Presidential Candidates Through the Lens of Wodehouse

Lynne Kiesling I am studiously trying to ignore the presidential season, but Alex Massie’s Wodehouse-ian gloss on Hillary Clinton (and, tangentially, Mike Huckabee at the end) really made me laugh, and has enough of a grain of truth in it to be insightful. In my sourer moments I find myself persuaded that Bertie Wooster’s verdict … More Presidential Candidates Through the Lens of WodehouseMore Presidential Candidates Through the Lens of Wodehouse

Librivox

Lynne Kiesling The attention has taken a turn for the literary here in KPLandia … perhaps it’s the upcoming PBS broadcasts of the ITV productions of all of Jane Austen’s novels. Here’s a great find for those of you who like to multi-task and listen to audio books (during exercise, knitting, driving, etc.): LibriVox. LibriVox … More LibrivoxMore Librivox

Girly Geek Chic

Lynne Kiesling Here’s a fun new find on my radar screen: Inkling Magazine (on the hunch that science rocks), and its associated blog Inky Circus. Great, amusing, witty, girly geek chic. In particular check out the entry on their She’s Such A Geek Photo Contest. See, it’s cool to be a girly geek … … More Girly Geek Chic

PJM Settles Market Monitoring Dispute, Bowring to Lead External Market Monitoring Unit

Michael Giberson As a result of their good-faith negotiations and the commendable efforts of the Commission-provided facilitator and mediation specialists, the parties reached consensus regarding revisions to the Market Monitoring Plan in the PJM Open Access Transmission Tariff (“PJM Tariff”). The parties also reached consensus regarding revisions to terms in the Operating Agreement … on … More PJM Settles Market Monitoring Dispute, Bowring to Lead External Market Monitoring UnitMore PJM Settles Market Monitoring Dispute, Bowring to Lead External Market Monitoring Unit

Justin Wolfers Writing on Prediction Markets and the Presidential Campaign for the Wsj

Michael Giberson A prediction market is a bit like the stock market, except that you are buying shares whose value depends on the success of a political candidate, rather than the profits earned by a corporation. And just as stock prices are a useful barometer of the health of a company, so too the price … More Justin Wolfers Writing on Prediction Markets and the Presidential Campaign for the WsjMore Justin Wolfers Writing on Prediction Markets and the Presidential Campaign for the Wsj

Nanotechnology Can Improve Energy Storage

Lynne Kiesling How cool is this? Stanford researchers have found a way to use silicon nanowires to reinvent the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power laptops, iPods, video cameras, cell phones, and countless other devices. The new version, developed through research led by Yi Cui, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, produces 10 times the … More Nanotechnology Can Improve Energy StorageMore Nanotechnology Can Improve Energy Storage

T.C. Boyle’s “I Dated Jane Austen”

Lynne Kiesling A delightful little holiday diversion: T.C. Boyle’s short story I Dated Jane Austen is available to read at his website, complete with woodcut comic illustrations. … More T.C. Boyle’s “I Dated Jane Austen”

Advanced Metering Gets Interoperable

Michael Giberson From an interview at Cleantech.com: The term Advanced Metering Infrastructure is commonly used in the industry, but is often described in different fashions. How does ESCO define AMI? Automated Meter Reading (AMR) is primarily focused on replacing manually read meter operations. AMI includes not only automated meter reading at a frequency of hourly … More Advanced Metering Gets InteroperableMore Advanced Metering Gets Interoperable

Epa Ruling: States Can’t Set Own Ghg Vehicle Standards

Lynne Kiesling Here’s an interesting article on yesterday’s EPA decision not to let a subset of states set carbon automobile emissions caps. This issue has been brewing for a couple of years, with 17 states arguing that the lack of federal activity to set a federal greenhouse gas emission standard means that states can act … More Epa Ruling: States Can’t Set Own Ghg Vehicle StandardsMore Epa Ruling: States Can’t Set Own Ghg Vehicle Standards

Retail Choice and Green Power: Informed Consumers

Lynne Kiesling I firmly believe that retail choice in electricity has instrumental value in and of itself: choice qua choice is a good thing and should be an important policy goal in electricity restructuring, independent of utilitarian evaluations of the outcomes of free choice. There are, though, several ways that free choice and the removal … More Retail Choice and Green Power: Informed ConsumersMore Retail Choice and Green Power: Informed Consumers