Comments or suggestions: Gerard Van der Leun


Oh Great Goracle
(All praise be to Thee),
I here pray fervently.

Abide with me
in my 65 degree house.
Illuminate my soul
as I read by the light
of my 20 watt bulb.

Warm me with thy good cheer
as I bask in my cold shower.
Be the wind at my back
as I dutifully bike


Posted by Vanderleun Feb 27, 2007 10:49 PM | Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who's the greenest of them all?


Hey, Armageddon Happens.

"An alarmist correspondent recently wrote to a daily paper foretelling the collapse of the earth by reason of the constant drawing out of her vital fluid in the shape of -- oil! According to the writer, the interior of the earth is liquid oil, and if this is drawn out the outside crust must give way. Each country should pass a law constituting it a criminal offence to draw a drop of liquid oil out of the earth. In his imagination he sees cities and towns engulfed in vast chasms, and mountains shifted from their bases, while millions of human beings, old, young, rich, and poor, each with their different lamps, are marching on to destruction, sitting by their funeral pyre, the burning lamp, while smoke, fire, darkness, horror, confusion, cover the face of all things. " -- How Will the World End? by Herbert C. Fyfe. From Pearson's Magazine, July 1900

Meanwhile, back at the ranch....

Al's house:

"Gore's mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).... The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh -- more than 20 times the national average... Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year.... Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore's energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.Gore's extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore's mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year." (Tennessee Center for Policy Research)

George's house:


Posted by Vanderleun Feb 27, 2007 8:42 AM | Comments (36)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Supertooth and "Perversive" Technologies

supertooth.jpgSoon the tune "I've Got You Under My Skin" may be more than just a silly little love song.

Yesterday author Robert Fulghum said good-bye to his trusty old back molar and prepared to say hello to "a new solid gold and porcelain tooth on the titanium post - like threading a wing-nut on a screw. In addition, this week's special offer is the free installation of a tiny light that will turn on every time you open your mouth. The tooth also receives satellite radio signals and will have a built-in GPS locator. It comes with an FCC license. The materials are virtually indestructible." (Robert Fulghum)

Of course, I thought he was just making a humorous point about the increasing trend towards "perversive" technology in our time. Less than 30 seconds with one of the more pervasive and perversive technologies, Google, soon brought me to my senses.


Posted by Vanderleun Feb 10, 2007 5:34 PM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Don't Know About You, But -- Democrat or Republican -- I'm Sick of All of Them Already

republicrat.jpgThis isn't a very tricky web site. No endless webby bells and whistles, no tagclouds, no popups to elsewhere when you mouse over a link, none of the endless widgets that like the spider swallowed by the old lady "wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her." It's about as basic as I can stand -- write/read, read/write. But it does have one little bit of automated tomfoolery.


Posted by Vanderleun Feb 6, 2007 10:01 AM | Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
How to Use a Surge Protector


Whether you paid $500,000 or $5,000,000,000, or $50 for your jihad, you will want to protect it from harm. Military power surges ruin jihadists each and every day and signs of surges are starting to appear in the Anbar and the Diyala regions of Iraq.


Posted by Vanderleun Feb 2, 2007 7:58 AM | Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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