Not worth the paper it’s printed on

June 2nd, 2009
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But to be fair, it is pretty nice paper.

Small Monument, Big Debt

May 25th, 2009
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How automakers can reduce repairs

May 23rd, 2009

So, President Obama wants to see a “leaner, meaner” GM and Chrysler.

Something like Nissan, maybe.

Listening to Car Talk last week, I heard Tom and Ray comment on how they were unable to obtain a part to repair the fuel system on a seven year old Nissan. Nissan said the part was no longer available and they weren’t making any more. Now that is lean and mean! And smart! Not only will a company show better repair records when there are no parts to fix them, it also takes the guess work out of deciding whether to repair your car or junk it.

Another reason to legalize pot

May 7th, 2009

Because there wouldn’t be a need for an Oklahoma National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and therefore would be fewer roadside obstructions like this for drivers to run over.

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Dogwoods, but no dogflowers

April 21st, 2009

One thing I notice while walking with Obi; he stops to smell just about everything but the flowers.

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Unless of course they’re coated in urine.

Think like an Okie. Or a goat.

April 8th, 2009

I came across this yesterday morning.

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While I don’t pretend to understand all Okies, the message I get from it is a warning for trespassing goats.

Did you know Lake Thunderbird …

April 6th, 2009
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Little Axe, Oklahoma
  • covers more than 6,000 acres.
  • capacity is 367,426 acre-feet.
  • dam began impounding water on September 8, 1964.
  • dam is 7,263 ft. long and 144 ft. high.
  • is inside the only lake-based state park in Oklahoma that lies completely within a city’s boundary.
  • is within a park in which most visitors did not know the name of in a 1997 survey (Little River State Park, since renamed Lake Thunderbird State Park).
  • construction required relocating native American graves.
  • the spillway has never been operated.
  • Del City Pipeline experienced numerous breaks requiring a significant amount of repair work the first 10 years.
  • receives 35-40 inches of rain per year and 6-8 inches of snow.
  • loses most of its water to evaporation.
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2005 Input & Output
  • is eutrophic during most summer months, showing a high level of phosphorus and nutrient loading.
  • sits on an ancient sea bed.
  • covers an area of the world’s most abundant and well-formed specimens of rose rocks.
  • is part of an ecosystem of western cross timbers and tall grass savanna.
  • supports more than 300 vertebrate species representing approximately 50 mammalian species, more than 175 species of birds, approximately 50 reptilian species and fewer than 20 species of amphibians.
  • includes 44 archeological sites, three listed as historic homesteads.
  • State Park attendance peaked in the early 1980s at over 3 million visitors annually.
  • State Park attendance in 2007 was less than 700,000.
  • employs five full-time State Park Rangers.
  • allows hunting deer and waterfowl in portions of four arms of the lake.

And finally, did you know this is but a fraction of information contained in a new 126 page report on the Lake by the U.S. Department of the Interior?

Old car driving me crazy

April 5th, 2009

While exploring a new area on my walk this morning I came across this old car hood in an isolated wooded area. I can’t identify the emblem to save me. The big, bulbous style of the hood reminds me of U.S. models built around 1950. I’ll be impressed if some car buff can identify it. Although, not as impressed as by the quality of chrome work on the knight head.

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What the heck is it?

James Dulley says Einstein was wrong

April 4th, 2009

Our electricity here at home is provided by the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative. As a coop member, we receive a monthly newsletter, OEC News. It is a well prepared publication with various topics, including information on energy use and conservation. As an energy enthusiast myself, I enjoy reading it and often learn something new.

This month I learned some amazing information from nationally-syndicated energy management expert James Dulley. In fact, the information was so shocking that I wouldn’t believe it if Mr. Dulley’s education credentials weren’t so distinguished:

Harvard University – Doctoral Candidate (Technology)
University of Cincinnati – M.B.A. (Industrial Management)
University of Cincinnati – B.S. (Mechanical Engineering)

In response to a question regarding how a house loses and gains heat, Dulley stressed the importance of a “sound understanding” on the basics of heat transfer.

… your question about heat transfer flowing upward is a common fallacy. Heat is just one form of electromagnetic energy. Heat energy flows in all directions equally and is not affected by gravity.

Dulley then uses the example of a metal block with a heating element in the center which would result in an equal temperature on all sides. While I somewhat agree with Dulley’s example, there is one minor point that comes to mind: very few creatures on earth make their homes in solid metal blocks. Every home I know of contains a fluid; usually air, or in the case of fish, water.

What I used to believe was that when such fluids gain heat, the heated molecules become “excited”, causing them to expand, thereby making them less dense. Since density is proportional to mass (density = mass/volume), and mass related to weight (weight = mass X acceleration of gravity), the cooler, more dense molecules would be heavier. Since the force of gravity in most homes on earth is downward, those molecules sink, causing the warmer, less dense molecules to rise, or flow upwpard, taking much of their heat energy with them. People (and fish) living in two story homes would likely attest to this phenomenon.

But what really amazed me was Dulley’s statement that nullified Einstein’s famous equation: E = mc2 (Energy = mass X the speed of light squared). If the well educated Dulley is correct in his statement that energy is not affected by gravity, it would mean that energy has no mass whatsoever, thereby nullifying a theory by, who use to be, perhaps the most respected mathematician and physicist in history.

Talking about trillions

March 21st, 2009

$451 billion – 2008 interest paid on US debt

$681 billion – 2008 US trade deficit

1.13 trillion dollars … in one year.

The past five years:

Debt interest = $1.96 trillion

Trade deficit = $3.45 trillion

Five year total = $5.4 trillion

FYI:
Last year for US trade surplus – 1973