random monday linking

if you’re lithe to start your workweek on monday, check these out:

-> a missouri man killed his wife with a gun while trying to make hole in his roof to mount a satellite dish. [kctv5]

-> some dead-on secrets of the married man, stuff that you don’t want to bring up to the wife unless you want to start a dialogue on it. if you have a wife like mine, just submit and roll over. [webmd]

-> interesting travel diary of an iranian man traveling in europe [lifegoeson]

-> lotus notes allows the nsa to intercept and read email. people say this sucks while ibm seems to think this is a good feature in the name of national security [heise.de]

-> why do pennies exist? it costs us 1.7 cents to make a penny. i would be happy to just be rid of the penny and have prices go to .05 increments. [new yorker]

ok, now get back to work.

the clean energy scam

just read this compelling article in time magazine about the hidden costs of using biofuels. these are hailed as the savior of the world by ridding our use of oil-derived fuels. it seems that little is paid attention to 1) how much energy it takes to process these biofuels into usable gasoline and 2) the rate of recycling these plant-based organisms on our land, considering the huge demand for these fuels.

think about this:

1. in the second half of last year, brazil chopped down or burned down a rhode island-size of amazon rainforest. the lush vegetation of the rainforest decarbonates our atmosphere.

2. since the us govt is ruthlessly pushing ethanol as our biofuel of choice, us farmers are switching from soybeans to corn. brazil makes up for this shortage by planting more soybeans and pushing the cattle farmers further out. cattle farmers are chopping down rain forest to make room for their herds.

3. one proposed ethanol plant in the midwest will need 1.3 MILLION gallons of water A DAY to grow corn to convert to fuel. another proposed plant in tampa asked for 800,000 gallons of fresh water A DAY to grow corn for ethanol.

4. corn requires lots of carbon-unfriendly tools to help growth like nitrogen fertilizer, applications of herbicides, heavy machinery to farm the equipment and more fuel for the transportation. some experts assume that it takes 1.3 gallons of oil to produce 1 gallon of ethanol.

5. the us government recently mandated that we produce 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2012. producing that much ethanol would require 96 million acres of corn. our entire corn crop in 2007, mostly used for food, was grown on 80 million acres. where are we going to find 96 million extra acres of land to grow corn for fuel?

it comes as no surprise to me that the us is behind a foolish strategy for alternative energy production. presidential candidates pander to the midwest states for their precious caucus votes and the powerful agribusiness entities like archer daniels midland. these lame politicians pledge huge increases in ethanol production without really understanding the total environmental cost.

sources:

the ethanol fallacy [popular mechanics]

drunk on ethanol [la times]

you should really check out the articles, they are very well written.

i’m not sure i know what the final answer will be, but i hope that we realize the ethanol is not it. i’d like to see more advanced technology like hydrogen fuel cells, where the total output from the vehicle’s tailpipe is just water. also, overall efficiency of a fuel-cell powerplant is 80%, if you were to compare how much energy can be extracted from the hydrogen. this compares with 20% in a conventional gasoline-powered car, where 80% of the energy is given off in heat and out the tailpipe. there’s a lot of research in fuel cells at the moment and honda even has a fuel-cell concept car called the fcx:

i’m out of breath. that’s all for now.

boy or girl links

will the new baby be a boy a girl? read the stuff below to pass some time and i should have the answer after lunchtime:

-> in a followup to this story, a man was charged with neglect for letting his gf sit on a toilet seat for two years, long enough to have her ass physically joined with the toilet seat [aol news]

->if derek sheeman reads doylez, this might save his job [earthtimes]

-> finally a real-world guide to colleges that everyone can use – rankings based on how hot the female student body is vs the usual SAT/ACT/AP/LSAT/MCAT garbage (mild nsfw) [popcrunch]

-> this issue affects all working mom’s worldwide, i’m sure [the onion]

-> actual photo from 1st and keyes in san jose – i’m glad we’re out of navajo [patrick]

happy easter!

enjoyed the sun this weekend with some good park time and hanging out in milpitas. we capped it off with kimo’s birthday party at sky high. marcos likes the trampolines but he’s so small that if someone even steps on his little square thing, he crumples. he seems to think it’s hilarious. one highlight was seeing will and his obscenely large frame jump completely horizontal maybe 10 feet up in the air. even one of the workers there made a low whistle noise when he finished that jump – and you know they see a lot.

