Thursday, February 28, 2008
The New Energy Conference
Last weekend I attended the Ozarks New Energy Conference. The bikes that were supposed to power the conference became bikes that powered demonstration light bulbs. I was greatly disappointed. Some people at the conference focused on solving very real problems we are facing with workable solutions. Others simply seem to believe that all energy production will murder the planet. At one point Senator McCaskill made an offhand comment about Europeans having a $4.00/gallon gas tax, and some in the audience cheered. After that speech "America does not pay enough for energy" became the theme of the conference.
Other highlights included the Hydrogen bus with it's 6,000 lbs. tanks. It had to be brought in on a tractor trailer, because it didn't have the range to drive from Rolla to Springfield and back. Also, the solar powered truck was a big hit. The truck was a one person golf cart with an extension behind it for solar panels. You could raise the solar panels and the compartment wasn't completely taken up with batteries, so I guess that is how it became know as a truck.
This conference made me think we are twenty years away from any solution consumers are going to accept for our dependence on oil. Nuclear was a dirty word.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
1594: Henry IV is crowned king of France in Chartres.
1807: The poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is born.
1922: The United States Supreme Court declares the Nineteenth Amendment constitutional, thereby guaranteeing women's voting rights.
1932: The actress, Elizabeth Taylor, is born.
1933: The Reichstag, seat of the German parliament, is set on fire.
1974: The first issue of People magazine, a weekly publication featuring entertainment and social-interest news, hits the newsstands.
1978: The person, Aaron Ash, is born.
1990: The Exxon Corporation is indicted on five criminal charges relating to the 1989 Alaskan oil spill.
2003: A design by architect Daniel Libeskind is selected to be built on the former site of the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I have a bad habit of not getting my haircut. It is a lot like mowing the lawn to me. As soon as you get it cut it just starts growing back again. Also, I don't like spending the money. The solution around our house is for Jill to cut my hair. This would be great except that Jill takes about seven times as long as a professional barber. Because of the time commitment involved, she doesn't really like to do it that often, and I do not like to sit still through the process. This week, though, the time had come. (I can tell because when I would put on my hat, my hair would curl halfway up the sides.) And this time, we decided to do something different.
For the last 18 years or so, I have had the same haircut. This time she cut it shorter and and it has no part. I call it the Peyton Manning. I like the haircut and I think Jill did a great job. However, it has not received a lot of critical acclaim. Several people at work have said something along the lines of "Looks like you got a haircut." and nothing else. I don't understand this. Do they just want me to know they noticed. It's as though, they didn't understand, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Instead, it's "If you can't say anything nice, say something non-commital." It really makes me want to go "Looks like you decided to wear the navy blue dress today."
In Other News
We went in for the ultrasound, Tuesday. The baby is very healthy and everything seems to be in the right place. Although, whenever she would say something like here are the kidneys, I would freak out in my mind. "Oh no, the baby's kidneys are outside her body." But the tone of the technician told me they were actually where they were supposed to be. This little wonder appears to be a girl. If that information is correct, we are going to name her Meadow. The people I have told this to have responded about the same as they do when faced with my haircut. "Oh, Meadow, Ok." Remember if you can't say anything nice...
Note to self: Don't expect any comments this week.