Congratulations to singer-songwriter-pianist and fellow Chicagoan Patricia Barber for receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship. She’s great, a wonderful musician with an intellectually engaging style, both in her own songs and in standards. If you’re ever in Chicago on a Monday night, see if she’s playing at the Green Mill. … More

Can Soybean Oil Replace Petroleum?

In some uses, yes, and that’s a good thing. Yesterday saw two articles on using vegetable oil as fuel, one at National Geographic and one at the New York Times. Using vegetable oil to create biodiesel fuel would reduce carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, particulate, and sulfur emissions relative to petroleum, according to the National Renewable Energy … More Can Soybean Oil Replace Petroleum?More Can Soybean Oil Replace Petroleum?

Some snappy Earth Day comments from James Lileks, who scolds the eco-scolds for their static thinking after taking an online eco-impact quiz: The quiz is so riddled with BS itís hard to know where to start; like most of the doom & gloom models, it presumes static reactions to dynamic events: if everyone in the … More More

Some snappy Earth Day comments from James Lileks, who scolds the eco-scolds for their static thinking after taking an online eco-impact quiz: The quiz is so riddled with BS itís hard to know where to start; like most of the doom & gloom models, it presumes static reactions to dynamic events: if everyone in the … More More

Some snappy Earth Day comments from James Lileks, who scolds the eco-scolds for their static thinking after taking an online eco-impact quiz: The quiz is so riddled with BS itís hard to know where to start; like most of the doom & gloom models, it presumes static reactions to dynamic events: if everyone in the … More More

Some snappy Earth Day comments from James Lileks, who scolds the eco-scolds for their static thinking after taking an online eco-impact quiz: The quiz is so riddled with BS itís hard to know where to start; like most of the doom & gloom models, it presumes static reactions to dynamic events: if everyone in the … More More

What Monty Python Character Are You?

OK, I so need to buy Glenn Reynolds a virtual beer for this quiz: Well, u– um, can we come up and have a look? What Monty Python Character are you? brought to you by Quizilla So I guess my god-mandated quest is competition and choice in energy markets, and I’m always looking for more … More What Monty Python Character Are You?More What Monty Python Character Are You?

GREAT STEPHEN PEARLSTEIN COLUMN: My crazy schedule lately has made me remiss in linking to this great commentary from Stephen Pearlstein on how energy regulation needs a light touch. In his observations on the bloated energy bill proposal from the House, he says: My guess is that should these provisions be adopted, the volume of … More More

GREAT STEPHEN PEARLSTEIN COLUMN: My crazy schedule lately has made me remiss in linking to this great commentary from Stephen Pearlstein on how energy regulation needs a light touch. In his observations on the bloated energy bill proposal from the House, he says: My guess is that should these provisions be adopted, the volume of … More More

GREAT STEPHEN PEARLSTEIN COLUMN: My crazy schedule lately has made me remiss in linking to this great commentary from Stephen Pearlstein on how energy regulation needs a light touch. In his observations on the bloated energy bill proposal from the House, he says: My guess is that should these provisions be adopted, the volume of … More More