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By: Fshhead , 6:35 AM GMT on November 13, 2008

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Since there is quite a few blogs going now on Global warming, I am going to start focusing on the new technology to break us away from fossil fuel use in this country. There are many other reasons than GW why we as a nation should be really focusing on making the switch!!


"There are so many arguments proving & disputing global warming that people can't seem to agree completely on it. But for all the preparations that we make for hurricanes & other disasters, what do we have to lose if we prepare for global warming as if the worst might come true?
The answer is pure common sense. We should try to eliminate the variables that cause global warming instead of just arguing about it. It's like a hurricane- if we prepare for the worst, it can only save lives & money. If it does not come, no one will have been hurt & we may even have a healthier Earth."


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AAACK!!!! Thanx for the heads up. ;) Good thing I just put more Rain-X on the truck windshield..
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551. sullivanweather
8:39 AM GMT on May 28, 2009
F'real! It has been awhile.

Things have been going pretty good here. Just wishing it would finally be barbecue and swimming weather.

How's things down your way??
Looks like a huge MCC over Gulf might eventually find it's way over to you by late in the morning...

Things are starting to pop out there.
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550. Fshhead
7:37 PM GMT on May 27, 2009
LOL Hey Sully,
Hows it going Man?? Been a while since I talked to ya!
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549. sullivanweather
8:24 AM GMT on May 27, 2009
Awesome display, Bro!!

Nothing but jealousy coming from this direction as we can't sniff any thunderstorm to speak of. Currently 41°F and misty, drizzly, foggy damp nastiness out there. lol

Maybe it was this exact weather that turned Mike Tyson into this...

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548. Fshhead
5:28 AM GMT on May 26, 2009


Here it is & it was more spectacular seeing it!
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547. Fshhead
4:53 AM GMT on May 26, 2009
Man you have to see the lightning this cell has off to the east of Miami right now. What a light show!!
Link

Uploading some video of it to the Tube right now..
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546. Fshhead
7:57 PM GMT on May 22, 2009
The Aral Sea Disappears: NASA Photos

"Next time some nutjob tells you that humanity is too insignificant to really destroy the environment in significant ways, just send them to this page."

LOL

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545. Fshhead
7:24 PM GMT on May 19, 2009
Tesla, Daimler Team Up for Smart Batteries, Daimler Takes 10 Percent Stake


Yup it is indeed the rumblin's I had heard about. Tesla is going to be the battery manufacturer for the Smart car....
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544. Fshhead
7:17 PM GMT on May 19, 2009
543. Fshhead
7:13 PM GMT on May 19, 2009
Obama Calling for a 42 MPG Fleet Average by 2016

Good News Here!! ;)
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542. Fshhead
6:24 AM GMT on May 15, 2009
Russia warns of war within a decade over Arctic oil and gas riches

Man they are all chompin' at the bit to get to it!!
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541. Fshhead
6:15 AM GMT on May 15, 2009
VIDEO: Better Place’s Swap Station



Hmmm pretty efficient!!
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540. Fshhead
6:06 AM GMT on May 15, 2009
Yeah SSI, it's just too dang early!

I have to agree with that!! The reason I think we will not see it is exactly what Sully said, it would bring MUCH needed rain.... lol
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539. LowerCal
1:53 AM GMT on May 15, 2009
Yeah SSI, it's just too dang early!


Energy for (almost) free | GreenTech Pastures | ZDNet.com
If something is being thrown away, and can be turned into something valuable, that should count for an uptick in productivity, and a good business if the actual turning process isn’t too costly. The folks at ElectraTherm claim a process that turns waste efficiently into useful energy. Specifically they capture hot exhaust and turn it into electricity. Energy recycling.
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This process taps a huge, largely untapped resource. Think of the hot exhaust coming out of any high-rise in Los Angeles or Las Vegas in summer. Heat produced by any large server farm. Or industrial pig farm. Exhaust from an oil refinery or coal-burning power plant. Exhaust from any neighborhood restaurant on Friday night. Turn all that into electricity–why not?
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537. LowerCal
1:33 AM GMT on May 15, 2009
paratomic Hybrids in general get better mileage because they recover the braking force to charge the battery. In gasoline only automobiles that energy is wasted heating he brake pads.

The article doesn't really explain the "mystery" posed in the headline until way down at the end of the article.
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To get the most from plug-in hybrids, EV advocates say, you've got to use a light touch on the accelerator, mind your speed and plug it in at every opportunity to keep the batteries fully charged.

"Drive impact is really huge," said Francfort. "Aggressive driving effects the mileage of all cars, but with plug-in hybrids there’s more of an impact."

