Solar Markets Are Booming in the US -IREC | Use – reduce global °Celsius

Posted in environment on August 17, 2012 by SpenceG

Despite some high-profile negative news stories about solar in 2011, solar markets are booming in the United States, says Larry Sherwood, President of Sherwood Associates, and author of the 2012 Solar Market Trends Report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. Falling photovoltaic prices, strong consumer demand, and financial incentives from the federal government, states and utilities meant that twice as much photovoltaic solar was installed in 2011, as was installed in 2010.

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McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am revealed – BBC Top Gear

Posted in cars with tags , on August 17, 2012 by SpenceG

For those of a certain vintage, there was an era of motorsport in the 1960s and 1970s that was, frankly, bonkers. Utterly, completely, whole-heartedly and magnificently bonkers. In fact, Bonkers with a capital ‘B’.

It was called the ‘Canadian American Challenge Cup’, shortened to Can-Am, and this wild McLaren MP4-12C racer you’re not-so-secretly coveting above has been built in honour of that fantastic championship, set for a Pebble Beach debut later this week.

Why so fantastic? It was practically an unrestricted, no-holds barred motorsport series that pretty much allowed anything, so long as it passed a safety inspection. And the McLarens of its era were supremely dominant.

via McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am revealed – BBC Top Gear.

SRT Unveils 2013 Viper GTS Launch Edition | Sx-Z

Posted in cars with tags , on August 17, 2012 by SpenceG

Making a special appearance at Pebble Beach this weekend will be the 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition.

The iconic GTS Blue and dual white striped Vipers feature serialized dash plaques placed inside their cabins to increase collectibility, interiors will be covered in Black Laguna leather and contrast stitching, and they’ll have exclusive five-spoke polished forged-aluminum wheels evolved from prior launch models.

via OFFICIAL: SRT Unveils 2013 Viper GTS Launch Edition | Sx-Z.

DVD Verdict Review – Isle Of The Dead / Bedlam

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , , on August 15, 2012 by SpenceG

Isle of the Dead gives us Boris Karloff as General Nikolas “The Watchdog” Pherides, one of Greece’s fiercest, least sympathetic military men. He takes a break from shelling villagers to visit his wife’s island grave with war correspondent Oliver Davis Marc Cramer, The Adventures of Don Coyote. While on the island, the pair comes across the lively house of the cemetery keeper and a gaggle of quirky houseguests. Among them is Thea Ellen Drew, Man in the Saddle, who is whispered to be a Vuldrini wait, that’s Ghostbusters. Anyway, she supposedly kills people, and people start dying on the island. It might be the plague. It might also be this vampire chick, Thea, so the General talks about killing her. But he never really does; instead, he mumbles a lot and waves his arms wildly whenever Thea walks into the room. Then a nice lady gets buried alive, people run around, and the end credits roll.

via DVD Verdict Review – Isle Of The Dead / Bedlam.

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Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted | Environment | The Observer

Posted in environment with tags , , on August 14, 2012 by SpenceG

The view from a yacht’s mast. Summer pack ice is showing a rate of loss 50% higher than anticipated. Photograph: Mike Powell/Corbis

Sea ice in the Arctic is disappearing at a far greater rate than previously expected, according to data from the first purpose-built satellite launched to study the thickness of the Earth’s polar caps.

Preliminary results from the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 probe indicate that 900 cubic kilometres of summer sea ice has disappeared from the Arctic ocean over the past year.

This rate of loss is 50% higher than most scenarios outlined by polar scientists and suggests that global warming, triggered by rising greenhouse gas emissions, is beginning to have a major impact on the region. In a few years the Arctic ocean could be free of ice in summer, triggering a rush to exploit its fish stocks, oil, minerals and sea routes.

Using instruments on earlier satellites, scientists could see that the area covered by summer sea ice in the Arctic has been dwindling rapidly. But the new measurements indicate that this ice has been thinning dramatically at the same time. For example, in regions north of Canada and Greenland, where ice thickness regularly stayed at around five to six metres in summer a decade ago, levels have dropped to one to three metres.

via Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted | Environment | The Observer.

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Moss-Covered Forest in Yakushima

Posted in nature with tags , on August 10, 2012 by SpenceG

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart. — Hal Borland

RMK life: Roasted Vegetable and Sausage Lasagna

Posted in food with tags , , on August 10, 2012 by SpenceG

You see, we like lasagna the way we like pizza. I can do pizza once in a while, but if I have to eat it too many times in a week: non va bene. It’ll be months before I can even think about a slice. But, here’s the problem: people rarely make a small lasagna. No, everyone expects that they’ll make Texan-sized lasagna, which everyone will eat until their hearts and stomachs are full, and the pan is gone. Then, they’ll sit around the fire and talk about the lasagna they wish they were still eating.

via RMK life: Roasted Vegetable and Sausage Lasagna.

Katy Perry: Cherries!

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2012 by SpenceG

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I really like to look like a history book. I can look 1940s, I can look 1970s hippie-chic, or sometimes I’ll pull that ’80s Brooklyn hip-hop kid with the door-knocker earrings. — Katy Perry

Porsche Museum Secrets: Part 2 – YouTube

Posted in cars with tags , on August 10, 2012 by SpenceG

In this second part of the Porsche ‘Museum Secrets’ mini series we take a look at some of the special editions contained in the collection including a prototype 928 and bullet proof 911 (type 996).

Go behind the scenes of this exclusive new storage facility and learn more about some of the hidden treasures contained within. Explore the future of our history.

via Porsche Museum Secrets: Part 2 – YouTube.

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David Duchovny Weighs The Possibility Of ‘The X-Files 3′ | | Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , on August 10, 2012 by SpenceG

A few months back TheX-Files writer Frank Spotnitz discussed his strong desire to do a new film in the series saying,”There is a very active and relentless fan campaign for a last movie. I do feel like it would be a terrible shame if that didn’t happen. It feels wrong not to give it an ending around the alien colonisation of earth. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson feel the same.”

Now Duchovny’s speaking for himself and he backs this up 100%. He told Collider, “That book doesn’t close until somebody dies, really. One of the greatnesses of the show was its open-endedness. It was about possibility. It wasn’t about closure. It just couldn’t be. There is no such thing as that story ever ending. Those characters are forever searching. That’s what they do. Even if we’re not watching them, they’re out there, in some dimension. Mulder and Scully are still doing their thing ‘cause that’s their nature…I would love to do another film, or more. I think we’re all game for it. I know I’m kind of perplexed that Fox isn’t more [enthusiastic].”

I can kind of see where Fox is coming from. 2008′s I Want To Believe only grossed $20M compared to Fight The Future‘s $83M (not adjusted for inflation). But Duchovny has a reasonable answer for I Want To Believe‘s financial failure. Head inside for more.

via David Duchovny Weighs The Possibility Of ‘The X-Files 3′ | | Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting.

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Woman’s missing digits grow back in phantom form – health – 10 August 2012 – New Scientist

Posted in science with tags , , on August 10, 2012 by SpenceG

A woman born missing a finger and a thumb has grown them back – albeit as part of a phantom limb. This extraordinary occurrence shows that our brain contains a fully functional map of our body image, regardless of what our limbs actually look like.

The woman, RN, was born with just three fingers on her right hand. Aged 18, RN had the hand amputated after a car accident. She later began to feel that her missing limb was still present, and developed a “phantom” hand.

“But here’s the interesting thing,” says Paul McGeoch at the University of California, San Diego. “Her phantom hand didn’t have three digits, it had five.”

via Woman’s missing digits grow back in phantom form – health – 10 August 2012 – New Scientist.

Soft autonomous robot inches along like an earthworm – MIT News Office

Posted in science with tags , on August 10, 2012 by SpenceG

Earthworms creep along the ground by alternately squeezing and stretching muscles along the length of their bodies, inching forward with each wave of contractions. Snails and sea cucumbers also use this mechanism, called peristalsis, to get around, and our own gastrointestinal tracts operate by a similar action, squeezing muscles along the esophagus to push food to the stomach.

