Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Perhaps the cold weather and chance of being trapped in a mountain pass (in Delaware!) has colored my answers.
Donner party of two, your table is ready. Donner party?
(via The Presurfer)
Monday, January 21, 2008
Let me say now that I will never split wood by hand (a maul) again since I have purchased an electric log splitter (others love hand log splitting). I was looking at some manual hydraulic splitters (foot and hand), but they looked cheap and looked like they were too much manual labor. The gas splitters were far larger than what I would need and I am not a small gas engine fan since they tend to be inefficient and picky to maintain. The electric one I purchased was right in the middle. I had some misgivings until I put the first 10" diameter, 20" log on there. Split right up. A whole full firewood circle later I declared my purchase to be well worth the price it saved my back from my poor manual splitting technique. All that wood to the left is from our yard.
The only official measurement for firewood amount is the full cord, which is 4ft X 4ft X 8ft or 128 cubic feet. It is key to realize that this is a volume measurement and that different tree species have different densities. Hard wood is denser, soft wood is less dense. All wood has the same heat value/lb, about 6944 BTU/lb by my calculations from the table, but varying amounts of heat/cord due to density. The best wood for heat/cord is Osage Orange at 33 million BTUs/Cord but that is because that is the densest wood in the list. I suppose that since the space the wood takes up is important so that is why BTUs/cord are important.
So Osage Orange (brown bar below) stands out in a graph of the species BTUs/cord. (click on the plot for a bigger picture)
But not in a graph of BTUs/lb. Note that I have greatly expanded the axis for the BTUs/lb, they are all between 6900 and 6980 BTU/lb. (click on the chart for a bigger readable picture)
The firewood information came from this .pdf link at the University of Nebraska Extension Forestry publications, referred by Hedgeapples.com (or Osage Orange or incorrectly Monkey Ball trees), because exploding aardvark noted that this guy's car was damaged and he filed a police report because a hedgeapple did $300 damage to the plastic trim on his car and he wanted the police to arrest it. Isn't hyperlinking fun. In a printed page only world I never would have bothered to find or been able to find or follow all of that so quickly.
I ordered all of them, but surprisingly the older out of print ones came faster (almost overnight) than the still in print ones from Amazon. I am up to Volume 10, and waiting for Volume 11. I wholeheartedly recommend them. They have adult themes and some adult art so they are not for kids. Here is the list thus far:
- Powers Vol 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? by Brian Michael Bendis
- Powers Vol. 2: Roleplay by Brian Michael Bendis
- Powers Vol 3: Little Deaths by Brian Michael Bendis
- Powers Vol. 4: Supergroup by Brian Michael Bendis
- Powers Vol. 5: Anarchy by Brian Michael Bendis
- Powers Vol. 6: Sellouts by Brian Michael Bendis
- Powers Vol. 7: Forever by Brian Michael Bendis
- Powers Vol. 8: Legends by Brian Michael Bendis
- Powers Vol. 9: Psychotic by Brian Michael Bendis
- Powers Vol. 10: Cosmic by Brian Michael Bendis
The story does a good job of exploring really what might happen if people with "Powers" existed and how they might not be as welcome as they are in the traditional comic book hero stories. The stories also center around how some of these people with powers would still have the same needs and wants as regular people, still have the same loves and hates, still be subject to the same pressures, hurts and insanities, but be able to act on these impulses in a much more powerful way than a regular person. No wonder the police are overwhelmed and "powers" are outlawed in the stories.
As to what the best moral or ethical approach to "powers" would be I suppose the adage "to whom much is given much is expected" is as appropriate as any. One could apply "Do unto others as you would have done unto you" as well. See the X-Men movies for two diametrically opposed approaches to the problem, training by Doctor Xavier, war by Magneto. The cartoon series of the "Justice League" has a government developing their own superheroes as a balance against the ones that they can't control.
Computer minded boy longs for sailing adventurer girl who longs for computer minded boy who longs for sailing adventurer girl who longs for computer minded boy who longs for sailing adventurer girl...
(small animated gif is here, larger one with gickr logo as above is here)
(comic from xkcd, animated gif from gickr)
Friday, January 18, 2008
Anyway, it looked prettier last night, but photography at night is not my forte.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
This year it's Phoenix. In year's past I have been in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami before the big event. . Several times. One year I missed it in San Diego. If it ever came to Philadelphia (ha, ha) I would have to leave on a business trip or something.
Meanwhile for the runup to the big game, if Green Bay plays New England I will be good for my fantasy football playoff pool (more math and an exlanation of my picks in a later post). If a miracle happens and San Diego beats New England to get in I would be great. We shall see. I guessed that San Diego might have a chance against Indianapolis, but I am not sure lightning can strike twice.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
This display is at the Presidio in Tubac.
The next morning we got one. Herein lies the quandary of what to do with it. I realized that when we bought the glue traps we had set down a certain path of elimination, you can't peal the mouse off and send him on his way. I had visions of setting a sticky mouse outside where he then collects a cat that wants to eat him and gets stuck. Then a dog, then the farmer's wife and the farmer in a Katamari Damacy sticky ball review of the characters in the Farmer in the Dell. Perhaps instead of the cheese the gluetrap stands alone.
We (not me) bagged him up and threw him in the trash. I think there was only one. Now the Franciscans and the humanitarians out there can tell me what the alternatives are to our glue traps. Leave your suggestion in the comments.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
My results may not be typical, use with caution.
(via Marc A. Murison)
This holiday is the occasion to sing "We Three Kings". Bonus if you can name the kings without reference to this blog, google, wikipedia or friends. Put your answers in the comments.