ex-girlfriend's lawyer's position? That looks pretty scumbaggy to me. I'm not even going to mention the guy that put Dwayne away for 18 years, but if I were going to, I would imagine he would turn out to be a scumbag lawyer too.
Great publicity for lawyers, huh?
So what are you going to do about it?
If you consider your profession honorable, now is the time to prove it. - Tim (Buffalo, NY)
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