Tuesday, January 16, 2018

the name depends on who you are

The 1960's earth children, hippies, they saw the need to protect mother earth, so they grew older and looked to the power of the sun and clean green energy...


Solar power....so green so sexy.... and NASA was using them... Gerald Pearson developed them in the 50's Bell lab began producing them in 1953.



but....

What about the engineers? The guys who had come up with, improve upon and develop the cells, a means to collect the suns rays and transfer the heat into usable energy?

They may be all for a clean green earth now, but in the 50's and 60's...it was money and advanced science (After all, in the 1950's the earth was a blue marble, not green. There was no known climate shift, global warming, ozone holes).

No self respecting engineer (even today) would want to say they work with green energy or solar panels, lets face it, lame names.
Engineers and Scientists like things that have names you either can't pronounce or wish you didn't have to.

So...
Photovoltaics.

By the way, if you say it as it's spelled, photo-volt-aics. it's a pain to remember and hard on the tongue. so, sneakily, you regroup the letters, photo-vol-taics. now it rolls off the tongue, sounds cool, and since most people have no idea what it means, the engineer can explain the process making themselves sound, all knowing and full of wisdom.



"The photovoltaic effect is the creation of voltage and electric current in a material upon exposure to light and it's physical and chemical property/ phenomenon.............blah..........blah..........blah....."


Let's just say it is cooler sounding. And hopefully without pissing off too many engineers, we know they like to make things more difficult than they truly need be. I know two women married to engineers, and both agree, if they need to hang a picture in the house, they wait for the husbands to go off to work... One said it saves on the prep time of ladders, levels and laser guide lines.

Solar power explained:

Solar power explained (Engineer)




Sunday, January 7, 2018

The temperature is biting cold....

It's the time of year when going out side means dressing in layers. Last night I fired up the snowblower to clean up what the plows had deposited at the end of the driveway and walkway and within a few minutes the gloves were about useless, the cold bit right through. Not only does the cold hurt your hands but it bites you in the ass, the wallet pocket to be exact. I have gone through a 1/4 of a tank in two weeks....just money going up the pipe, but without it, frozen pipes and dead bodies.

I have talked to quite a few people and have found no one who enjoys the cold, sure some like Winter, some like Danny who is a bit strange anyway. I have thought long and hard and have come up with only one person who seems to enjoy the fact that everyone is uncomfortable and trying like hell to stay warm.

This is because he has a reverse wallet, the more you hide from the weather, the more time you spend inside, trying to stay toasty, the more he likes it. It's almost as if he's a Snow Demon, he lives for this time of year, he wants people calling him and telling him their cold. 


He has a direct line from your oil tank to his wallet. He may gripe about having to go out in the bitter cold, but his wallet keeps him warm.

Anyone know who I'm talking about?

I think I'll find out from Dale the next time I see him, growing up...was Dave's favorite cartoon the Winter Warlock or Cold Miser?