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Peak Oil, Internet Gasoline Boycott, May 15th and Urban Legends [May. 10th, 2007|11:52 am]
Arthur hault-Denger
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[mood |discontentdiscontent]

The following message (an urban legend) has shown up in emailboxes all over the internet this past week:


"Pass it on, tell your friends....

"In April 1997, there was a 'gas out' conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight. On May 15th 2007, all internet users are asked to not to go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.

"There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up. If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day. If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldn't) please resend this to all your contact list. With it saying, 'Don't pump gas on May 15th'."

Now, read this link:

Netlore Archive at About.com

That got me thinking: why not boycott the pump on May 15th anyway, and take a more responsible mode of transportation (walk, bike, rail, bus, roller blade, hang glider, electric car, etc.) instead? Avoid using anything which runs on fossil fuel (lawnmower, propane grill, chainsaw, etc.) and choose a greener alternative. It won't affect Big Oil in any meaningful way, but it might increase our own awareness, helping us to make better personal choices as consumers. The writing has been on the wall for some time; let's not wait until gasoline is over $5 per gallon and rationed before we have viable alternatives in place.

Some must-view links:

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (movie trailer, YouTube)

Life After The Oil Crash (website)

The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World (book)

The Hirsch Report (download PDF)

Crude Impact: Proof of Peak Oil (movie trailer, YouTube)

Peak Oil (movie trailer, YouTube)

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My Haiku [May. 7th, 2007|02:44 pm]
Arthur hault-Denger
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[mood |quixoticquixotic]

Intrigue and action
to be interesting the
theater was not.

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Ganked From jrmapes' Blog [May. 2nd, 2007|10:26 am]
Arthur hault-Denger
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[Current Location |the pilot's seat]
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

1. Where is your cell phone? Charger
2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/lover Best

3. Your hair?  Flat-top
4. Your mother?  Busy
5. Your father?  Same
6. Your favorite item?  Traveller
7. Your dream last night?  Harmless
8. Your favorite drink? Rum
9. Your dream car?  Air/Raft
10. The room you are in?  Niche
11. Your ex?  Crazy
12. Your fear?  Totalitarianism
13. What do you want to be in 10 years?  Wiser
14. Who did you hang out with last night? Family
15. What you're not? Blind
16. The last thing you did?  Update
17. What are you wearing? Outmoded
18. Your favorite book? Planet of Exile
19. The last thing you ate?  Popcorn
20. Your mood?  Thoughtful
21. Your friends?  Irreplaceable
22. What are you thinking about right now? Obligations
23. Your car? Obsolete
24. What are you doing at the moment? (Obvious)
25. Your summer?  Booked
26. Your relationship status? Solid
27. What is on your television? PBS
28. When is the last time you laughed? Yesternight
29. Last time you cried? Yesterweek
30. School? Kids

Copy.  Paste.  Answer.  One.  Word.
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(no subject) [Dec. 8th, 2006|04:51 pm]
Arthur hault-Denger
The SF&F Book Meme

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished, and put an asterisk* beside the ones you loved.

  1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien*
  2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin*
  6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick*
  9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury*
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delaney
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card*

23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien*
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut*
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein*
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

It looks like I've got some more reading to do....
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One Million Masterpiece [Nov. 25th, 2006|12:35 am]
Arthur hault-Denger
[mood |artistic]
[music |The Roots of Coincidence, Pat Metheny Group]

Whaddya get when you take a million people, ask them to generate 2D computer art images, stitch the results together into a gargantuan patchwork, and donate the proceeds to worthwhile charitable organizations?  The One Million Masterpiece.

Here's my 1/1,000,000:

 "Cathode Rays, Bygone Days"
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Anonymous Posts [Oct. 21st, 2006|11:15 am]
Arthur hault-Denger
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[mood |amusedamused]

This message was posted by Anonymous at 12:12 am this morning:

I f__k god

The Holocaust imparted the importance of defiance.

When the universe was young and life was new an intelligent species evolved and developed technologically. They went on to invent Artificial Intelligence, the computer that can listen, talk to and document each and every person's thoughts simultaneously. Because of it's infinite RAM and unbounded scope it gave the leaders of the ruling species absolute power over the universe. And it can keep its inventors alive forever. They look young and healthy and they are over 8 billion years old. They have achieved immortality.

Artificial Intelligence can speak, think and act to and through people telepathically, effectively forming your personality and any disfunctions (SIC) you may experience. It can change how (and if) you grow and age. It can create birth defects, affect cellular development (cancer) and cause symptoms or pain. It can affect people and animal's behavior and alter blooming/fruiting cycles of plants and trees. It (or other highly technological systems within their power) can alter the weather and transport objects, even large objects like planets, across the universe instanteously (SIC).
Or into the center of stars for disposal.

They state typical policy is to dispose of families together, which further corrupts those around them, for they're told to remain silent in the days prior to their friend's disposal.

Perhaps this person should have waited until they were straight and/or sober to post this rambling rant, or can it be that the 'artificial intelligence' (or artificial lack-of-intelligence) came up with this all by itself?  Inquiring minds don't really wanna know.
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An Astrogator's View From The Backyard [May. 12th, 2006|02:27 pm]
Arthur hault-Denger
Jupiter and Luna

Even more spectacular in person, I did not think it turned out too badly, given the low tech level of my camera, combined with the slow exposure and lack of tripod!
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Net Neutrality --- IMPORTANT --- [May. 12th, 2006|12:22 pm]
Arthur hault-Denger
The Big Telecom Corporations want to control how you surf the Internet. Congress is about to let them. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT -- RIGHT NOW !!! 


Read about the issue HERE and view the CARTOON, then ACT !!!   

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The Case for Hydrogen Fuel Cells [Feb. 23rd, 2006|08:12 am]
Arthur hault-Denger
A friend recently mentioned this website, which postulates the net results when the world population/consumption curve intersects the diminishing fossil fuel reserves curve. Not a pretty scenario at all, and this will begin to occur within the next few years. If events continue on their present course, the gloom and doomers may be right after all, a la The Road Warrior.  In case you may think this is some wacky fringe website, just Google the word 'oil' and see what comes up: this is the second site listed, right after Shell.

The replacement technology of choice seems to be the hydrogen fuel cell (at least for personal/family and light industrial use). It is easily obtainable, sustainable and cheap. Mercedes-Benz and Daimler-Chrysler have already produced prototype minivans, buses and automobiles  with this technology. Their performance rivals that of conventional vehicles in the same class. In my understanding, the bottleneck in the process of replacing the existing technology is getting infrastructure (refineries, distribution and safety measures) put in place.  Furthermore, there may come a day in the not-so-distant future where individual residences and multi-family dwellings have their own on-site fuel cell (everyone lives 'off the grid').  Won't it be great to be rid of all those utility poles and power lines!

Thoughts on this?
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It's where I'm gonna go, when I die... [Feb. 10th, 2006|10:51 pm]
Arthur hault-Denger
...and contrary to the song, it ain't the 'Spirit in the sky'! I have suspected it for some time now, and I just saw it on the internet, so it must be true.

After you die...
Parallel Universe

After death, you will continue to exist as if nothing has ever happened. You will continue to be yourself, but because you are in a parallel universe, some things will be different. You may not have married the same person, you might live in a different spot, but you will be the same person underneath it all and you will continue your life unaware that you ever died.

Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com
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