Friday, April 20, 2007

Seabiscuit attacks the peloton

I was reading Minus Car's blog and he has a great link to a video on a site called Glumberg where a horse jumps a fence and joins a passing cycling race.

The french commentators that you hear in the video make me think of
this Monty Python classic.

A recent Newsweek article mentioned a website I'd never heard of called Grist. It is meant to be an environmental blog but with a bit of a lighter tone than most of the "we're all gonna die" stuff that is out there.
A year or two ago Chevrolet made it possible for people to design their own tv ads for the new Chevy Tahoe. Grist heard about this and directed lots of their readers to the Chevrolet "build an ad" site, and some awesome commercials got put together. If you go to You Tube and just search chevy tahoe about 1/3 of the hits will be these Chevy spoof ads.
I personally like this one with it's Ali G tone, and this "the earth is your bitch" one, but there are lots to choose from.

Anyone heard of Sprol? It's a site devoted to the worst places/practices on earth. One thing they do is use Google Maps to show how terrible suburban sprawl has become, how much smaller seas have gotten etc.

And just as a throw in - I dug up these peak oil quotes a while back from U.S. Navy & Army reports, saved them, and then forgot about them.

The doubling of oil prices from 2003-2005 is not an anomaly, but a picture of the future. Oil production is approaching its peak; low growth in availability can be expected for the next 5 to 10 years. As worldwide petroleum production peaks, geopolitics and market economics will cause even more significant price increases and
security risks. One can only speculate at the outcome from this scenario as world petroleum production declines. The disruption of world oil markets may also affect world natural gas markets since most of the natural gas reserves are collocated with the oil reserves.... The days of inexpensive, convenient, abundant energy sources are quickly drawing to a close.... World oil production is at or near its peak and current world demand exceeds the supply. Energy Trends and Their Implications for U.S. Army Installations. U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, September 2005

The disparity between increasing production and declining reserves can have only one outcome: a practical supply limit will be reached and future supply to meet conventional oil demand will not be available. The question is when peak production will occur and what will be its ramifications. Whether the peak occurs sooner or
later is a matter of relative urgency. . . . In spite of projections for growth of non-OPEC supply, it appears that non-OPEC and non-Former Soviet Union countries have peaked and are currently declining. The production cycle of countries . . . and the cumulative quantities produced reasonably follow Hubbert’s model. . . . The
Nation must start now to respond to peaking global oil production to offset adverse economic and national security impacts.
Strategic Significance of America's Shale Oil Resource. Vol. 1, Assessment of
Strategic Issues. Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Petroleum Reserves,
Office of Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves, U.S. Department of Energy.


JODY said...

Wow, you have been on my blog more than I have lately. Good news for someone who has "academics" in their profile!

Is it spring yet in Canada?

vickers said...

Awesome horse racing clip, Tuco. "Huh? Race? Don't mind if I do!" Those animals are just born to run. And they don't even need a reason. I mean, every time my sister takes her horse to a show, it gives her a hard time about getting in the trailer: "What? Drive there? Are you nuts? Let's *run* there!"