Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's A Beautiful Day

Now What?

LED streetlights in Tokyo.

Those energy saving
butterfly streetlights would be great in Pacific Grove.
I wonder if they come in monarch?

Save Birds and Energy

Blinking lights saves energy and birds.

Currently the law requires
the red lights on towers to be steady. Birds, traveling at night, navigate by the light of stars and planets. The steady lights on towers can confuse them and many birds are killed when they crash into towers and power lines. Scientists have found that simply making the lights blink, can eliminate 70% of bird deaths, and save money from reduced energy use.

Some things have to be believed to be seen.
- Ralph Hodgson

The Philippine Tarsier

(Tarsius syrichta)

I recently got some new pictures of weird animals from Jo Anna, (Thanks.), and among them was this little primate. I tracked him down to an article that warned of this animals imminent extinction. Of course I had to know more. What I found was an example of the, "world information drought", that began around 1999-2000. The Philippine Tarsier Foundation was last heard from in 1997. I found a report from Wikipedia that was dated, Feb. 1, 2009, but it contained the same information as the 1997 report.

Cost Of War on Pirates...
3 Bullets

What our new military used to stop the pirates.

"For Mr. Obama, the episode ended successfully with the precision takedown of three pirates with three bullets and the recovery of Captain Phillips generally unharmed."

The wasteful military actions of the past, may be coming to an end. Instead of using a 125 million dollar cruise missile, the Obama armed forces achieved success with 3 bullets. We may salvage our economy yet.

Bullets per casualty:

  • WWII- 25,000
  • Korean War-100,000
  • Vietnam War-200,000
  • Iraq/Afghanistan-250,000
  • Somali Pirates-1

I think we are on to something.

If you wish to be happy,
God is there to show you the way.

If you seek unhappiness,
you are on your own.

- Happy Phil

Nanontech Makes

Wood Planes Fly Again


Nanotubes bringing back wooden planes.

The first airplanes were made of wood, and the next airplanes may be as well.

Researchers in Canada have unveiled plans for a factory that will use nanotechnology to extract cellulose from wood and use it to form composite materials for airplanes. It's not so implausible when you consider that Boeing and Airbus are using significant amounts of carbon composite materials in their latest programs.

If "con" is the opposite of "pro,"

then what is the opposite of progress?

Today's Relatively Appropriate Song;

Tea for Two -Lester Young

It's Good to Be Alive

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