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Replace Oil With Another Limited Resource?

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I was thinking about our energy issues, and the thought occurred to me that there is money to be made if we don't opt for renewable energy sources. The location and quantity of crude oil make owning land in certain locations highly profitable, at everyone else's expense. If we were to discover or develop technology that produced free energy on a major scale, there would be far fewer people making money from fuel. "We can't let that happen!" comes the imaginary call to action.

What if there is a direction we're heading in that has already been predetermined by Big Oil or some other entity? What if a few years down the line, we've successfully escaped the need for oil, only to have created a new need, for some other limited resource?

Maybe some people think that's inevitable. But I was really hoping that we could use the technology at our disposal to make sure the next major fuel source is not limited in the least.

Prices: Gas Up, Food Up, Non-Local Up

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

It all makes sense. As the price of gas rises, the price of transporting goods from one place to another rises.

The Lays Potato Chip truck requires more money in order to pay for the fuel that powers the truck that moves the chips from factories to stores.

The Lays factory requires more money in order to pay for the fuel that powers the machines that make the chips.

So Lays charges more for chips in order to meet the new financial demands, created by rising oil prices.

So everything that requires machines to be either made or transported should increase in price.

But there's also the issue of the weather.

I saw on the news this morning that California was going through a cold snap, and that some crops were dying.

I also heard that riots have already begun breaking out worldwide, due to food shortages.

So gas isn't the only issue here. As the food supply decreases, demand will increase, and prices will increase accordingly.

But who needs food? Who needs gas? And if you really need both, just buy a lot of beans.

The More Things Change…

Monday, April 21st, 2008

I recently began to imagine what it would be like to reflect upon the changes that are happening now as if they occurred 100 years ago. Like, "In 1908, the price of fuel rose to incredible new heights, until people gave up altogether on their old energy source, and made incredible progress with new technology."

I think we can do it. I think we're going to have to, whether we like it or not. It might come down to necessity, that we leave oil behind for something better.

Then again, who's to say that someone doesn't discover a major cache of fuel that will last the world another 50 years? I don't think it will happen, but if it does, it might provide the sort of motivation to take it easy that a student feels when they realize their paper isn't due for a whole 'nother month. "Wow, I don't even have to think about that project anymore!"

Just take it easy…

Art Rules!

Friday, April 11th, 2008

I recently came across PaintYourLife.com, a website and company that can convert your favorite photos into painted or hand-drawn works of art. You can order something done in Oil, Watercolor, Charcoal, Pastel, Acrylic, or Pencil. If you want, they’ll ship it to you in a tube, or you could have it framed.

The site is very user friendly, and they’ve got a ton of pictures to browse. This is my favorite image from their site:

Depending on the type of art and the service you choose, your custom painting can arrive in anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks. You can preview your painting before receiving it. You can buy gift certificates for your friends. And you can provide special instructions for the artist, as is the case when you want the painting to be different in some way from the photograph. I always insist on adding Scarlett Johansson to every painting I commission!

I think one of the rules of giving great and unique gifts is to make them personalized and memorable. Secretly ordering a professional piece of art based on a photograph is a neat way to surprise someone. Won’t they be thrilled to be immortalized on canvas? I think so. And if the Dorian Gray effect occurs, so much the better!

These days, with so much digital this and digital that, it’s highly comforting to be able to relax and enjoy a quality painting on the wall that isn’t of strangers, or flowers, or clowns. It’s of you and your loved ones, and it looks terrific! Thank goodness for PaintYourLife.com.

Spring Cleaning No Sweat With $20 Grand Home Makeover!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

How thoroughly could you remodel your house with $20,000? A $20,000 home makeover would probably allow you to install an indoor spa in the master bathroom, create a kitchen island, and put in some nifty new carpets. And you could paint everything, get some new furniture, and fix all the tiny little problems that have built up over the years. Instead of dreading doing what little menial chores are left, you could look forward to revamping virtually every detail, at no cost to you! Awesome…

But gee, if only there were some way to make this crazy wild insane dream of a $20,000 home makeover come true… Waitaminute! Isn’t Renuzit TriScents having a contest right now with the grand prize of a home makeover worth exactly Twenty Thousand Dollars? Hey, yeah! That’s right! Wow, what luck!

In case you didn’t know, TriScents are “electric scented oil air fresheners.” Mmm, smell that scented air…

You can enter to win by submitting a video or a photo-essay combo, demonstrating why your house is in shambles (and therefore needs a makeover) and how Renuzit TriScents can help you bring your abode back from the brink of domestic destruction!

Remember in school where your professor would say, “Write me an essay of no fewer than 200 million words?” Well the TriScents contest is the opposite. If you choose the photo-essay combo entry, your essay must be no longer than 250 words. If you do a video instead, it must not exceed 2 minutes in length.

Hey, if you’ve never even heard of this company before, you can easily download the Renuzit TriScents Starter Kit coupon and go do some local shopping (or international if that suits your fancy). Once you’ve sampled their product (and at the discount provided via coupon) you might feel better about entering their contest. Or see official rules, just so you know what you’re getting into before you sign up.

Then again, a $20,000 home makeover might provide enough motivation all by itself!

Dr. Venture, Super Science — All Real!

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Craig Venter, a famed geneticist whose last name sounds suspiciously like "Venture," will solve Global Warming and the Peak Oil Crisis simultaneously by genetically enhancing preexisting organisms to make them eat Carbon Dioxide (a greenhouse gas) and produce methane gas (fuel).

If that's not Super Science, I don't know what is!

(In case you're wondering, Dr. Venture and the term "Super Science" are both references to a cartoon called, "The Venture Brothers.")

So now the only question that remains is: what are the preexisting organisms Dr. Venter will modify?


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