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Old 09-01-2022, 01:40 PM   #841 (permalink)
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It's an imaginative construct, but I, personally wouldn't have time to sit through all the ideations.
It's not actionable information for me. And I'm fast running out of time.
We're close to the maximum population we'll see on Earth, and there's plenty of energy to take care of all our needs, so what's required to build out for the foreseeable future seems manageable to me.
It's an embarrassment of riches out there!

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I was listening to Isacc Aurthur in the background while I sort my [mail] bills; but I bailed on him and came here to find this.

It's all above my pay grade as well.

I had a chat with Joe Morgan at Arcimoto yesterday while my son and brother tested out an FUV. It centered on GAF Timberline solar shingles and painting one blade of windmills black to reduce bird mortality. Achievable goals. When I say 'mud bubbles' I refer to fired ceramic shells with 250-800 square feet floor space. IS THAT ASKING TOO MUCH?

My family's conclusion was that I have a couple years left so I should wait for the MLM human powered micromobility solution. Used FUVs are going for $12K and up.

edit: If you like to juggle numbers, Isaac Aurthur is your guy.
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I've always found the commonplace to be uninteresting, which is why I spend much of my time in the future, or at least on creative takes of the present.

I hadn't really considered the likelihood of me living to see peak human population. I'll give that a 50/50 chance of that occurring roughly at the current estimated trajectory. My theory was that birthrates would plummet faster than forecasted simply because every technological increase tends to compete for our time that could be spent making people.

If peak human occurs in my lifetime, I expect it to be a temporary pause until technology pushes us out to other planets. Now that's something I wish I could have lived to see. Might get lucky and see boots on Mars at least.

Humanity has continually occupied low earth orbit for 21 years, and that's not nothing.
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Global warming at work.
I have a little 'lawyer blood' in me, so, the first obvious question becomes, did they ever turn it off to begin with?
Since I don't 'heat' my home, I can leave my air conditioning 'ON' all year.
It only operates when the thermostat calls for cooling, which is only a few months a year.
In the climes which don't require air conditioning, one could leave their T-stat on 'Heat' all year, knowing that it won't cycle until it's called for.
'Technically' they won't 'turn on their heat,' however, they're going to have it on all season, by default.
Isn't the American Bar Association a fine thing?
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The point being that global warming mostly increases the lowest temperatures compared with the top temperatures. In other words, the low average temp will increase more than the high average temp. That might imply a net energy savings, but it's against the religion to talk about anything that could potentially be good.

Looking at the forecast, this might be the last week AC will be needed here, and only a handful of hours in the evening. I've got the T-stat set to 78.

Managed to open windows and get the house down to 69 this morning, and as of noon, it's 71 inside. Probably won't need AC until 5pm.
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I was listening to Isacc Aurthur in the background while I sort my [mail] bills; but I bailed on him and came here to find this.

It's all above my pay grade as well.

I had a chat with Joe Morgan at Arcimoto yesterday while my son and brother tested out an FUV. It centered on GAF Timberline solar shingles and painting one blade of windmills black to reduce bird mortality. Achievable goals. When I say 'mud bubbles' I refer to fired ceramic shells with 250-800 square feet floor space. IS THAT ASKING TOO MUCH?

My family's conclusion was that I have a couple years left so I should wait for the MLM human powered micromobility solution. Used FUVs are going for $12K and up.

edit: If you like to juggle numbers, Isaac Aurthur is your guy.
A friend lives in an area where two brick companies operate, mining clay, and producing bricks.
One of her goals is to create a 'mud hut' from material on her property, then fire it on the inside, using 'fuel' sourced from her property, to create a weatherproof structure.
Seems pretty clever!
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The point being that global warming mostly increases the lowest temperatures compared with the top temperatures. In other words, the low average temp will increase more than the high average temp. That might imply a net energy savings, but it's against the religion to talk about anything that could potentially be good.

Looking at the forecast, this might be the last week AC will be needed here, and only a handful of hours in the evening. I've got the T-stat set to 78.

Managed to open windows and get the house down to 69 this morning, and as of noon, it's 71 inside. Probably won't need AC until 5pm.
I only tune into PBS.
Typically, they'll have at least a 'binary' take on climate change, allowing opposing views, back-to-back.
Greta Thunberg just chose to take a year off and go, globally, wherever the action was, and taking a firsthand look. I got to tag along, carbon-free!
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Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture: How to Build Your Own: Khalili ...
Nader Khalili, an Iranian-born California architect and author, is the designer and innovator of the Geltaftan Earth-and-Fire System known as "ceramic houses" as well as the Superadobe building technologies. He received his education in Iran, Turkey, and the United States, and has been a licensed architect in California since 1970.
He expended one 50-gallon drum of kerosene per house. The problem is yield rate. If it fails, it's hard to bulldoze the result.

My proposal involves a concave form, a pendular print head, an Olds Elevator to lift the mix and wind power like a cherry on top. Multiple hexagonal 'greenware' panels stack up in a kiln. Fire once to stoneware, second firing to glaze them with Ultrawhite on the outside and decorative colors on the inside.

Non-planar 3D printing can produce any compound curve. Think Antoni Gaudi.
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I recently listened to this debate.

The moderator bias seemed apparent, but within acceptable limits.

There's no easy way to describe to people how lowering fossil fuel plant utilization increases overall cost of electricity.

The most important questions which went unasked were;

a. If renewables are cheaper, why isn't the industry just adopting it?
b. If renewables are cheaper, why isn't there an inverse relationship between adoption and utility rates (cheaper bills with more renewables)?

It kinda doesn't matter whatsoever what some analyst says about the LCOE of renewables if reality disagrees.

It did confirm that I have an understanding of both sides of the debate to at least the level presented here.


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