Modern Renditions of Pride & Prejudice, Humor Edition

Lynne Kiesling I’ve been reading, thinking about, and watching lots of Jane Austen lately, and I’ve found two funny renditions of my favorite book, Pride and Prejudice: Austenbook, a Facebook-style retelling of the story, and Pride and Prejudice in emoticons. I guffawed out loud in an unseemly manner ill befitting a lady, but I suspect … More Modern Renditions of Pride & Prejudice, Humor Edition

Court Dismisses Price Fixing and Price Gouging Claims Filed Against Four Martha’s Vineyard Gasoline Retailers

Michael Giberson A federal court in Massachusetts has dismissed a class-action claim filed against four Martha’s Vineyard gasoline retailers.  The suit claimed the stations engaged in price fixing over several years and in price gouging after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Fall 2005.  Defendants argued that pricing patterns observed by plaintiffs were insufficient to support … More Court Dismisses Price Fixing and Price Gouging Claims Filed Against Four Martha’s Vineyard Gasoline Retailers

Energy Storage for Electric Power Systems

Michael Giberson Sandia National Lab has just published a study of energy storage applications for the electric grid: “Energy Storage for the Electricity Grid: Benefits and Market Potential Assessment Guide.” John Petersen at Alt Energy Stocks said: I’ve been following the work in progress on this report since last summer and have eagerly awaited the … More Energy Storage for Electric Power Systems

Jamie Oliver, Children and Food, and Field Experiments

Lynne Kiesling Several years ago Jamie Oliver set out to improve school food for a group of British children. In part he was motivated by wanting to impart a love of good, healthy food in children by sharing his own joy in food, and in part he believed that healthier school meals would lead to … More Jamie Oliver, Children and Food, and Field Experiments

Bloom Energy Makes the News

Michael Giberson Another Silicon Valley start-up out to solve the world’s energy problems, promising “clean, reliable, affordable energy anywhere.”  Sounds good, hope they can deliver. Today’s energy-problem-solver is Bloom Energy.  The company has been around since 2001, quietly developing what it claims is a new fuel-cell technology, much of it on the dime of Silicon … More Bloom Energy Makes the News

Fracking and Water Quality

Michael Giberson One of the issues surrounding development of shale gas resources has been concern over the effects of resource development (especially fracturing processes) on groundwater quality.  Congress has initiated an investigation of the practice, for example. Geoff Styles looks over the issue in “Shale Gas and Drinking Water“, concluding it isn’t likely to be … More Fracking and Water Quality

Inside the Ercot Control Center

Michael Giberson David Wagman, chief editor of Power Engineering magazine, toured the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ primary control center in Taylor, Texas as part of a group attending the Renewable Energy World Conference in Austin.  If you wonder what ERCOT’s control center is like: Inside the control room, the most striking feature is the … More Inside the Ercot Control Center

Tickets into the Olympics

Michael Giberson Ticket scalping, like price gouging, is a usually pro-social market activity that is stuck with a pejorative name.  At Swifter, Higher, sportswriter Kyle Whelliston writes about his experience picking up a cheap ticket into the first hockey game of the Vancouver Olympics.  It wasn’t as easy as he hoped, but at a cost … More Tickets into the Olympics

Information Costs and Snowfall Data

Lynne Kiesling Here’s a paper that befits the snowy month we’ve had in the U.S. … Jonathan Zinman and Eric Zitzewitz at Dartmouth find that ski resorts over-report snowfall, and that the proliferation of iPhones has led to more consumer information on accurate snowfall and ski conditions. The paper abstract: Casual empiricism suggests that deceptive … More Information Costs and Snowfall Data

Vehicle-to-grid Income and Analysis

Michael Giberson If you are already a rock star and can’t imagine doing anything else, then “money for nothing and your chicks for free” may be a reasonable characterization of your situation.  On the other hand, if you’re a teenage boy picking up a guitar and hoping to attain wealth and women, you should consider … More Vehicle-to-grid Income and Analysis