Archive for April, 2008

Cool!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

http://www.willitblend.com/

He puts things in a blender!

Ecology Scrapbook

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

My ecology teacher had us make a scrapbook, and I am using this…I think she will appreciate conserving paper by having it entirely online!

Green power downtown?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/apr/23/downtown-green-power-challenge/

Businesses are challenged to use 400 blocks of green power in 400 blocks downtown.

I think this is a great idea. If it works, then it will prove that it IS feasible, and may start more businesses doing it.

Switchgrass Biofuel

Monday, April 21st, 2008

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/apr/21/science-focused-on-creating-domestic-supply/

Says how UT and ORNL are working together to make a plant that converts switchgrass to biomass fuel. It is supposed to make it into cellulose ethanol. The article says that it will be ready in about 5 years, and will cost a few million more. The technology to make it more efficient is between 3 an d10 years down the road.

I feel that regardless of the cost, within a reasonably short order, it will be repaid, both in savings and positive impact on the environment.In addition, it is readily available, as switchgrass is easy to grow, and will grow even in fields where corn and other crops will not. In addition, farmers who choose to grow it can seed it with standard drill seeders, and can even reap it like hay. Cattle can feed on it as well, as it has a fairly high feed value to them, although poisonous to sheep, goats and horses if eaten in large amounts.

What do you think about it? Will it work?

Issue on rock mining restrictions

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/apr/16/company-to-fight-rock-harvesting-bill/

A company is fighting a bill that would further restrict mining rocks from Tennessee, and a Florida company is fighting it.

I feel that the company should be mining in areas where there is not so much tourism, and where it will not harm people through the destruction of the views from their homes.

What do you think?

Mountaintop bill possible again

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/apr/16/ban-mountaintop-mining-revived-tenn-legislators/

Tennessee committee is reconsidering the ban, and voted to put the bill in effect, and possibly reverse their earlier veto.

I feel this is a good thing, and a potential jumping point for many more such measures.

What do you feel?

Mountaintop Mining

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/apr/03/bill-surface-mining-halted/

Says that a bill that would limit mountaintop removal mining was halted. Mountaintop mining is where they cut the top off the mountain and take the ore. This is very destructive. The coal companies say it is worth the harm for the benefit we get.

I feel this needs to stop.

What do you feel?

Tellico

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/apr/13/tellico-dam-still-generating-debate/

More on the Tellico Dam debate…Says who despite the arguments about the Snail darter, the fish has thrived in the reservoir. However, it still cost a lot of people their farmland. TVA says it generates power, but all it does is redirect water towards Fort Loudon. A yacht maker says that people can reach 24 states by that water.

I feel that the dam is ok having been made, although I am not SURE about it.

What do you think?

Versus

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

http://www.myspace.com/vsknoxville Great little place. Go there, and for whatever price, use some pretty nice systems and game a bit.

Blogfest 2008

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Went to the Blogfest at wild Wings…had a great time. Met a guy who recommended a few WoW blogs to me…namely, http://www.wowinsider.com/ and http://www.massively.com/. The food was good, as well. Fun!