Solar Power

Dec 07

Solar power makes a step

The much touted Nano Solar corporation, seems to be ready to actually ship it’s first product. Supposedly it makes it cost competitive with coal. A welcome development.

May 07

A cool idea – an open source community for machines.

May 07

A mad scientist period

For some reason I’m going through a mad scientist phase right now. My current idea is pair a passive solar heater with a Stirling engine and see how much power is actually generated. Hopefully I’ll have time to work on it in a few weeks.

May 07

The tin can Stirling engine

I came across simple plans for a tin can Stirling Engine on the interweb, I think I’m going to build one. I’ve had some thoughts on how to pair one up with a solar chimney that might actually work. I’ll keep everyone posted.

May 07

Friday Rapid Fire

May 07

Passive solar power

Via, I came across this interesting how-to article on passive solar power. An expanded article can be found on

Apr 07

The old round up

  • Digital Camera crop factors
  • 20 things not to do when starting a business – I stayed away from most of them
  • More solar power
  • via Marginal Revolution

    The public’s opinion of past wars improves as a new war approaches. Thus, after Vietnam most people thought the war was a mistake and this held true for decades until the beginning of the Iraq war when the opinion of war in Vietnam suddenly improved! Even more dramatically, a majority of people thought that World War I was a mistake until World War II approached when the percentage thinking it was a good war doubled.

  • The worst school murders actually happened in 1927, though it did not involve shootings. It’s a horrifying story.

Apr 07

Friday round up

  • Crime Crews
  • Where the Fortune 50 CEOs went to college – appearances by Georgia State and Georgia Tech, surprisingly little Ivy League.
  • Government menstrual forms, really, to quote

    Women officers must write down their “detailed menstrual history and history of LMP [last menstrual period] including date of last confinement [maternity leave],” the form says.

    I like the use of the term “confinement” for maternity leave.

  • Solar Power – I was wondering why companies like this didn’t already exist. Essentially they install (and own) solar panels on top of your house, and you buy it from them them at the rate you’re paying the power company. I met them yesterday at the Home Show at the World Congress Center. A good idea.

Jan 07

Monday rapid fire

Oct 06

Quick Wednsday rapid fire