Keeping the cars charged is also key. If the battery runs down, the gas engine must work harder – the battery becomes dead weight – and that cuts efficiency. Seattle officials discovered the plug-ins were tooling around with dead batteries nearly one-third of the time. The cars with fully charged batteries got 50 percent better fuel economy than those with dead ones.

That highlights another issue: The widespread infrastructure needed to keep plug-in hybrids and the electric cars most automakers are working on doesn't exist yet. Startups like Better Place, Coulomb Technologies and Ecotality are working on it with help from automakers like GM and Nissan. In the meantime, drivers like Morrison say they ferret out electrical outlets in parking garages and behind buildings so they can plug in as often as possible.

EV advocates are quick to note the Prius wasn't designed to be a plug-in hybrid, and in fact makes a lousy one. The biggest problem is the electric motor is too small, so the car relies more heavily on the gasoline engine. Cars designed from the ground up to be plug-in hybrids, like the plug-in Prius that Toyota is working on or the Saturn Vue plug-in – will almost certainly offer far better fuel efficiency.

Plug-in advocates say Seattle's fleet results are no reason to pull the plug on the cars. The technology is sound, they say, and it will deliver spectacular fuel economy - but only if people are told how to get the most out of cars with cords.

"I agree with anyone who says 100 to 150 mpg is out of line," says Dan Davids of Plug-In America. He was among the first people to convert his Prius with a Hymotion kit, and he’s averaged 75 mpg. "That’s been hyped too much. But we shouldn’t indict the technology. It’s a people problem."

Update, Thursday, May 7: Scott Thomsen of Seattle City Light emailed us to address several points readers raised in the comments:

This demonstration project is an effort to see how plug-in technology fares in real-world conditions. We are learning a lot in this process. As noted in the story, driver performance has a big influence on fuel economy. That's helpful information for potential future buyers. It also gives us an opportunity to show our drivers how much of an impact they have and how they can improve their performance.

Weather is another important factor, as some readers noted. When it's cold, the Prius runs the combustion engine at start up to warm the catalytic converter. This helps to reduce CO emissions, but keeps the converted plug-in from operating on the battery until the converter warms up. Many of the trips recorded in our early results have been early morning driving in October, November and December, so cold weather had an impact. It will be interesting to see how much that changes this summer because some individual trips have shown well over 100 mpg.

When comparing performance, it's also important to note that the cars owned by the City of Seattle and Seattle City Light are 2005 model Priuses. Typical performance in our fleet of standard Priuses has been 36 to 40 mpg. Newer models have increased their fuel efficiency.

We fully expect the performance of plug-in hybrids to improve as automakers bring original equipment to the market, but the bottom line question for the demonstration project is "Does this technology meet a person's transportation needs more efficiently?" Even at 51 mpg, The answer is yes.
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536. sullivanweather
6:24 AM GMT on May 13, 2009
Hey Bro!

I wanted to alert you to the possibility of some sort of sub-tropical development down your way next week. Should only be some needed rainfall but just thought I'd give you the heads up.
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535. paratomic
6:49 AM GMT on May 06, 2009
Plug-In Hybrids: More Hype Than Hope?
Having racked up some 17,000 miles, the plug-in Prius hybrids are averaging just 51 mpg. That's raising uncomfortable questions about the value and effectiveness of plug-in technology, even as President Obama pledges to have 1 million of them on the road by 2015.
Fsh, do plugins get good mileage because they weigh less? Or because plug-in owners practice efficient driving techniques? What does the physics say? Anyway, based on what I've seen in the past this link seemed out of place to me. Something ain't right.
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534. Fshhead
6:42 PM GMT on May 05, 2009
Scientists unveil chocolate-fueled race carMakers how to plan ideas on how to build ecologically friendly vehicles

"Its makers hope the racer will go 145 mph and give manufacturers ideas about how to build more ecologically friendly vehicles.

The car runs on vegetable oils and chocolate waste that has been turned into biofuel. The steering wheel is made out of plant-based fibers derived from carrots and other root vegetables, and the seat is built of flax fibre and soybean oil foam. The body is also made of plant fibers."
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533. paratomic
12:31 PM GMT on May 05, 2009
Glad to hear fsh! I think seeing it gives the night sky three dimensions. Whatcha think?

What's your opinion about the EV1? Do you think the manufacturer was paid by the oil companies to cancel its production? Do you think their choice was driven by consumer demand? And.. I saw a vid with Bill Clinton in it where he said that they had to negotiate with car companies just to arrive at hybrids... and they had to make the compromise of not increasing mileage. Seems to me that the car manufacturers are in bed with big oil or something. They're in bed with someone, or maybe we're all in bed with eachother, lol.

If the EV1 was around today, do you think it would succeed and do you tink it would be any better? And... do you remember what cost the EV1 was? The chevy volt is supposed to be somewhere around 40,000, and you have to pay 9,000 seperately to buy the 40 mile battery.
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532. Fshhead
10:10 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
Paratomic, I think I finally got an answer to your question of if I am seeing the "galactic center"!! That would be a check ;)
Galactic Center

Thats the area I posted in Cal's blog in that Stellarium graphic..
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531. paratomic
6:40 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
Thanks for the link Fsh. Couldn't stop giggling.
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530. Fshhead
7:08 PM GMT on May 03, 2009


Well Tesla got a little exposure now! They roll the new Tesla S out at the end. Too bad Letterman cut Elon off at the end. Sure would like to know what the important point was that he wanted to point out....
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529. Fshhead
6:44 AM GMT on May 02, 2009
THANX for answering the question Cal! Could not have said it better myself! lol
I also TOTALLY agree with your post,"The only stupid question is the one you fail to ask." ;^)
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528. LowerCal
2:48 AM GMT on May 02, 2009
I disagree. I believe, "The only stupid question is the one you fail to ask." ;^)
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526. LowerCal
2:39 AM GMT on May 02, 2009
SSI See comment 520.
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524. Fshhead
8:24 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
Hey Paratomic, if you really are curious as to how it's going with the telescope, just pass by LowerCals blog frequently. Thats where I post on the adventures. How far south am I? Just look up at the top right of this blog, it tells you I am in Miami, Fla. Sooo that far south lol As far as the center of the Galaxy? Not real sure I told you I was still learning all this stuff..
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523. Fshhead
6:38 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
522. paratomic
11:36 AM GMT on May 01, 2009
Let me know how the telescope works Fsh! If you have a good time of it, I'll be sure to keep it in mind. While I'm not presently doing astronomy as a hobby, I wAS the last time mars passed by close enough to almost see its clouds in a crappy telescope. Back then I could tell you what to get, but all I remember is that light is more important than magnification - atleast in most circumstances where you're just trying to spot messier objects or faint stars or what-have-you. Astronomy is a very educational and fun hobby IMHO. It's best for those who got lots of clear weather and where it doesn't get too cold/wet during the night (atleast for me everything would fog up and get all wet after a couple hours outside).. and away from city lights (which I'm lucky enough to have).

Oh, and how far south are you fsh? Are you able to see the center of our galaxy? I've always wanted to see that. I think it would be amazing to go out on a good night and look at the center of our galaxy, and imagine myself drifting through space peering across 28,000 light years to a central core. I tried imagining it once while I was outside and it was really trippy. Seeing it for real would probably be more memorable though, but I'm too far north.

I just googled some and apparently there's a dwarf galaxy named Canis Major Dwarf, and it's about 25,000 light years away! It's well within the volumn of hte milky way. And there're supposed to be other small galaxies that're companions or satillites of hte milky way. I didn't know that there're a couple small ones inside the milky way, but I did know that we're part of a local group. The largest galaxy in this local group is the Andromeda Galaxy M31 (naked eye). The milky way is hte 2nd largest. That's... cool! Google is a great tool.
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520. Fshhead
6:26 AM GMT on April 30, 2009
Well, there's the guilty party!! ^^^^ LMAO!!
Just razzin' you Cal! Hmmm Thanx for the read there, as usual. 81.5 mpg.? Now were talking. Only one thing bothers me 'bout that article. It does not say if that technology will be available here in the States. I know they got another model (for all I remember, it could be this one lol) that is sold in Europe that already gets great mileage but it is not available here. Yeeea, go figure that one out!
LOL

Paratomic, mmm I think I am a little further along than your comments suggest! LOL
As I said I OWE it all to the gentleman above. I already purchased the scope,Meade ETX-80AT-TC 3.1" f/5 go-to refractor
& have seen quite a few messier objects already. One thing for sure though, I still have quite a bit to learn. One that I am REAL fond of is this one, long story..
Pinker's Place

BTW... If you have a bit of an interest, you might want to check out this AWESOME program..
Stellarium.org
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519. LowerCal
2:25 AM GMT on April 30, 2009
Something to help make up for my bad influence, LOL. ;^)

Ford's Fusion claims world efficiency record. | GreenTech Pastures | ZDNet.com
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518. paratomic
4:23 PM GMT on April 29, 2009
Astronomy! Ahh! It's fun Fsh, if you got nice enough weather at night and you're patient.

I recommend trying to find messier objects! It can be fun. I don't consider it cheating to use planetarium software to locate it because once you get outside things get a lot more confusing! What looks simple in the software to find, is a whole another ball-game outside. Some of the messier objects can be seen with the naked eye, some easily and some not so easily, and some not at all. Some of them take hours to see - for me atleast. I don't konw how long I stared at the sky trying to find hte crab nebula (is that m1?) b4 I finally was able to see it. I was looking in the right vicinity, but it's not as easy as charts or a peice of software make it out to be! Makes me wonder how the discoveres managed to find them, and they didn't have software or stellar object charts. They didn't know about the messier objects until they were discovered. Didn't have our fancy equipment. Wow!

Also, if you're looking for a telescope or a pair of binoculars, I recommend going for light sensitivity rather than magnification. One of the first mistakes a beginner makes is they buy the telescope with the greatest magnification for the cheapest price. Don't fall prey to this noobie blunder! You want your telescope to wide and you'll want to google it and find out how to get one with very good light sensitivity. In fact, I think it'd be better to get something on the order of binoculars, but maybe a little fancier and a bit bigger... one that you'd lay down on a table, not necssarily handle like you would smaller binoculars. Those telescopes that are short but wide, I think they're pretty good.

I wouldn't call myself an amateur, rather I just dabbled with it for a while. But it was very memserizing to realize that those points of light are stars. And that there're planets orbiting those stars, just like we're orbiting the sun. It's like peering into a galaxy's closet. It's also fun to learn the details of a star before looking for it. That way you can have a better idea what exactly you're looking at, and it makes the experience of finding it more meaningfull IMHO. For example, one thing you may be able to do is locate the stars that we know have planets. And you could look for stars similar to our own!

I wonder if anyone is looking back at us through time? Probably not because you'd think that seti would have heard something from them if we're already receiving their star light from eons ago. It would be kind of weird to zoome in and see a little green guy on hte surface looking back at you and realizing that this was a long, long time ago! Come to think of it, maybe we'd see ourselves, the green version of ourselves that migrated heree!
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517. Fshhead
5:48 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
I am doing well guys! I hope everyone else is doing well also! Blizz somehow that just does not look right to me FOX & green??? LOL Thanx for the link just the same. Sorry I am not keeping up on the blog as usual but, I am working real hard on learning my newfound hobby, astronomy. Mmmmm blame it all on LowerCal, he's the one that got me started!! LOL JUST KIDDIN'!! I have been having ALOT of fun with it though & it is rather time consuming so once again, apologies to all..
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516. oreodogsghost
1:48 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
How are you doing, fsh?
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515. Zachary Labe
1:40 AM GMT on April 28, 2009
Fshhead- Nice green living page... Link.
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514. thunder1
3:38 AM GMT on April 27, 2009
Hey Bro, I see them Fish have come around.
Hows it going?
512. Fshhead
8:39 PM GMT on April 24, 2009
Keep Solar and Wind Power in Your Glove Compartment

"The company claims that a fully charged K3 can charge a cell phone more than five times, so you may be able to get rid of that car adapter and just keep one of these in your glove compartment from now on. Pricing information is still unavailable."

Hmmmmm, this sounds promising....
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511. Fshhead
8:36 PM GMT on April 24, 2009
THANX for the news Cal, you know I think I am starting to like this Obama character!! LMAO!
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510. LowerCal
6:10 PM GMT on April 24, 2009
Obama announces plan to lease federal waters for clean energy - CNN.com
NEWTON, Iowa (CNN) -- President Obama marked Earth Day Wednesday by announcing a new initiative to lease federal waters for the purpose of generating electricity from wind and ocean currents.
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Wind power can generate 20 percent of the country's electricity by 2030 and support 250,000 jobs, Obama said during a visit to a wind turbine tower manufacturing plant.
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509. Fshhead
5:48 AM GMT on April 23, 2009
Quoting hahaguy:
We've had a nice 3 year vacation from a hurricane but i think this year that will of florida's luck. what do you think


Hmmm no idea?? Just hope your wrong on Fla. being in the crosshairs!

& A Happy Earth Day back at ya Blizz!!
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508. hahaguy
1:01 AM GMT on April 23, 2009
Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
I think at least 4 Category 7 hurricanes for Port St. Lucie, FL :)





I'll see that and raise you 10 cat 8's hitting st simons island. =)
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506. Zachary Labe
12:52 AM GMT on April 23, 2009
Fshhead- Happy Earth Day!
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505. hahaguy
12:51 AM GMT on April 23, 2009
We've had a nice 3 year vacation from a hurricane but i think this year that will of florida's luck. what do you think
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504. Fshhead
7:11 PM GMT on April 22, 2009
Hey HAHA yup agreed been a while..;)
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