Lynne Kiesling If you have an eclectic music collection, here’s some fun, especially if you’ve recently added a variety of music but haven’t listened to it yet: put the “underplayed” list on random and hit play. I’ve had the following in succession: Gang of Four, At Home He Feels Like A Tourist Mendelssohn, Sonata 1 … More Friday fun: iTunes’ underplayed list
Lynne Kiesling Over the past week there’s been an interesting online conversation with the participants discussing one of the eternal tautological conundrums: why does politics attract power-hungry narcissists? Matt Yglesias kicked it off with what I think is a pretty naive query about the degree of cynicism and immorality in politics. Such cynicism and immorality … More Eternal truths about those who are attracted to politics
Michael Giberson Research studying competitive cyclists suggests that cycling can reduce bone density. … most recreational cyclists probably don’t need to worry too much about their bones. “The studies to date have looked primarily at racers,” [researcher Aaron] Smathers says. “That’s a very specialized demographic. These guys train for hours at a very high intensity. … More Is bicycling “bad to the bone”?
Michael Giberson At Rigzone: Governments should consider their strategic petroleum reserves a part of their arsenal to limit speculation in the oil market, according to a report issued Thursday by Rice University’s James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy. If the policy is to sell SPR oil into the market when prices get “too high” … More Should the federal government use the SPR to counter speculators?
Michael Giberson Joe Romm, at Climate Progress, offers a public wager to Michael Lynch, of the recent NYT op-ed opposing peak oil. Romm singles out this line from Lynch’s piece: Oil remains abundant, and the price will likely come down closer to the historical level of $30 a barrel as new supplies come forward…. And … More Joe Romm to Michael Lynch on peak oil: Wanna bet?
Michael Giberson Here’s wishing a happy 150th birthday to the oil industry! On August 27, 1859, Edwin Drake and his steam engine succeeded, after weeks of work, in drilling a successful oil well. Actually, more like “chipping” than “drilling.” Alex Madrigal has the story and several old stereograph images: A western Pennsylvania river valley seems … More 150th anniversary of Edwin Drake’s first oil well in Pennsylvania
Michael Giberson A few days ago I mentioned Michael Lynch’s op-ed in the New York Times in which he takes a few swings at peak oil. Nate Hagens, at The Oil Drum, offers the beginning of a response: Peak Oil has never been about the amount of hydrocarbon molecules that exist, but flow rates, timing … More Peak oiler responds to Lynch op-ed in NYT