Now researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have engineered a soft autonomous robot that moves via peristalsis, crawling across surfaces by contracting segments of its body, much like an earthworm. The robot, made almost entirely of soft materials, is remarkably resilient: Even when stepped upon or bludgeoned with a hammer, the robot is able to inch away, unscathed.

Sangbae Kim, the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, says such a soft robot may be useful for navigating rough terrain or squeezing through tight spaces.

via Soft autonomous robot inches along like an earthworm – MIT News Office.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2012 by SpenceG

With The Grains

May 2012

I once went to high tea at a tea plantation in Kenya.  A gentle fog hung over the vivid, green, rolling hills and rows of tea-producing bushes.  Failing to factor in colonization, I was surprised when a very proper British woman greeted me.  However, I was even more surprised when her husband offered a warning before we departed, “take heed of the monkeys throwing avocados from the trees in the yard.”  What a thing to say! I stored that warning in the part of my head devoted to life dreams and aspirations.  I would very much love to offer that parting warning to my house guests one day, implying my home will be some place magical just like that Kenyan tea plantation. In the meantime, I can fiddle with different avocado eating methods in preparation for the abundant supply I might one day have.

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Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2012 by SpenceG

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To Rome With Love:

Woody Allen’s final film in his series of European stories leaves us with an abundance of stories and ideas about the fleeting nature of life, but the construction of the film does him no favors. The choppiness of the scenes and the uneven way the segments flow together leave one wondering if he wanted these stories to be viewed as connected. Even he seems to dismiss the idea of these stories being connected in any way by starting the film with the lazy plot device of a narrator saying “I see lots of people in Rome. Here are some of them.” Two of the storylines– one following an average man who finds fame for literally no reason, another following an opera producer discovering a new talent– feel particularly autobiographical. During these chunks, the movie sparks to life. Another plotline starring Ellen Page as a sexual temptress…

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Did you know that a bonsai is considered a work of art

Posted in hobby with tags , , , , on July 5, 2012 by SpenceG

Creating a bonsai is a reasonably uncomplicated technique, in the event you stick to the necessary actions for growing and defining the selected tree. Additionally it is important to pick a tree for the climatic factors within your community – a few bonsai are able to prosper in a few regions while some might not make it through. After deciding on the specified bonsai material, the next step is to organize the appropriate size pot. A pot that is too small, or even a pot that’s too large can hinder the development with the bonsai.

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In addition the plant pot must have a hole or orifice at the bottom allowing water to drain easily. The quantity and form of soil can also be an essential thing to consider, normally a mixture of organic and natural and inorganic compounds. To allow for suitable location in its container, you could have to cut some of its roots. By reducing the mass of roots in the game, pruning gives space for young strong roots to grow and take up water and minerals.

Don’t forget, it is the trimming with the roots when limiting the tree to a small container that will keep the tree miniaturized. Subsequent to preparing the tree in its container, pruning the leaves, clipping new shoots and growing the branches into an good to look at structure follows. You will find six classic bonsai styles and a growing set of non-traditional variations as bonsai art consists of brand new cultures and fresh varieties of trees. Esthetics, however just isn’t a conclusion alone, but is related for the physiology and health of the bonsai.

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The concern involved with making and forming a bonsai is considered a type of relaxation in and of itself. As time passes, bonsai begun to take on different variations, each which varied immensely in one the other. These days, robust in addition to exotic indoor bonsai are cultured in traditional styles, including windswept, slanted trunk, rock clinging, and forest.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 29, 2012 by SpenceG

Posted in Uncategorized on June 29, 2012 by SpenceG

Recommended weight Loss and Ending Overeating For good

Posted in fitness with tags , , on June 29, 2012 by SpenceG

Whenever you mix desire with patience, physical exercise along with a nutritious mixed diet program, fat loss Can be done! Whether or not your goal is always to loose 10 pounds, 20, or 50—you CAN do it.

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It may be difficult to always eat well, whether tension or apathy happens, or any number of other mental triggers. My weak spots are bread, dairy products, cupcakes, dark chocolate, candy bars, where ever you look. Where I live, I could buy a takeout delivery to my door in 10 minutes…..whenever of night or day, my buzzer rings and it’s in this place fast. Delightful, well balanced meals I had eaten tomorrow, whether or not this was pancakes for breakfast, organic salads or healthy soups or sandwiches, green tea–10 o’clock or midnight hits and i am starving!

In my experience, strict diet programs and fad diet plans really are a ton of hooey. Losing weight will only happen at the time you shift your diet towards nutritious foods and maintain a physically active way of daily life. In the event you stop and start to eat a lot of junk food, and it has happened in my life before, it is a good thing.
Why on earth would I say that? Mainly because you’ll sooner or later become tired of the lethargy you put yourself into and when you’re feeling revived all over again, as you get back from that jog or aerobics class, your body will be wanting healthy and balanced food — veggies, fresh fruits, wholesome soups and proteins, etc. You’ll remember how tired you felt after eating junkfood and you will want leafy greens, fresh fruits, rice, fish, red wine, or the numerous other healthy foods you love.
A terrific example of adjusting mindset for health is the actress Sara Rue who lost 50 lbs so as to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Talking about active lifestyle, leave your car if you are only going a few blocks from your home, go ahead and take stairs rather than the elevator, jog, cycle or skate. Begin using these activites and other home chores if you are too lazy to go to a health club and take exercise classes. Make sure that you do that regularly and you may not realize that you might be already dropping excess weight using these mundane activities.

The best way to appreciate a very exquisite beach

Posted in vacations with tags , , on June 29, 2012 by SpenceG

Consider this:

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Best of the Scary Slutty Sexy Costumes for Hot Babes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 22, 2012 by SpenceG

I have always thought that Halloween is entertaining thanks to the creatively scary things that folks undertake. It’s awesome. Not surprisingly, party goers are bouncing around with costumes which are inspired by incredibly ghastly and terrifying things we see on motion pictures. And a lot of of these Halloween costumes would always be donned happily and properly by women. Really amazing eye candy. From the last five costume parties, there are three I can think of as the sexiest women’s Halloween costume from scary motion pictures. Easily they areThe Bride of Frankenstein, vampire, and Miss Krueger costumes.

Bride of Frankenstein Costumes

Bride of Frankenstein sexy costume should be on the top list of sought after hot and slutty Halloween outfits for young ladies. The Bride costume is sexy!

Luckily, this costume is simple enough to put together when compared with other sorts of dresses, with the exception of the hair. Start with a long, willowy white outfit torn up could work. As for the shoes, dancer or low-heeled pumps might possibly be ok. In addition, clothes can be made sexier if you’re wearing a top showing cleavage and the skirt is a mini.

Make-up aspects include black eye liner, false eyelashes, white face paint, black or red lips, eye shadows etc. Hair is probably better using a wig with color using hairspray colors.

Vampire Costumes

For Halloween, when looking like a sexy vamp, the very first goal has to be to appear frightening. Thus start off having, mainly, a white and ghastly face and deep heavily darkened eyes. Don’t forget the fangs to make the appearance more realistic.

Needless to say, there are plenty of things you can apply. A gothic vampire dress could possibly work in your favor. As an example, use light-colored gown. However satins, lace, black velvets and even brocades is likewise fairly ideal. Some even use coats with no clothing under. Do not forget that appearing sluttily naughty is the high priority reason while dressing up like a vampire. It is best when dressing as a vampire to try to make the skin shade look lifeless.

Use eye shadow in order to blacken the under-eye areas.

Miss Freddy Krueger Costumes

Miss Freddy Krueger is a character who doesn’t really exist in the films. Nevertheless, for me, it could well be good for all of us. Which hot actress/model is qualified play a hot sexy female Freddy Krueger? Nonetheless, knowing that she doesn’t exist in movies sexy partygoers had ideas. Check out the sexy Freddy Krueger costume.

The priority, of course, when it comes to a Miss Krueger outfit is hot and sexy style. A female Krueger costume includes the brown and red colored sweater top. It’s best when it has some slash-marks along its midsection spot. The sexy female Krueger attire is accompanied with a brown fedora and a pair of ‘clawed’ gloves.