Sunday, March 21, 2010

Basketball and Carbon Dioxide Sequestration

For reasons that I can’t fathom, I watched the final minutes of the Pitt-Xavier basketball game. I lost what little interest I had in that game, though, after seeing an ExxonMobil commercial talking about how they are working to remove CO2 from natural gas and sequester it so that it doesn’t get into the atmosphere.

Sound good? Well, first consider that natural gas is almost all methane and other low molecular weight hydrocarbons. That means that, when you burn them, you get one or more molecules of CO2 from each molecule of natural gas burned.

Virtually all of it is released to the atmosphere. So the vast majority of CO2 emissions from natural gas come from burning it. Plus, I looked it up, and the CO2 content of natural gas ranges from 0-8%, and only 1/3 of the US natural gas reserves contain the 2% or more of CO2 that requires that it be purified prior to use. So sequestering the CO2 from natural gas purification stands to have a negligible effect on CO2 release to the atmosphere.

But not only is ExxonMobil spending $100 million on a demonstration plant to remove CO2 from natural gas, they’re spending an unknown amount of money advertising it on TV.

I’ve gotta get more interested in basketball.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tiger Woods to Return to Mistress, er, Masters

Tiger Woods announced today that he would be leaving Elin Nordegren, at least for the weekend, and returning to his Mistress, er, the Masters, on April 8, according to a Yahoo article.

No information was immediately available on whether Woods would be accompanied by personal trainers Tess Tosterone or Anna Bollock-Steroid.

How To Get Kids to Clean Their Own Rooms

In this Yahoo article, Elisa Drake discusses how to get kids to clean their own rooms. She suggests:

  1. Make it a game
  2. Sing your commands
  3. Count toys
  4. Time the cleanup
  5. Make cleanup easy
  6. Encourage a continually clean room
Ms. Drake needs to have some kids to bring her to reality. I'll loan her a few of mine. And when they're done with her, I'll loan her a rake, shovel, or Bobcat to assist with the cleanup.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dressing For St. Patrick's Day

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Proof Positive That Texting While Driving is Safer Than Drinking and Driving

Traffic fatalities for last year fell by nearly 9 percent, reaching their lowest level since 1954, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported today, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, One of America's Great Newspapers.

The fatality rate of 1.16 deaths per 100 million miles traveled was the lowest on record, the department said.

Projections placed the number of highway deaths last year at 33,963, compared with 37,261 the year before. Fatalities have declined for 15 consecutive quarters.

Pennsylvania reported last month that the number of road fatalities last year fell by 14 percent and was the lowest total since record-keeping began in 1928.

GR8! C U L8R!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Svelte Woman I'm After

I've found the kind of svelte woman that I'm after. The kind that can hold her liquor.

Just check out this New York Times article. Women who drink gain less weight. This is the kind of research for which funding should be increased in these obese times.

Possibilities From Paris Fashion Week

If you're not satisfied with the way you dress, you need look no further than Paris Fashion Week, as depicted in this New York Times feature.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Facebook Controls Space And Time

Facebook is all screwed up. If I click "Most Recent" there are 2 recent posts that are in one order. But when I click "Top News" the order and times are reversed.

It's as trustworthy as Dick Cheney and his lackey President.

They're Putting Their Apostrophes Over There

They're putting their apostrophes over there. It's a shame when an apostrophe's not put in its proper place.

You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.

It's pretty obvious that you don't make basic grammatical errors.

If anything, you're annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.

As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they're only human.

And it's humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Finally - A Better Mousetrap

Sometimes, the cats just don't get the mousing job done. Here's how you can properly usher the vermin into the afterlife.

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