it will be busy week this week at work and also wife and daughter head out to florida for cheer stuff. im sure marc and i will hang out and eat cheerios while watching tv with our shirts off on the days the girls are out.

wonderful warriors links

the warriors won again tonight, beating the hapless clippers to stay in the hunt for the western conference playoffs. after coming down off the euphoric high, i managed to scope out these links for your clicking pleasure.

why wear this shirt when you’re about to commit a crime? [icrimewatch]

some lovely faces of meth – before and after [drugfree]

worth1000 contest about old ads for new products [worth1000]

cheesy pickup lines in every language – good for vacation [miscmasala]

filipinos love to dance, pt2

i had posted earlier about some jail in the philippines actually choreographing an entire dance sequence set to michael jackson’s thriller. it seems that, by popular request, they have modernized somewhat and are performing soulja boy now.

thanks to cath for the linkage again. i think she sent me the last one too – so i’m wondering whats fueling her filipino jail dancer fetish?

stuck to toilet seat links

i’ve had some slow going on the john every now and then, but 2 years is kinda ridiculous to be taking a dump. apparently, in kansas, it’s not such a ridiculous thing:

woman stuck to toilet seat [msnbc]

also…

let’s start a french woman importation company [huffingtonpost]

the internet wayback machine – put in a .com address from 1996 [archive]

finally, someone explains what national flags really mean [presscue]

mark my word, marcos will be wearing this r2-d2 beanie this winter [carissa]

i didn’t even know they had electricity?

AP
Vietnam to Launch 1st Satellite
Wednesday March 12, 4:18 am ET
Vietnam to Launch 1st Satellite to Improve Country’s Telecommunications

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam is preparing to launch its first satellite, hoping to improve the country’s telecommunications to keep pace with its rapid economic development, officials said Wednesday.

Vinasat No. 1 is scheduled to be launched April 12 from Kourou spaceport in South America, and will be ready for use in May, Nguyen Ba Thuoc, vice general director of state-owned Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Corp., or VNPT, told reporters.

The US$200-million (euro130-million) satellite, which has a medium transmission capacity, will help make Internet and television accessible nationwide, Thuoc said.

“Vietnam has reached the point where significant improvements of the telecommunication infrastructure are needed for its economic and social development,” said Thuoc. Better telecommunications would bring more investment into the country, he said.

Currently, businesses and the Vietnamese government are renting satellites from Australia, Thailand and Russia.

Vietnam’s economy has grown at an average annual rate of more than 7 percent for the last 10 years. It has 19 million Internet users, and more than 40 million telephones, according to government figures.

burn the friday workday away

a few more hours till the weekend – these might try to chip away at some of that jail sentence we call work:

i can foresee other, dirtier uses for this, but for now it’s in good fun [cubo]

men appearing here are hated on in bars/clubs, etc. [hotchickswithdouchebags]

cool drawings. no word on what drugs the artist was on.  [wesleyburt]

top spy gadgets for the common man and/or pervert. [webupon]

how to swear in different languages. (nsfw ads) [insultmonger]

who wants a lame candle party when you have a pole dance party! [sedusa]

the giants are going to suck this year

so, i had some initial optimism about how the giants would do this year but after seeing some of the box scores from the cactus league, i’m reconsidering my expectations of how they might finish. this, coupled with the fact that the dodgers hired joe torre, is making me think that it’s going to be a long summer.

yesterday, noah lowry threw 24 pitches before someone even took a swing. he went through the entire lineup without an official at-bat, since walks don’t count as an at-bat. of his first 30 pitches, only 4 were strikes. the giants also got shelled by the a’s in a cactus league game recently. maybe they are more suited for silver stadium at their current level of play?

omar vizquel, the calming defensive force in the young giants infield, is out with injury. bengie molina is batting cleanup. rich aurilia should be in the broadcast booth or managing a mcdonalds franchise. zito will be .500 or below this year again.

you gotta have the faith but it would be nice to have the faith without them nasty dodgers fans yelling in your ear all summer. let’s hope they pick it up a little bit and at least outperform the a’s.

good-bye hillary

by the end of the day today, we will have our democratic competitor to our gook-hating john mccain. let the real fun begin!

i think it’s safe to assume that hillary might have done better if she had a better campaign team, maybe being a little tougher on proofreading some of the official promotional materials: