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I Can Haz Legacy

Well, after dithering about how I was going to do this, I wound up taking the Sportage in to the Kia dealer where I'd had the starter replaced and the turn signals (briefly) repaired for its annual inspection. They'd been tinkering with it since 1300 when one of the service managers came out and offered me a loaner, with the implication that the mechanics had no idea WTF and wouldn't be finishing today. Which is no big deal since the windshield also needs to be replaced because it's broken like this, which is not okay, and not like that, which would be acceptable. No, I don't get it either, but it's the LAW. So anyway, they sent me home with a Subaru Legacy loaner, which is kind of like the Optima I had last time except with more bells & whistles and a really odd transmission that lets you decide whether you want to shift your own gears or let the slushbox automagically handle that. As God is my witness, I spent fifteen minutes studying the owner's manual and still managed to miss that until I pulled into a parking lot to find out why the damn thing wouldn't shift out of first gear at 5000 RPM. Curse you, overly clever designers of the Master Race, CURSE YOU!!! *SHAKES FIST*

In other news, the employment commission sent me a fresh copy of my monetary determination letter, which I will now wave at the VA so they'll get off my bozack about the copays I can't afford. Also, syringes arrived just in time for the weekend, which is one less thing I have to worry about.

It's Old But It's Good Department: Samuel E. Morison (Rear Admiral, USNR, Retired, RIP) was a great historian, of a sort not often seen these days*, and towards the end of his life he started a massive opus, The European Discovery of America, of which he only finished two volumes before relocating to Hy-Brasil in 1976. The first volume covered the Northern Voyages from 500-1600, and includes a couple of truly amusing chapters on mythical islands of the Atlantic (some of which persisted on maps well into the 19th century) and silly claims by various people whose national heroes allegedly preceded Columbus to the New world, including Welsh (who became Mandans, allegedly), Norsemen - this part includes a hearty slap at the Kensington Runestone- and other ethnic nuttiness. I can't recommend this book strongly enough.

Old Wine, New Bottles Department: Study shows rooftop solar more lethal on a per-terawatt basis than Chernobyl. Petr Beckmann did this for you in 1976, guys. About time you caught up.

*Which is to say, readable - something Morison complains about in the foreword.

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 28th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
in cars that are fitted with auto fun slap stick toys for the F1 drivers in harts of those who can not handle the concept of a clutch they also fit a led gear indicator on the gage cluster for those who can't finish the owners manul. key word beeing owners....
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wombat_socho
Aug. 28th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, that LED indicator was my first clue that something was fucked up.
therevdrnye
Aug. 28th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Solar is more dangerous than Chernobyl because it's roof work is dangerous?

Great statistic. How many deaths related to solar power were due to people just living downwind of a solar panel farm?


As you know, I am not anti-nuke; after all, without nukes, how would we have won WWIII and sent those Rooskie bastards packing? Even so, this kind of statistical pap is what sets nutters off on one rant or another, because they don't actually study the data - they just grab a tag line and run with it.

Not saying that the data itself isn't interesting, just that they way it's summarized into little bite-sized bits for easy digestion leaves summat to be desired.
wombat_socho
Aug. 28th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
To be fair to Beckmann, his book considered the entire production cycle of coal, oil/gas, solar, wind, and nuclear. Addressing your specific point, how many people died from being downstream from a solar cell factory? The process of making solar cells is not exactly "green", what with all the toxic chemicals involved in silicon wafer production.
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