Monday, July 19, 2004

Out of Gas

Out of Gas by David Goodstein: the end of the age of oil is simpler alternative to The Party's Over.  Clear explanations of the physical rules, a simpler read, and written by a CalTech guy.


Blogger Ron Crosby said...

Forced me to sign in did you.

I am going to go put my lilly suit on and lay down in the grass....

I remember in my Freshman science class we calculated the time until we ran out of oil based upon known and projected oil reserves. We are living in that time now.

It was not as scary to think about the world changing radically when you are 14 years old. It is much more of a challenge when you are 37 years old, have a family and home.

As much as I would like to say that my primary motives are pure, it is clear that I am motivated by a desire to do well for me and mine. Security baby...

Reminds me of a line from the Canticle for Liebowitz, along the lines of when our main goal is security we are guarenteed almost anything but.

Or from the film Mission,

"...such is the way of the world."
"No, such is the way we have made the world"

The last line is being said by a world weary priest who, despite knowing better, just oversaw the destruction and massacre of hundreds of villagers and the priests who ministered to them. All for spain and portugal to clear up their border disputes.

The Mission was one of the saddest films I have ever seen. Ennio Moricone's soundtrack, was the final element in one hell of a moving film.

Any ways, I am going to go work on the Methane economy and eat beans and fart, all this hard work for an Energy Independent America.

Remember to eat beans while we fritter away our evenings in our mad scientists labs, looking for the Holy Grail of free energy in Nuclear Fusion. We eat beans so we can use the methane as a stopgap fuel on our way to an unlimited future, with cars and appliances for all.

Amen and pass the Cheeto's


July 19, 2004 at 11:43 PM  

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