Monday, May 22, 2006

One con of ethanol that no one seems to know

The vapor phase above the liquid ethanol is such that the vapor in a closed container is explosive.

Now, you are probably thinking..."gas vapor is explosive too!" WRONG. Gasoline is not explosive until you have the proper air:gasoline vapor mixture. Hence the compression stage in the pistons. At normal temperature and pressure, this explosive mixture does not occur.

Ethanol has the proper volitility to create an explosive vapor phase at ambient conditions.

So what does this mean? Well, introduce a spark to a gas tank and it shouldn't explode(it may if it mixes just right). Introduce a spark to a tank of ethanol and you can kiss your ass goodbye.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Mommy? Where do, I mean where does gas come from?

I've been on a blogging sabbatical due to finals, moving home, and finally getting to not do a darn thing all day long (and it was wonderful). But alas, I start work on Monday.

Anywho, I was reading a while back about where certain gas stations in the US get their gas from. I believe it was a department of energy report, but I could be wrong. From what I gleamed off of it, I figured out two things:

1. Do not buy gas from Citgo. The company is Venezuelan owned and 100% of the gas comes from Venezuela (and they aren't playing nice right now.)

2. Do buy gas from BP/Amoco. I believe they have the highest amount of domestic oil and are a British owned company.

If anyone knows of that document, please send me a link.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Step right up for the Carnival of the Badger!

Hello everyone, welcome to this weeks edition of the Carnival of the Badger! This weeks edition I thought would be a great idea to do in the theme of:

"What I remember from high school world history class, and some things that I don't."

Let's begin where all good world history classes begin, the beginning!

Most would tell you that the big bang pretty much started the whole thing. After a few years people arrived and started making civilizations. The greatest of these was Rome. Probably around 600 BC, Rome was a happening place to be with painters painting, sculptors sculpting, and philosophers philosophing. The greatest philosopher was Plato...or maybe it was Socrates. In any case Jenna from Right off the Shore philosophically tells us that it's our fault for the failure of legislation that would have limited the amount Caesar could take.

Being a scribe in Rome was also an important position. Scribes wrote blogs for those who couldn't write, or for those too lazy to do it themselves. Of course this was before the web, so they probably did it the old fashioned way. Like typewriters. Fred from Real Debate Wisconsin comments on a typewritten letter sent by Iran to President Bush.

Later in Rome or somewhere close, Jesus Christ was born. This occurred at about the same time that they were running out of years when counting down and decided to start counting up again. About 200 years after Christ, the Church was formed. As Mike will tell you, the year after the church formed came the annual tradition of the church festival.

The church held some meetings and cannonized the books that were to become today's Bible. The last book of the Bible is Revelation where one can find signs of the end of the world. 23:31 reads, "...and Conservatives shall agree with thy sworn enemy, Liberals." Which makes me think the world is coming to an end when Sean from The American Mind agrees with Xoff when he questions the results of a poll.

After this I'm pretty sure that nothing important happened until the birth of the United States of America. The Constitution, signed sometime after the Declaration of Independence gave us a system of government that included a bicameral legislature. Kathy from Stepping Right Up tells us that when her legislator says, "No" she says, "Yes!"

The Constitution also guarantees a system of federalism. Nick, from The World According to Nick, tells us that liberals only like federalism when it's convenient.

After this the details start to get fuzzy. I'm pretty sure of the other stuff though...

Thanks from coming to the Carnival and thanks to all who submitted posts! If you'd like to partake in the Carnival next week, talk to Nick.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Just a thought

Chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey = Turducken.
Pig inside of a cow inside of a buffalo = Picowalo?

I really think that this needs to be tried.

Anyone have a really big rotisserie that I can borrow?

Friday, May 05, 2006

Well, now that you mention it...

kids at UW-M must be smart. As you can see, they are well versed in rhetorical strategy and sound logic. Kudos to Brad. It's always fun to see people prove what the set out to disprove. Furthermore, I strongly endorse the poking of Ben.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Put on your best suit, we have guests coming.

The last time an Osama bin Laden tape showed up for our viewing displeasure, the terrorist spoke of a "crusade against Islam." Unfortunately, U.S. polls are showing that Americans misunderstand Islam on such a scale that this bogus claim is allowed more fertile ground to sprout than should be available.

This claim is brought about by Osama manipulating the truth. We are not in a crusade against Islam, if we were there would be no more mosques,and no free Muslims left in this country. We are however fighting the war that Osama started. We are fighting the brand of Islam that is trying to spread Islam throughout the world, leaving no non-believer alive.

MJS editorial wants you to go to the Muslim open house to learn about Islam. Here's the thing. What happens when you invite people over to dinner to introduce them to the family? You clean up the house, make a nice meal, and everyone dresses up and shows their best side.

That's what will happen here. They will not show you what they don't want you to see. I'm not saying that the Muslims in Milwaukee are waging Jihad against others. Not at all. But they probably won't tell you where the others arrive at the conclusion that it is necessary for them to do so.

Someone in Milwaukee, do me a favor. Go to the open house. During the question and answer session ask these questions:

1. What is the meaning of the following passage: "..reckon not those who are killed in Allah's way as dead; nay, they are alive (and) are provided sustenance from their Lord [meaning they are enjoying their 72 virgins in heaven]" Excerpt K 3:169

"...make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them." Excerpt K 8:012
"..Allah loves those who fight in His way in ranks as if they were a firm and compact wall." K 61:004

2. Ask about the Prophet himself ordering stonings. If they don't know where tell them to read the Hadith.

3. Ask about the ambushing of a caravan ordered by the prophet.

4. Ask about the prophets warning against Muslims becoming friends with non-Muslisms.

Then report back.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Fixing the illegal immigration problem


Phase 1. Make legal immigration easier. Crack down on those who employ Illegals. Take away the incentive to be here. Call it a crackdown on companies who exploit Illegals so it gets support. Wait a few years, move to phase 2.

Phase 2. Toughen laws on Illegal immigrants.

Follow this plan and everyone who wants to be here can be here legally and quickly enough. Those here illegally will face severe penalties, but have little incentive to do so due to easier legal immigration.

Keep the process transparent and everyone will either 1. Apply to be legal (and most should be approved) or 2. Leave.

Then we have documented workers who are treated fairly, paid fairly, and pay taxes. The cost of bean burritos goes up $0.10 and I don't care.

Was today really a day without Latinos?

...Because I didn't notice. If today was a "Day without Latinos" then tomorrow had better be "The day where Latinos look for new jobs." Go ahead. Call me racist. I'm actually part Latino myself. When you don't show up for work, you get fired. White, black, Latino, or mixed-up mutt, when you don't shouldn't be employed.

My prediction: No one gets fired in Madison. If they do, liberals protest until they get their job back and thus real-world consequences have no effect to those skipping work.

Furthermore, the cause and the name of the day are two completely different things. A day without Illegals is not a day without Latinos. It's just a day with less Latinos.