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Posted on March 28 at 3:55 p.m.
Better lighting, w/ educational details, and opening up the gallery spaces would be nice, assuming the displays will not deteriorate with the extra UV? Or maybe a live action holographic deck! Also, they have extensive collections that should be rotated out to the pubic areas. Wish the planetarium could be like the Griffith Observatory's. Luckily, Swetland seems to have a good passion for the museum.
On Museum of Natural History Submits Master Plan
Posted on March 4 at 2:52 p.m.
Regarding direct solar devices to make distilled water from crappy water:
The youtube video science project referenced above makes about one half liter per hour for that 4'x4' boiler tube, probably during the 6 hottest hours of the day, so 3L/day/16sq.ft.; let us say 1 gallon per 20 sq.ft per day. Multiply that by 50,000 people and that is 1 million sq. ft. of solar boiler area needed for 50,000 gallons of water per day. That would be a lot of railroad cars. However, put these over the burned out lawn areas of some houses, 100 sq.ft. (10'x10') each = 5 gallons per day, for some home drinking/cooking water from grey water.
Another simple solar system purifying water by condensation is at "solaqua com solstils1 html", with about the same production rate per square foot, i think.
But for minimal energy input, not a bad idea to use solar. However, if folks roof mount these, the architectural board might need to get involved.
On No Jubilation Among Water Officials
Posted on December 26 at 9:10 a.m.
Why not allow anyone to open a casino? Santa Barbara would greatly benefit as long as the taxes collected were high enough to offset gambling addiction problems (how do the tribes pay for this?). The current prohibitions against casinos have led to this weird state of politics distorting our communities.
On Lavagnino Sends Letter to Congressman Sponsoring Camp 4 Annexation
Posted on December 19 at 11:19 p.m.
The oil miners should cough up a chunk to the local community that is taking the hit on their environment. Of course, a nice sales tax on Wall Street gambling transactions would be great too...Lois, I would like to see you talk that one up!
On County Talks Oil Tax
Posted on December 19 at 10:56 p.m.
What can happen will eventually happen. Those tin cans holding the nuclear fission rods will catastrophically fail just before they detect the cracks forming. Shut it down now and layer the solar panels in the desert, leaving some room to crawl for the tortoises. The next question is Who will monitor the hot piles when civilization is decimated by the next Cosmic Collision? Hope you have a resilient DNA.
On Diablo Canyon: Stirred Not Shaken
Posted on October 15 at 1:47 a.m.
Wall Street would have been a better choice to blame for me. I wish they would cough up some tax money to pay for their wars and gambling habits...say a 1% per nanosecond trade value?
On Who's to blame for the shutdown?
Posted on October 6 at 7:45 p.m.
The two allowed political parties love these extreme events to pull more money from their followers for the next election. I think our country is screwed without publically financed elections, and the wall street traders get away without paying even penny taxes on each nanosecond speculation dependent on the conflict they create and piles of debt they earn interest on.
Is there a caring yet libertarian direction that will allow us to live long and prosper together without having robot overloads? Will enough folks turn off their tv set and start thinking for themselves? I think I know the answer, and it does not look good. Am I wrong about the future?
The above is a bit JohnLockean, except I think the ACA would work as a step in the right direction if not for the saboteurs. Medicare seems overall a fair system and allows for supplementation if people want to put their excess money there. Removing the insurance companies seems the best step to take. Here's hoping for California One Care going forward.
On Capps Talks Government Shutdown
Posted on September 27 at 7:53 p.m.
I would think the poisoned squirrels would then poison the hawks and other raptors when they eat any undigested pellets. Why not trap the animals and dispose of them? Can we not outsmart a ground squirrel? Attract raptors to do the job for us?
On Parents Claim Wrong Pesticide at Schools Made Kids Sick
Posted on April 9 at 12:14 p.m.
Strange that some want to use pesticides (Hello Monsanto & friends) instead of the parasitic wasp that was imported from Pakistan and currently used in Los Angeles. This bug is not going to go away, so we need to adapt to keep it under control. Citrus trees will need to be selected for resistance to the bacteria. I vote for the honeybees at this point.
On The residential pesticide applications against the Asian fruit fly:
Posted on October 17 at 5:03 p.m.
There is 1.1MegaKiloWatt (1.1GigaW) peak power per reactor at Diablo Canyon per Wikipedia, so you probably meant 1.3MegaKKW peak production for California home solar (1.3GigaWattHours)? And then each of the 125,000 homes produces an average output of 10KWh of power per day? Of course, a Diablo reactor puts out 24hrs x 1.1GW per day if running well.
Our 10 solar panels on the house peak about 2KW and we produced about 4MegaWattHours or 4000KiloWhr in a year. Since we were taking off Edison Tier 3 & 4 costs, at say an average of $0.25/KWhr, we saved about $1000 in a year to pay towards our system cost of about $8000 (after rebates). So we will have about an eight year payback time, and the panels are warranted for 87% power output for 25 years (the inverter for 10 years) if SunPower is still able to back the warranty. The environmental "feel good" part is a nice bonus on top of the savings. Anyway, thanks CEC for doing some investigation on the installer, making our choice easier.
However, the pay back probably would be better if one could buy shares of a solar plant located in the desert, as the fog along the coast cuts into the power production, and one has to worry about roof leaks and eventual roof replacement complication on top of a home.
I wish nuclear fission plants had an iron clad guarantee against meltdown, infinitely good radioactive waste storage, and did not involve plutonium radioactive substances that last 100,000years. So using the nuclear fusion power from the Sun (solar, wind, tides) seems the best route for now. Carbon sources need to be dumped, unless their pollution can be fully recaptured somehow, to prevent radically fast changes to our climate.
On Going Solar
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