Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Love and fatigue,
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
StephenHFoster Beamish boy and I are planning to hybridize my Toyota Tundra. May take a few years.
See www.Calcars.org for some of the seeds of this idea.
Retro-fitting pickups, vans and SUV's would have a greater impact on reduction of FF (fossil fuel) use than the new, small hybrids.
DavidJHFoster I suggested pulling out the back seat of the cab (calling it a seat is GENEROUS) and replacing it with a battery farm.
StephenHFoster Large vehicles = plenty of space for the battery farm (how do you like that term).
DavidJHFoster This way he can run the truck while on the job site without even starting the gas engine.
StephenHFoster The IC (internal combustion) engine can operate at it's "sweet spot" the one speed with optimum efficiency.
DavidJHFoster Also Solar cells on the roof to charge said battery farm, the truck does spend a lot of time parked in the sun.
StephenHFoster The target group of vehicles typically has a higher total miles demand for an average day, so a hefty battery farm is called for
DavidJHFoster The rear seat could easily house 8-12 standard car batteries, though we should probably mount non standard battery packs
Probably a good idea to use the same thing standard hybrids do, only more of them.
Battery technology is changing pretty fast.
DavidJHFoster Reading something about the use of regenerative braking systems in pure electric cars, might be worth looking into.
An additional advantage of the solar cells on teh truck would make it possible to plug the truck into the house.
Pumping power into the house when the truck sits unused for extended periods. Also great for power if it was used to go camping.
Saves money even when not being used!
StephenHFoster The use of PHEV's for electrical surge capacity has been discussed on CalCars. PG&E is exploring an economic model to do that.
Regenerative braking would be standard. Railroads have been using it for decades
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I am disappointed that Prop 8 seems to be passing. I really do not want the law to have that kind of authority in my life. Perhaps in a year or so it will be time to counter with another proposition:
"The State shall have no authority to limit participation in marriage except to limit it to adults."
Of course this opens the door to marriages of more than two people. Ok, no problem, we are talking about adults here; it them becomes the concern of contract law.
Love and opening the flood gates,
McCain just gave the most gracious concession speech I've ever heard. The guy really is a stand up dude. Now let's see how well the president elect does.
Love and amazement,
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Lincoln Highway Association
James Lin - Lincoln Highway
My challenges will be finding a year or two to spend on a trip and convincing Madam that she would survive a trip through desolate Nevada and Utah.
Love and wandering
I ran an exposure comparison test using the D200 and got an approximate 9-stop adjustment for the R72 (infrared) filter. The image came out black because the digital sensor is not sensitive to infrared.
Normal black and white film is slightly sensitive to infrared, and I've had some interesting effects show up when using the R2 (red) contrast filter. I had shot a test roll of HIE last year with the F3 starting at an assumed ISO=12, I think. I'm not sure I got usable results - though some frames came out.
Tonight, when it's dark, I'll lock myself in the bathroom with the house lights off and load another roll into the F3. I'll post here again when results are up on Flickr.
See also: Wikipedia-Infrared
Love and exposure,
It's your supposed home, your home in the world.
As for your real home, that's peace.
The Buddha has us build our own home
by letting go till we reach peace."
-Venerable Ajahn Chan
Photo taken by cell phone at Wat Buddhanusorn, Fremont, California.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
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- Vacation - Day One.
- Nearing the end of the commute.
- Wat Buddhadhammadharo
- Plug In Hybrid Pickup Truck
- The Day Job
- The Sky Is Falling
- End of the Race 2
- End of the Race
- Apres Vote
- The Lincoln Highway
- Bradley Effect
- Infrared Film
- Buddhist Thought
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