Now I’ve gone and done it; I’ve registered for the Olympic distance Pleasant Prairie Triathlon on 19 August. In triathlon lingo, this race will be my A race for the summer.
Anxiety over this will surely get my butt on the bike rollers this winter, even when I’d like to stay in bed …
Randall Parker at FuturePundit has a post noting Stanford economist David Victor’s analyses of ethanol, as found in this Technology Review interview with him. I generally agree with David’s remarks (we met several years ago in Mexico, and he has lots of expertise in energy and environment, particularly in developing countries), and with Randall when he says
I’d like to repeat what is surely a familiar refrain for long time FuturePundit readers: We’d be better off accelerating battery, nuclear, and photovoltaics technologies. They’ll eventually provide cheaper energy than ethanol. Plus, they’ll use a much smaller land footprint and produce less pollution than ethanol produced from agriculture.
This novelty is tailor-made for a Fry-and-Laurie loving, Wodehouse reading, pathetic Anglophile like myself: the Voco clock, an alarm clock programmed with 50 different messages from Stephen Fry as the consummate valet (Mr. Jeeves).
Imagine waking up to the voice of Stephen Fry saying
I’m so sorry to disturb you sir, but it appears to be morning. Very inconvenient, I agree, sir. I believe it is the rotation of the earth which is to blame, sir.
I’m afraid the staff has absconded, sir. And it is my day off. I trust it will not be too onerous to make your own exquisitely sliced toast and perfectly cooked breakfast?
I’m not sure the KP Spouse would be able to endure it, but I must admit that I am sorely tempted …