Today an internet comedian suggested people with rootop solar should be charged $40 a day in the interests of "fairness". That was a pretty good joke considering that plenty of Australians at the moment have the electricity they supply to the grid simply stolen from them and recieve a zero cents for each kilowatt-hour they supply. Besides outright theft we should just add random charges as well. That's fair. Apparently the comedian is a member of the first church of Jesus Coal and believes the more coal we burn the sooner we'll all be able to lie down with the sooty lamb of the lord, and, I dunno, hack black phlem over it from our diseased lungs or something. Anyway, for him (and it's almost always a him) I reproduced this little ditty based on Bad Moon Rising:
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Sunday, August 03, 2014
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee: A Synopsis
Atticus Finch appears to live an idealic life with his family in small town America. However, after a near fatal head injury gives him epilepsy, in the time after seizures Atticus is able to see the town as it really is - a zoo containing the last unmutated human survivors of a nuclear war. After the war mutated animals gained telepathy and a controlling overmind and now the rule the world outside of radiation zones. With the help of "Boo" Radley who he formally thought of as the town's madman, Atticus Finch formulates a plan to kill the animal that is the key node of the local animal overmind so he and his fellow survivors can escape to freedom in a nearby radiation zone. They plan to give the mutant humans dwelling their the gifts of technology and lead them in rebellion against the animal overlords. Hence the title, To Kill a Mockingbird. Tragically, Harper Lee died of a massive bad acid trip before she could finish the second and third volumes of her planned trilogy. If completed this work would surely be considered the greatest literary accomplishment in the English language.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
A Good Question
If survivors from the Malaysian Airlines flight 370 made a raft out of their crashed plane and paddled it to Australia, would they be put in detention because they arrived by boat or would they retain their freedom because they would be considered to have arrived by plane?
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Mr T is currently 2.1% of the United States' gold reserve.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
"...not totally unintelligent."
- Paul Walter
Yeah, that's right! An actual truncated quote from Paul Walter about yours truly. In your face everyone who said I was totally unintelligent!
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Mathew 16:18 A Ghost Story
And Jesus Christ said, "I tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I shall build my church." And that's why, when all is quite, if you place your ear against the floor of any church aisle you can hear muffled screaming.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Free Riders On The Storm
Monday, October 14, 2013
Allow Me To Elucidate
Just how pointless is the American government shutdown? Allow me to explain in terms Australians can understand. Imagine that Australia's Prime Minister appeared live on national TV and, using only his hands and teeth, slowly and methodically devoured a live koala. The US shutdown is even more pointless, as at least Tony would get a good feed out of that.
Monday, October 07, 2013
Time Heals All Enzyme Deficiencies
Saturday, October 05, 2013
The Supply Situation On The Eastern Front Becomes Perilous.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Less Curiouser and Less Curiouser
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
I'll get you you, my pretty, and your little dog too!
Monday, June 24, 2013
I think that damn spatial anomaly that keeps following us around must be in there.
Friday, June 21, 2013
I feel pity, so much pity, I feel pity and witty and gay!
Monday, June 17, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Why did anyone think this was a good idea?
Mike Tyson was up on the stage at the 67th Tony Awards. And he wasn't there because he's a talented Broadway performer. What the fuck people? Has no one read his Wikipedia page?
Update: Well, what do you know? He actually is a talented Broadway performer. He has a one man show. And here I was thinking his appearance was the equivalent of putting Roman Polanski up on the stage just for the hell of it. Maybe if I'd watched more than the opening number on youtube I'd realize these sorts of things.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I knew there was a reason he keeps him around.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
And I usually guess who was responsible before the end too.
A trip to the British Museum
Monday, May 06, 2013
Do I look like Mary Poppins to you?
Friday, May 03, 2013
I've had plenty of time to think about how I'll spend the money.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Unfortunately there is more than one horn in this picture.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I love the feel of zinc alloy against my teeth
I’d just like to say that if any one has any Malibu Barbies in their original packaging, or alternatively fabulous new packaging, I am willing to pay for them in bit coins. And I’d like to state that on all my bit coins you can clearly see the tooth marks.
Especially the fabulous ones
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
It's time for us to all pull together
Thursday, April 11, 2013
This is more or less what is being done to many women in the world.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Looks like The Master has been working out.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
The bond between Harry and Ron was so strong he married the woman most closely related to him that was legally possible.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
The anti-Kirk ended up doing the universe more good than the real Kirk ever did
Monday, April 01, 2013
Actually it was two days, but bible people aren't good with stuff like that.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Let He Who Is Without Sin...
Well, the Pope vote is over and still no atheist Pope. I gotta say, there definitely seems to be a pro-catholic bias in this organisation. But before anyone says anything bad about the new Pope, I'll just say this: Let he who has never handed over suspects to a military junta cast the first dissident out of an airplane.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I think they may be stretching the truth a little here...
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
But He Will Have To Tone Down His Performances
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
You can't buy Bex in Australia anymore. As a result I am completely at a loss at what to do when I need a Bex and a good lie down. As a result I haven't laid down since 1982 when my supply ran out. Fortunately my good friends, Pigdog and Spider, have discovered that they still make it in Vietnam and have promised to bring me some whenever they go overseas. If it wasn't unpatriotic, I would say that it's even better than the original. (Still haven't managed to lay down, however. But that's okay, I just take more Vietnamese Bex.)
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Sweet Lemonade, Sweet, Sweet, German Lemonade...
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Campbell Newman Has Australia's Largest Sack
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Just Working My Way Through the Phone Book Now
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
How To Avoid Age Related Decrease in Physical Ability
The trick to growing old without experiencing a progressive loss of physical ability is to, when young, make a point of being really lazy and unhealthy. And then as you get older, gradually eat better, exercise more, and freebase clearasil less, and if you time it right your improving physical condition will offset your age related health deterioration. Of course, your total life expectancy will be less than if you'd been healthy from day one, and apparently people can find it difficult to break unhealthy habits once they start them, but if you do it right at least you won't be going backwards. At least not until near the end. Which might come soon depending on how successful you were at being lazy and unhealthy early on.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Speaking Truth to Power is Always Difficult
Monday, January 07, 2013
If Imelda Marcos Knew More Maths She Could Have Created a Shoe Singularity
Friday, January 04, 2013
Tips for Surviving the 44 Degrees Celsius Heat in Adelaide
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Target Shooting With Simulated Guns for Fun and Profit and Above All Else, Safety.
I recently read about the vast amount of ammunition that is used by target shooters in the United States and elsewhere. So I started wondering, why isn't the sport of target shooting practiced with simulated guns? In our modern age of lasers and moving parts and refined metal and stuff, we are quite capable of building devices that act like firearms but which don't actually spit out a piece of metal at high velocity. They can even be made to go bang and emit the smell of burnt smokless powder. And we are quite capable of using a TV screen or other device to display a target showing where the bullet would have gone if the device had actually been a gun. Various types of simulated guns currently exist. Militaries have been mucking around with them for quite a while in the hope of cutting down on training costs and improving safety. To get the ball rolling, I think the next Olympics should have simulated weapon target shooting.
Of course those who are attracted to target shooting because of the role guns play in dominance fantasies in our society will probably think this idea will spoil their jollies.
Joy to the World, the Lord is Seminal. (2013 update)
Joy to the world, the world's still here,
The Mayans could not kill us,
And so with relief we all cheer,
Although the thought did thrill us.
Joy to the dirt, for some clouds rained,
Just not in the U.S.,
More rain it would be nice also Greenland retaining ice,
But you can't have everything I guess.
Joy to world for Germany saved us,
They reduced the price of PV,
All we need to do is install all across the world,
If Campbell Newman lets us.
Joy to the world because I am rich,
I've got lots of money,
And I will keep it all and not give it to the poor,
Because I look tall if you're standing in a ditch.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Why not purchase our Carol model this Christmas?
Titantic Sank 100 Years Ago? It Seems Like It Was Only 1997.
Monday, December 17, 2012
So You Need Guns to Protect Yourself From Tryanny That You're Already Living Under That Your Owning Guns Did Nothing to Prevent?
The odd thing is, a large number of US citizens who are very vocal about needing freedom of gun ownership to protect their nation from tyranny are often also quite vocal about insisting that they already live under tyrannical government, which rather undermines their point as obviously their freedom of gun ownership did nothing to prevent it.
Friday, November 30, 2012
SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (Much shorter original draft)
SUPERMAN: Gentlemen, I shall now collect all the world's nuclear weapons in a big net and hurl them into the sun.
DR PHYSICS: Superman, there is this thing called critical mass and I don't think...
SUPERMAN: Silence! You are bald and my past experience has taught me that bald people are not to be trusted! Now I'll just hoist this net and crunch all the world's nuclear weapons together in one big nuclear pile.
SUPERMAN: Oh crap. What are my chances of finding another planet where the inhabitant's naughty bits are anatomically compatible with my own?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Probably No Significant Amount of Concentrating Solar Thermal Capacity Will Be Built In Australia
Concentrating solar thermal power, that is using mirrors to concentrate sunlight to produce steam to run a generator, used to be a big contender in the renewable energy stakes. It seemed like it should be a low cost way to generate electricity. After all, the basics are pretty simple - mirrors, pipes, steam, generators. We could have started building concentrted solar thermal back in the 19th century if we'd wanted to. But it has been sidelined over the past few years by the huge drop in the price of solar PV which you can see in the form of solar panels installed on roofs all over the place in Australia. But solar concentrating thermal can be built with thermal storage that can provide electricity after the sun goes down or when it's overcast. So will Australia build a significant amount of concentrating solar thermal plants?
It's possible that concentrating solar thermal may become an important source of electricity in the future, but it faces some challenges. Its first problem is it’s not currently suitable for point of use applications. That is, you can't easily stick it on your roof and so needs to supply power directly to the grid. This means that like any other source of electricity that is delivered directly to the grid, it is less competitive than point of use solar PV. As point of use PV is the cheapest source of electricity for most Australians, people are installing a lot of it which is pushing down the wholesale price of electricity during the day and making concentrating solar thermal less economical.
Concentrating solar thermal can be built with energy storage to provide electricity during the evening, but faces the problem that Australia’s high retail prices mean Australians may soon find it profitable to install home and business energy storage which has the potential to greatly reduce the demand for electricity in the evening. And for on grid storage, concentrating solar thermal faces competition from point of use PV. This is because Australia may end up with enough point of use solar to often push the price of electricity down towards zero during the day. This means that energy storage could be charged at little or no cost during these times. This means that thermal storage could be built without any attached concentrating solar capacity. Using electrical resistance heating to raise the temperature of concrete or other material to later produce steam to generate electricity is not efficient, but if the cost of daytime electricity is low enough it could be cheaper than building concentrating solar thermal.
So I basically I can't see Australia building much in the way of concentrating solar thermal plants, not with the decreasing cost and increasing adoption of solar PV.
Labels: Australia, concentrating solar thermal, economics, electrical resistance heating, energy storage, grid only solar, point of use solar, retail electricity prices, Solar PV, wholesale electricity prices
Friday, November 16, 2012
I could buy me a new Maserati with the copper on that
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
I came across Brakels's axiom while googling my own name today:
If someone thinks [nation] is following a master plan, it is only because that person does not speak [national language]. A lack of ability that prevents them from understanding that [nation] is just as disorganized as everywhere else.
I often come across things when googling my own name despite typing with both hands.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
The Republican Party and the Batshit Insane Factor
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
That Nice Man Disaproves of Misogyny!
Monday, October 22, 2012
To Improve the Health of Australian Children Make Shoes Optional
One of the reasons Australia produces so many great athletes is that many of them grew up barefoot. Freeman, Phelps, and many others. Not only does growing up barefoot give athletes an edge, it also reduces injury rates. So, rather than spending money on olympic medal bonuses, why not take the money saving course of allowing children to go barefoot at school? I'm sure it would have a positive effect on children's activity levels and so improve health and reduce obesity.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Solar, Wind and Efficiency Killing Coal Power in Australia
And they've shut down another 360 megawatts of coal power in Australia. This time very dirty brown coal capacity at Yallourn power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley. So much for paying coal plants to shut down, they're doing it on their own.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Solar and Efficiency Gradually Eliminating Coal Power in Australia
I just read that because of reduced demand due to rooftop solar and improved efficiency, Queensland’s Tarong power station is mothballing half of its 1,400 megawatt capacity. So coal power capacity that has been shut down and not replaced in the last two or three years in Australia include half of Tarong (700 megawatts), Playford B (250 megawatts), Swanbank B (125 megawatts), and Munmorrah (600 megawatts), for a total of 1,675 megawatts. And if you want to throw in half of Northern power station’s capacity as it now only operates 6 months a year, that brings it to 1,935 megawatts, or almost two gigawatts of coal power. That's fairly impressive.
Decent weather and increased grid electricity prices have also contributed to this, but rooftop solar obviously bears a lot of responsibility, as by the end of the year we will be approaching two gigawatts of installed solar capacity. This means that on a sunny day, Australia's PV could generate as many megawatts as as the shutdown coal plants.
Monday, September 24, 2012
It was kind of cheeky of him. And antibluemetic.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Primates are really quite lucky that pornography works for them.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I have the slip lotion right here.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Nuclear capacity factor is not 90%. Why you gotta lie all the time?
World nuclear capacity factor in 2010 was 84.8% I mention this because many people lie and say it is 90%. World nuclear capacity factor has declined dramatically since 2010 for some strange reason. I'll have to ring up my Japanese friend and ask him if he knows why.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Empower Women by Taking Away Their Choice to Wear What They Want!
Trust me, he doesn't mind at all.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Australia needs more sharp youngsters.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Even if they are old cripples begging for mercy.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Parting can be such sweet sorrow, but endings can be quite happy.
Monday, September 10, 2012
So he went back to a robo 'fro.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Toilet Seats - Up or Down?
You know, I think I've just realised why there is so much conflict in the United States over whether or not men should put the toilet seat down. I think it's because, generally speaking, women have enough faith in human nature to sit on a toilet without first checking if it's boobytrapped, while men do not. I know I certainly check every time. Of course, in my case, this is probably more a result of faith in Australian wildlife rather than a lack of faith in humanity. From a young age we have to learn to deal with things such as the bowl leaper frog, the redback spider on the toilet seat, and of course, the dreaded dunny mullet.