Hubbert’s Peak

October 26, 2006 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment

Last December, I attended a Caltech lecture featuring petroleum engineer Ken Deffeyes. He explained the theory behind Peak Oil, taking M. King Hubbert’s prediction regarding US oil production and applying it to world oil production. According to Deffeyes, world oil production peaked on November 2005.

I finally read his book Hubbert’s Peak. The first six chapters are quite informative for engineers not familiar with the petroleum industry, though it may be too technical for most people. It describes the nature of oil – how it is formed, where it is found, and how it is extracted from the ground; nothing that would cause controversy. The interesting material are chapters 7 and 8, where the prediction is made using statistics and historical data. Hubbert’s 1956 paper correctly predicted US oil production for the next 40-45 years. Deffeyes’ prediction of a 2005 peak will be tested in the next 10 years. The book actually predicts a 2003-2006 peak, but that was narrowed in his next book Beyond Oil.

His rebuttal to those who say that high oil prices will increase production is simple – American oil exploration was at its highest during the 1930s, during the Great Depression when gas was less than 10 cents per gallon.

Target Better Than Wal-Mart

October 24, 2006 at 10:36 am | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

Here are ten reasons to shop a Target instead of Wal-Mart. Although I applaud Wal-Mart for offering $4 generic drugs, I will wait until Target and Costco offer the same thing.

Republican Flip Flop

October 23, 2006 at 8:19 am | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

If the wimpy Democrats ever use this clip, I’m going to be very surprised, but this worthy of being discussed, coming from the most corrupt and incompetent President since Warren Harding. This is the ultimate flip-flop that not only puts John Kerry to shame, but will cost the lives of thousands of Americans. “Staying the course” has helped create an Iraqi environment that is killing our soldiers.

Coin Cascade

October 22, 2006 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | Leave a comment

My first attempt at embedding a YouTube video. Taken from digg.com:

Star Wars Again

October 18, 2006 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

As the Bush administration continues to falter in its misguided Iraq adventure, it has decided to distract us by being the first to militarize space with lasers and possibly weapons of mass destruction.

Wonderful. We’re just going to add to troubles on the ground and the high seas by opening up another can of worms. I’m not against planning in case other countries decide to go to space, but sometimes, defensive measures are often more effective and cheaper.

In fact, if we want to put stuff in space, I’d rather have the Sweden take the lead.

Target and Wal-Mart Whine

October 10, 2006 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

With Apple and other vendor selling movies online, both Target and Wal-Mart have decided to forego the principles of capitalism and instead promote socialist ideals like price equity and price fixing.

How can these companies that claim the virtues of competition ask for special “pricing treatment” and “equity between alternative means of delivery”? They’re hypocrites seeking to protect outdated business models.

A shrinkwrapped DVD cannot have the same cost as online movies. Either these brick and mortar stores lower their margins or find a way to make customers want to buy the extra content found in their stores. Asking other companies for a piece of their action simply makes them no better than Al Capone or the RIAA.

Transitions

October 6, 2006 at 6:23 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

Morgan FreemanI find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a
thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a
free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long
journey whose conclusion is uncertain. – Red Redding

Carpool Benefits Extended

October 1, 2006 at 11:27 am | Posted in Fun Outdoors, Politics | Leave a comment

Good news for California hybrid car owners — at least those hybrids getting more than 45 mpg.

Assembly Bill 2600 signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger does two things – 1) extend carpool-lane privileges an additional three years until the end of 2010 and 2) create an additional 10,000 slots, since the original 75,000 ran out earlier this year.

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