Please post ideas for new threads, tips on relevant and interesting threads elsewhere, and notes about pretty much anything you like here.

The scissors will be wielded to commercial spam, lewd suggestions, and anything else I don’t like. 😎

  1. oldbrew says:

    Link back to Suggestions 32

    [for viewing only please]

  2. oldbrew says:

    Another pointless idea…

    How do we make hydrogen from coal, and is it really a clean fuel?
    April 13, 2018

    I predict that hydrogen power will be zero-emission one day. It can be made in a variety of ways through pure water splitting (including electrolysis, or through solar thermochemical and photoelectrochemical technologies, to name a few). It’s not there yet in terms of price or practicality, but it is certainly on its way. Boosting development of the hydrogen economy through production from coal in the meantime is, in my book, not a terrible idea overall.

    Read more at:

    But as the article points out:
    Gasification processes that use hydrogen fuel cells on site can substantially increase their efficiency compared with traditional coal-fired power. However, depending on the end-use of the hydrogen, and subsequent transport processes, you might be better off in terms of energy output, or efficiency (and therefore carbon emissions), just straight-up burning the coal to make electricity. [bold added]

    There’s no ‘might’ about it – you would be better off.

  3. Paul Vaughan says:

    “Straddle the line in discord and rhyme.” — Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf”

    Russians need do nothing.
    Enough western drama queens reach climatic tipping points just thinking Russia.

    Left-right western intelligence infighting all by itself is reorienting the tip of a climatic iceberg.

    The Chilling Sacrifice of Justice

    Imagined heat,
    You must defeat.

    Climate doom,
    You just assume.

    For sure our youth,
    Can’t bare the truth.

    Creepy secrecy,
    Deepens leaks we see,

    Reversing “Victory”,
    Secures stability.

    From classy leak,
    A stellar peek.

    The clearest Coldest Warmist sacrifice?
    Tyrannically climatic tip of just ice.

    “We consider the triumph of the constructive method to be essential for our present. We find it not only in the new economy and in the development of the industry, but also in the psychology of our contemporaries of art. [My colleague] will champion constructive art, whose mission is not, after all, to embellish life, but to organize it.”

    “The artist constructs a new symbol with his brush. This symbol is not a recognizable form of anything that is already finished, already made, or already existent in the world – it is a symbol of a new world, which is being built upon and which exists by the way of the people.”

    “Constructivism used the same geometric language as Suprematism but abandoned its mystical vision in favour of their ‘Socialism of vision’ – a Utopian glimpse of a mechanized modernity according to the ideals of the October Revolution. However, this was not an art that was easily understood by the proletariat and it was eventually repressed and replaced […]”

    “Suprematism was developed in 1915 by the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. It was a geometric style of abstract painting derived from elements of Cubism and Futurism. Malevich rejected any use of representational images, believing that the non-representational forms of pure abstraction had a greater spiritual power and an ability to open the mind to ‘the supremacy of pure feeling’.

    Suprematism was a style of pure abstraction that advocated a mystical approach to art, in contrast with Constructivism, the major Russian art movement of the 20th Century, whose imagery served the social and political ideology of the state.”

  4. oldbrew says:

    World’s highest waves form west of Norway
    April 16, 2018 – 06:20

    The world’s tallest ocean waves are generated south of Iceland. From there, these giants roll into the Norwegian and North Seas.

    The wind creates the waves

    Strong winds are an important component in generating big waves.

    “The stronger the wind, the higher the waves,” Aarnes says. “If the wind is allowed to work on the sea for a long time and over a long fetch, the waves will be big.”

    Low-pressure systems always blow in from the west to Norway, and are often amplified as they cross the North Atlantic.

    “This, combined with large temperature differences between different ocean currents and large areas like Greenland, makes the winds stronger and the waves extra large,” Aarnes said.
    . . .
    So it should come as no surprise that the highest single wave ever measured in the world by a fixed installation hit the unmanned Norwegian Drauper platforms in the North Sea on January 1, 1995.

    That wave was measured at 25.6 metres by Statoil.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Date: 16/04/18 Global Warming Policy Foundation

    Consumers warned to avoid battery storage for rooftop solar systems

    London 16 April 2018. Rechargeable batteries are said to be a way to extend the appeal of rooftop solar installations, storing the energy generated during the day for use at night. Home energy storage looks set to become big business: Tesla has already entered the marketplace, looking to apply its expertise in batteries to generate a new source of income. Other big-name motor manufacturers are expected to follow.

