Place: Italian Alps.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Place: Italian Alps.
"Oh Fuck!" Were the only two words I got out before I leaped into action. Knocking over chairs to get to the stove, grab a bucket and get it catching I realized that I would be spending some QT this morning with my attic.
I pull the car out of the garage, get the ladder out of the shed and get my self into the attic space to check out the situation. Unexpectedly, the rain was not coming from the stove pipe hole. I traced the water over to a roof truss. It was seeping in, probably through a nail hole or crack in the asphalt shingles. After moving the insulation I could see it was running down the truss onto and across the sheet rock celling to the stove pipe.
How the fuck am I going to stop this? Its not like an actual hole that could be plugged. Then in a BRILLIANT flash of ingenuity some help from physics, hydrology and an old episode of Mr. Wizards World I did this:
Wet string is tied around the wood and runs down into a bucket. The surface water tension will now divert the water from the wood to the string and capture it in the bucket. I tied two for redundancy. I watched it for a little while and it seems to be working. It only needs to be temporary because the rain should be stopping later tonight. I can probably fix the shingles this weekend.
Faith in science comes in, in that I had to still get to work and leave the apparatus unattended. If the laws of physics don't change between now and 6pm I should be all set.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
One thing I have noticed recently is that in the early days of Spring riding I come across lots of animal carcasses. Critters that were road kill a month or two prior, were frozen into a snowback, but are only now visible, rotting and smelling 'oh so nice'.
Back to Saturday, about halfway through I rode past this fine looking critter. My best guess is that is/was a fox. The teeth were in surprisingly good condition. So, being an occasional mildly-twisted individual and recognizing a blog post when I see one...I snapped the pic. for the world to see.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Back to the drilling. As far as drilling goes it does not get easier. The weather was bright sun 53 deg. F. 6 wells. No soil sampling. Drilling in sand. 30 feet deep. Done. The other big factor is that these two guys are the best and fastest drillers around. They start early, work through lunch and get the job done.
All I had to do today was ID the well location and check it with the construction manager with the utility plans and say "drill there, 30 feet, 15 feet of screen. flush road box".
It was a good day to be a geologist.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Our trip to The Little Alaska Farm.
So I just figured out that I can post a pic from my cell phone directly to my blog. Its actually very simple in blogger; just send the picture as an email to the addy in the preferences section. *Poof* post.
WooHoo Cool! The image above is from a trip Wife and I took over to Wales to get some meat. Not just any meat mind you, but grass fed, localy raised, and butchered. The LAF had everything we could ever possibly need in the meat department. It was a great experience...we now have a meat guy. We left with about $140 in stew beef, t-bones, tenderloin, chicken, sausage and others. As we were driving away wife and I say
"Fuck Hannafords with there steriod jacked up cows and chickens."
I definately suggest everyone switch, it's better for you health, better for the environment, the local econonomy, better for everything.
This was just a trial run for us. Once we get it all sorted out we'll be splitting a half-cow with our parents...all meat cut to order and packaged in vacuum sealed bags ready for the freezer. I can't wait.
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Wednesday, April 09, 2008
The lecture was at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and titled: Geologic Storage as a Carbon Mitigation Option. by Michael Celia
If CO2 were to level off today...in 2060 global temps are projected to rise by 3 deg. C. As reference, when we talk about the Greenland ice sheet melting only 1-2 deg. C is usually the number thrown around as sufficient; add in the projected increases and CO2 really takes control.
So the lecture was about how to 'trap' CO2 under ground. There are a few methods and places to put it: Old oil and gas reservoirs, coal beds and deep saline water formation. The DOE web site describes these.
Dr. Celia is a computer modeler and apparently a very good one. There are so many aspects to this issue I would get a honorary PhD if i blogged it all. But anyway it seems that Dr. Celia really has looked at all the issues in making this viable; from how the concrete will act in the deep wells to the number of wells making holes in the ground, leakage, storage volumes and everything else imaginable.
But without getting into the nasty and boring details I figure it is the thoughts I walked out of the lecture with that blog readers would really like to know. After all just Google 'carbon sequester' and you will be bombarded with information.
- We have to try. This echos' my thoughts on geoengineering in general (1,2,3,4).
- We have less than 50 years to turn this Carbon ship around. More like 1 year.
- It is VERY unlikely that the coal fired plants will be retrofitted with CS facilities within 50 years.
- The human effect on the atmosphere in undeniable.
- The Earth has great natural carbon sinks.
- Humans are overwhelming the system.
- Carbon sequestration can work but it is only a small part of the solution.
- Humans suck and there is nothing you can do about it.
Monday, April 07, 2008
If you know where the Big Fucking Indian is in Freeport, you know where Conumdrum is located.
Here is one example of a piece hanging:
Stop by today, buy something and support art. Or got to the web site and send Steve an email. He is also now doing people and pet portraits. Capture your memories with art today.