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Scientific illiteracy

A good case of illiteracy over at CNN Money: Why more people are suddenly dying on U.S. roads by Matt McFarland. But traffic safety experts said there was no single culprit for the surge in motor vehicle deaths. Smartphone use, cheaper gas prices, climate change and a strong economy all play a role. “It’s a very […]

Numbers: Electric Car Energy

It is hard to get decent numbers from electric car enthusiasts. Maybe this is a problem in transferring from gallons of gasoline to a proper energy measure. Maybe something else. David Nolan does put up some numbers in his item on Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Degradation Update. Culling the piece, here are some […]

Invisible technology

There is an interesting chart at AEI showing recorded music sales over time by distribution media [Mark Perry: Another limitation of GDP accounting – it may fail to capture improvements in economic well-being in the Information Age]. It runs from the peak of the 8 track era to the decline of CD’s and the rise […]

PCD (personal communications device a.k.a. smartphone) theft and trivia

Some interesting trivia by Robert Brokamp when describing How to prevent mobile phone theft. According to Consumer Reports, 3.1 million smartphones were stolen in 2013, which was nearly a 100 percent increase from 2012′s number. Another 1.4 million were lost. … according to a study by Experian. (Android users spend just 28 percent of their […]

Disruptive Technologies: Cell phones

At Strategy Page: Information Warfare: One Technology That Changed Everything. It is about the impact of the cell phone, especially in the mid-East and Africa. “Cell phones have revolutionized life and culture in poor countries. … Cell phone networks were cheaper to set up and in poor countries the governments generally let foreign operators come […]

Water pumps

Gene says his well out in Elko is near 1000′ feet deep. That raises the question of how to get water up to the surface from that depth. Most of the domestic well information on the web calls the well deep if it is 300′ feet deep. A shallow well which can use a suction […]

Air conditioning, humidity, condensate and Summertime

Having to use the shop vac to get a few gallons of water out of the ductwork on a regular basis was an indication of a problem. Where does it come from? I used Calculate Temperature, Dewpoint, or Relative Humidity to see how humidity changes with temperature. 90F at 10% humidity is a 26F dew […]

Is methane poisonous?

An old Perry Mason show, the Case of the Bogus Books (first aired 9-27-62), has a murder caused by natural gas or methane. It seems the criminal turned off the gas to kill the pilot light and then turned the gas on again so it would kill the occupant of the room as gas from […]

Now vs then on gift costs

When you look at the price of things, say a new high end radio, it may be tough to think you get more for the money. But there’s a lot to be thankful for for how much you can get for how little compared to what was. Professor Perry describes Christmas shopping: 1958 vs. 2012. […]

Know a geek?

xkcd has a bunch of posters and T’s at the xkcdstore. Some of the posters have very educational charts taking a look at party representation in Congress over time, launch vehicles, online communities, lakes and oceans, and other stuff. T’s allow you to wear your Linux cheat sheet or make the threat that you know […]