The weekend before Christmas…..(there is a country song in there somewhere)…if you have had enough news about the election and the antics playing out….then IST is the place to be today.
I am all for getting rid of the oil addiction…..and how would we do this?
Alt energy…..those huge windmills that some thinks takes away from the view…..there may be a way around all that criticism…..
Conventional wind turbines have been criticized as ugly, large, and often so noisy they are too obtrusive for backyards.
But French firm New Wind wants to change that with the ‘Wind Tree,’ a 26-foot-tall tree fitted with 63 tiny blades that can generate electricity.
Called aeroleaves, the tree’s leaf-like blades—essentially micro wind turbines—work at speeds as low as 4.5 miles per hour (mph), regardless of the wind’s direction. They are also silent, so they could theoretically be installed along buildings, streets, or even in people’s backyards.
Each tree ranges from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on the model, and it can generate approximately 3,500 Kilowatt hours (kWh) to 13,500 kWh annually. New Wind breaks this down as the ability to power 15 street lamps, 83 percent of the electrical consumption of a typical family household, or one electrical car for 10,168 miles in a year.
There is more on the alt energy front…..this is a way to generate energy with wave action….
Owen Egerton, director of horror movies such as Mercy Black and Blood Fest, is also a talented novelist. In his recent book Hollow, a religious studies professor who is mourning the loss of his son becomes fixated on the idea that the center of the Earth is inhabited by an advanced civilization.
“Hollow is the intersection of two obsessions, one being the Book of Job and the other being Hollow Earth Theory,” Egerton says in Episode 444 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “Who knew that those two intersected? But I think they were meant to be.”
The idea of a Hollow Earth may sound ridiculous, but the theory was once taken seriously by scientists and politicians, and even today it still has a few diehard adherents. “Almost every book event I did for Hollow, there would be one or two people at the back of the room, and they’d be really excited that I’d written this book, and I think really disappointed when I started saying the Earth is not hollow,” Egerton says.
Can we have too many women in leadership rolls?
Apparently the City of Paris says you can and has been fined…..
Paris has been fined nearly $110,000, but the mayor says she’s happy to pay the penalty: It was issued because the city of lights appointed too many women to senior government positions in 2018. Specifically, 11 females and five males. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Tuesday that she will personally deliver the check to the Ministry of Public Service, along with the other women in her government, NPR reports. A rule in the city requires that at least 40% of government positions be appointed to each gender, though a waiver (which became law too late to apply in this case) voids the fine if the new hires don’t cause an overall gender imbalance.
Hidalgo says more must still be done to resolve the imbalance that does exist—in favor of men: “Yes, we must promote women with determination and vigor, because the delay everywhere in France is still very great,” she told the Paris Council. “So yes, to promote and one day achieve parity, we must speed up the tempo and ensure that in the nominations there are more women than men.” Currently, women hold 47% of senior positions in the city, and are paid 6% less than their male counterparts, which is likely why Hidalgo said, per the Guardian, the fine is “absurd, unfair, irresponsible, and dangerous.”
The holidays and a mere days away….time for a little holiday cheer….and our friends in Alabama have an idea….
This is for my loyal read Kim over at By Hook Or By Book
Sheriff’s officials say they’ve busted an illegal winery that was operating at a municipal sewage plant in a small Alabama town. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it received an anonymous tip about an alcohol operation at a municipal building in the town of Rainsville on Thursday. Investigators then uncovered what’s described as a large illegal winery inside the Rainsville Waste Water Treatment Plant, the AP reports. Photos released by investigators (in the gallery with this story) show glass containers, buckets, a fermenting rack, and other equipment used by people who make wine at home.
It’s legal to make limited amounts of wine at home in Alabama, but it’s illegal to have more than 15 gallons of homemade wine or beer at a time. Police photos show multiple fermenting vessels filled with what appears to be more than 100 gallons of white and red liquid. The agency said that officers seized a lot of illegal alcohol and that arrests are expected. The town of about 5,100 people is 100 miles northeast of Birmingham. “I want to thank the mayor for his cooperation and willingness to allow law enforcement to do our job and shut something like this down,” Sheriff Nick Welden said in a statement. “This is definitely one of the biggest operations we’ve seen in our county and possibly our state.”
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