    However, a new paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) reveals that consumers are in danger of being fleeced. The paper’s author, power engineer Dr Capell Aris, has examined the economics of battery stores and finds that in the UK their high cost means that they will never pay for themselves. As he explains:

    “The price of batteries is relatively high, but the possible savings from adding them to a rooftop solar installation are quite limited, particularly as a fraction of the typical electricity bill. When you add up the costs and benefits, it is quite clear that they are a waste of money.”
    GWPF paper:

    OTOH for those who fear power cuts the cost would not be the only factor – but then a diesel generator might be worth a look.

  6. oldbrew says:

    To power the future, carmakers flip on 48-volt systems

    But the more integrated applications of the technology, amounting to what’s known as a mild hybrid system, offer the greatest value — up to 70 percent of the benefit of a full hybrid at 30 percent of the cost, according to industry analysts. Continental projects that 48-volt mild hybrid systems will account for 14 percent of global new vehicle sales in 2025, as sales of vehicles powered exclusively by gasoline or diesel engines drop to 65 percent.

    Drop to 65% looks optimistic

  7. oldbrew says:

    Wind energy takes a toll on birds, but now there’s help

    Radar-based maps and migration forecasts could save birds from spinning turbine blades.
    by Tom Metcalfe / Apr.17.2018

    With more than 50,000 wind turbines in place across the U.S., wind power now accounts for 8 percent of the nation’s energy-generating capacity — and experts predict that figure could rise to 20 percent by 2030.

    But all that clean, renewable energy comes with a high cost to the nation’s wildlife. Researchers estimate that 140,000 to 328,000 birds are killed every year in collisions with the turbines’ spinning rotor blades and support towers. The risk to birds is highest at night

  8. oldbrew says:

    5 minute tour of the Moon

  9. oldbrew says:

    Rupert Darwall: the World Bank is using American taxpayers’ money to finance energy infrastructure that retards development and makes poor people poorer.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Chankillo: A 2300-Year-Old Solar Observatory in Peru – The ‘Thirteen Towers of Chankillo’ run north to south along a low ridge and form an artificial toothed horizon that spanned – almost exactly – the annual rising and setting arcs of the Sun, according to a study.

    Armchair Archaeoastronomy – The Thirteen Towers

    Towers point to ancient Sun cult

    Peru’s ancient solar observatory

    The Puzzle Of The 13 Solar Towers of Chankillo

    However, many questions remain, not least of which is why there are 13 towers?

    Image source:

  11. oldbrew says:

    Why Jupiter spins fast, but not really fast
    by Michael Hammer | Apr 19, 2018

    Title: On the Terminal Rotation Rates of Giant Planets (pdf)
    Author: Konstantin Batygin (who we interviewed last May)
    First Author’s Institution: California Institute of Technology
    Status: Accepted in AJ [open access]

  12. oldbrew says:

    Where is the universe’s missing matter?
    April 19, 2018, European Space Agency

    Gone down a black hole perhaps 😐
    – – –
    UPDATE: this didn’t take long…

    Is dark matter made of primordial black holes?
    April 20, 2018, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

    Read more at:

  13. oldbrew says:

    Trump’s divisive pick to run NASA wins narrow confirmation
    April 19, 2018

    Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, cited past Bridenstine comments that rejected mainstream climate science, invoking the movie “Apollo 13.”

    “Houston, we have a problem,” Markey said. “NASA’s science, NASA’s mission and American leadership will be in jeopardy under Congressman Bridenstine’s leadership.”

    What a shame 😎

    Why is a Space Agency doing climate propaganda anyway?

  14. oldbrew says:

    Measuring devices for the world’s most extreme environment
    April 20, 2018

    Norwegian research scientists are contributing to the development of the world’s hottest geothermal well in a non-volcanic area. The goal is to exploit the inexhaustible supply of heat from the interior of the Earth, and this calls for equipment that can withstand the most extreme conditions.
    . . .
    The borehole is the world’s hottest geothermal well in a non-volcanic area. Because terrestrial heat is encountered close to the surface in Italy, the country is rich in areas suitable for geothermal drilling – with searing temperatures reaching 500-600 degrees Celsius, resulting in supercritical water that the researchers are hoping to discover. And they have very good reasons. If they can succeed in exploiting the energy in this water, they can drill geothermal wells that are ten times as effective as those currently in operation. This has the potential to reduce costs dramatically and pave the way for a fantastic energy future based on purely natural resources. However, in its supercritical phase, the liquid is corrosive and attacks any drilling equipment that encounters it.
    [bold added]

    Read more at:

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