by Thomas Beutel

Month: September, 2008

One among many reasons to get solar

This is just one reason to get solar sooner rather than later: Carbon Is Building Up in Atmosphere Faster Than Predicted ( “The new statistics also underscore the growing contribution to the world’s “carbon budget” from rapidly industrializing countries such as China, India and Brazil. Developing nations have roughly doubled their carbon output in less […]

How much land area would $700B cover?

OK, this is pretty trivial, but I was wondering how much area would be covered by 700 Billion dollar bills if they were all laid next to each other, say in a big rectangle. Let’s play a game of powers-of-ten to get there. Given that each dollar bill is 2.61″ wide by 6.14″ long, seven […]

Is BMW working on a PHEV Mini?

Looks like the Volt will be getting some interesting competition. The Register is reporting that an electric Mini test vehicle has been spotted driving around Munich, based on reports in Car Magazine. Car says: “…the miserly mini that will help BMW meet tough new American regulations requiring car makers selling vehicles in California also to […]

Solar roof update

We’ve signed off on getting a 3.85KWh solar photovoltaic system. Return on investment will be 10-12 years, probably less if we get a plugin-hybrid electric car in 3 or 4 years. The roofers will be here tomorrow to mark the joists, and sometime in the next week or two, the racks will go in. I’ll […]

Twitter: The ultimate presidential debate watch party

I know that many people will be gathering at watch parties this Friday, but I plan to watch it at home with Twitter. The 140 character format seems to be just right for getting a river of concise, first-blush commentary. I plan to spend this afternoon following a few more people, so that I have […]

Obama: No Blank Check

I’m glad to see that Obama is saying No Blank Check!: “If we grant the Treasury broad authority to address the immediate crisis, we must insist on independent accountability and oversight. Given the breach of trust we have seen and the magnitude of the taxpayer money involved, there can be no blank check.” It about […]

Write the Damn Book!

My friend Mary Reynolds Thompson hosts teleclasses on writing at Mary’s coaching has helped many writers actually finish the book that they started. Coming up is a teleclass on blogging by expert blogger Britt Bravo, creator of the Changeblogger Network. Blogging has become an important element of writing books. Some writers even field test […]

New pics of the GM Volt has pictures of the production version of the Volt. I like it. Actually, I like it a lot better than the concept car. Meanwhile, it looks like GM and the EPA might argue about MPG. It all depends on the battery charge at the end of the trip.

Comics for Communication

It was interesting that Google used a comic strip to effectively communicate the reasons why they are introducing a new browser called Chrome. I was especially taken in by the discussion of processes and tabs, a topic that would normally be rather dry. Comics were recently used to communicate legal concepts to First Nation tribes […]