“Patriarchy makes men Crazy and Stupid”

Good article.  You can see in any group that it is ipso natura empowered within a larger framework, that they are not as with-it as other groups… such as the stereotypical Japanese married man who doesn’t even know where his underwear lives.

You can readily see the corollary presented in the article playing out within the post-Civil-War South.

Solar Panel Breakthrough: Efficiency per Cost

EE Times reports that a new method of using paints that collects energy towards the edge of a transparent sheet of glass, can be used for solar panels…

By absorbing light and transporting energy to panel edges, developers of the paint-on solar panels said they could lower cost by only requiring active solar cells around a panel edges.

Since the primary barriers to widespread solar power are economic, rather than technical, let’s mangle some math here to drive the actually knowledgeable people nuts.

Solar cells required per unit area:

Traditional, 200×100 grid: 20,000 solar cells

Newer Method, same grid: 600 solar cells

Now, that ignores things like the cost of the paints, etcetera… but it’s easy to see how such a breakthrough could have people REALLY excited, because as soon as solar can match coal per kilowatt, “comes the revolution.” Now, at around 20 cents per kilowatt-hour, solar, even if the efficiency is doubled, isn’t yet ready to bust down the doors of 4.5-5 cent/kwh coal. But 4.5 with massive air pollution and horrific costs to coal-country bystanders, against 10, with minimal production-stage pollution and NO air pollution, starts to sound really good.

Might want to start thinking about that plug-in hybrid. Expect lots and lots of hype over the next few days.

UPDATE: (yes, already) Looks like Wired has got an interview and basic tech explanation. Pretty cool picture, too.

While they’re at it, can they put on a UV-absorbing surface paint that is still transparent?  And where’s my flying car?

This blog looks better with pictures

So I’m going to try to start including them more often.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Campsite near Cedar City in Utah

Near Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah.

Alternate Power means a lot of landscape

These folks are trying to make it happen, and folks in the Southwest seem to approve of the idea… but you’re going to chew up some real estate.  Less than a comparable windfarm, though, once you count in the 3-D space.  I think, though, of all the times I’ve seen a measly 10 acres for sale on speculation out in West Texas near Pecos, and….. hrm… if 4 of those could provide enough power to create fresh water for some of the rest of it, even Loving County might see a population!

And, of course, politics is already playing a huge part…

“Will do a monkey for a grape”

Well, sort of.

But still, this is encouraging.  First, we have rumors of spearfishing orangutans, now we have capuchin monkey prostitutes… my flying car can’t be far off!

Beer, Foundation of Civilisation

So sayeth George Will, and it does make a certain sort of sense.  I mean, after all, why go through all that bother of inventing alcohol, just to get… bread?

I’ve seen things you Polar Bears wouldn’t believe…

Attack Seals on Ice, off the Shoulder of the North Pole

or, put another way, “wow, look at that humongous seal!  Think it’s edible?”

Plus, the “somebody’s got stones” post… intuit the camera angle… (yeah, it might be a different time of day… but those are polar bears.  I mean, c’mon….)

(hat tip to the Dad, for a real winner)

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