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Monday, July 28, 2008

Power Dependent

Lose power much? (Oh wah, wah!) No, seriously.

From time to time, most of us have to deal with the occasional power outage. How does it make you feel?

Limited water pressure, limited land-line phone battery backup...

If you've got a handheld wireless PC / internet device, or a generator at your disposal, I'll bet that's a power trip. "Nothing can stop me!!"

What about all the food in the refrigerator? No generator = no freshness!

Hopefully we've all got some decent public service workers...

Preview of massive worldwide blackouts when the Peak Oil crisis hits?

I don't really think that's possible, at least not for another few decades, since there are untapped oil reserves all over the place.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Cold Fusion, Where Are You?

I was watching some dated late night PBS programming about cold fusion, thoroughly enjoying both the lack of commercials and the lack of pleas for a donation, and I realized something. Cold fusion seems to have left the group of potential energy solutions.

It makes sense when you read the first paragraph of Wikipedia's page for cold fusion. The basic idea is that no solid results have emerged yet.

I remember watching Val Kilmer in "The Saint," and seeing cold fusion revolutionize Russia. Can you imagine if everybody had access to free, unlimited power? Free energy! That would change everything...

I hope that in the next 50 years, our energy concerns are completely reversed by some revolutionary development, and instead of worrying about where to find energy, we're focused on how to use the overly abundant fuels of the future.

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