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WanderingEng  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The World's Best Employers 2020

Only one US electric utility on the list (Duke at 174). Maybe too many are too small to make a survey like this, though I'd guess NextEra would be eligible.

WanderingEng  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 7, 2020

From Wikipedia:

    with an average grade of 45% (24°) and as steep as 68% (34°) in places

When I'm hiking (though without steps), 40% is when I start to think "this trail is really steep." Those sections are usually brief, not average for 0.88 miles. 68% is crazy steep.

WanderingEng  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 7, 2020

Yesterday was National Coaches Day, and I emailed my swim coach to thank her for all the help in getting me so far. She replied saying I made her day, which made my day. Swimming is great.

WanderingEng  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Plutocrat punch down

    So I think Gates is correct in the short term, but he could be wrong were the technology to advance to a point where it's no more burdensome to use electric than diesel or gas.

I agree with you. I think if we're trying to pick who is right and who is wrong and who is wrong but in a useful way, Gates is right short term, and the technology (including economic viability of technology) is unavailable to prove him wrong. By not relying on future advances he may help inspire alternative approaches. If Musk is right it isn't because he's already right it's because he's banking on future advances. So I put Gates between right and wrong but in a useful way and put Musk between potentially right but not usefully so and wrong and in a potentially harmful way (by discouraging alternate views).

WanderingEng  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Plutocrat punch down

The simplest example of this, to me, is pro cyclists. They use the lightest bikes possible, and it's because every push, every grade takes less energy. Ride a heavy bike and it will wear you down over time more than a lighter bike.

WanderingEng  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 30, 2020

I'm really happy with how bushy my habanero plant is. It's much happier in the bigger pot. I killed one not repotting it soon enough. A third was recently repotted, and I'm hopeful it will look stronger. One last one needs to get a new pot soon. The outdoor ones are going to need to come in this week as we have some overnight lows in the 30s coming.

I have some seeds from a super hot pepper, and I'm going to try to get them going over the winter once I free up some smaller pot space.

I'm no gardener, but this one pepper plant is going on two years old, and it's from a seed from a grocery store pepper. I'm pleased with myself.

WanderingEng  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Something funny is about to happen to some prices

It doesn't even need to be a mountaintop as is the case with Ludington pumped storage in Michigan.

Another thing is transmission. If you have a lot of sun it doesn't mean everyone does. It's darker to the west as the sun rises. Building wires from generation in one place to load somewhere else has a long history. It's still a question of money. Want to move power from Ohio to Indiana? Ok. Want to move it from Ohio to Oregon? Unlikely.

WanderingEng  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 23, 2020

Pedal powered. It's a BMC Roadmachine road bike. It's my first bike with disc brakes, and they're amazing. It's a significant improvement over my old bike in a lot of ways but especially in fit. My old bike was a little too big for me, but this one seems perfect.

WanderingEng  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 23, 2020

Does anyone know if it causes a problem if I have my absentee ballot but end up voting in person instead? I have my absentee ballot already but don’t have anyone convenient to witness. I could probably go to the clerk. I’ve been socially distancing and so have my friends, though maybe we’d all be ok with a short meet up to sign a ballot.

WanderingEng  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 23, 2020

I bought a new bike, and I'm picking it up this afternoon. The weather looks great this weekend, so I should be able to get some nice rides in.

WanderingEng  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I just got hacked

I clicked on a link in a bogus email once. It was at work, and the site was blocked as an unknown or suspicious site. I don't know what I'd have done beyond there, but like you I never fall for those things. This one I did.

WanderingEng  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Maps Show a transformed United States

Wisconsin looks pretty good, too. Might be a good time to buy land in the UP. By 2045 when I want to retire Marquette might be a great place to live year round.

Not meaning to denigrate Marquette today, though.

WanderingEng  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

I've been bike shopping this week. Bikes have come a long way since 2007 when I did this last.

There seem to be two kinds of bike shop employees. For the shops downtown close to campus, they'll help you ride whatever you ask for, but that's about all the help you get. They also find the color a notable feature. Hint: for a $3000 bike, color is the last thing on my mind. Then there are the shops that listen to what you want and respond to your questions in helpful ways, working out the details of what you need and how they can help.

Customer experience is a buzz word these days, but my customer experience probably affected my ride experience. My favorite bikes are from the shops that listened to me, even if I knew what I wanted to test ride before I got to any of them.

WanderingEng  ·  45 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 9, 2020

    but you control 100% of the demand that you are responsible for

You're talking about Exxon, but I'll start with an easier counter example of electricity (for obvious reasons). I have little to no control over the energy sources that respond to my electric demand. My refrigerator will definitely kick on here in a bit. That isn't usage I can eliminate by biking or walking. When it does, fossil fuel plants will increase output and add to carbon emissions because all the zero emissions generation is already at max output. Having government support for zero emission, dispatchable energy sources can change that, but I as a user cannot. I can't vote with my money because I need my food to stay cold.

For transportation, I think there are similarities. I need to drive places. Food is again an obvious one, and work is another. Is it possible for me to live near work and groceries so I could walk or bike most of the year? Maybe. Is it practical? Not really. Is it possible for everyone to do? Probably not. So I think it again falls to governments to support things like public transportation and electric car infrastructure.

Further, we're talking about this and aware our actions and usages have impacts. But most people don't. How do we get them to do better? I argue it's again government to educate and provide means to have them change without even knowing (such as cleaner electricity, cleaner supply chain, and EVs as convenient as gas).

    ExxonMobil doesn't profit by releasing carbon dioxide, they profit by selling you gas.

I can't agree with this more. But I look at it kind of like using drugs. Arresting drug users has little effect on stopping drug use. Acting to push out suppliers while also providing individuals with means to not get sucked into drug use (e.g. social programs) sees better results. We're the drug users, and even if some of us get clean too many others won't.